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Alberta Views Magazine

April 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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FICTIONThe Death of Annie the Water Witcher by LightningAudrey J. WhitsonMajestic, Alberta, is a small town on the brink of collapse after a drought. When local woman Annie Gallagher is struck by lightning while divining water for a well, stories of her town’s past slowly pour forth as everyone gathers for her funeral.NEWESTPRESS.COMEcholocationKaren HofmannWith ironic accuracy, Echolocation considers a range of human foibles, creating characters who struggle to connect/disconnect from entanglements and relationships. In her new collection of short stories, Hofmann finds new ways to sound the depths of the human heart.NEWESTPRESS.COMThe FiggsAli BryanIf June Figg could get her adult children to finally move out of the house she could have a quiet retirement. But it’s getting more crowded by the minute. The Figgs is an immensely fun novel about…

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curriculum in the digital age

I was a thoroughly urban child. I had never been to a farm in my life. Nonetheless, in elementary school, I was required to learn the difference between an Angus and a Hereford cow. In fact, we had to know the characteristics of all the main cattle breeds raised in Alberta: Charolais, Simmental, Galloway, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and the rest. No doubt the designers of the provincial curriculum considered this essential information.It wasn’t. Adults always seem to think that what they know must be passed on to the next generation. What they forget is that the world changes. My school curriculum had been created when Alberta’s population was primarily rural, and our economy depended on agriculture. In those days cattle identification no doubt was a necessary skill. But the course…

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Alexandra Zabjek (“Jason Kenney’s Vision for K–12,” p 28) is an Edmonton-based journalist. In 2017 she co-founded The Broadcast: A Podcast about Women and Politics, which ran for 40 episodes. Her previous AV article was “A Gendered Lens” (June 2017). These days she contributes most often to CBC.Larry Booi (“Is Home Schooling in the Public Interest?” p 40) is board president at Public Interest Alberta and former president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He’s been involved in curriculum development, written textbooks used in Alberta schools, and is an adjunct professor of education at U of A.Paul van den Bosch (“Is Home Schooling in the Public Interest?” p 40) and his wife Mary have seven children and have been home educating for over 25 years in Ontario and Alberta. He is…

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RE EYE, MARCH 2019: I mostly appreciated Jennifer Allford’s little piece on trying to re-emerge from the dark ages. I couldn’t help but note that the decried influence of some “hidden hand” also alludes directly to that pesky, debunked, yet persistent attachment to the “invisible hand” of the market—yes, that predominant global convention to sanction both capital interests and consumer convenience to carry us along. A dangerous relic of a very different time. It is beyond time to move on to more collaborative means of determining what we need, and how much of it.PS: Gratitude to PC MLA Richard Starke for his piece on attentive listening versus politicking.HEATHER PLAIZIER, Parkland CountyALBERTANS HAVE BEEN SWEARING their allegiance to the Canadian federal government as long as Alberta has been a province. Where…

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the scene

The rascal Count Ory disguised as Sister Colette in Rossini’s comedy at Edmonton Opera Apr 6, 9 and 12.THEATREEDMONTON19 WeeksBy Emily Steel, Northern Light Theatre, Mar 28–Apr 13The CandidateBy Kat Sandler, Citadel Theatre, Maclab Theatre, Mar 30–Apr 21The PartyBy Kat Sandler, Citadel Theatre, The Club, Mar 30–Apr 21The Empress and the Prime MinisterBy Darrin Hagen, Theatre Network, The Roxy on Gateway Apr 16–May 5The TempestBy Shakespeare, Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Theatre, Apr 20–May 12CALGARYMight As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe MysteryBy Rex Stout, Adapted by Joseph Goodrich, Vertigo Theatre, Mar 16–Apr 14Hamlet: A Ghost StoryAdapted by Anna Cummer from Shakespeare, Vertigo Theatre, The Studio, Mar 20–Apr 13Alchemy FestivalBy U of C Students, School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary, Reeve Theatre, Mar 28–Apr 10Horse-shaped Viking jewellery at the…

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must-see exhibition

Allen Sapp’s name, Kiskayetum, means He-perceives-it. This exhibition features 14 of his works from the AGGP’s permanent collection. Sapp was often ill during his youth and would closely observe the world around him. These paintings record the activities of the Plains Cree on the Red Pheasant Reserve in Saskatchewan in the 30s and 40s. Sapp lived from 1928 to 2015.Teaching Baby to Walk, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 24" × 36".COURTESY OF THE ART GALLERY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE PERMANENT COLLECTION…