Performing arts centre gets council support

Declaring a new performing arts centre one of its top priorities, city council has advanced $10 million toward its construction.

But more money for the $59-million project won’t come for another four years, council decided Wednesday – unless significant support comes from outside sources.

“This says we support it, but we don’t have the money now,” said Councillor Jeff Carlson, who suggested how council could show its endorsement.

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Edmonton Downtown Academic and Cultural Centre plans unveiled

A group of local philanthropists unveiled a lofty concept for a downtown arts and cultural centre with a grand design Monday at city hall.

Dubbed the Edmonton Downtown Academic and Cultural Centre (EDACC), the proposed facility boasts a large, open-air galleria with a 1,600 seat theatre, a 35-40 storey office tower and a brand new university campus for music and design.

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County to contribute more to ‘urbans’ for recreation, culture under new policy

Red Deer County councillors voted unanimously to amend the county’s policy regarding support to urban municipalities for recreation and culture during their regular meeting Dec. 18. Agreements signed under the previous five-year policy had expired.

The policy addresses decision-making procedures when reviewing funding requests from urban municipalities. County administration hoped to create a fairer funding formula with the new policy.

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Fast-growing Lethbridge can’t keep pace with cultural needs

As conductor Glenn Klassen raised his baton and his musicians sounded the opening notes of Handel’s Messiah at a recent concert, there wasn’t an empty seat in any of the pews at the local church the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra calls home.

While the sellout performance to a crowd of 750 people ought to have filled his heart with joy, Klassen said he felt a tinge of sadness instead that this fast-growing city lacks a performing arts centre with the acoustics and capacity to accommodate his ensemble.

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America’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods And Metros

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday during the Civil War, in an attempt to restore peace and unity to the United States. In today’s diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines (though some Native Americans consider Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning), with Americans from different regions of the US and different countries around the globe bringing their own traditions to the Thanksgiving table.


City growing in diversity

According to census data from Statistics Canada, our city is becoming more and more diverse every year. New numbers show 12 per cent of city residents speak a mother tongue other than English, according to 2011 data. It’s a slight increase from the percentage the city reported in 2006 but it’s a positive development for Lethbridge, according to Dr. Surya Acharya, president of the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association.

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