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Prairie Daily: Calgary gets animated, Winnipeg City Hall doesn’t cluck around, Edmonton knifewear, and Regina fires back


Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival

Calgary celebrates its 8th Annual GIRAF Animation Festival starting today until November 4th.  Nick Cross, an independent filmmaker from Oshawa, Ontario will be this year’s visiting animator. Festivalgoers can get the first look at his feature-animated work in progress. Black Sunrise that will screen on Friday.

Does action speak louder than words?  Nick Cross thinks so. The long prolific dystopian tale of Black Sunrise is told without dialogue. Along with the screening on Friday, Cross will hold a workshop where he will offer some realistic insight to aspiring animators.

“It gets too overwhelming when I think about how much more work I have to do,” he says. “So I just focus on each little bit at a time. It will probably be another three years before I am done.”

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Winnipeg’s City Hall is no place for chickens

Louise May, activist and organic farm owner clearly missed the sign when she showed up to advocate on keeping chickens as city pets in front of a committee of city councilors.  May probably shone at show-and-tell in her schoolgirl days, but to pull a hen out a bag in City Hall, well that’s just bad decorum.  This stunt had her ordered out of the chambers.

Natalie Carreiro who was the first to make a presentation on the topic, made a much better impression. She spoke of her cousin who raised them in San Diego, California after the city approved it.

“Chickens suffer from really bad PR,” Carreiro said during her presentation.

While City Hall is still firm on there “No Chickens Allowed” rule the committee is referring chickens into the responsible pet ownership policy currently being worked on by the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services branch.

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Specialty Knife store open in Edmonton

Chef and Japanese knife enthusiast Kevin Kent will be opening up a Knifewear pop-up shop at the Edmonton International Airport on Nov 20, 2012 and it will be located beside Three Boars restaurant. The pop-up shop hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until December 31st.

Knifewear is based out of Calgary with a second location in Kelowna, BC as well. Kent’s cutting edge business began five years ago when he began selling his Japanese culinary tools out of a backpack.

Sounds like a tool every man needs in his apron and the next time you are at a Japanese cuisine dinner party you can rock the Crocodile Dundee line.

“That’s not a knife, this is a knife.”

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Regina’s Square Plaza designed by Cohlmeyer Architecture

Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited, a Winnipeg-based architecture firm is being counter sued for $3.38 million dollars after the City of Regina decided to fire back. The City terminated the contract with Cohlmeyer  in 2010 after the plans to finish the plaza were delayed by a year, increasing project costs and causing design elements to be altered or abandoned.

Cohlmeyer laid a claim against the city in the amount of $594,265.32 for money owed plus general damages, applicable interest, taxes and solicitor costs.  This claim has been pending since June 22.

The City of Regina filed a statement of defence and counterclaim on Friday in the Court of Queens Bench against Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited.  They allege negligence of the firm’s performance and services along with breach of contract.

Any one calling themselves a firm, should be just that when it come to following through on original plan.

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

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