Funding for BMO Centre expansion in place

The federal government has pledged $166 million of funding to expand Calgary’s biggest event centre.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Phillipe Champagne announced the government funding on Tuesday. Champagne says “the expansion will support significant growth for the local economy”.

In addition to the funding from the federal government, The provincial government of Alberta and The City of Calgary will match the $166 million. the Calgary Stampede will also pitch in $3.9 million dollars.

“The expansion will support significant growth for the local economy”

Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Phillipe Champagne

In order for the planned expansion to occur, the Stampede Corral, Archie Boyce Theatre, and one hall of the current BMO Centre will have to be demolished. The planned expansion will make the BMO Centre the second largest convention centre in Canada.

-Darin Bain




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The Winter X Games are coming to Calgary

Calgary has been granted the exclusive Canadian rights to host the Winter X Games for a minimum of three years.


“We’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta”

This will be the first time the event is hosted by a Canadian city since the Winter X Games began back in 1997.

It is estimated that the X Games could bring in around 75,000 spectators a year and could contribute around $75 million in economic activity for the city.

Calgary-based companies Manifesto Sport Management and Insight Productions Ltd. are currently working with Tourism Calgary to organize the event.

“With the incredible support of our sport, community, tourism and government partners, and, of course, Canada’s athletes, we’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta,” said Russell Reimer, president of Manifesto Sport Management.

Organizers say the games will likely get under way in late February or early March of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

-Austin Lee

Calgary police officer sues CPS over allegations of sexual harassment and ‘outrageous conduct’

A Calgary Police officer who is on stress-leave, has launched a lawsuit against the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Police Association and the office of the chief of police. Kimberly Prodaniuk, 39, is pursuing compensation, alleging claims of sexual harassment, intimidation and “outrageous conduct”.

“The Calgary Police Association supports and advocates for our members vigorously, and refute[s] these claims,”

Lawyers representing Prodaniuk filed statement of claim for her. This statement of claim has numerous allegations that are unproven, which includes:

  • Being encouraged to have fake orgasms in public
  • Being forced to work alone numerous times after reporting inappropriate behavior
  • Being threatened by a fellow officer that he would spread sexual rumors about her
  • Being encouraged to perform oral sex on a bag of frozen peas during her ISTAT training
  • Being asked by a fellow officer to “describe the best blow job you’ve ever given”
  • Being told by the head of the CPA that she seemed like a “sensitive little girl”
  • Being encouraged to approach a man at a grocery store and ask him for a threesome
  • Being flirted with by a fellow male officer

The statement claims Prodaniuk also suffers from economic damages from not working, damages to her reputation and damages to her mental health since the beginning of her career as an officer.

“The Calgary Police Association supports and advocates for our members vigorously, and refute[s] these claims,” explains Lee Kaminski, President of the Calgary Police Association. “We will be filing our statement of defence in short order.” Kaminski further explains.

The lawsuit does not mention any amount of money that Prodaniuk is seeking. None of the defendants have filed a statement of defence.

Charlye Caldwell

It’s magic number 3 for Trojans

3 is the magic number for the Trojans Men’s basketball team. Not only did the team three-peat as ACAC champions after a title win against Concordia University. John Smith,Charlie Connor and Ian Tevis all have been named to conference all star teams.

The three players were rewarded for their fine seasons and recognized by the league as among the best who suited up this year. John Smith and Charlie Connor took home South Division first team all star selections while Ian Tevis was named to the second team. Both Smith and Connor are eligible to return next season while Tevis will move onto the next chapter of his life.

I’m always smiling and having fun, but I didn’t have that today, I was focused like I have never been before. . . I worked so hard for this.”

Tevis led the Trojans on Saturday night with a game-high 35 points. Not only was he named the Player of the Game for his team, he also walked away with the Tournament MVP award. Tevis said ” I’m always smiling and having fun, but I didn’t have that today, I was focused like I have never been before… I worked so hard for this. I came to SAIT for these games,” finished Tevis. “For me to come out here, and get the job done with this group of guys is really special.”

Up next for the team, they head out to Langley BC for the national tournament where they will aim to have similar success and hopefully be crowned champions once again.

Ryder McKay

Former Calgary Flames legend gets his number retired

It was a very special night on Saturday as Jarome Iginla had his number 12 jersey retired in a heartwarming ceremony.

The Flames legend spent 16 seasons with the club. He achieved the franchise record for games played, goals, as well as points. He was also known for his service to the community, as he raised $800,000 for KidSport.

“I won over and over again every day for the 20 years that I played in the NHL.”

Iginla went on to to speak about his time in the NHL, as well as how much the Flames organization and fans meant to him throughout his career. He went on to say “I won over and over again every day for the 20 years that I played in the NHL.” As he spoke about how much hockey meant to him.

Besides retiring his jersey, the Flames honored Iginla by paying $50,000 to his charity of choice, KidSport.

Iginla joins an exclusive club consisting of Mike Vernon, and Lanny McDonald to be the only Flames to have their jerseys retired.

-Logan Stein

City council to decide if Calgary will add fluoride to its water

Calgary city councilors are heading back to the table to discuss whether or not the city should add fluoride to our drinking water.

Calgary has not had fluoride in its water since 2011, and over the years fluoridation has been a big debate. The city of Edmonton uses fluoride in its water, and a study done in 2016 by the University of Calgary found that kids in Edmonton have less cavities as apposed to kids in Calgary.

Calgary city council voted 13-2 Monday night for the University of Calgary’s O’Brien institute for public health to closely examine the advantages and disadvantages of fluoridating Calgary’s water.

“I believe that we need to do our homework this time and get it right, whatever the results may be. ” -Calgary city councilor, Diane Colley-Urquhart

Calgary city councilor Diane Colley-Urquhart says she is pleased with councils decision to reopen the topic of fluoridation. She wants to make sure the issue is dealt with properly though, as she said “I believe that we need to do our homework this time and get it right, whatever the results may be. ”

-Jayden Wasney