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Remembering Paul Wilkinson

Guest Blog from John Pentland, Minister Hillhurst United Church

NewScoop YYC is pleased to share this guest blog from John Pentland, Minister of Hillhurst United Church . Today Hillhurst heard the sad news of Paul Wilkinson’s death. Many would know him as “Smokey”. He was a constant figure around Hillhurst for six or seven years. He sat in our pews, he ate lunch in

Conversations for the Common Good: The Neighbourhood Edition

Asset Based, Place and Neighbour Friendly Approaches to support Vibrant Neighbourhoods and Resilient Citizens

e are pleased to host Howard Lawrence and Anna Bubel from Edmonton to share their work with The Edmonton Community Development Corporation, The 1000 Families Project and The Abundant Communities Initiative in three workshops on February 10 and 11. Registration for these workshops will be available shortly. Neighbourhood Edition:  Section A – Introducing The Edmonton

Holy Smokes, Is All of Calgary Here?

Elders Teaching Hosted by Vibrant Communities Calgary and St Mary's University

This wonderful comment by Wilf McDougal captured the spirit of the recent Elders Teaching event hosted by Vibrant Communities Calgary and St Mary’s University. Everyone was surprised by the number and diversity of people who took advantage of the opportunity to listen with friends and strangers to stories and teaching from Elders from Treaty 7

1000 Families

Building the Assets of People and Communities

There are families in Alberta living on $22,000/year. Anyone who buys groceries knows that $22,000 doesn’t go far. According to Statistics Canada, the poverty line – also known as the low-income cut-off (or “LICO”) – is a family income of $44,000/year. A family of four living below the LICO devotes a larger share of its

What is Chrismukkah?

Hospitality on December 24 at the U of C Faith and Spirituality Center

Each homemade ornament is blue – the colour of Israel, cut in the shape of the Jewish star, and decorated with glitter glue. Printed on the center are excerpts from the New Testament.

They will be used to decorate Christmas trees at Chrismukkah, an event hosted by the Faith and Spirituality Center at the University of Calgary on December 24th.

We have on this earth what makes life worth living

Our visit to the Syrian Refugee Christmas Party at the FCJ Retreat and Renewal Center on Saturday December 17 began with videos from Aleppo. NewScoop YYC videographer, Barb Briggs, watching videos of people fleeing Aleppo, was moved to tears by what she saw. She felt powerlessness at seeing such trauma from so far away and asked, “Is there anything that I can do?”

The New EconomyCreating a Thriveable Future

Do You Know Where Your Money is?

Or New Frontiers for Local Investing!

Do you know where your money is? Most of us don’t, and if we did, we might be dismayed to find that it’s invested in the very companies we avoid like the plague. Or at the very least, we sometimes roll over in the middle of the night, when our money hasn’t come home yet and wonder . . .in which country is it hanging out? Doing what?


“I find that everyone is geeky in their own way,” Chic Geek’s founder, Kylie Toh, says encouragingly.

Chic Geek is a volunteer-run, safe and supportive group that holds a place for women to try out technology in Calgary. It hosts meet-ups and seminars for the tech-curious, and next week, on November 16, will present their “Geeky Summit.”

Reading the Community Tea Leaves

Seeing the Future of a Successful Business District: Community and Commerce

Did you know the Kensington Business District was the location of one of the highest participation events in the launch of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, the latest from the Land of Harry Potter? There were Harrys, Hermiones and Dumbledores taking over the streets of Kensington as they lined up to get the new book from Pages bookstore.


    Neighbourhood Edition: Section C

    11/02/2017 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm - Neighbourhood Edition:  Section C - Abundant Communities Calgary, Getting it started in Calgary and in your neighbourhood Saturday February 11, 9:30am – 2:00 pm Awaken Church (located at Bow Waters community Church) 6508 Bowwood Dr N.W. Lunch and Refreshments Included Become an Individual member and get a discounted

      Neighbourhood Edition: Section B

      10/02/2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Neighbourhood Edition:  Section B - Beer Pizza and Door Knocking with Howard Lawrence, An Experiential Workshop in Neighbouring Friday February 10, 4:00pm – 8:00pm Prairie Sky Cohousing Co-operative, 100 403 31 Ave NE Calgary We will experience saying hello to strangers, learning more about the Abundant Communities Initiative in Edmonton and enjoying a meal together. Become an

        Neighbourhood Edition: Section A

        10/02/2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Introducing The Edmonton Community Development Corporation, The 1000 Families Project and The Abundant Communities Initiative Friday February 10, 10:00am – 3:00pm Tuxedo Park Community Association 202 29 Ave NE Calgary Become an Individual member and get a discounted

        Our StoryNew Scoop and Journalism

        International Journalism Cooperatives, Unite!

        A world co-operative network intends to gather press co-operatives from around the world! The day before the closure of the International Summit of Co-operatives 2016, a group of journalists working within co-operatives of press established in Canada, Portugal and France, decided to link their efforts to promote the co-operative values in the world.