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Calgary’s rotten tomatoes, Edmonton’s Nightmare for Christmas, Winnipeg Art Gallery brings on award-winning architect, and Saskatchewan’s Crushed Can building retires

 Krown tomatoes recalled

Attack of the killer tomatoes or at least of ones that can make you quite sick. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling Krown cherry tomatoes.  They are warning the public not to eat them, especially if they were purchased between Nov 13th and Nov 21st and came in 551 ml plastic containers.

The Calgary-based company has distributed the reportedly unsafe tomatoes across Canada. The CFIA has not yet had any reported illnesses directly associated to the tomatoes, but if in fact they are contaminated with salmonella, they may not look, or smell spoiled.



Atomic Zombie fundraises for Edmonton Food Bank

The Edmonton tattoo parlor known as Atomic Zombie is hosting its fifth annual A Nightmare for Christmas fundraiser in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. It happens this Sunday at the TransAlta Arts Barns and will run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Minors are prohibited.

This event will feature emerging Edmonton designer Nicola Inman and many others showing off their fashions, and tattoo artists in the Edmonton area competing in a drawing contest. All of the tattooist’s artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

A Nightmare for Christmas will not only be raising funds, but eyebrows with an interactive mind reading show from Mind2Mind, and a blend of sexy and gore as Vixenesque Burlesque girls shake it. Afterdark Motorcycles will have a display set up, and the Give ‘Em Hell Boys will close the night with some tunes.

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Architecture designed by Michael Maltzan

Award-winning architect Michael Maltzan will be on board with the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) to design their new Inuit Art and Learning Centre. Maltzan will be the Prime and Design Architect for this historic project. The centre will not only be home to the WAG’s collection of Inuit art (known to be the largest of it’s kind) but will also have studio art, and learning programs.

When WAG sent out a request for architects to design their new project this past August, they received interest from 65 prospective architect firms across 15 counties. In September the selection committee narrowed it down to six.



 Moose Jaw’s Crushed Can demolished 

The Moose Jaw Civic Centre, known to locals as the Crushed Can because of its inverted curved roof gets demolished. The 53-year-old arena was designed by Saskatchewan architect Joseph Pettick and Vancouver structural engineer J.L. Miller to replace the pre-existing one which was destroyed in a fire.

Designed to cut construction costs, the roof was supported by a series of two-inch cables suspended from 30-foot concrete A-frames forming the walls. It was this innovation that led to the arena being awarded the Massey Medal. The suspended curved ceiling was 192 feet in length and covered by a layer of concrete ballast and steel decking. There was only a mere 12 feet separating center ice from the descending roof.

The building opened in 1959 with a performance by ol Satchmo, (Louis Armstrong) and until last year remained home of junior hockey’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

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Chadd Cawson is an intern at Spectator Tribune. Follow him at: @ChaddCawson

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