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Virtual parade plan announced, marshal named for scaled-down Calgary Stampede


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CALGARY — There will be a parade to launch the upcoming Calgary Stampede, but it won’t include hundreds of thousands of fans lining the city’s downtown streets.

Stampede officials announced Wednesday that the parade, set for July 9, will be virtual and will still include floats, marching bands and riders travelling through the Stampede grounds to kick off of the 10-day world-renowned rodeo and fair.

The parade will be broadcast on Global television.

This year’s parade marshal will be Katari Right Hand, a 17-year-old fancy dancer from the Siksika First Nation east of Calgary.

She is also featured on this year’s Calgary Stampede poster, which was designed by Calgary artist Lexi Hilderman. It shows Right Hand dancing with rainbow ribbons flowing from her costume with the Rocky Mountains and dark clouds in the background.

“I was inspired by the image Lexi submitted and wanted to learn more about the remarkable young woman featured,” said Stampede President Steve McDonough.

“Katari Right Hand’s name, Rainbow Girl, is a reminder that we are coming out of a storm together and that as the clouds move behind us, the sun will shine again.” 

Flooding in 2013 ago devastated parts of Calgary and other areas in southern Alberta. But the Stampede went ahead that year, as it did through the Great Depression and the Second World War. 

Last year, it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Premier Jason Kenney announced last month that almost all COVID-19 restrictions in the province could be gone by early July, clearing the way to holding the Stampede. A doctors group in Edmonton, however, has urged the premier to cancel major summer events, including the Stampede, or postpone them until the fall.

Stampede officials have said it is to be a scaled-down version with a priority on safety. The chuckwagon races won’t be held and some indoor events could be moved outdoors.

The parade is also to include a special group of honorary parade marshals who have been instrumental in the battle against COVID-19.

“We want to recognize the essential workers who have given so much to our community throughout the pandemic,” said McDonough.

“From those who went to work each day at local grocery stores to ensure we had access to essential supplies, to the medical staff who have worked so tirelessly.”

Last year’s parade marshal, Brazilian long rider Filipe Masetti Leite, is also being brought in for the festivities.

Masetti Leite completed a 3,400-kilometre journey on horseback from Alaska to Calgary last year, the same day the Calgary Stampede was supposed to begin. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2021.

Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

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Study warns Alberta has failed to consider damage to foothills from coal mining

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A lengthy new report commissioned by landowners near proposed Alberta coal mines concludes mines would create environmental liabilities that exceed their economic benefits.

Written by respected Alberta environmental consultants, the report says mines would pose a serious threat to both the quality and quantity of downstream water.

It says current methods to remove toxins such as selenium are unproven over long times and large areas.

The report suggests new mines would increase stress on water supplies, especially as southern Alberta grows and climate change alters rain and snow patterns. 

It estimates new mines will only be one-quarter reclaimed within 50 years — and those sites aren’t likely to return to what they once were.

The report concludes the government has failed to consider the cascade of environmental effects that coal mining would create, especially in combination with forestry and energy development. 

The report, requested by the Livingstone Landowners Group, has been filed with the government’s coal consultation committee.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2021. 

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Get away from the city – Rock Lake Lodge seeks maintenance and caretaker

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Wilderness Lodge Maintenance & Caretaker Needed

Click here to apply now.

Looking to get away from the city and experience the wilderness?

Rock Lake Lodge may have the perfect opportunity for you. WHO ARE WE? We are a lodge located in Rock Lake Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada.

Just a short distance away from a 90-foot deep lake with four species of fish, and the lodge is surrounded by wildlife and abounding nature.

Check out to have a look at the stunning surroundings, our lodge and cabins.

It’s not all work and no play up at Rock Lake Lodge! Some of the activities provided on site will be hiking, fishing, canoeing. and wildlife watching. This is a seasonal live-in position from June 2021 -Sept 2021.

We are seeking someone with the following:
-general handyman experience (able to use basic tools and general maintenance of the lodge)
-generator experience
-plumbing & electrical (basic)
-construction experience

Above all, we want someone who loves fishing!

Do you have experience with diesel generators? Log buildings? Chainsaws or log splitters? Let us know in your application. Even if your job history doesn’t reflect the above- your personal experiences may be exactly what we’re looking for!

Wage to be negotiated. This is a fulltime-temporary contract position.


  • maintenance: 1 year (preferred)
  • diesel generator: 1 year (preferred)
  • rural water systems: 1 year (preferred)
  • chainsaw: 1 year (preferred)
  • plumbing: 1 year (preferred)
  • electrical: 1 year (preferred)
  • Driver’s License (MANDATORY)

Contract length: 3 months

Start date: Immediately

Click here to apply.

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