Last Chance Cat Ranch needs your help

As reported by Lethbridge News, the Last Chance Cat Ranch burnt down yesterday:

Lethbridge Animal Services posted a message on the City of Lethbridge Facebook page stating between the 17 cats they took in and the ones that other people brought in, Family Pet said their total was up to 28. The search will continue today to see how many more can be found.

According to information on the City of Lethbridge website, the initial estimated value of damage is approximately $150,000.

People wanting to make donations to help the 27 burn-victim cats at Family Pet Hospital can do so by phoning 403.320.5200.

For other ways you can help, check out the Last Chance Cat Ranch Facebook page.

UPDATE: Here's a CFCN news report:

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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 was 22.63%. Out of the 65,835 citizens eligible to vote ONLY 14,896 actually did. Disgraceful. And to make matters worse, no one ran against Bob Tarleck for mayor, giving him that seat by default. This is the guy partially responsible for the $30M+ ABCP investment fiasco, which was only revealed after that election.

My opinion? Stop voting in the same, used-up politicians that have been getting a free ride year after year and start with a fresh city council. We have a good opportunity here to make Lethbridge suck less.

This year, many candidates have been using more than just the shotgun-approach of yard signs and newspaper ads, but have websites and engage in social media. For the first time I have been talking with candidates, openly and have gained their trust, going on more than what’s just printed on a piece of paper. They are engaging me in an open, fluid medium for all to see.

If you’re wondering who are our candidates, what the issues are and how to interact, Elect Lethbridge is a great place to start. To find out their stance on certain issues, Lethbridge Accountability is also fantastic. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, join the conversation.

And for everyone’s sake, get the hell out there and vote! Don’t be lazy!

Municipal Election 2010

UPDATE: Lethbridge College’s student newspaper, The Endeavour, has posted video profiles of our candidates.

10/10/10 – Global work party

Ben Winkler from Avaaz.org writes:

This Sunday, at more than 6300 events in 187 countries, citizens around the world will shatter a dangerous myth: that the global climate movement has somehow disappeared. We’ll show world leaders and the media that we’re bigger, more diverse, and more creative than ever — and that we simply won’t give up until our planet, and those who live on it, are safe.

For Lethbridge’s part in the global work party, the focus will be on the Campus Roots Cooperative Garden:

Plans are in the works to expand the Campus Roots Cooperative Garden at the University of Lethbridge into a Westside Community Garden that will be open to all members of the community. The University has granted us a huge section of land, and we’re in the midst of negotiations with the the City of Lethbridge to begin the expansion, possibly next spring! We need the support of Lethbridge residents and the soon to be elected city council (election is on October 18th!) in order for this garden to be a success and to set Lethbridge on a path towards food sustainability.

For 10/10/10, we will be completing our new composting system. We’re inviting you to come help us put the finishing touches on our project, and to bring any bags of leaves from your yard, kitchen scraps from your thanksgiving dinner or other compostable items to add to our new compost bin!

For more information, head over to: 10/10/10 Campus Roots Compost Construction

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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Here’s a nose that doesn’t blow during the winter

It’s getting to be that time of the season again, where rejected reindeer volunteer their time to drive folks inebriated with holiday cheer home, in their own cars no less.

Lethbridge’s “Operation Red Nose” kicks off November 27th and runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday up until New Years Eve. So if you plan on celebrating the holidays with drunken enthusiasm, ensure you get home safely by calling 403-320-4155. Or else chance coming home with me.

Operation Red Nose

Lethbridge Herald: Operation Red Nose set to roll