A river runs through it: Stampede Park partners for environmental preservation


By Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in the Saddle Bag newsletter, official newsletter of the Calgary Stampede, Summer 2005 Preserving the past is one of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede’s core values and protecting the environment is a part of preserving the past. To help fulfill this goal, the Stampede is partnering with other organizations to … Continue reading A river runs through it: Stampede Park partners for environmental preservation

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Taking the show on the road: Centennial trail ride brings the country to the city


By Jody MacPherson Originally published in the Saddle Bags Newsletter, Calgary Stampede, Summer, 2005 You won’t see this kind of horsepower on Glenmore Trail every day. In fact, you might not see it ever again! On July 3, 2005 this busy commuter route in south Calgary will funnel about 200 of the Stampede’s bucking horses … Continue reading Taking the show on the road: Centennial trail ride brings the country to the city

Okotoks bike team takes on 24 Hours of Adrenaline


By Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in the Western Wheel newspaper, August 11, 2004 A five-man team from the Okotoks area endured one of the toughest mountain bike races in North America on one of the hottest weekends of the summer. The team was competing in the annual 24 Hours of Adrenaline held July 17-18 in Canmore. The huge relay … Continue reading Okotoks bike team takes on 24 Hours of Adrenaline

Warming up the “empty nest”


By Jody MacPherson Originally published in C3 Views newsletter, Climate Change Central, November, 2003 1981. It’s the beginning of a new decade and hopes are high. Pierre Elliott Trudeau is at the height of his popularity, having won the first referendum on Quebec sovereignty. Across the nation, Pac-Man is the video game of choice. Canadians … Continue reading Warming up the “empty nest”

Life as a house: Colouring your blueprints green


By Jody MacPherson Originally published in C3 Views newsletter, November, 2003 Energy. It’s defined as “exertion of power,” or “expression of vigour.” The word brings to mind action and movement. How is it then, that a house, nestled peacefully in a neighbourhood, silent and watchful, is such a voracious consumer of energy? According to the … Continue reading Life as a house: Colouring your blueprints green

Making Manure a Climate Change Commodity


By Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in C3 Views for Climate Change Central, September 2003 Every summer, farmers across Alberta carry fresh produce, meat and poultry to open air markets where consumers squeeze, poke and prod the goods looking for a healthy bargain. But they don’t have to leave the farm to take part in a … Continue reading Making Manure a Climate Change Commodity

From Heaps to Heat: Manure as a Power Source (freelance article for Climate Change Central)


By Jody MacPherson This article appeared originally in C3 Views Newsletter, a publication of Climate Change Central From Heaps to Heat: Manure as a Power Source It’s often the subject of derisive jokes and schoolroom giggles. We’re annoyed when we step in it and offended by its odour. But it may be time to start … Continue reading From Heaps to Heat: Manure as a Power Source (freelance article for Climate Change Central)

Deadly bacteria in manure tainted water in Walkerton


By Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in C3 Views (Climate Change Central Newsletter) in September, 2003 It had been “raining cats and dogs” for two days straight, so when April 22, 2000 dawned sunny and clear in Bruce County, Ontario, Dr. David Biesenthal welcomed the break in the weather. He decided to move 70 tons of … Continue reading Deadly bacteria in manure tainted water in Walkerton

Land belonging to brothers will be auctioned after 90 years


by Jody MacPherson Originally appeared in the Calgary Real Estate News, Summer, 1998 The Porcupine Hills, little more than an hour’s drive from Calgary, have sheltered royalty from scandal, inspired Hollywood filmmakers and provided refuge for famous songwriters. But they will probably never see another pair of siblings like Maurice and Harold King, legendary bachelor … Continue reading Land belonging to brothers will be auctioned after 90 years