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Fiesta takes bite out of poverty

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:03


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Catholic Central High School teachers Maria Zappone and Mark Nixon are looking forward to the school’s annual Mexican Fiesta Feb. 28, which raises money for Mission Mexico.

You need not speak Spanish to understand the word fiesta, or to enjoy the party. On Feb. 28, Catholic Central High School (East Campus) will be hosting its 16th annual Mexican Fiesta.
The event, which is open the community, is much more than a celebration for staff and students; the Mexican Fiesta is a fundraising initiative benefiting Mission Mexico. For the past 15 years Catholic Central has been providing aid through work trips and almost $300,000 in donations to a small Mexican town, Cuernavaca.

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Bears face uncertain future

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:54


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Bear expert Charlie Russell will speak Saturday at the University of Lethbridge about bear behaviour after observing the animals for decades.

Grizzlies and black bears in southern Alberta face a grim future if public perception of them doesn’t change soon, according to local bear expert Charlie Russell.
“These are wonderful, beautiful animals that are trying their best to get along with us,” says Russell, a Pincher Creek area author and photographer who has been studying bears in Canada and Russia for more than 50 years.
“It’s almost like bears have been deliberately given the reputation of being highly ferocious animals because then it’s easier to justify hunting and killing them.”

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Sports events pay off for community

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:51


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Susan Eymann, executive director of the Lethbridge Sport Council, shows a poster featuring the mascot of the 1975 Canada Winter Games which were held in Lethbridge.

By now most individuals are well versed in the benefits that come along with participating in a sporting activity. What is often overlooked, however, are the benefits a community reaps through sport. The City of Lethbridge, never one to underestimate the value of sport, learned early on that hosting large-scale sporting events further increases the value of sports within the community.
Susan Eymann, executive director of the Lethbridge Sport Council, an organization dedicated to attracting sporting events to the region, explained the benefits of hosting provincial, national and international sporting events are far-reaching, with the impact felt far beyond simply the participants.
“The benefits of hosting sporting events affects sport development, in that the people who come to town to compete could be mentors, not just for the athletes but the coaches, the officials and the volunteers,” said Eymann.

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U of L fosters research

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:58


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Dr. Stewart Rood, above, with U of L students by the Oldman River, is an environmental science professor whose expertise includes river science, floodplain ecology, water resource management and riparian restoration.

Since its establishment in 1967, the University of Lethbridge has been building a reputation for research excellence around the world while maintaining its focus on giving its students the tools they need to achieve success.
“It’s all for our students,” says Dr. Dan Weeks, U of L Vice-President (Research). “The reason we, as faculty members, do research is to teach our students how to do research.”
Spanning numerous disciplines across five faculties that include Health Sciences, Arts and Science, Management, Fine Arts and Education, the U of L provides more than 75 undergraduate programs and graduate degrees at both the Master and Doctoral levels for a student body of about 8,600.

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The gluten-free challenge

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:09


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The growing number of people suffering from celiac disease and gluten intolerance has prompted a greater variety of gluten-free food products on the market.

Going gluten-free has become somewhat of a craze in recent years, replacing the Atkins and South Beach diets as the “go to” healthy eating plan. While many people experiment with the “diet” as a means to get healthy and lose weight, there is a large number of people who are gluten-free not out of choice, but out of necessity.
Cases of celiac disease, a condition in which the body has problems digesting gluten, have been on the rise in North America in the past decade. While more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac, there is an even greater number of undiagnosed cases, people who are referred to as being gluten intolerant.

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