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Red Mile after Calgary Flames eliminate Vancouver

See also my photos from Tuesday, May 5th: Red Mile after Flames win against Ducks

On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames won game 6 at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Vancouver Canucks, eliminating them. Following the game, thousands of fans flooded 17th Avenue recreating the infamous Red Mile, a term first coined for the strip back in 2004 when the Flames nearly won the Stanley Cup. The city and police have smartly chosen to manage the street party without restricting it. They closed down the street to cars entirely, allowing fans to flood the bars and party in the street. This lasted for hours.

In Vancouver, a surprise display of fireworks lit the sky moments the final buzzer of the game went off. Even the Olympic Cauldron was lit! Apparently, the fireworks were for a private event, not to actually celebrate the elimination of the Canucks from the cup. Many Flames fans found the very unfortunate timing quite hilarious.

I live only a few blocks from 17th, so I joined the street party with my camera. I’m no hockey expert, but during playoffs, nearly all Calgarians become Flames fans.

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Calgary’s new West LRT line

On Saturday, I attended events to preview Calgary’s brand new West LRT line which extends new transit service to the southwest quadrant of the city.

The new line will serve 100,000 residents which is larger than any city in Alberta outside of Calgary and Edmonton. It is also larger than any city in Atlantic Canada outside of Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. 35,000 commuters are expected to use the West LRT daily.

The West LRT line has both above ground, underground, and partially underground stations which are a first for Calgary. Pictured above is the new above ground Sunalta station. Continue reading

Demolition of YMCA-YWCA

On my lunch today, I went to watch the demolition of the YMCA-YWCA. I always find these type of things interesting to watch. Unfortunately, I didn’t have either of my good cameras, so I used my new cell phone instead!

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About half of the building (to the left) is already gone.

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In this photo, you can see the machine operator sorting out the usable metal and other stuff. For some reason, my phone decided to make everything appear as if it were glowing.

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The top floor which has been blown open now is the gynasium, with lockers below it still in place.

Quite a mess indeed! From start to finish, this is expected to take 3 weeks. As far as I know, the building was fairly healthy, but they are tearing it down to make way for the new courthouse as well as other controversial developments North of Union Street.

UNBSJ keeping its spirits up

As originally reported by Miriam Jones, UNBSJ has unveiled a special Wall of Friends featuring printouts of signatures from the online petition. Why didn’t I think of this?

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The large letters read “KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP UNBSJ. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” It was hard to take a good picture since the wall is so long, and this is only 1/3rd of all 3250+ signatures.

Contrary to what some believe, UNBSJ isn’t saved yet. Although the term “polytechnic” is off the table, the possibility of diminishing UNBSJ is still on the table. The fight is not over!

Marching to the Legislature

On Tuesday, a few dozen people met at the centre of UNBF for another rally, and also a march this time. This was organized by the UNBF Graduate Student Association.

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From UNBF, we marched about for 20 minutes or more to the legislature. It’s a long way!

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Everyone present had lots of spirit!

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Professors and students came from many university campuses. The lady shown here is a professor at STU.

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The blogger, Charles Leblanc, is getting blogged himself. And by the looks of things, I’m covering this story before he is! Haha.

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Some of the Progressive Conservative MLA’s came out offering protestors invitations to the throne speech.

Due to a lack of advertising, the showing wasn’t very strong unfortunately. This is unfortunate, as many people would have come out if they knew about it. I hope there is more advertising for the next rally.

Demonstration in Fredericton

On Tuesday, over 50 people (100 by some counts) braved the cold weather to attend a small rally at the centre of campus in Fredericton. The rally goals were to protest the bad ideas of the PSE report, including campus closures (!), deregulation of tuition, and the downgrading of university senates.

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Many UNBSJ professors, along with 3 of us students, made the trek up to UNBF.

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Mona holds a placard.

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The rally was organized by the Graduate Student Association of UNB.

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The rally was a small gesture to keep the public aware that the post-secondary education issues haven’t been resolved yet, and that we’re still fighting.

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I stand bundled up warmly with two jackets, still trying to display my UNBSJ sweatshirt purchased for the first big rally in Fredericton at the legislature.

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I made the 6 o’clock CTV News, as Mike Cameron interviewed me in Saint John before we left for Fredericton.

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And here I am listening to speakers in Fredericton.

Edmundston has mastered the art of rallying

Yesterday, a group of us from UNB rallied with thousands in Edmundston to protest the PSE report recommendations. The Liberals are holding a meeting there this weekend. The Francophones sure know how to put on a great rally complete with noisemakers and professionally-made signs galore. Perhaps my photos below can give you a sense of what it was like.

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Before getting to Edmundston, we stopped in Fredericton first to pick up a few people. Since we had plenty of space on the bus, we tried to recruit more students from the Student Union (SU) building.

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The people of Edmundston were very happy to have our support.

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Many banners and signs declared, “The North isn’t dead”, making reference to earlier comments to the media by Jacques L’Ecuyer who said the “north is dead” if they didn’t reform the higher education system. I didn’t see any signs of a dying community yesterday in Edmundston, so perhaps the “north” that L’Ecuyer was referring to is somewhere further north, in Quebec, where he makes his home.

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A cross-section of the entire Edmunston community came out to show their support, including grandmothers, parents, students and small children who carried signs or wore shirts with the year when they plan to graduate from their small town university campus. The northern Université de Moncton campuses are fairly small, but the Edmundston one does offer complete programs.

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From where I could see from my position at the front, the line of people just seemed to continue forever.

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The crowd made lots of noise as it passed through downtown Edmundston.

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Our English signs are visible everywhere among a sea of French signs.

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Following the speeches outside the building where the Liberals were meeting, everyone was encouraged to leave their signs in a big pile on the steps. Perhaps this was a gesture initiated by some local sign making company, as it is very possible that everyone will need new signs if there’s another rally.

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Dr. Ed didn’t give a speech, but he did make his way through the crowd as it began to disperse. I don’t think the majority of francophones recognize who he is, otherwise they might have confronted him. I heard him say “good luck” in French to a few people, perhaps referring to the likelihood that we will convince him to do the right thing, and guarantee institutions that are more than just a “university” name only.

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After the rally, Team UNB went to a restaurant for supper at a Vietnamese place. I am pictured here with the 3 other students. After that, it was a nice long bus ride back to Saint John.

In my next post, I’ll resume my analysis of the facts and figures.