National News Calgary /Edmonton
By Len Chan : The life of legendary cowboy John Ware, and his impact on our contemporary western identity was explored in a play/poetry reading held at the University of Calgary’s Craigie Hall on March 25th.
John Ware was a Black cowboy who first came to Southern Alberta in 1882 on a cattle drive from Idaho for the Bar U Ranch. He settled in southern Alberta in 1890
and established a ranch near Brooks, Alberta. A Jr. High School is named after him in Calgary and there is a John Ware Building at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
The play/poetry reading on his life by writer Cheryl Foggo along with a cast of six, was an entertaining evening that provided information to those in the audience who may have heard of John Ware but had limited knowledge,of his life and achievements and educated those who did not know of him.
TASTE OF JAMAICA
By Len Chan
The Jamaican Canadian Association of Alberta hosted “The Taste of Jamaica” on March 30th at Thornecliffe Greenview Community Association.
It was a great day to enjoy the friendly atmosphere that started at noon and continued untill 8pm. The “Taste” had it all – Jerk Chicken, Patties, relaxing DJ music and cultural entertainment. For some people attending the Taste of Jamaica is also like a reunion. Because of their busy lifestyles, many look forward to this once-a-year event where they will be sure to reunite with friends.