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Alberta Views Magazine

March 2019

Alberta Views is the must-read magazine for those shaping the new Alberta. Well-educated, savvy citizens turn to the magazine when they want great writing and analysis.

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read healthy

Michael Pollan boiled a lifetime’s worth of wisdom down to seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The idea is that what we eat affects how we feel and ultimately our overall health. Just as food enters our bodies and becomes part of us, so too the information we take in fills our consciousness and shapes our sense of reality. Thus Pollan’s logic seems to apply to news media consumption as well.Pollan’s first rule, essentially, is to eat healthy food—not “food products” designed more for convenience or manufacturer profits than nutrition. It isn’t always easy to tell these apart. But clearly we wouldn’t eat things with alarming ingredients given to us by strangers with suspect motives. The same goes for media, particularly online. If an author seems only…

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Jackie Flanagan (“Do Angels Watch Over My Bed at Night?” p 33) founded Alberta Views in 1998. A born-and-raised Albertan, she was a long-time instructor at Mount Royal College. In 1998 her short story collection Grass Castles was published by Bayeux Arts.Graham Thomson (“Take Us to Your Leader,” p 26) has worked in radio, TV and print as a reporter, producer and political columnist, and wrote for the Edmonton Journal from 1995 to 2018. He is now a columnist for Alberta Views as well as a contributor to CBC and iPolitics.Joey Podlubny (“Lens of Respect,” p 42) is a documentary photographer based in Calgary. He grew up in small-town Alberta, worked at newspapers and magazines, and now, as a freelancer, documents people and places often misunderstood. His new book is…

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RE “COLD PIPE, HOT RHETORIC” (Jan/Feb 2019): Noted local author Chris Turner declares in his “closer look” at the Trans Mountain [TMX] debate: “Pipeline proponents’ position has been mostly straightforward.” I’ll question that assertion.Proponents say we need “access to tidewater” to diversify our markets and get out from under US dominance. A very unstraightforward position. To date, all the tankers leaving Vancouver, loaded with our bitumen, have headed for the US coast—California or the Gulf. No diversity of markets there! What’s more, the differential is worse in Asia than in North America… so shipping our raw bitumen off to China makes no economic sense.Proponents also tell us our price differential is because we don’t have access to the BC coast. Raw diluted bitumen, however, can’t be spun into sweet light…

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the scene

We Are Not Alone playwright and actor Damien Atkins asks: Do you believe in aliens and UFOs?THEATREEDMONTONMatildaBy Roald Dahl, adapted by Dennis Kelly, Citadel Theatre, Maclab Theatre, until Mar 17We Are Not AloneBy Damien Atkins, Theatre Network, Roxy on Gateway, Feb 14–Mar 13Come From Away, Broadway Across Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Mar 12–17LungsBy Duncan Macmillan, Shadow Theatre, Varscona Theatre, Mar 12–31Guys and DollsBy Damon Runyon, MacEwan Theatre, Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall, Mar 20–30MiddletownBy Will Eno, U of A Studio Theatre, Timms Centre, Mar 28–Apr 619 WeeksBy Emily Steel, Northern Lights Theatre, Studio Theatre, Arts Barns, Mar 28–Apr 13See “Goddesses of Creation” at the AGA.CALGARYAssassinating ThomsonBy Bruce Horak, Lunchbox Theatre, until Mar 2The Scarlet LetterBy Phyllis Nagy, Theatre Calgary, Max Bell Theatre, Feb 26–Mar 23The New Canadian Curling ClubBy Mark…

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must-see exhibition

These works by Maxwell Bates (b. Calgary, 1906, d. Victoria, 1980) are drawn from the collection of the late Margaret Hess, an academic, rancher and local arts supporter. The exhibit, curated by David Smith, spans five decades of Bates’s career.Woman in Flowered Hat, 1947, oil on canvas, 23.5" × 20".The Family with Pears, 1929, oil on wood board, 24" × 20".Untitled, oil on canvas board, 16" × 20".UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART COLLECTION; GIFT OF DR. MARGARET (MARMIE) HESS, 2017 ■…

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spot public art young at heart

In this mural, based on a 1946 photograph, youth and adults play shinny and skate on an ice rink that used to be where Red Deer’s City Hall Park is now. The Red Deer Armoury, where the Library’s children’s and teen’s departments are now located, can be seen in the background.Artist: Shane YoungLocation: West wall, Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 StMaterials: Acrylic paint and plywoodUnveiled: 2015 ■…