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They can do nothing wrong. Even when they loose 10 games out of 12, they are our team, we follow their every move, they make us believe at the beginning of the season we will win the cup, and then at the end, they loose all their matches... but we are still keen and eager supporters. :cry: What can we say...

Recently all of the Flames supporters are in shock. One of those dirty, really really dirty (sis man :o) Dallas players (Mark Fistric), hit our innocent :P boy, Eric Nystrom, with Nystrom's own helmet. Now fist fights in the NHL is quite normal... but using foreign objects like helmets will put you in big trouble. HERE is the full story with the video.

Skating is not for sissies. We are trying, and it is not that easy. Lets just say we will keep on trying for some time to come. :lol: What amazes us is that these guys fight on the ice. We have also noticed that a ref will let the fight go on till they stop fighting... If you want to see some good fights, go to YouTube, and type in "Best Hockey Fights Ever", and then you get THIS LINK. It is quite amazing. We were surprised when one of our friends said: "What, you saw a fight and hockey game broke out!?! :lol:" But after a year and a bit in Canada, we laugh now too. Its just part of the game.

Just for the record... The Flames only defend themselves in ALL given situations. We have always been on the unfortunate receiving end. It is very difficult to be good at hockey and innocent at the same time. :lol: But the Flames do it with grace.

Anyways, the Flames are not doing so great this year, Vancouver is the best in the North West Division, we are 3rd, and then 5th place is the Edmonton Oilers, who we have beaten last night (6-1). Go Flames, Go!!!!

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EvB
Just for the record... The Flames only defend themselves in ALL given situations. We have always been on the unfortunate receiving end. It is very difficult to be good at hockey and innocent at the same time. :o But the Flames do it with grace.

Anyways, the Flames are not doing so great this year, Vancouver is the best in the North West Division, we are 3rd, and then 5th place is the Edmonton Oilers, who we have beaten last night (6-1). Go Flames, Go!!!!

Certainly echoing this!!. What really brings a warm feeling is the singing of the Canadian anthem, not just at hockey game but all sporting and public events, it is a nice feeling , even though the road to PR and citizenship is still very long ahead. It is wonderful to be amongst people that are "really patriotic towards their country and their flag - a true sense of belonging!"

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johankok

Winter is gone :) and we cannot ski anymore - have to go to Jasper (actually deep in the mountains) to keep skiing...

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Dedré

I know.... :) Now is the worst time in the world to see Calgary for the first time. It looks like Johannesburg in winter dusted with small rocks and sand. If you don't dig deeper, you just won't love it.

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Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell
hi all

thanks for the concerns guys, we are fine, we are well, happy and enjoying Canada a lot. Studies going well, kids are happy in school, work experience is coming along as well (HOW DO YOU SPELL CANADA? "H-A-P-P-Y") .

The 5 houses that burnt down happened on the western side of Citadel in Calgary. We live on the eastern side of Citadel. It is ironic, in SA one is constantly concerned with crime issues, here in Canada (or shall I say "I") one is (I am) more concerned with fire hazards . Houses can catch fire quite easily if one is not careful. We take extra precaution.

Kind Regards

About two weeks ago, my son who is a First Responder, went on a call to a local retirement complex.

A fire had started on the balcony of one of the residents.

Source of the fire?

A bottle that caught some sun rays, (in February nogal, when the sun is not even that warm here), and set some paper on the balcony alight.

You are so right, EvB; taking extra precaution is doing the right thing.

Who would have thought a bottle + sun rays + paper would start a fire when it's still supposedly winter?

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Rolé

Hey Johan & Derdré, don't despair, Calgary is probably going to see a lot more snow before this winter is finally over. I love this warmer weather.

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Chinook</font></span><div><br></div><div>One of the blessings (or curses, depending on your outlook) of living in Calgary is the occasional Chinooks that come through town with its distinctive cloud formation:</div><div><br><div align="center"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5574041469_9d1747710f.jpg"></div><br><br>We are experiencing another one today. The Chinook (pronounced "shinook") is an interesting phenomenon particular to the prairies, and in Calgary specifically due to the Bow Valley forming a natural funnel for these warm winds which can raise winter temperatures by 20+ degrees (Celcius) for days, sometimes weeks at a time. It is a dry, warm wind which can melt a foot of snow in as little as a day. Older folk can often tell you when one is approaching, because it wreaks havoc on arthritis sufferers and some have been known to develop serious migraines as well!<br><br>Read more on this interesting natural phenomenon on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinook_wind" class="bbc_url" title="External link" rel="nofollow external">Wikipedia</a>.

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Dedré

Today is the start of the greatest outdoor event in the northern hemisphere for the 99th time. The Calgary Stampede is kicked off by the Calgary Stampede Parade. William and Kate will be leading the parade this year. The whole city takes a holiday, businesses come to a halt and there are free breakfasts all over town. It is an awesome week for vendors as they make half their yearly revenue in one week!

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Dawn

Who saw the northern lights over Calgary last night?

I have the aurora watch on my email account but the advisories usually come through too late for me to see them. Last night my daughter texted me from Saskatoon at 11.30pm to say that she was watching the lights. I jumped out of bed and ran upstairs where the windows face north. Looking out over the city we watched for about 10 minutes as the green curtains of light intensified and faded over and over, interspersed with the occasional "spotlight" of green reaching right up into the sky. It was mesmerizing! This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to see the aurora borealis without having to leave home. What a privilege!

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Dedré

Darn, we missed it completely... I wish we knew. We have the watch on our phone too, but baby wasn't feeling so good, and we didn't even look at our phones to see what's up... Fortunate you!

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Who saw the northern lights over Calgary last night?

I have the aurora watch on my email account but the advisories usually come through too late for me to see them. Last night my daughter texted me from Saskatoon at 11.30pm to say that she was watching the lights. I jumped out of bed and ran upstairs where the windows face north. Looking out over the city we watched for about 10 minutes as the green curtains of light intensified and faded over and over, interspersed with the occasional "spotlight" of green reaching right up into the sky. It was mesmerizing! This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to see the aurora borealis without having to leave home. What a privilege!

Oh my word!!! That sounds amazing! We are arriving in Calgary next week Sunday and you have just succeeded in making even more excited (if that's even possible). Thanks for the post biggrin.gif

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Dedré
I was wondering how weather like this impacts your day to day life?

Many comments have been made both on and off the forum, about how canadian weather is the least of your worries.

Maybe it will more obvious to people living through snow like this, but to me this snow looks to seriously impact where and when you can go anywhere in the city.

Not to mention the shoulders you must build chucking snow. :)

I just realized I never got back to you on this... the year gone by was the busiest ever and I do apologize.

The snow is always a topic here in Calgary. It's always too much and unwanted by locals, because it means the sun won't shine and lots of other problems. At first I thought people just hated snow and they are weird for not liking it... till we got stuck in it. From that day forward my husband hates the snow and I love it... knowing what the drawbacks are :P

In Calgary the theory is that we don't get enough constant snow, so the City doesn't know how to deal with it. People complain regularly that the snow plow (the way they spell it here - not plough) don't come out soon enough and that they just don't plow the streets enough. The City have the excuse that there isn't enough money in the budget to better the snow removal situation. I am of the opinion that they should employ (or contract) one of the managers from the other cities who are in charge of snow removal and just learn from them... But heck... what do I know.

Last October, the city decided to add snow routes and to declare parking bans. Once it is declared you have to remove your car if it is parked in a snow route on the street. A snow route is normally where the Calgary Transit buss routes go. They are marked as follows:

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How Snow Routes work

- Snow Routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes.

- The City will issue an advisory when a Snow Event is expected in the forecast. This advisory is meant to serve as a warning that parking may soon be banned on designated Snow Routes. Vehicles should be moved as quickly as possible following this advisory.

- The City will declare a Snow Event if five centimetres or more of snow accumulates on the road. Snow Route parking bans will be in effect for 72 hours or until The City declares they have been lifted. Declarations are made through local radio and TV stations, and will be publicized on this webpage and through other communications channels (see below for more information).

- Snow clearing operations will be ongoing. Parked cars must be moved from Snow Routes immediately when a Snow Event is declared. Vehicles that remain parked on these roads during the ban are subject to enforcement, up to and including a parking tag and tow.

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Now, for SAcans, this does not pose as a problem, because we all park our cars in the garage... In Canada though, your garage is a storage place for all sorts of crap"pies" and toys. With the emphasis on crap"pies" and storage. So for the average Canadian this is a problem if you live on a snow/buss route, because your cars are all parked in the driveway and the street. With all the snow that fell since Sunday, the city declared the second-ever snow route parking ban that went into effect at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, and within the first hour and a half 215 tickets were handed out to the tune of $75 dollars or $40 if you pay within ten days.c78aa987415bb7f72accf6d4b597.jpg

People are upset with the City though, complaining that there isn't enough signage and that communicating it to the public wasn't done quite so well. Ald. John Mar Ward-8---John-Mar_reasonably_small.jpg

(our elected member of a municipal council) was among almost 1,300 Calgarians who got a ticket for leaving his vehicle parked on a snow route during Tuesday’s snow event — and he's unhappy about it.. last night on the news though he said "I will pay my ticket first and then take it up with the parking authorities." The possible income for the City due to this is between $52 000 and $97 500! He first commented that the amount of tickets handed out was excessive and then again on his twitter page said "... actually, it was money well spent!"

During the first Snow Event a whopping 4000 warning were handed out (according to Global News).

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dlam

Dawn/Dedre I jus theard on the radio while driving home that tonight will be another night for the northern lights. They said unfortunately Edmontonians will not see it because we were under a cloud cover the whole day and the cloud layer will stay over night. So unfortunately for us, but I hope Calgary has clear skies tonight.

Talking about the snow route bans, they have added this in Edmonton this winter, but not a permanent ban. It was permanent but people complained a lot so they changed it to a 48 hour ban after it snowed. This way the snow plows and graters can clean the bus routes quicker. They finish the job now within the 48 hour period. The other day over 400 cars were ticketed and towed in one day. The city made a couple of thousand dollars that day, but I am not sorry for those people. If they do not want to adhere to the rule, then tough luck. The moment the graters are done with the bus routes they clear the residential streets that are not on the bus route. But we were lucky, we didn't have near as much snowy days this winter as we had last winter (2010/2011).

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Dawn

The solar storm on the go now should make for a spectacular display of lights. Not sure that the sky is going to be clear enough for us either, though. I'll go outside around 10.30pm and have a look.

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Dedré

Oh WOW, awesome! I am staying up to see this! Thanks for the tip! Whoohooo might be my first Northern Lights tonight. I even spent last night looking out for it...

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dlam

As they have forecasted Edmonton stayed under a cloud cover. Were you guys able to see anything in Calgary?

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Dedré

No... it is so sad, we had cloud cover too. And the worst of it is by 5 this morning the baby was up and I tried to see what I could, but nothing. The display was gone :( But no more cloud cover this morning!

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Guest Barbara

Here is a photo I borrowed from Calgary's northern light display earlier this week.

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Dedré

Its and awesome picture. It looks like its taken at sunset. Hoping to see a display tonight... Nothing yet...

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Dedré

Nothing again last night or this morning... :(

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Dawn

On Saturday night we celebrated our anniversary by attending a show at Jubilations Dinner Theatre next to the Westbrook Mall in SW Calgary. This was the second time we'd been there and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The show was a spoof on Corner Gas, situated in Cat Creek, Saskatchewan, rather than Dog River and, for those who like the TV programme, the characters, thinly disguised, were hilarious.

The menu featured soup and a Weed Whacker salad; entrees included Cow Tipping (Alberta choice prime rib - delicious), Heritage Days Chicken, Cat Creek Catch (a tortilla crusted tilapia) and Prairie Pasta (Tortellini loaded with cheese and herbs and covered in garlic cream sauce). Deserts were a choice of Black Velvet cake or Apple Crisp. Cocktails such as Gas Guzzler, Diesel Delight and Moose Juice help the food go down.

During the course the cast mingle with the audience, and help to serve the food, always staying completely in character. Members of the audience are invited to join in the production at various times throughout the play.

All in all, Jubilations offers Calgarians a fun evening out at a very reasonable price. Check it out, we'll certainly be going again.

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Dedré

The apartment we lived in after we landed was close to Westbrook Mall. I didn't even know they had such fun theater productions.

Cocktails such as Gas Guzzler, Diesel Delight and Moose Juice help the food go down.

That sounds like something that should be tried.

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Dedré

And Calgary changed into a winter wonderland in a few hours. From no snow on the ground to so much we don't want to drive in it and just stay home! :lol: So beautiful though. I turned on the Christmas lights... :D but hubby said we are not rednecks... so he turned it off. :(

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Wolverine

Beautiful pics. Can't wait to get there myself.

Looks like Coventry hills. Are you staying in Cov. Hills?

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Dedré

And today the sun is shining as if it never snowed last night... :lol:

Bruce, we live in Auburn Bay. Where you chose WAY north, we chose WAY south. Both of us will be living on the edge of the city.

We are HERE.

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