Nishikaze 2014

Dear fellow Otaku, It has come to my attention that Nishikaze, meaning "west wind," is once again upon us. Yes, Lethbridge's very own anime and Japanese culture con is happening on Saturday, June 28 at the University of Lethbridge. Expect nosebleeds this time, because there will be a maid café! Not to mention a cosplay competition…I'm betting on …

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What’s a “Chinook”?

After mentioning the Chinook in my last post, I came to realize that outsiders might have no clue as to what the hell that is. Our city’s unofficial slogan is, “Get blown in Lethbridge!” For your consideration: At first, one might be led to believe that this young gentleman is impersonating Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” …

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Olduvai, a novel with a Lethbian lead

While checking out the Lethbridge sub-Reddit late tonight, I saw that a user named OlduvaiNovel a.k.a. Steve Bull submitted a link to his self-published novel that features some Lethbridge character(s). It's called Olduvai. Is a global economic, social, and political collapse imminent?  Flowing from actual world events, a damaged environment, dwindling energy resources, and a manipulated market-economy all …

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“East blown west,” or “Lethbridge’s anime festival returns!”

Nishikaze, Lethbridge's anime convention, is back for 2013 after a brief hiatus. Coming June 15: Nishikaze is an annual convention held in Lethbridge, Alberta at the University of Lethbridge. Nishikaze is striving to become the premiere anime and Japanese pop culture in event in southwestern Alberta, bringing together anime fans to celebrate the best in Japanese culture …

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Edit Shoppe “popping up” at Uleth

Edit is packing up our suitcases and headed to the University of Lethbridge’s Student Union building, on Thursday Feb 16th. Edit’s Popping up Shoppe at U of L (via Facebook) Jonathan RuzekI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons and videogames, and am also a bit of a foodie. …

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TD pumps it up

So, TD Canada Trust is holding a contest for a chance to win a massive concert (worth $300,000 – not kidding) for Lethbridge College. It’s called TD Pump It Up! I’m asking everyone to vote for the college (and complete the additional tasks for extra entries). Also, the Lethbridge College Students’ Association has set a …

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The Word on The Street

I took in a bit of “The Word on the Street” festival this afternoon. The streets around the Lethbridge Public Library were closed off for presenters, booths and FOOD. I ate a hot dog.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 marks the day that Lethbridge joins Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Kitchener and Saskatoon in hosting the national Word On The Street Festival and celebration of literacy.

Hosted by the Lethbridge Public Library, the Lethbridge festival is designed to be a playful, all-ages, spill-out-into-the-street community event with something for everyone to see, hear, do, and of course, eat!

More photos after the jump.

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Whetstone #2 now available

I got the heads up from my sister, the assistant editor for Whetstone magazine, that issue #2 is now available. For those unfamiliar: Whetstone is a biannual literary magazine managed by student-enthusiasts at the University of Lethbridge with occasional help from members of the English Department. Originally established in 1971, Whetstone was revived in September …

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Here’s a picture of my sister with our new mayor, Rajko Dodic

(she’s on the left) Jonathan RuzekI’m a webslinger located in Lethbridge, AB. I love all things nerdy, like cartoons and videogames, and am also a bit of a foodie. When I travel, I always keep my eyes out for hot springs and great places to adventure with my wife, Melissa. https://ruzek.ca

Convocation at University of Lethbridge

Today, I had the pleasure to attend the University of Lethbridge’s convocation to celebrate my sister’s graduation. She received her bachelor’s degree, with an honour’s thesis, in English. I’m really, really proud 🙂 During convocation, we were shown some memorable clips from past honourary degree recipients, one being Chava Rosenfarb, Yiddish writer and Holocaust survivor. …

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Skateistan builds ramps, not bombs

So my friend Erika lives in Afghanistan. She helps run a totally radical youth educational program called Skateistan: Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. The school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment. Our students …

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Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.

Last week, I posted about some upcoming dance classes. As thanks, Maxine offered me the opportunity to attend one of her classes for free. Although the group was already 4 classes in, my natural grace and rhythm took over. That, and it was a beginner 2-step class. Standard fare if you’ve ever been to Essies, …

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Discount massages; minimal risk of paralysis.

Recently, my masseuse left this city and took her golden hands along with her. My body delights in rubs and kneads, and I find myself missing her touch upon my body. Luckily, Lethbridge College’s Massage Therapy students need some hands-on experience, so they are running massage clinics three days a week this semester, from 5:30-8PM …

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Be careful on the job!

Held annually on April 28, the National Day of Mourning commemorates workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace. Events are being held across Canada under the theme “Review. Revitalize. Refresh.” In 2007, 1,055 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – up from 976 the previous year. This represents almost 3 (2.89) …

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