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Calgary budget ‘strikes the right balance’: mayor – Calgary

Calgary budget ‘strikes the right balance’: mayor - Calgary

Early Thursday evening, Calgary city council passed its budget adjustments for 2021, largely intact from what administrative officials recommended. “In the end, we were able to provide citizens of Calgary with a 1.77 per cent tax decrease — about 1.5 per cent decrease for residential taxpayers and almost two per cent decrease for business taxpayers,”…

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Vandalism of Black Lives Matter mural investigated as hate crime by Calgary police – Calgary

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Investigators from the Calgary Police Service’s hate crimes unit are investigating the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter mural in the community of Sunnyside. Detectives believe the mural was targeted between Friday and Saturday, when it’s believed vandals “used white paint in an attempt to cover up the BLM artwork.” Read more: Calgary Black Lives…

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Calgary Black Lives Matter art vandalized in northwest park for second time – Calgary

Calgary Black Lives Matter art vandalized in northwest park for second time - Calgary

Black Lives Matter art has been vandalized once again in a northwest Calgary park.  A mural in Sunnyside was defaced sometime in the last 24 hours according to a containR park spokesperson. “It definitely hurt us,” said Kay L, executive director with BLM YYC.  “We feel this is a symbol of fighting for equality and…

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Calgary’s Pride, Trans Pride crosswalks to be repainted after ‘BLM’ vandalism – Calgary

Calgary’s Pride, Trans Pride crosswalks to be repainted after ‘BLM’ vandalism - Calgary

A permanent rainbow crosswalk in downtown Calgary will be re-painted after being spray-painted with “BLM” — the acronym for Black Lives Matter – last month. It’s not known exactly when the vandalism occurred, but Calgary Pride shared the news publicly in a tweet on Sept. 27. Calgary Pride has been made aware of the BLM spray paint on the…

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Calgary police provide update on anti-racism, use of force work – Calgary

Calgary police provide update on anti-racism, use of force work - Calgary

The chief and executive for the Calgary Police Service provided an update to the Calgary Police Commission on some of the anti-racism work they’ve been doing since a September meeting with Calgary city council admitting the anti-racism work needed to be done. Of the 11 areas of anti-racism work CPS identified, the service has been…

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Walkout set for Thursday after Calgary Catholic School District teacher uses N-word in video: BLM – Calgary

Walkout set for Thursday after Calgary Catholic School District teacher uses N-word in video: BLM - Calgary

Students have planned a school walkout on Thursday to draw attention to alleged recent racist incidents inside Calgary Catholic School District classrooms and demonstrate against systemic racism in the education system. As students stand in solidarity with peers across the city, the goal is to create a safer learning environment for all youth. Read more:…

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Calgary Pride to leave BLM vandalism on downtown rainbow crosswalk in support of movement

Calgary Pride to leave BLM vandalism on downtown rainbow crosswalk in support of movement

A permanent rainbow crosswalk in downtown Calgary has once again been spray painted, but this time Calgary Pride said it won’t be removing the graffiti. In a tweet Sunday evening, Calgary Pride explained that “BLM” — the acronym for Black Lives Matter — had been spray-painted on the crosswalk. It’s not known when the vandalism…

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Petition calls for MRU professor be fired over controversial, ‘racist’ comments – Calgary

Petition calls for MRU professor be fired over controversial, ‘racist’ comments - Calgary

There are more than 2,200 signatures on a petition calling on a Mount Royal University professor to be fired after controversial comments she made earlier this week. The petition is demanding the school “condemns Widdowson’s hateful actions against the BIPOC community and that she is terminated for her racist remarks.” Associate professor Frances Widdowson calls the…

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City of Calgary proposes Black Lives Matter mural, will replace long-standing downtown painting – Calgary

City of Calgary proposes Black Lives Matter mural, will replace long-standing downtown painting - Calgary

A new Black Lives Matter mural proposed for downtown Calgary is causing some controversy. City council has approved spending $120,000 on four murals highlighting Black Lives Matter themes, with the first mural planned for the side of a building formerly occupied by the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS). It’s proposed that the mural be created…

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Inclusive Literature initiative looks to provide more diversity in Calgary’s elementary schools – Calgary

Madeline Antony has crafted a new initiative to bring more representation to BIPOC students through reading materials.

A new initiative spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement is looking to introduce reading materials that better represent people of colour to elementary students in Calgary. The Inclusive Literature initiative was created by university student Madeline Antony after reading about the shortage of representation for Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) in current…

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