(An article I wrote for CharityVillage. Posted October 2, 2012).
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October 2, 2012
Calgary is a study in contradictions. It was named the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada, but ranked only sixth out of twenty cities in the2011 Canadian Creativity Index. Calgary Southwest is the home riding of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose 2008 statement that“ordinary working people” do not support arts funding sparked outrage in the national arts community.
Though its citizens are overwhelmingly optimistic and happy, and many of them are very prosperous, food bank usage in Calgary has increased by a staggering 70%. Welcome to the paradoxical Heart of the New West.