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 come crashing together in this tale about the social and individual impact of stresses that overwhelm a precarious and complex global system. Supply chain interruptions, border disputes, increased fascism, growing protest movements, and mass migration out of rural areas and into cities dominate the new normal. 
Follow the struggles of several Canadians amidst the chaos. Marissa, a young university student, confronting the end of her prescription for a mental health issue, and her eight year old sister, Kat, who are stranded in a remote part of Ontario when their parents are caught up in a massive riot in Toronto; Mac, a mature student at Lethbridge College, Alberta, who uncovers a Canadian military secret; Ranjeet, a recently promoted Toronto banker who has his faith in the banking system turned upside down when a colleague shares some startling information; and Sam, an activist who has predicted the collapse for years, but has his preparations challenged by an unexpected Black Swan event.

Is this the world’s future?

It actually sounds quite interesting, but that's also because I had a boss who was a legit military man. Seriously. Being lower rank (i.e. civilian), I'm pretty sure he is/was hiding some information that chould change the course of western civilization. I've been trying to act in a stereotypical Dan Brown male lead role, but so far nothing exceptional has turned up (fluoride in water doesn't cut it).

Anyway, here's a brief excerpt from the novel:

He brushed Caera’s hair aside then took a deep breath and slowly began to untangle himself from her embrace. As much as he would have preferred to remain right where he was, he knew he needed to get outside and begin expanding their vegetable garden.

Check out Olduvai here. The eBook is only $3.

FNMI Awareness Days at Lethbridge College

FNMI Awareness Days are a chance to celebrate the pride, history and knowledge that are at the heart of Canada’s FNMI communities. The celebration begins today at 9 a.m. with the raising of the college tipi. This event will be followed by opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. in Centre Core and a feast of traditional stew and bannock at the Piita Pawanii Centre. Other events include a traditional fashion show, drumming and dancing, as well as a hoop-dance demonstration. A full schedule of events is available online. Artisans and craftsmen will be exhibiting their wares from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily in Centre Core.

Here’s a quick clip of what’s happening right now at Lethbridge College:


FNMI = First Nations, Metis & Inuit

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 booth up outside their offices to encourage students to vote. They even are giving away goodie packs and a chance to win Flames tickets for doing so. I got a free Schick Hydro 5 razor with five blades and hydrating gel skin guards to reduce irritation.

TD customers also get VIP status if the college wins. It’s easy to enter via Facebook or email: TD Pump It Up!

EDIT: I just thought I should mention that the concert is Mother Mother, B.o.B. and Team Canada DJs.

UPDATE: You blew it, Lethbridge. We lost out on the fifth round 🙁

Track? Where we’re going, we don’t need track!

lethbridge_high_levelOne of those landmarks which people instantly associate with Lethbridge would be the viaduct, or high-level bridge. It’s also on the masthead of this website (remind me to change that). Sometimes mistaken for being the inspiration for this city’s name, it’s quite the opposite. Bridges were first invented in Lethbridge in the 1820s, which then spread to the rest of the civilized world, using bridges.

This year marks the 100th birthday of the train bridge. Although plenty of articles have already been written, Lethbridge College‘s “Wider Horizons” magazine has a particularly in-depth story, with all sorts of factoids.

The bridge was originally built, at a cost of $1.3 million, to shorten the rail distance between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod. As the late Lethbridge historian Alex Johnston noted in one of his papers: “Up to this point, the bridges constructed in the west had been of wooden timbers. The design chosen for this bridge was a steel viaduct consisting of 44 plate girder spans 67 feet, 1 inch long, 22 plate girder spans 98 feet, 10 inches long, and one riveted deck lattice truss span 167 feet long.

Plans are underway for celebrations later this year, including lighting the bridge up at night.

Wider Horizons: High & Mighty

Also, I just had to include this somewhere.

I swear, I only go for the fashion designs

Illuminate Fashion ShowLike I’ve said before, I’m quite fashionable. This spring, I forecast that the “urban barrel” will take Lethbridge by storm in all this season’s hottest colours. That is, if we ever get away from this cursed snow!

But surely things will heat up Saturday night, as Lethbridge College’s Fashion Design & Marketing students hold their annual fashion show, Illuminate.

More than 160 garments designed and constructed by the students, plus silent auction and booths/tables featuring handcrafted items for sale; proceeds go to scholarships or charity.

The show is at 7PM in the D.A. Electric Barn. Overpriced tickets are $20, available at the LCSA office in the college’s Centre Core. But I guess $20 isn’t bad, considering it goes to charity. And you get to ogle college girls in bathing suits.