Krista Sylvester

The Thriller dance-off is back in Calgary

You’ve seen it on TV and now you can be a part of it. On Saturday, thousands of people across the world are gathering in their respective cities to dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and break a world record — including right here in Calgary. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun and people are...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:19 AM

Are safe havens for babies needed?

Questions have risen about the need for safe havens in Calgary, and at least one city agency says it has experienced incidents of parents leaving their babies on the premises. But it was in a safe and controlled environment, said Patty Kilgallon, executive director of the Children’s Cottage Society...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:05 AM

Mother of abandoned baby didn't know of pregnancy: Police

Police say the woman accused of leaving her newborn baby boy in a northwest townhouse dumpster told them she didn’t know she was pregnant. Staff Sgt. Leah Barber of the child abuse unit said it’s amazing people found the baby when they did. The newborn was initially hypothermic and sent to hospital...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:50 AM

Goodall brings the monkey business

A little bit of Congo is coming to Calgary. Dr. Jane Goodall, famous for her study of chimpanzees, is in town for a lecture this weekend at the Jubilee Auditorium.“It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since I began my study of the chimpanzees of Gombe,” said Goodall.“Half a century of...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 10:44 AM

The happiest place on Earth, kids or no kids

They say it’s the happiest place on Earth, and well ... it is. You don’t need to have kids to enjoy all Disneyland has to offer at just a flight away. From the food and wine to the attractions and games, Downtown Disney and special Aladdin performance, there is a variety of activities and...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 8:27 PM

36 hours to remove signs ... or else

By the time you read this article, most of those pesky candidate signs should be removed. Technically. Bylaw boss Bill Bruce said candidates had 36 hours from the time polls closed to remove their signs, which means most signs should be gone by 8 a.m. today. “But people should know that signs on...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:29 AM

Closer than some incumbents liked

It was a rocky ride for several members of the old city council on election night. Ward 11 Ald. Brian Pincott and Ward 7 Ald. Druh Farrell were involved in very close races for a return spot on council, and Ward 14 Ald. Linda-Fox Mellway actually finished third in her riding with just over 5,000...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:23 AM

‘It’s time to roll up our sleeves’: Nenshi

Surrounded by media in front of city hall yesterday, Calgary’s new mayor Naheed Nenshi started things off with a question.“So how many of you know that a media scrum is a purely Canadian, slightly British invention?” Nenshi asked reporters. “I just learned that. See, I’m learning things every day,...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:41 AM

Outrage over newborn baby found in Calgary dumpster

Calgarians became outraged after a newborn baby was found in a northwest garbage dumpster yesterday afternoon and brought to hospital in critical condition. Police were called in around 1:20 p.m., when a trio of passersby reportedly heard cries and then made the chilling discovery in a townhouse...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 10:38 AM

Changed boundaries behind close race, says Calgary alderman

It was a close race for a couple of aldermen including Ward 7 alderman Druh Farrell.Farrell said she “expected it to be a close race” and thinks the number of voters who turned out is fantastic.Her theory?“I think the biggest factor is the boundary changes and there are new communities in my ward...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7:19 PM

Enthusiasts get inked at festival

Tattoos, tattoos, tattoos. Hundreds of people got inked this weekend at the 2010 Alberta Bound Tattoo Festival, but even those who didn’t still enjoyed the family-friendly event, including the Nelsons. “We love to bring the kids. They are fascinated by the artwork and it’s a fun thing we like to do...

Monday, October 18, 2010, 11:22 AM

Frontrunners hit the street

With a day to go before voters hit the polls, the three mayoral frontrunners kept busy yesterday meeting Calgarians across the city.Ric McIver spent the day reaching out to folks in each quadrant, including a barbecue in the northeast, where he enjoyed Indian cuisine. “I’ve been all over the place...

Monday, October 18, 2010, 10:39 AM

Officer off the hook in fatal car accident

There will be no charges against a Calgary police officer in relation to a crash that killed two men who were fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle. Byron Gray, 29, and his nephew, Ryan Gray, 18, were killed June 9 when they fled from police and crashed into a northeast home. Alberta Serious...

Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:45 AM

Sign up or your kids don’t play

Before the kids can lace em’ up the parents have to type it out. Hockey Calgary parents have until October 15 at the latest to complete a one-hour online Respect in Sport program or their child won’t be allowed to play this season, according to officials. Hockey Calgary’s president Perry Cavanagh...

Friday, October 8, 2010, 11:10 AM

Easier access to ID for the homeless

Calgary homeless agencies are applauding the province’s move that makes it easier and cheaper for homeless people to obtain provincial identification. The province announced Thursday that it will work with homeless shelters and licensing registries to reduce the red tape and fees they believe stop...

Friday, October 8, 2010, 11:06 AM

Metro Minute at the Calgary Zoo

If you have an extra minute today why not check out the new cute and cuddly pair of red panda cubs at the Calgary Zoo.Today at 11 a.m. is the red panda cub’s public debut at the zoo since they were born May 30. The cubs, a male and a female, have been completely raised by their mother Malikha. Red...

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:33 AM

Black bins hit Calgary curbs

Calgary neighbourhoods are adding a little black to their blue. Residents in Lake Chaparral began receiving the new black garbage bins yesterday, at no additional cost to taxpayers, according to city officials. “It will be a big improvement, more efficient, safer and cleaner,” program leader Paula...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:52 AM

Was murder a random act?

Police say a man found in a northwest strip mall was the victim of a homicide, and are investigating as to whether it was a random attack. The body of Mark Anthony Mariani, 47, was found in the 1500 block of 16 Ave NW after police were called to check on his welfare when a couple found him bloodied...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:40 AM

Metro Minute at Calgary Slam!

For the price of a coffee, Calgarians can not only help a good cause but get the best of the best in a public session for Calgary Slam! Poetry Fundraiser Benefit & Open Mic with Sheri-D Wilson and Jen Kunlire. To help raise funds for the 2010 National Slam! Competition in Ottawa later this...

Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:30 AM

ASIRT called in to scene of apparent Calgary shooting

Police and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) are on scene in Bridgeland where a car has been found spattered with blood.Reports indicate a man was shot but both agencies are remaining tight-lipped on any details while they continue to piece together details in an area taped off...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 3:12 PM