“City’s on Fire”

Leeroy Stagger’s newest song was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Head over to YouTube to get a copy of the song. 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 …

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Occupy Lethbridge

On October 15th, the 99% of Lethbridge will be holding their own “occupy” demonstration: OCCUPY LETHBRIDGE Saturday, October 15th, 2011 Lethbridge, Traditional Blackfoot Territory Peacefully Assemble with The 99%! 10 am – Special “Not Your Mother’s Poetry” Broadcast on CKXU 88.3 FM. Stop by the Station, Lower UofL SU Building 11 am – Sign making …

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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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“Make A Difference” – Vote 2010

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – George Jean Nathan In 10 days, October 18th to be exact, citizens of Lethbridge will have the opportunity to vote in a new mayor and aldermen in the municipal election. But that’s not to say they will. In the last election, voter turnout …

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Mouseland: a parable from the father of Canada’s healthcare system

With an upcoming civic election, I find this video really insightful. Although more relevant to provincial or federal politics, I am impressed with the message. We should keep this in mind when we cast our ballot: Tommy Douglas was the socialist premier of Saskatchewan, the father of Canada’s healthcare system, and the grandfather of actor …

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Prairies to potatoes?

This shit has got to stop. Alberta for Sale? Premier Asked to Clarify Government’s ‘Prairies to Potatoes’ Position 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 …

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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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The bane of democracy?

I'm not very much into politics, but there are a few things that get me fired up: assaults on education and health care, the environment and copyright reform; all things that Conservatives are slowly, but surely destroying. This is without any consultation or regard to Canadians thoughts and opinions, but rather to benefit large corporations and industry.

I'd like to focus on copyright today, something many of us are not familiar with. After reading the Boing Boing article, "Canadian Prime Minister promises to enact a Canadian DMCA in six weeks," It became clear that our Conservative minority government didn't learn any lessons from the mass outcry against bill C-61 two years ago.

The Tories have shown — yet again — their utter contempt for public opinion and Canadian culture and small business…

I find it upsetting that the Conservatives are pushing this bill so quickly to undermine Canadian citizens, yet again. And you wonder why there's a Pirate Party.

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City squares want your circles

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Plan Your City, where the city began gathering public input to figure the hell out which direction it should take for the next 40 years. Part of that includes city circles, where citizens are encouraged to take part. Cory Armfelt, city consultant, writes: Hey everybody the City …

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Plan your city: Bring life back to Deathbridge

Plan Your CityToday, Joanne and I had the opportunity to meet with city consultants Cory and Brian, who are involved with the process of bringing Lethbridge into the 20th 21st century. They’re part of the “Plan Your City” initiative, where Lethbridge might actually listen to its citizens, so as to shape our future up to the year 2050 (before beastmen enslave humanity).

Listen, Lethbridge matters to me, or else I wouldn’t have started this blog. If you’re a young person like me (I’m 28) who has ever referred to this city as “Deathbridge,” this should matter to you.

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Alien apocalypse

Let’s face it. A zombie attack hitting Lethbridge is a bit more feasible than a bushel of Pirates ransacking our city in the dead of night from the OldMan River. As somebody who is overly paranoid and sure that man-kind’s demise hangs overhead like a rusted out guillotine, I have made many extravagant plans in …

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Conservatives help you pay LESS tax?!

So I’m not a very political person, partly because Canada doesn’t have an equivalent to Sarah Paylin. But if there’s one thing I’m against, it’s the Conservative government. In Alberta, everyone here votes for them like sheep, and it disappoints me greatly. Don’t get me wrong – I love Lethbridge, but hate the Conservatives. You …

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National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Today is the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. One of the defining moments for Canada, Lethbridge played an important part. Soldiers from the 20th and 39th batteries of the Royal Canadian Artillery fought in this battle. A monument to those soldiers stands at the 18th Air Defence Regiment Armoury, which since has been renamed the Vimy Ridge Armoury.

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Plenty of hoes at the Home & Garden Trade Show

See what I did there? I used my mad rapper skills and came up with a fresh rhyme. Speaking of fresh, there’s nothing quite like biting into fresh-grown horseradish. It’s hot, like these beats. If you’re into gardening and interior design, like me, check out the Home & Garden Trade show: Guests to the show …

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If you could only have one more chance to speak?

Wednesday March 25th the ULSU presents the second annual Last Lecture. As it was founded last year by the 2007/ 2008 Vice President Academic for the ULSU I thought it would be only suiting to sit down with him, mono a mono, and have a grand ‘ole chat about what he envisioned and how he thinks it has played out. Now, I was just too consumed with this week’s BoingBoing guest blogger to sit down and actually talk to Jason so I just asked Jason to interview himself. The following is a direct transcript of that interview.

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Changing Faces Coffee House tonight

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In recognition of this day, “Changing Faces Coffee House” will be presented in the City Hall Atrium: A complimentary evening of music, art, story telling and other cultural experiences If you missed the Anti-Racism March earlier today, stop by tonight between 7:30 – 9:30PM. …

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