Volume 7 • Issue 2 March - April 2017
GAME OF DRONES Foremost Hosts National Testing Range
BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE Lethbridge’s Contribution
CREATING WITH CLAY Firing up a Passion for Pottery
ROCKIN’ THE SOUTH WITH KORITE AMMOLITE
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Random Thoughts at Random Times
Mark Campbell catches up with Holly Horton, Canadian Sportscaster, who began her
career in Lethbridge
Creating With Clay
Local businessman, Craig Fawcett, shares his passion for transforming clay into works of
Ahead by a Century
Christina Scott speaks to Glenn Miller, guest curator for the Vimy Ridge exhibit currently on display at the Galt Museum
Game of Drones
Foremost becomes the first facility in Canada certified to orchestrate drone testing
Rockinâ€™ the South
Ammolite, the official symbol of Canadaâ€™s 150th anniversary
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From The Publisher Feels like we are coming out of hibernation as winter begins to loosen its nasty grip on Southern Alberta. The new year is now in full swing with exciting new ventures and celebrations in our area. The Galt Museum is currently hosting an exhibit showcasing Lethbridge’s contribution to the battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago.
Volume 7 • Issue 2 • March - April 2017
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This year, of course, is also the 150th anniversary of our nation. The Canadian government chose ammolite, the beautiful gem native to Alberta, as the official gem to celebrate our anniversary. The Korite mine in Southern Alberta is currently the world’s only legally operating source of mined ammolite. Korite has made great strides in distributing ammolite from its mine around the world and bringing attention to our area as a supplier of this world class product. Foremost, a previously little known village in Southern Alberta, has become home to the first facility in Canada certified to orchestrate drone testing. Companies nationwide are flocking to Foremost to fine tune and test their drones as this relatively new commercial mode of delivery rises to the forefront. This issue, we also visit local businessman Craig Fawcett, who besides being known as the owner of “Lethbridge Custom Canvas”, is also well-known for his pottery work that is on display at many Southern Alberta art galleries. Enjoy these stories and much more as you sit back with your favourite beverage.
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by Heather Gunn
Change the Story of Your Life
What if your life is simply an unfolding story…a dynamic, meaningful story with highs and lows, turning points and obstacles, conflicts, triumphs, successes and failures? And what if you are the main character, with your family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues written into the script to serve as catalysts for the delicate dance between your perception of life and the reality of it? Suppose, just for a moment, that you are also the writer of your story and if it isn’t working for you, you can change it.
We take so little time to fully engage with life. With blinders on, like victims of destiny, we never quite feel capable of rising above our trials and tribulations. Overwhelmed, we find it difficult to recognize any possibilities presented to us through insight or intuition, making it a challenge to acknowledge any changes we could make to our script. Our connection with something more positive and inspirational remains elusive. We remain in the dark, with a story that doesn’t fit…a story rife with disappointment and health challenges.
But you can absolutely change the poor health, the disappointing circumstances, all the things you don’t understand, and the things that aren’t working for you. There is a way to go deep inside yourself to find the answers to those eternal questions that linger, keeping you clinging precariously to the edge of a happy, healthy, joyful life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to gain valuable insight and be able to tell your story differently? You can accomplish this through connection with what is referred to as your Higher Self.
Your Higher Self is the larger, universally connected part of you. It is your connection with Source. It sees the bigger picture of your life. Always present and aware, it knows everything about you and it knows what you need to experience within your story in order to move forward spiritually. Your Higher Self knows exactly what’s happening and why it’s happening throughout the
story of your life. You can openly connect with Heather Gunn your Higher Self for growth, expansion and improved health and it’s really quite easy to do. RN, BSN, MSN Through regression hypnosis, you tap into the knowledge needed for health, happiness and contentment. In your deep, gentle state of trance, you may be surprised what your Higher Self will show you.
With the continued expansion of human consciousness, anything and everything is available for you to experience. Regardless of what you are shown, the information will always be for your highest good. There are no limits to the understanding and healing available for you. Whatever has been creating impenetrable blocks in your life can be removed and old, unhealthy issues discarded. You can finally move forward much wiser, satisfied and in control. Suppose your life is simply an unfolding story offering you unlimited opportunities for personal growth as the main character and writer. When you become part of a plot that isn’t working, what will you do to change it? "QHHT - The Truth Be Told"
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PRINT YOUR PHOTOS That great shot you got of that once in a lifetime moment or holiday? Make it physical. Photos are best when shared and what better way than to put it on your wall or in a memorable album. Digital photos are great but nothing beats having a physical print out of that moment in time.
DOWNLOAD YOUR PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHONE Make sure to backup your photos from your phone often. You never know when your phone will decide to act up, or worse get stolen. Protect those candid shots and keep them on another device as well.
FILE STORAGE Talk to anyone and you’re sure to hear a horror story about lost images - and with them the precious memories included. Digital has made our lives a lot easier in so many ways, but has also opened us, and our information, up to being vulnerable to a massive loss. As the saying goes, it’s not if your device will fail, but when. Thankfully there are some steps one can take to protect themselves from a loss.
DISCS AND EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES Burn your images to discs regularly. You can make a disc for important events or by month. Additional copies can even be stored outside of your home for added protection. External hard drives also provide a great and easy backup solution. Many can be bought at a fraction of the price they once were, and while they are also subject to failure, having your images on an external drive plus your computer at least offers that additional back up.
CLOUD STORAGE There are many options for online storage and too many to list. Look for the one that fits your needs. Some offer more secure servers than others, some offer automatic backups. Some are free while some will cost you a premium to secure your files. Keep in mind that Facebook is not the same when it comes to online storage. Those photos you’ve uploaded to your account will be severely sized down and do not keep the same information as uploading full resolution images into cloud storage. A few steps and you can ensure that your memories will be safe from device failure, theft, or even just a plain old human error.
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Holly - Holly Horton That Is
â€œIt was so good for me to move to Lethbridge and get a sense of living somewhere else in the country. And then it was good for me to take the leap to TSN and put my skills to work on a big stage.â€?
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One thing about my 20-year TV career in Lethbridge was that I had a front row seat watching talented young reporters pay their dues on their way to bigger markets and often the national stage. Holly Horton is one of those people. Holly came to Lethbridge from the big city of Toronto and learned her craft by diving into all aspects of local sports from junior A hockey to high school football. I always remember meeting Holly for the first time and thinking, “She’s nice but she sure is hyper.” Flash forward a few years after she spent time in the west and earned her spot on a coveted TSN anchor position I recall her telling me that the TSN people said she had really mellowed out and had lost a bit of her edge. I guess living out here will do that to you. Needless to say, she got her “edge” back and had a great run with the national sports network. It was fun to get to watch her in the prime of her career.
What was your childhood like growing up in Ontario? Were you into sports and what kind of an athlete were you? I had a very idyllic childhood growing up in a suburb of Toronto. I was into everything including sports and played just about all of them. There was a time when I was a speedy young thing too and could out-sprint anyone. Then about grade 7 I grew hips and that was the beginning of my athletic decline.
Was there a defining moment that made you decide that getting into sports was what you wanted to do? There was no defining moment but more a gradual realization that I had an interest in sports journalism. My mom was a high school English teacher and handed down a love of writing and performance theatre. My dad was a high school Phys. Ed. teacher who lived for sports and I loved watching them with him. It was my mother who first suggested I put the two interests together. Before getting to TSN you worked in Lethbridge. How difficult of a decision was it to move out here? It actually wasn’t that difficult at all. I missed my family of course, but I was young, supereager, ready to start my career and embark on an adventure.
What’s your takeaway from working in a small-time market like Lethbridge? How important (or not) was it to your development? I can’t stress how important it was for my development. I moved from a huge, impersonal city like Toronto to Lethbridge where I was truly welcomed with open arms. I learned so much because I was allowed to try everything and the audience was always so forgiving and enthusiastic. The people I worked with at the station had such an impact on me and I still cherish many of those friendships.
And then came the opportunity to go back to your home in Toronto and work for TSN. How special was it to get that call? It was a real shock. I didn’t think I was on their radar at all although I had been sending demo tapes to them for a few years. Achieving my dream was emotional and moving back home was the icing on the cake.
When you first got on with TSN there were fewer women than there are today. How tough was it for you to break into what was a male dominated industry? I feel it actually gave me an edge back then. It set me apart. However, I made a real effort to follow that up with substance and experience. I didn’t want to get anywhere with nothing to back it up.
What have been some of your favorite and worst sport celebrity interviews in your career? Interviewing Gretzky and Lemieux were definitely career highlights. I think I was beet red the entire time I was interviewing Lemieux. Paul Maurice was always very thoughtful and courteous. Ron Wilson, well, he was the opposite. Sam Mitchell was always a hoot. I covered women’s hockey for a few years and Haley Wickenheiser is probably the most fiercely intense competitor I’ve been around. Cassie CampbellPascal and her husband Brad Pascal let me tag along one Easter Sunday as they visited a Ronald McDonald house in Winnipeg. They are such nice people. And when JP Arencibia was with the Blue Jays, he declined an interview with me during batting practice one day because he had a team meeting. Afterwards in the locker room, he actually sought me out and apologized for it! Never had an athlete do that before. Will the Leafs make the playoffs? I don’t know if the Leafs can make the playoffs but man, they are way more fun to watch this year! Mitch Marner, he may be the lightning bolt. Can the Raptors win an NBA championship? Of course they can! They have come so close the last few years. Plus they have Drake in their corner which must count for something.
It’s been a pretty magical couple of years with the Jays. Can their success continue? It’s been so great watching the Blue Jays the last couple of years. As for what will happen next year, I think a lot depends on what happens with Edwin and Bautista. But I think it’s clearly Josh Donaldson’s team. Any regrets taking the path you took? I have no regrets with the path I took. I loved my journey and it was really important to get out of my comfort zone in a different way with every step I took. It was so good for me to move to Lethbridge and get a sense of living somewhere else in the country. And then it was good for me to take the leap to TSN and put my skills to work on a big stage.
What happened with TSN and what are you doing now? Once I had my son, I came back from mat leave and realized that working until 3:30 am and working every weekend wasn’t so great for family life. I was there for 7 years and I’m so proud of that, but when it was time to leave, I knew it. Since then, I have worked freelance for CBC, but mostly I’m just home being a mom and watching my son fall in love with sports. The memories I’m creating with him can’t be replaced. Advice for any young girl who might want to take the journey into sports that you did. Work hard! Don’t take anything for granted. Listen to anyone with more experience than you because you never know where the nuggets of wisdom will come from. And enjoy it… it’s sports!
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Creating with Clay:
Craig Fawcett shapes his future by Christina Scott â€¢ photos by Chris Yauck & Chris Fawcett
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“The metamorphic process as a lump transforms into a cylinder and opens up into a mug, bowl or pot can be quite addictive.”
It took Craig Fawcett 22 years to reunite with his first love.
Following such a long hiatus, the reacquaintance felt both scary and exciting. There was joy and comfort in seeing an old friend. Yet, the years of estrangement planted nervous questions in Craig’s mind: would the spark that existed between them so long ago still be there? Would his nimble hands produce the same electricity and magic that they once had? At first, the reunion was a bit awkward as Craig stumbled to get a feel for his ancient flame. It wasn’t long before familiarity took over and set his passion for pottery ablaze once more. Craig’s interest in pottery began in junior high. Born and raised in Calgary, Craig and his family lived a stone’s throw from Ceramics Canada, a company which serves the clay industry and arts community. One summer, he decided to utilize its services to rent a potter’s wheel.
While advancing his craft, Craig also worked with his father at Calgary Tent and Awning, where he befriended a deaf coworker. Craig had developed a keen interest in sign language since discovering that deafness was prevalent in his family’s history. He used the daily interaction with his coworker to master the language. This afforded Craig the chance to become an interpreter with the Southern Alberta Deaf Centre, where he was placed with deaf students attending post-secondary institutions. He would use sign language to translate courses and class work.
That summer, Craig taught himself to “throw”, a pottery technique widely used by professionals. Craig remembers his first creation like it was yesterday.
In 1984, Craig married. In 1985, five weeks after the birth of their first son, he and his wife Noreen moved to Puerto Rico to act as dorm parents in a school for deaf children.
Beginning in his final year of high school and shortly after graduation, Craig made the acquaintances with several well known Calgary potters including Ian McGillivray, Donna Baalbergen and Peter Price. Through each person’s mentorship, Craig became skilled in new techniques and was eventually hired to create their line of products.
The couple loved living in the Caribbean, remaining there for two years. In 1987,
“I wanted to see what I could do with a box of clay,” says Craig. “It looked like fun and I thought it couldn’t be that hard.”
“I still have my very first pot that I ever made,” he recalls with a laugh. “I decided I was going to put a nose on it, so I made a handle and poked some little holes through the nose and made a little creamer out of it so that the cream came out of the nostrils.”
“We were . . . responsible for 15 boys any time they weren’t in school,” says Craig. “It was pretty scary, but it was pretty great too.”
Applying lettering to a mug
“Initially, it doesn’t look like much, but once you start adding the spout and the handle, they take on a life of their own.” with the school in transition and a second child on the way, the couple decided to re-establish Canadian roots. They returned to Calgary and Craig resumed work as an interpreter for students.
In 1989, Craig’s father left his position as sales manager at Calgary Tent to purchase a similar business in Lethbridge. He invited Craig to join him to assist in co-managing the store, now known as Lethbridge Custom Canvas. “I thought it would be an opportunity to get. . . into a family business that had a future,” says Craig.
After his father retired, Craig took responsibility of the venture, and today, is the company president. Craig has also been teaching sign language at Lethbridge College for 26 years.
When the family relocated to Lethbridge, Craig sold all his pottery equipment to put greater focus on business and family life. The pair would spend most of the next 22 years raising their seven children in a 5,500-sq.ft. home in Stirling.
“It’s hard to find a house that can fit seven kids,” jokes Craig, noting that the home is an old Hutterite house from Rosedale Colony which the couple remodelled into a single-family unit.
The years passed and the pair rode the wave of parenthood, home schooling their children, and supporting their extra curricular activities. As the kids matured, Craig began to feel the old, familiar longing to “play in the mud” and create with clay. In 2010, Craig founded Earthen Impressions Pottery Studio, operated out of his Stirling home.
He says becoming familiar with the process again was somewhat tricky. “It was like getting back on a bike,” says Craig. “I got the wheel and I sat down to do some practice and something felt wrong. I couldn’t put my finger on it until later when I discovered that I had the wheel going backwards,” he says with a smile.
After a few initial kinks, Craig dove back into his old hobby with ease. Once his children left the nest, Craig used the newly vacant space to set up a formal studio, complete with a potter’s wheel, a TV and shelving for his work.
Trimming (footing) the bottom of a mug
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“It was like getting back on a bike.”
In 2010, Craig joined the Oldman River Potters Guild to be in the company of others who shared his passion. Displaying his work in the group’s sales and exhibitions morphed his hobby into a business as demand for Craig’s work grew. During the last six years, Craig has supplied several southern Alberta galleries; his creations can be found at The Clay Trade in Medicine Hat, and in a special space at Lethbridge Custom Canvas. Describing his work as “decorative and highly functional”, Craig creates thousands of custom pieces per year. As a production potter, Craig throws large quantities of ware such as mugs and bowls. He uses detailed glazing techniques to embellish and beautify his creations.
“I surprise myself with teapots because I like the really ornate handles on things,” he says. “Initially, it doesn’t look like much, but once you start adding the spout and the handle, they take on a life of their own.” Craig explains that he often doesn’t know what he’ll create until he sits down and gets a feel for the clay.
“The metamorphic process as a lump transforms into a cylinder and opens up
into a mug, bowl or pot can be quite addictive,” he says. “It’s therapeutic for me.”
He admits running two lucrative businesses is often a fine balancing act. When it comes to pottery, his creative juices flow best during nights and early mornings. Overseeing operations at Lethbridge Custom Canvas fills his time in between.
“I wanted to see what I could do with a box of clay.”
“[With] the technique I have for doing pottery, it doesn’t take a long time to produce if you know what you’re doing,” he says. “I try not to overdo it.” Craig adds that business ownership has played a valuable role in achieving success in the arts community.
“You have to have a certain amount of business sense to be able to sell this and to know how to price it,” he notes. “It also gives me a venue to display my work.”
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Canadian soldiers looking over the crest of Vimy Ridge on Vimy Village after the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Photo by Galt Museum & Archives
Ahead By A Century Remembering Lethbridge’s contribution to the Battle of Vimy Ridge
by Christina Scott
As the sun sets on a bloody day of combat in France’s Nord-Pas-deCalais region, Sgt. John Murray undertakes a familiar ritual. Pulling a small notebook from his pocket, he pens a letter, beginning with the words, Dear Mother. On this Easter Monday in April 1917, it’s hard for Murray to fathom that three years have passed since he left Lethbridge and the comfort of his entire world.
“I expect before long now we will look towards the end of the war,” he muses on the yellowing paper. “This year they will surely finish [or] let us hope so anyway.”
War, like many things in life, is unpredictable. Murray couldn’t have envisioned the 18 months of colossal carnage that lay ahead, nor could he have foreseen the profound place the Battle of Vimy Ridge would hold in the pages of Canadian history.
The battle took place April 9 to 12, 1917 during the First World War. After French and British forces failed to prevent enemy counterattacks in previous months, the seven-kilometre ridge in Northern France remained captured by the German army. Soon, British high command ordered the Canadian Corps to seize the ridge. The corps comprised of four divisions of soldiers from across Canada and Britain. This would be the first time all the divisions fought together.
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Photo by: Galt Museum & Archives A World War One tunic belonging to distinguished Lethbridge soldier, Jack Shields. The tunic was housed in the Galt Museum for more than 50 years before its owner was discovered. Collection of the Galt Museum & Archives
Despite this preparation, the key to success would lie in the ability to surprise the Germans with firepower. Infantry were given specialist roles such as machine-gunners, riflemen and grenade throwers. A week before the battle, Canadian and British artillery annihilated enemy positions with a near limitless supply of shells; they contained special fuses which allowed them to explode on contact. This also removed challenging combat barriers such as barbed wire.
At 5:30 a.m. on the Easter Monday of April 9, the allies including the Canadian Corps stormed the ridge, overrunning the Germans along the front. Despite heavy fire, the Canadians continued moving forward, charging machine gun nests and forcing Germans to surrender from their dugouts. After three more painstaking days of battle, victory came at a heavy price: nearly 4,000 Canadians were killed and 7,000 wounded. “It was a defining moment for Canada because all the Canadians fought together as a group,” says military historian and veteran Glenn Miller. “We had guys from coast to coast, from every town and community fighting as one.”
“It was a defining moment for Canada because all the Canadians fought together as a group.”
A German shell casing baring the inscription, Vimy Ridge 1917. Collection of the Lethbridge Military Museum
A French bayonet for the end of a rifle. The bayonet was discovered on Vimy Ridge. Collection of the Lethbridge Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Club.
18 pd Casing: An 18-pound artillery shell. Artillery was one of Lethbridge’s primary contributions to the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Collection of Glenn Miller
Referring to the victory at Vimy Ridge, Brig.-Gen. A.E. Ross famously declared, “In those few minutes, I witnessed the birth of a nation.”
This April marks a century since the battle. Miller, with the assistance of staff at the Galt Museum and Archives, has created a special exhibit to honour the anniversary.
“The Galt approached me a couple of years ago, and asked if I wanted to be a guest curator,” says Miller, who also volunteers with the museum. “I knew this 100th anniversary was coming up, so I’ve been preparing this for 10 years.” The exhibit, on display from Feb. 11 to May 27, will cover the geographical location of Vimy Ridge, the details of the battle, tactics and techniques that were used, the opening of the Vimy Ridge Monument in 1936, and more.
The exhibit will feature an interactive component that will allow visitors to learn of Lethbridge’s contribution to the battle.
“One story will talk about a soldier who got wounded in the first attack when his rifle was hit by an artillery shell,” says Miller. Lethbridge played a significant role in the success of Vimy Ridge through the provision of artillery units, each containing 140 men.
Murray, who enlisted with the Lethbridge’s 20th Battery, was a gun commander at the battle. He affectionately named his gun Babe, in honour of his youngest sister. In the April 9 letter to his mother, he asks about her and wonders if she is still in school. He talks about life in the trenches, stating: “Things here are just a bit lively . . . now. My poor old pal Neil Law got a gash in his back and he is in pretty bad shape . . . it makes me feel bad to see the old bunch go.” Quirk - 17
The exhibit will feature an interactive component that will allow visitors to learn of Lethbridge’s contribution to the battle.
The letter is one of 90 Murray wrote to his mother between 1914 and 1918 during his time in England and France. While Murray’s April 9 letter will be part of the exhibit.
Photos by: Glenn Miller
Miller had the opportunity read the letter at Vimy Ridge on one of his many trips to the historic site. “It was emotional,” he says of the experience. “Being a gunner myself, I could just appreciate it. It was my own little moment in space and time of personal remembrance trying to envision what the artillery went through that day.”
Today, Murray’s letters are housed at the Galt. “Canada’s contribution and achievements in World War One are really important to our community,” says Dana Inkster, marketing and communications officer for the Galt.
“The Galt Museum is committed to preserving Lethbridge’s military history. Each artifact [that we have] is connected to a person with a story. We tell the human history.”
“The Galt Museum is committed to preserving Lethbridge’s military history. Each artifact [that we have] is connected to a person with a story. We tell the human history.” Quirk - 18
The exhibit will also display several First World War artifacts from collections around the city. These include a German shell casing, an 18-pound artillery shell, a French bayonet, and a tunic belonging to distinguished Lethbridge soldier Jack Shields. Former museum curator Wendy Aitkens discussed with Miller the best way to display the exhibit with the space available. Miller provided the text and photos while Aitkens ensured the information was understandable to the public. Current curator Aimee Benoit helped complete the exhibit.
“It’s a privilege, but it’s also a responsibility to the soldiers to help educate Canadians, because the average Canadian today doesn’t know anything about the Battle of Vimy,” says Miller of the opportunity.
“I tried to use local examples to amplify the Galt’s collection to tell that story. It was challenging to try to tell a big, big story in four little panels.” In addition to the exhibit, University of Calgary instructor Stephane Guevremont will speak on Canada’s contributions to the Battle of Vimy Ridge as part of a presentation at the Galt April 9.
“We try to invite speakers from the community who can complement the exhibits we have,” says Inkster. “The Galt prides itself on being a place where expertise from our community can find a voice and be shared.” Miller hopes the community finds pride in the exhibit as well. “I want people to remember that it was a Canadian battle fought with a Canadian way of thinking which achieved a Canadian result. It was a huge boost to the allies’ war efforts.”
by Ginger Malacko
“Quantity is never a match for quality – even when it comes to dessert.”
I recently explained the meaning of value in a free marketplace to my young niece and nephew. They were trading Pokemon cards, and it seemed like a good opening for a lesson on capitalism. Yes, I am the weird aunt. But these precious kids of mine are growing up in a world where there is greater “supply” than there is “demand”. For practically everything. For instance, if you want a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, you don’t just have access to one or two, you have two million. We do not lack options – and yet we seem to lack meaning. While there is no value in having two million cookie recipes, there is value in finding that special one. The favorite. The one you bake time and again and bring to all the family functions and eat by the half-dozen when you’re supposed to be cooking dinner. Quantity is never a match for quality – even when it comes to dessert.
We’ve fallen so far under the spell of being able to communicate with hundreds or even thousands of people, that we think we owe our time and energy to the masses. And we let this high volume of impersonal interaction drive us. Like those girls who post a new selfie somewhere online every other
hour only to remove it seconds later if they don’t immediately get ten “likes”. We’ve gotten so wrapped up in being all things to all people, trying so hard to connect to millions, we’ve neglected to connect to the individual. And that is a shame. Because there’s a surplus of impersonal connections out there, and people are sifting through them, looking for that one perfect chocolate chip cookie. Searching for value.
What if we all stopped worrying so much about this great big intrusive world, and started focusing on how we might matter to the one, whether the interaction is business, social, or more intimate? When you’re helping a client, matter to that client. When you’re greeting a neighbor, matter to that neighbor. Matter to your kid, matter to your spouse. Don’t even think about all those others out there in the periphery. They can wait. Just think about the one whichever one you are with. Matter to that person by serving, encouraging, listening, sympathizing, and inspiring. Most of us will never be in a position to change the world, but we have limitless chances to provide real value to the individuals living in it. Don’t just eat the cookie. Be the cookie.
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Does your Protein Powder Fit your Needs? Regardless of whether you’re an athlete or just a regular gym-goer, chances are you have a tub of protein powder somewhere in your house.
But do you really know what’s inside your protein powder or how it should be used to your advantage? This article will help answer the most popular questions about protein powders.
If you can meet your protein needs with whole foods, that’s fine. If you find yourself taking in a quality whole-food source of protein three to four times a day, generally one gram of protein per pound of body weight, you might not even need protein shakes.
Although protein shakes may be a convenient way to take in calories, it doesn’t mean that they’re always the best option. Whole food sources are still your best bet for getting vital nutrients. The idea is to build your diet with a base of solid food and use a protein powder as a supplement where it’s healthy and convenient.
For those who are rushing out the door late for work in the morning, the last thing they have time for is to make a quick breakfast to kick start their day. That’s one scenario where protein shakes can come in handy.
How should post workout shakes fit into your nutrition? It’s really up to personal preference. Use whatever is most convenient. If you want to have a shake, that’s cool. If you want to make a whole food meal, that’s more than OK also. Either approach is valid, so it’s a personal preference.
Stomach sensitivity may also play a role. Some individuals have a harder time taking in whole food directly after a workout. And because solid food takes more time to digest and to break down the protein and send it to the muscles, it can be best to take a protein shake immediately following a workout, since protein shakes only take about 30 minutes to reach the muscle after ingestion. In those cases, a shake would be a proper substitution to get in a quick dose of protein.
Can the elderly take protein powders?
Doctors call age-related muscle wasting sarcopenia. Your grandparents might have accepted this as inevitable. However, health professionals now understand the process of muscle loss much better. Whatever your age is, muscle is constantly being broken down as part of normal metabolism. But in older people, muscle rebuilding slows.
Following a good diet and getting regular exercise become even more important as you get older. But several studies suggest that the current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is not enough to optimize health in elderly individuals. Protein powders may provide several benefits for the elderly population. Protein powder is easy to consume for elderly people who may have a hard time chewing other high-protein foods, such as tough cuts of meat. Using a protein powder to help meet protein requirements may also have beneficial effects on maintaining or building lean muscle mass in elderly individuals. Quirk - 20
Sources and benefits:
Sources range from whey protein (dairy) to all sorts of vegetables and come in all flavors. Vegetable protein isn’t derived from dairy, making it appropriate for those who are casein or lactose-intolerant.
Vegan protein powder blends have become an increasingly popular choice combining the power of hemp, peas, rice, quinoa, and more.. all in the same tub. These are a great choice for vegans however you do not have to be a vegan to use them.
I like rotating vegetable protein powder into my supplement schedule, first to avoid boredom and secondly to mix up my nutritional routine.
Many consumers look for a vegetable blend that may contain a whole cupboard full of supplements with the ease of consuming a single smoothie. All-in-one formulas would include added fiber, Omega-3 plant oils, numerous vegetable blends, green food concentrates, 100% of the recommended daily allowance of 13 vitamins and minerals, digestive aids and herbs to support the liver. They are simple to use and provides convenience and nutritional density.
All in One protein powders enhances lean muscle growth while strengthening the immune system and balancing blood sugar levels.
Your body wants so badly to be fueled with good food. If you’re looking for some much-needed energy, trust me, it doesn’t lie in the Grande Starbucks latte you like to enjoy or the sugar filled donut you slip in the afternoon. It is now well established that most of us are not meeting all of our basic nutrient needs through diet alone.
Adding a protein powder to your diet will help curb your appetite, build lean muscle mass, increase your metabolism and offers the advantages of easy consumption, variety and affordability.
Each one of us has a unique diagram of dietary choices that fit together like puzzle pieces. There is no perfect diet for everyone. But there is a perfect diet just for you. Enjoy the many benefits of an All in One protein while keeping your body balanced and supported. Priscilla Peltier is a natural health care practitioner at Nutter’s who writes on health & nutrition and has a passion for the latest research in natural health and diet.
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Rockin’ Southern Alberta By Thomas Porter Photos by Thomas Porter
Sample of ammonite A complete ammonite relief piece as wall décor for enhanced Feng Shui. (KORITE image)
Beauty, mystery and rarity… these qualities have driven human desire since the stone age. The relationship between these factors defines the demand for a product and are at the heart of commerce today.
Nowhere is this more evident than in a rocky excavation just south of the city where heavy equipment painstakingly works its way into the earth’s crust. Three giant track hoes scrape away at the shale while a small team of miners keep a watchful eye for buried treasure.
Calgary-based KORITE is the world’s largest producer of Ammolite, an extremely rare gemstone that is sought-after by collectors and jewellers around the world. The iridescent, multi-coloured substance is the fossilized remains of a mysterious sea creature that lived millions of years ago. During the Upper Cretaceous period, around 70 million years ago, Southern Alberta was covered by a vast inland sea. This immense water body was home to a wide variety of marine creatures. Among these prehistoric lifeforms was a squid-like mollusk with a
Samples of raw ammonite
“Pretty much every day we find something different… it’s great to be involved with something so uniquely Alberta.”
spiral shell. It is the fossilized shell of this creature that is so incredibly valuable in the marketplace today.
The ammonite Placenticeras meeki was a member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda. Modern relatives of the ammonite - like the Pacific Nautilus - still possess tentacles and the characteristic shell of their ancestors, they are just smaller. When these animals became extinct at the end of the Mesozoic era, their shells settled to the ocean floor.
In the BearPaw Sea that covered prehistoric southern Alberta, repeated deposits of silt, sand and clay preserved the ammonite shells. The process of sedimentation created a unique set of conditions which allowed the gemstone ammolite to develop. An ammonite’s shell is made of a successive layers of a carbonate mineral called aragonite. In ammolite, this foliated mineral is bonded to a matrix of sedimentary rock called BearPaw Shale. After collection, sections of this flat material are cut, polished and sealed to produce spectacular and brilliant pieces of jewellery.
KORITE’s southern Alberta operation began humbly in the early 80s. Prospectors hiked along the St. Mary River looking for exposed fossils in the eroded banks. Mine manager Rene Trudel recalls the way things used to be before the company expanded.
“We started just surface collecting as (the ammonites) fell out of the river banks,” said Trudel. “I remember carrying 100-pound packs full of samples out of the valley, sometimes 14 trips a day. I was in a lot better shape back then but it wasn’t cost effective.”
Trudel has been with the company since its inception and has watched the mineral rise from a place of relative obscurity to one of the most talked about commodities southern Alberta has to offer. Ammolite is now sold in 28 countries around the world. Here in Canada, it can be found at tourist destinations, gift shops and jewellery stores from coast to coast. There are currently more than 80 vendors in Canada with the number of accounts growing every year. Ammolite was given gemstone designation by the World Jewellery Confederation in 1981. Since then it has become recognized as a national treasure. In 2007, the City of Lethbridge declared it their civic gemstone and the Government of Canada has recently adopted it as a symbol of this country’s 150th anniversary. A cufflink sporting the new Canada Celebrates 150 logo with pieces of ammolite inset. (KORITE image) Quirk - 25
“After collection, sections of this flat material are cut, polished and sealed to produce spectacular and brilliant pieces of jewellery.”
KORITE president Jay Maull explains how worldwide demand for ammolite has skyrocketed in recent years. In light of this new demand, the company needed to grow. In October 2016, KORITE announced it would be expanding its strip mining operation by 400 per cent - from two acres to eight. “The demand in overseas markets like Asia has really grown,” said Maull. Practitioners of Feng Shui have dubbed ammolite the “SevenColoured Prosperity Stone,” revering it for its energy and healing properties. It is believed that this ancient stone has absorbed the knowledge and energy of the
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universe and can bring balance to one’s mind, body and surroundings.
Coincidentally, the Blackfoot people of Southern Alberta also believed the fossils had magical qualities. The ‘Buffalo Stone’, or iniskim, was believed to have amuletic powers and was often incorporated into medicine pouches. It was believed the stone had the power to attract buffalo and bring good luck on hunting expeditions. Gem-quality ammolite accounts for only a small portion of the fossil material excavated from KORITE’s southern Alberta mine. It is handcollected, hand-sorted and hand-
Giant diesel-powered track hoes are operated with pinpoint precision in order to careful extract the precious buried treasure.
Mine staff break for a photo opp. Standing, from left: Rene Trudel, Phil Walther, Lorin Hansen, Evan Kovacs, Schad Williams. Kneeling, from left: Eric Reno, Kirk Frenzel, Jordan Petherbridge, Joel Glazer. Missing: Steve Madsen
“KORITE’s southern Alberta mining operation is a fascinating example of resource exploration and economic diversification.” crafted by staff both in Canada and abroad. Part of this handling process involves grading by experts.
The grade or quality of a specimen is determined by a number of factors including colour range, iridescence and the reflectance. The higher the grade, the more valuable that particular piece is. The most sought-after grades, AA and AAA, exhibits three or more brilliant, well-defined colours and high reflective qualities. Only about 5 per cent of the gem-quality ammolite collected is Grade AAA. The company now employs more than 280 people worldwide, 90 of which are here in Alberta. A crew of nine men represents the front line of exploration at the mine site. Geologist and mining operative Evan Kovacs says he has been loving his job since he began with the company last spring. Although the elements can be challenging, Kovacs said, every day is exciting.
“I love rocks so for me this is amazing,” said Kovacs. “Pretty much every day we find something different…it’s great to be involved with something so uniquely Alberta.”
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A complete ammonite relief piece as wall décor for enhanced Feng Shui. (KORITE image) Foreman Eric Reno echoed Kovac’s sentiments saying he is proud to part of the KORITE team and that the opportunity he and the others have to work there is as unique as the product itself.
“You can’t find (ammonite) like this anywhere else in the world so when I see someone wearing ammolite jewellery there’s a pretty good chance I was the one who found it,” said Reno. “It feels good.”
Trudel said senior staff like veteran excavator Steve Madsen are the key to their mining operations. Ammonite mining is delicate work requiring unparalleled skill. It’s a slow, careful process only experienced operators can handle.
“I love it,” said Madsen. “I’ve been in (excavation) my whole career but this is a dream job…I got seven more years left before I retire and I want to do those years here.”
One of the things staff at the mine site are responsible for is site remediation. Trudel explains the meticulous process of bringing the land back to health after disturbance:
“One of the things we’re proud of is how we reclaim the land after,” said Trudel. “(When we start an area) we take the topsoil, the subsoil and the gravels - one layer at a time - and separate them into piles. When we are done we put them back in the same order they came out of the ground then reseed the area with the same species of grasses that were there before…People have said we have left the areas, in some cases, better than their original state.” Quirk - 28
Employment stats and a track record of environmental excellence aren’t the only things KORITE has to be proud of though. The company has also been building relationships with the science community and various levels of government. Part of this has to with other things the miners have found at the site…strange and amazing things. “We’ve found a variety of vertebrate fossils and from that developed a working relationship with experts at the Royal Tyrell (Museum of Paleontology) in Drumheller,” said Trudel. “We found several dinosaurs like Mosasaurus, a Plesiosaur and one juvenile Hadrosaur. This was really interesting because it was a land animal that somehow ended up in the sea.”
The fossils were so well preserved the visiting paleontologists found a complete, in-tact turtle in the stomach of the first Mosasaurus. Trudel said it was like they could tell what the thing’s last meal was. He went on to say the mine has also uncovered portions of a disarticulated Tyrannosaurus Rex as well.
KORITE’s southern Alberta mining operation is a fascinating example of resource exploration and economic diversification. The spectrum of decorative products made from ammolite is as vivid and varied as the light it reflects. This colourful addition to the economic landscape will continue to capture the eyes and imagination of rockhounds and jewellery buffs for years to come.
For more information about KORITE’s southern Alberta operations or where to find a retailer, visit www.korite.com
In recent years a local group has developed a particular affinity for the gemstone ammolite. Members of the Southern Alberta Rock Hounds have been turning pieces of the mineral into their own timeless treasures in much the same way the professionals do.
Rockhounds vice-president Sonya Emonds says several of the group’s core members work with ammolite on a regular basis. They make a variety of artistic pieces like pendants, earrings, belt buckles and more. But fossilized cephalopod isn’t the only rock these hounds chase…
“There are countless different types and colours,” said Emond. “Some are easier to work with than others…but you never know what somethings going to look like until you try. Something could look really ugly at first glance but once you polish it comes alive.” Shaping and polishing rocks, or lapidary, has been around for centuries. Although the technology has changed over time the principles remain the same – take something rough and make it smooth.
The SA Rockhounds have been operating in the city since the mid70s and have enjoyed a membership of as many as 40 members at times. Sonya said it is the perfect venue for people to explore their creativity in
To get started in lapidary work or become a member of the Southern Alberta Rockhounds, visit their website at www.rockhounds.ca.
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an environment where art meets science. They teach everything from identification through to the tools of the trade at their clubhouse on 10th Street North.
The club enjoys a four season approach to geologic learning. In the spring, summer and fall many members will go out on to the landscape looking for unique rocks and minerals. In the winter they come together to work the stones, carefully cutting grinding and polishing them to a mirror-like finish.
Part of the attraction to lapidary work is the meditative quality of working with your hands and getting back to nature, explained member Bob More.
Rockhound Bob More shapes a piece of jasper on the grinder at the club headquarters.
Rockhounds Vice President, Sonya Emond
More was looking for a new hobby in 2012 after he retired from the City of Lethbridge and began attending the Rockhounds meetings. He said many of the club’s membership travels around by RV on vacation in the United States and during those trips they bring home a variety of interesting rocks and minerals not found here. When they all reconvene there is a round of trading and bartering for various pieces of interest.
Club member Holly Dalton works on the surfacing wheel.
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Game of Drones: Aerial technology lifts Foremost to new heights
by Christina Scott
Thanks to a one-of-a-kind testing facility in Foremost, a Canadian company is one step closer to giving corporations the ability to deliver goods via drone.
Based out of Vaughan, Ont., Drone Delivery Canada was founded in 2013 with a mission to unlock the technology’s potential. “We looked at what we thought could be some upcoming trends in the tech world,” says company CEO Tony Di Benedetto. “Drones were an interesting area that we thought could have applications in the future.”
Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, drones are just one component in the advancement of unmanned systems technology.
According to a 2014 Fortune article, inventor Nikola Tesla first wowed audiences in 1898 with a small unmanned boat during an exhibition at Madison Square Garden. The boat appeared to change direction on command; Tesla was actually using radio frequencies to switch the system’s motors on and off. By the start of the Second World War, radio-controlled target drones were being used to train anti-aircraft gunners. Over the next 60 years, drones and other unmanned ground vehicles were primarily used for military purposes, including airstrikes, mine detection and the detection of improvised explosive devices.
In 2010, the first smartphone-controlled drone for consumers was unveiled at an electronics show in Las Vegas. Since then, recreational drone use has climbed steadily.
“The technology is readily available now,” says Doug Hanna, manager the Foremost UAS (Unmanned Air Systems) Range. “There are a bunch of companies that make consumer-level drones.”
That trend has not been lost on business and industry insiders. As aerial technology continues to develop, its capabilities have become multi-faceted, with applications in agriculture, forestry, photography, emergency response and more. As such, companies at home and around the globe are keen to harness the drone’s versatility for widespread commercial use. Sensing a chance to capitalize on this exciting opportunity, the Village of Foremost and the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) came up with the idea for the Foremost UAS range. In 2012, they submitted a proposal to create a designated class F restricted airspace to safely test drone capabilities. The airspace was approved in 2014. Drones are strictly regulated by Transport Canada. Companies wishing to fly them commercially require a Special Flight Operations Certificate from Transport Canada after submitting a lengthy application detailing technical data on the drone and its control system, as well as plans and procedures for safe operations. Quirk - 30
Geographical conditions such as fair weather, open plains and sparse population made the Foremost range the perfect location to safely unlock drone potential.
“Proving the reliability of flights beyond the visual line of sight will open a whole gamut of applications.”
Geographical conditions such as fair weather, open plains and sparse population made the Foremost range the perfect location to safely unlock drone potential. In November 2016, The Foremost range became the first facility in Canada certified to orchestrate drone testing extending beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight. A second facility in Alma, QC., is currently pending final approval from Transport Canada.
“Beyond the visual line of sight technology is what’s necessary to take this whole sector to the next level,” says Hanna. “It can open up a lot of areas for companies to work in that are currently more limited than they need to be.” Drone Delivery Canada, which trades on the Canadian Securities Exchange as FLT, is just one of several national and international companies flocking to Foremost this spring to take advantage the range’s value. They are also the first drone company in Canada to go public, with plans to commercialize in 2018.
The company’s goal is to develop the drone’s logistics platform, which includes its software and backend systems. This will make widespread delivery of goods possible from one corporate warehouse to another or from warehouses directly to customers. Until now, Drone Delivery Canada’s test flights have been limited to the skies of southern Ontario. “We need test beyond the visual line of sight to operate properly as a business and to scale,” says Di Benedetto.
He admits that the company is a long way from solidifying the concept of drone delivery, but notes the technology is advancing at an extremely rapid rate. “Ten years ago, if you were to talk to people about driverless cars, they’d think you were crazy,” he says. “Today, it’s not crazy. “We’re seeing it happen.”
Industry counterparts seem to share the company’s optimism; securing deals with retail giants Staples and NAPA Auto Parts, the company is also in discussions with several clients in various sectors.
“It’s transformational the way service delivery is changing,” Di Benedetto adds. “Retailing has gone from the traditional brick-andmortar to online. Companies are wondering how to make business more efficient in an evolving world.” Quirk - 31
“We looked at what we thought could be some upcoming trends in the tech world.”
Di Benedetto says using the rural space provided by the Foremost range is the perfect way to put their developed software to the test.
“It’s a great way to prove out a business concept, prove out this model, and further advance the technology.”
Thanks to software such as this, drones already have a range of sophisticated capabilities. Most drones are battery powered and can only fly short distances, but they are “smart” enough to fly and land autonomously when a job is complete or the batteries get low. In agriculture, drones can be programmed to follow a specific GPS pattern to capture images of farmers’ fields; this helps agronomists determine crop health and improve crop yields. In forestry, drones can capture images of forest health and relay other critical information.
As incredible as the technology has become, a trained drone pilot must always be present to monitor progress and ensure safe flying conditions. “You need to plan out the emergency procedures in case something doesn’t go right,” says Hanna. “A significant consideration for a drone pilot is visibility because up until now, everything had to remain within the visual line of sight.”
The Foremost range will allow companies to truly test drone reliability while proving that systems can fly safely beyond the visual line of sight. “Over time, that activity will help generate information for the whole sector,” says Hanna. “We will be collaborating with Unmanned Systems Canada to show the safety profiles of unmanned systems overall. These will go to Transport Canada to help get regulations in place that will work for industry and the Canadian public.”
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The advancement of drone technology and the regulations surrounding it are crucial to sustaining forward momentum in this burgeoning sector. The Foremost range plays a key role in that.
“Proving the reliability of flights beyond the visual line of sight will open a whole gamut of applications,” says Hanna.
Since the range has opened for testing, Hanna has received enquiries from a dozen Canadian companies and a handful of international ones. While Drone Delivery Canada expects to commence testing in March, six to eight other companies are set to make the trek to the Foremost range in 2017.
“This whole business is very exciting,” says Di Benedetto. “We’re making a mark in Canada with how this technology is changing the landscape. We’re very happy to be part of this piece of history.”
“Drones were an interesting area that we thought could have applications in the future.”
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LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM MY DOGS By Jean Van Kleek “There is no question where our loyalties lie, and we would all do anything to protect each other.”
Sometimes I ask myself, “if I were looking for a partner, what characteristics would I look for”? There are many things a question like this conjures up, but I realized in very little time that the attributes I would look for in a partner, are the same attributes I love about my dogs.
It’s really very simple. And simple is one of the attributes I appreciate about the dogs. Our relationship isn’t complicated, it just IS, and there are no questions lingering about intent. The door to love is wide open and expressed always with every look at each other. We’ve been together several years now, but the dogs still look at me like I’m the only one in the room and show their love in all they do. We never stay mad at each other… and a day doesn’t end without a meaningful “good night” hug. There is no question where our loyalties lie, and we would all do anything to protect each other. Sense of humour is very important. They make me laugh several times a day with their silliness, and it’s obvious many times that they are “going for the
Strawberry and Liver Make in the order as shown:
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1 1/2 cups fine cornflakes 4 whipped eggs (I use free range) 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 19 ounce can of chickpeas drained and pureed 500 grams cooked beef liver (pureed) 16 ounces of fresh strawberries (pureed)
laugh”. We stick together. We know all of the days aren’t going to be fun-filled, but we get through them together and make the best of them, because that’s what friends do.
Dogs teach us to keep things simple and real. When we do this, happiness unfolds naturally and love becomes a tangible, wonderful gift.
Spring is on it’s way!
Here is a fresh, soft, healthy, delicious cookie for dogs! Super easy to make. You will need a food processor and have a large cookie sheet ready with parchment paper. A paring knife to score the cookies to your desired size. I made this one without oats or flour!!! Yay!! I used finely crushed cornflakes in food processor. Make as fine as cornmeal, as this is our binder.
Zoe I chose strawberries for this recipe as they are now in their prime. Corn flakes contain vitamins and minerals. Liver for iron and protein, and strawberries vitamin c and beause they taste delicious.
Mix well in a large bowl. I use disposable gloves or use hands to bind together well.
Pat down on cookie sheet to about 1/2 inch thickness. Score in squares to desired size. Bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour and 15 minutes. These must be stored in fridge and /or frozen.
A very easy recipe and your doggies will love them!! *Michelle's recipes include well researched ingredients to help make your dog happy & healthy.
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The Lethbridge & District Humane Society has been a no-kill haven since its inception in early 1970. It is their goal to take care of strays and abandoned pets until a home can be found for them to thrive and have a new start in life. Some animals stay for years before finding a family to love them.
With the support of Park Pet Hospital & Northside Veterinary Clinic, Quirk would like to introduce a few of the residents who have been waiting for quite some time. Rescued pets are exceptionally loving,
and very grateful for a chance to be with you. If you have room in your home and your heart, please give the Humane Society a call to give one of these furry friends a chance to belong, and be loved.
They are a gift!
Call: (403) 320-8991 Website: lethbridgehumanesociety.com
(large mixed breed male)
Harley is a big boy who was found out on his own. He is quite calm but does love his walks/runs and playing in the compound. Harley would enjoy any outdoor activities with a new family. He cannot live with cats and would like to be adopted into a home with adults only or with older children.
Harley also loves toys and stuffies.
Sketch is a regal young black domestic short hair girl. She was born in October of 2013. Sketch is active and likes to explore. She gets along well with others, including people! Sketch is quiet and relaxed and enjoys a good cuddle.
She also has a lovely loud purr!
Skittles (tortie Siamese female, medium hair)
Skittles is a lovely looking Siamese cross who is looking for a very special home. Skittles likes to be left alone and admired from a distance! She likes to lay on a perch and watch the world go by, as long as you don't interfere with HER!! She rarely likes to be petted or fussed over, and can be very cranky if you try to pick her up. She hates to be held. Skittles doesn't like change and takes quite a while to settle in. Once she has settled, however, she goes about her business and keeps pretty much to herself. This cat will not do well in a busy home, or in a home where she is expected to interact.
Still, she's a lovable little beauty!
Ramsey is a good looking orange and white kitten, about 6 months old. He loves to play wi his toys, and with his siblings. He's got a great purr, which he uses as soon as you pick hi up! He's energetic and fun, very entertaining to watch. He'sCats presently residing at th • Medical & Surgical Care for & Dogs Lethbridge Humane Society, but is looking for his very own Forever Home!
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(black & white male)
Barney is a spunky youngster; he`s very energetic and full of mischief. He loves to wrestle and play with the other kittens! Barney came to the Humane Society this summer with his mother and siblings. He has been in foster care and is used to other cats, large dogs, and people! He is a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly. He likes to help people with their chores - especially cleaning the litter box!
Barney likes to snuggle and often lays on his back waiting for a belly rub!
(grey and white female)
Dusty is a pretty cat who was born in January of 2014. She is a quiet cat who likes people and may tolerate another cat, however she has not made many cat friends in the cat room. Dusty has not liked dogs in the past and became stressed when she lived with one.
She is looking for a quieter home where she can live in comfort.
(black medium hair female)
Angelina is a sweet, loving, petite young cat - an absolute little doll! She came to the Humane Society this summer with her kittens, and has been in foster care until now. Angelina gets along with everyone; cats, kittens, people, and especially dogs - large dogs!! She's not much more than a kitten, and loves to play; she happily carries around tiny toy mice or races up and down climbing trees! Angelina likes attention, although mostly SHORT snuggles, and likes to be brushed and fussed over.
She's very easy to handle and is going to be a wonderful companion!
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