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Calgarians take cycling consignment for a spin after event’s 2-year hiatus

Calgarians take cycling consignment for a spin after event's 2-year hiatus

Calgarians wanting to cycle through used bikes took to Sunridge Mall this weekend to change their wheels.

The Calgary Bike Swap, organized by Alberta Bike Swap, is a springtime event that aims to provide a safe space to buy, sell or donate a bike.

“We welcome people to bring in their used bikes, we tech check them, to make sure it is a good used bike,” said Chris Grant, co-founder of Alberta Bike Swap. “That is our primary goal, is to make a sale of a safe bike.”

On Saturday, those looking to sell their bikes were able to drop them off, and if they were sold on Sunday, a cheque will be mailed out after, minus a 15 per cent commission.

“The numbers of bikes for sale are down from previous years, but looking at the sale rate, I think we’re between 85 and 95 per cent,” said Grant.

The event began in 2011 after Grant and his wife Laura after some troubling experiences with buying and selling items online.

“We thought there must be a better way to do this,” he said.

Grant said there were times when sellers had misleading advertisements or they didn’t feel safe with potential buyers.

“The time I was selling a bike, (I said to the buyer) ‘Buddy, the bike is here. You’re supposed to be looking at the bike, not checking everything else out in my space, in my garage,'” said Grant. “And it was around that time we were robbed of bikes.”

Alberta Bike Swap says unlawfully obtained goods have no place at their event.

“We tech check it, we record the serial number,” Grant said. “We found that to be quite effective in keeping stolen goods away.”

For residents who participate in online buying and selling, Calgary Police say there are ways to make transactions safer, including meeting in a public place with people around, like one of their offices, bringing someone with you, using cash, and not giving out personal information.

The Grants had put the brakes on the annual event for the past two years due to the pandemic and are optimistic about the return.

Lethbridge held its bike swap on April 30, but Edmonton will be hosting its next weekend. 

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Pride Toronto to return with in-person events after 2-year pandemic hiatus | CBC News

Pride Toronto to return with in-person events after 2-year pandemic hiatus | CBC News

After two years of online programming, Toronto’s Pride month and festival is returning with in-person events across the city in June.

Executive Director Sherwin Modeste said the organization is thrilled to get back to face-to-face events after the festival shifted online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is going to bring the city to life!” Modeste said, in a statement. “Throughout Pride Month, we will be continuing our new initiatives to include different art forms and will give everyone a reason, time, space and something to celebrate. We cannot wait to welcome back our community to honour the history of protest and celebrate the future.”

Pride 2022 launches with a kick-off party and mini-ball at El Mocambo on June 8, and continues with an assortment of parties and events intended to foster community connection, like the Black Queer and Trans Excellence Live Podcast Recording at Hotel X on June 21, an online human rights series and localized neighbourhood events in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke. 

Pride rallies and marches will also be held on these dates:

  • Trans rally and march: June 24
  • Dyke rally and march: June 25
  • Pride parade: June 26

A full list of events will be available online Friday.

“After two long years, we are beyond excited to bring together — in person — the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Toronto and beyond to celebrate the 2022 Pride Festival,” said board co-chairs Yuri Hernandez and Grant Gonzales, in a statement.

“While we celebrate how far we have come as a community, Pride Month is also a critical time to lift up and advocate for many vulnerable groups within the 2SLGBTQ+ community who continue to be marginalized and left behind.”

This also marks the first Pride being held since the organization apologized after an accounting firm it hired found that Pride Toronto could not prove that it completed several projects despite receiving $1.85 million in federal grant money.

The organization also said at the time that it was apologizing to individuals and organizations who it “wrongly, and without their permission or approval, made false representations claiming their support for Pride Toronto’s grant applications.”

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ASI Election events back in person after 2-year virtual setting – The Poly Post

ASI Election events back in person after 2-year virtual setting - The Poly Post

By Connie Lee, Apr. 12, 2022

After two years of a virtual election setting, ASI held multiple in-person events showcasing candidates and encouraging students to vote in the 2022 ASI Elections, which are taking place throughout this week.

During Cal Poly Pomona’s remote instruction, candidates running for elected ASI officers were unable to attend in-person events to advocate for their plans. This semester, however, candidates were able to speak about their plans at the candidate meet and greet, college senator and senator-at-large town hall, and the president and vice president open forum from April 5 to April 7.

Election turnout numbers also suffered during online instruction as students were removed from campaigning and less interested in student government. Less than 25% of the student population at CPP votes in elections every year, according to ASI Elections Chair Victoria Flores.

“We have candidates post their posters around campus. On their posters, they have what they are planning to do for the student community,” said Flores. “In-person (campaigning) definitely helps out way more and we really try to incentivize our students and persuade them to vote so we can have really good numbers.”

Students and candidates gather at the Union Plaza in the return of in-person election events. (Sam Padilla | The Poly Post)

Two duos are running for president and vice president: Aliza Ortega and Daniel Foncello on one ticket, and Raaghav Wadhawan and Samy Ousman on the other.

Ortega, a communication student, and Foncello, an economics student, chose to run for office together after serving in ASI this past year.

“I serve as the CLASS senator and Aliza is our ASI officer of internal affairs, and we became pretty good friends over this past year so we decided that we can make some positive changes in the school together,” said Foncello.

Their goals include representation for students of color, first-generation students, DREAMer students, student parents, transfer students and Greek life funding. Their objective for a sustainable campus involves alternative energy sources, lowering water usage and educating the importance of sustainability. Ortega and Foncello’s civic engagement with the campus include educating on resources that are available and allocating for more resources for students.

“I think that it’s important to have a good balance because that shows your leadership; it would be hard to manage all the different things, and yes, you might want to pull back for your own mental health, but it’d be nice to participate in all the clubs,” said Ortega. “I still plan on trying to be active in the sorority that I’m in and I want to be as active as I am in the ASI events that we have like Voter Registration Day or Transfer Engagement Week.”

Ortega stated that the running mates want to encourage students to participate and vote regardless of who they vote for. Ortega and Foncello want students to be active on campus.

Wadhawan and Ousman’s visions for ASI consists of sustainable programs, financial opportunities and campus involvement. They are dedicated to creating an involved and beneficial campus community with additional programs to focus on sustainability, mental health and finances to create an exciting campus for the CPP community.

“We have been doing a lot of word of mouth, going around campus and talking to people and our friends,” said Wadhawan, a computer engineering student. “Right now, it’s been word of mouth, but we have scheduled meetings to attend different organization meetings such as a couple of fraternities and sororities and clubs as well. So that’s another way that we are trying to get our message across by talking about our goals and programs we want to implement.”

In addition to the race for president and vice president, students will also vote for senators to represent the campus’ colleges and student councils. However, the majority of the senatorial positions have only a single candidate running.

Esperanza Lopez for the College of Agriculture, Guillermo Nila for the College of Engineering, Ilke Suzer for the College of Environmental Design, Alham Garcia for the College of Science, Naman Pandadiya for the College of Business, Natalie Padilla for Greek Council, Ryan Beacham for Multi-Cultural Council and Jacob Reyes for Student-Interest Council are all running unopposed.

Only the CLASS senator position has more than one candidate. Andres Leonardo Mejia, Raneen Vace and Jacob Luna are running to represent the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Information on all the candidates can be found on the 2022 ASI Elections website. Online voting will start on Monday, April 11 at 7 a.m. and end on Thursday, April 14 at 7 a.m. via myBAR.

Feature image by Nicolas Hernandez

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Growing list of big, traditional C.O. events set to return this year after 2-year COVID hiatus – KTVZ

Growing list of big, traditional C.O. events set to return this year after 2-year COVID hiatus - KTVZ

(Update: adding information and video)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many of the High Desert’s traditional yearly events for the foreseeable future in 2020, few if any people imagined it would take two full years for a return to normalcy.

“Everybody thought it would be a minor inconvenience for a month or so,” Beau Eastes, marketing director at the Old Mill District in Bend, said Wednesday. “I think when we had to shut down Bend Brewfest for a second time, it shocked us.”

Brewfest will look different this year, too. Due to construction at the amphitheater, vendors will set up throughout the Old Mill District, the event is only two days in May and fewer tickets will be sold this year compared to previous years.

 “It’s going to be almost a totally different event,” Eastes told NewsChannel 21 Wednesday. Eastes said the event may stay in the Old Mill District for future events.

Bend Brewfest is one of several major events returning to Bend this summer. The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is back in May, the Bend Marathon and Half returns April 10, Bend Park and Recreation’s Pet Parade returns July 4 and the Home and Garden Show by the Central Oregon Builders Association is back the weekend of May 6.

COBA had to cancel its first show ever in 2020.

“When we had to cancel it, it was devastating for a lot of our local small businesses.,” COBA Senior Vice President Mandy Weidman said. “They use this opportunity to advertise one time a year, and it’s really their chance to get that exposure within the community.”

Add in a record number of summer concerts at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater and a host of other events large and small, and summer promises to be a return to something much closer to normal, if COVID-19 trends continue.