Canadian Confederation – Part 4

Settlement “Some of us will not be content in heaven if we hear of a place further West.” —Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, 1881 The drive for prairie settlement gained momentum as unfarmed land became scarce in eastern and central Canada. Settlers looked to the huge HBC territory west of the great lakes. Industrialists …

The Man Cave Elevated

Photos by Stephanie Jager For years, Neil and Elma Hazel admired their neighbour’s weatherworn 1930s-era barn. Finally, Neil stopped in and asked if it was for sale. “There’s about 15 people ahead of you,” said his neighbour. “But I guess it can go to whoever loads it up first.” You can read the whole article in the December 2015/January …

Great Canadian Columnist

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Barb and Dave Poulsen have been posting 150 Great Canadian Rodeo Moments on the Canadian Pro Rodeo website and their Facebook page. So far, our favourite is #13 Tim Ellis. Tim’s first CFCW Rodeo Report was broadcast in 1988. This year marks Tim’s 30th consecutive year producing rodeo reports for …

Empty Saddles: William “Wayne” Lucas

Wayne Lucas of Lucasia Ranch in the Porcupine Hills west of Claresholm, Alta., passed away May 10. He was well-known for his connection to both Appaloosa and Percheron horses. A respected rancher, horseman and an avid team roper, Wayne and his wife Judy opened their ranch to guests from around the world.

Well Played!

Alberta’s singing sensation, Brett Kissel, hit a whole new audience — by not singing. Wait; what? Brett, who sang the U.S. anthem for the Oilers home games throughout the NHL playoffs, stepped up to his mic Apr. 30 — only to discover it wasn’t working. Rather than delay the game, the 2017 International Artist of …