Indigenous student speaks out against controversial grad party theme

Following a controversial “cowboys and Indians”-themed graduation party in Lethbridge, indigenous student Tieja Medicine Crane is speaking out against the “racist” celebration. “My culture isn’t a costume and it’s never going to be,” said Medicine Crane. “I don’t think people understand the extent of what they are doing. They don’t understand the spiritual meaning of war paint, headdresses, the feathers and the dancing.” The party took place over May long weekend for graduates of Chinook High School. Photos and videos were posted across social media platforms. Medicine Crane, who goes to a nearby high school, was appalled after seeing the posts online and decided to speak out. She was met… Read More

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DaVaris Daniels ready for his close-up in second season

DaVaris Daniels knows there’s some serious hype surrounding his sophomore season. Of course he knows that, he’s the CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Rookie. People are obviously going to be excited to see how the Calgary Stampeders’ star young receiver fares in his second go-around in the CFL, and there’s no reason for Daniels to pretend he doesn’t know that. Daniels also knows, though, that buying into the hype can be dangerous, even if he’ll readily admit that he’s excited to see all the work he’s put into football getting recognized. “I’m kind of trying to not let it get to me too much, but I’m excited,” Daniels said. “I definitely… Read More

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Deron Mayo ‘limited’ but nearing full return

Yes, Deron Mayo’s participation in Calgary Stampeders’ training camp is currently being described by his head coach as ‘limited.’ And yes, you get the feeling speaking with Mayo that he’s chomping at the bit to get back to full training. But if the 29-year-old linebacker is frustrated, he’s doing his best not to show it, and besides, the frustration of not being able to go full-tilt on the first day of training camp is nothing compared to what he was feeling last November when a knee injury forced him to miss the Grey Cup final. “Absolutely, that was the hardest point in my career,” Mayo said Sunday from McMahon Stadium.… Read More

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Calgary’s Dan McIntosh hoping to smash his way to success in long-drive world

He is driving for dough. Literally. Dan ‘Smackintosh’ McIntosh will often set up at corporate tournaments or other on-course shindigs, where the local long-drive competitor charges about five bucks per player to crush a golf ball on your behalf. “It’s a way for me to get a paid practice,” said McIntosh, who was raised in High River and just made the move to the Calgary suburbs. “And there’s pressure, too, because somebody has paid me to hit a good drive for them. So I have to hit a good drive.” In this case, customer satisfaction is high. “A 400-yard drive is not something that people get to see on a… Read More

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The Leftovers: Seeing Double

Each week following episodes of the third and final season of The Leftovers, Sophie Gilbert and Spencer Kornhaber will discuss HBO’s drama about the aftermath of 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly vanishing. Spencer Kornhaber: In its second to last episode ever, “The Most Powerful Man In the World (And His Identical Twin Brother),” The Leftovers finally answered the burning question on viewers’ minds: Why’d Kevin grow a beard? His lumberjack look, it turns out, resulted from Nora requesting it during a bathtub canoodling session. Which would have made a most maudlin subject for an episode-opening flashback with were it not for the discussion topic in that tub: the… Read More

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