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Penhold Residents Among Prairies Newest Millionaires In 2016

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By Sheldon Spackman

Two separate Penhold residents were among the newest millionaires on the Prairies in 2016. Officials with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation say the town of Penhold actually had its first-ever $1 million lottery win in January of this year. Then four days later, it had its second!

A couple from the town of about 2,400 claimed $1 million on a Player’s Choice Mega Pack Scratch ’n Win ticket. Four days later, another Penhold resident claimed his own $1 million prize, won on Lotto Max. Those residents were among 36 other WCLC major lotto winners across Alberta in 2016 that totaled $130.8 Million.

The two biggest Prairie winners of the year came from tiny communities. In August, a woman from Neville, Saskatchewan, population 83, claimed a Lotto Max prize worth $60 million. In December, a $50 million Lotto Max prize went to a woman from Irma, Alberta, population 500.

This year, residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined claimed a total of 57 prizes of a million dollars or more. Those 57 prizes totaled $218 million.

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Sex, Sin & 69 – Documentary and Photo Exhibit Touring Across Canada makes a stop in Red Deer

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August 14th, 2019 Red Deer, AB

Sex, Sin & 69 – Documentary and Photo Exhibit Touring Across Canada makes a stop in Red Deer

The pop-up exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 will be on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) September 4th to September 15th, 2019. Making its way across Canada on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking feature length documentary and complementary photo exhibits. Together these pieces explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. The documentary will screen at the MAG on September 11th at 7pm.

On June 27 in 1969, Canada enacted landmark legislation to “decriminalize” homosexuality nationwide. 50 years later, there is a need to explore how this history continues to impact our community. Currently on a national tour, Sex, Sin & 69 is a ground-breaking 80-minute documentary and complementary photo exhibit by Egale Canada and SandBay Entertainment with support from Canadian Heritage. Together the documentary and exhibit explore diverse voices from across Canada’s contemporary queer community as they relate to Bill C-150 and shaping LGBTQI2S movements into the future. Sex, Sin & 69 has been making its way across Canada with stops in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer and Victoria.

“This summer we are, and should be, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of decriminalization – it marks the first step taken by the Canadian government to support LGBTQI2S people and it has allowed us break down many subsequent barriers,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director at Egale Canada. “It is also a difficult time because we are all too aware of the work that is ahead of us before we will see a Canada that is equitable for LGBTQI2S people.”

The history is far too intricate and ongoing to be captured in an 80-minute documentary. However, Sex, Sin & 69 starts by examining the 1969 ‘partial’ decriminalization of homosexuality — what led up to the passing of this legislation, how it impacted LGBTQI2S communities and movements, and how the LGBTQI2S community in Canada has navigated this as we move forward in the continued fight for equality.

“It was important to us that Sex, Sin & 69 feature diverse voices from Canada’s contemporary queer community,” said Sarah Fodey, Partner and Filmmaker at SandBay. “Throughout the film and exhibit, folks from across Canada’s LGBTQI2S community reflect on the contested history of Bill C-150 in a way that is relatable to our movements today.”

The Sex, Sin & 69 documentary (rated PG) was created to resonate with a modern audience – largely removed from ‘decrim’ and LGBTQI2S Canadian history. A historical and retrospective film, Sex, Sin & 69 is narrated by Fazia Mirza and is told through a wide range of contemporary voices from across Canada’s queer community including academics, activists, historians, artists, and community builders. This distance from the factual record of queer Canada provides a critical story driver in Sex, Sin & 69: calling into question dominant discourses about the significance of the decriminalization of homosexuality.

The Sex, Sin & 69 exhibit builds on the documentary by highlighting themes of Social Justice Through Action, Building Queer Community, Identity & Politics, and Sex & Gender Freedom. These themes are brought to life through the collection of assets from activists, artists, community members and folks who have or are currently working on the frontlines of LGBTQI2S rights in Canada.

First Fridays Red Deer –Opening Reception: Join the MAG from 5-8pm on Friday, September 6th for the opening reception of Sex, Sin & 69.

“Sex, Sin & 69” Film Screening – September 11th, 2019 at 7pm at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Free to attend. Rated PG.

For more details regarding the exhibition Sex, Sin & 69 contact Lorna Johnson, Executive Director lorna.johnson@reddeer.ca, 403-309-8439.

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With the world’s population soaring to 10 billion people, Robert Saik explores how farmers “might” be able to feed everyone

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Earth’s population will be close to 10 billion people by 2050.  So consider this line from Robert Saik’s “FOOD 5.0″…

“In order to feed the world, we have to grow 10,000 years’ worth of food in the next 30 years, which means farmers worldwide must increase their food production by 60 to 70%.”

If that doesn’t wake you up… probably nothing can.  How will farmers do it?  Even with today’s technology this it going to take an overwhelming international effort to avoid a mass-starvation.

His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade” was a 2014 Best of Amazon Books and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times.

In a time where more and more people (in the first world) are demanding to know where their food is coming from and how food is being produced, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future” should be required reading.

Robert Saik in the Author Hour Podcast:

“Food 5.0, How We Feed the Future was written for an urban audience, more so than a farming audience. My mental image of who I wrote the book for was a 33-year-old mom in a city with some kids who is working and raising her kids.”

“We live in a time now where all the technologies are smashing together–they are converging on the farm to reshape the farm in ways that urban people just simply do not understand. It is happening at a breakneck pace and farms are far more sophisticated, far more advanced than people realize.”

” you’re going to realize and learn a lot about food production and a lot about marketing.”

In FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future, Robert Saik examines “how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer”.

Robert has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into where the industry is headed.  He’s worked with a variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates.

He is the CEO of DOT Farm Solutions, which supports farmers adopting autonomous robotics in broad acre agriculture.  He’s also the founder of AG Viser Pro, a platform that Uber-izes knowledge and wisdom, enabling farmers to instantaneously connect with agriculture experts worldwide.

Robert is a passionate keynote speaker and is executive producer of the Know Ideas Media a science based multi-media company addressing issues such as GMO’s and their use in food production.  (Know Ideas Media is a partner in Todayville.com/Agriculture)

He serves on several Boards, is an advisor to Olds College, is a member of the A100 (Alberta Tech Entrepreneur Network), a student of Strategic Coach and Singularity University and a member of Abundance 360.  As a partner in Perigro Venture Partners he participates in early stage technology investments.

He been recognized for agriculture leadership by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (Provincial Distinguished Agrologist of the Year) and in 2016 was awarded Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.

Here’s a story produced by Todayville on Robert’s visit to Seattle to brief Bill Gates.

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