Live dangerous, live in Lethbridge

This place isn’t called Deathbridge for no reason. I remember this one time where I was walking down a street and some guy just started shouting at me, “Hey, hey kid!” and I was so scared. Then I shanked him.

Maclean’s Magazine released their Canada’s most dangerous cities list last week, grading cities on homicide, sexual assault, and other crimes. Lethbridge made the top 20 list as the 19th most dangerous city.

Lethbridge ranked 49th for homicides, 14th for sexual assault, 46th for auto theft, 29th for robbery, and 45th for B&E.

via Lethbridge News

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. She received an honourary degree in 2006 and was invited to give the convocation address.

Thanks to keepmethoton on YouTube, I was able to find her full speech. You might want to grab a box of Kleenex for this one…

IGA SMASH

Jaime Vedres has a few photographs chronicling the teardown of the downtown IGA supermarket.

I used to shop here with my family as a youth.

Daily Photo Dose

“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.

Trading one superstition for another

The godly folks of Raymond and Cardston have decided that it’d be sinful to hold Hallowe’en on a Sunday, so they moved it a day ahead of schedule. Makes me wonder why they participate in this demonic, evil holiday at all.

“…but for them, it’s the way it’s been done, and likely, the way it will always be done.”

Smart thinking.

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

Chinese “Takeout” comedy

My friend Tonia, who graduated with a masters of neuroscience at the U of L, is officially now a comedian. In Hong Kong. I like the direction this is headed.