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Foo Fighters Confirms Band Continuing After Taylor Hawkins’ Death

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Nearly ten months after the passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins and four months after the band & the Hawkins Family teamed up for an all-star global music event in Taylor Hawkins’ honor, the Foo Fighters confirmed officially earlier today that the band will continue on. “As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us,” reads the opening to the post shared confirming the band’s future plans. “Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were — and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward. We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again — and we will soon — he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”

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Now here’s a look at the post from earlier, followed by a look back to Paramount+’s The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert:

“Tonight, we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music, and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother Taylor Hawkins. For those of you who knew him personally, you know that no one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. And for those of you that admired him from afar, I’m sure you’ve all felt the same thing,” Grohl said to the crowd and those streaming at home to kick off the tribute event. “So tonight, we’ve gathered with family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and greatest inspirations, to bring you a gigantic f***ing night for a gigantic f***ing person. So, sing. And dance. And laugh. And cry and f***ing scream and make some f***ing noise so he can hear us right now. ‘Cause, you know what? It’s gonna be a long f***ing night.” Now here’s a look at Shane Hawkins joining the band for a cover of “My Hero”:

Paramount+’s The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert featured performances by the Foo Fighters, Travis Barker, Nandi Bushell, Martin Chambers, Chris Chaney, Chevy Metal, Stewart Copeland, Josh Freese, Liam Gallagher, James Gang, Violet Grohl, Omar Hakim, Justin Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Alain Johannes, Brian Johnson, John Paul Jones, KESHA, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Krist Novoselic, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Luke Spiller, Supergrass, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Lars Ulrich, and Wolfgang Van Halen (with a special appearance by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock).

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The 50 Best Concerts of 2022

Out: couch potatoes. In: crowd surfers… even if we just define that as breaking the waves of the lines of fans queued up to catch concerts during the music world’s first fully open-for-business year in a while. Our writers were making up for lost pandemic time by catching shows at SoFi Stadium, the Forum and the Troubadour on the west coast, or Madison Square Garden, the Kings Theatre and Town Hall back east… or even in Las Vegas, Nashville, Tulsa, Philly, Paris and Medellín. Here, in no particular order, are 50 great ones that reminded us how streaming is ultimately no match for being in the room where it happens. —Chris Willman




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SPIN Magazine Is Growing Quickly

In a world dominated by TikTok video unrolling at roller coaster speeds all driven by an algorithm tied to tracking information about your autonomic reactions, it’s reassuring to see the return of the written word as an alternative source of information.

Writing about live entertainment requires story telling. The complication of reducing a live event which lights up your brain with sound and visuals to writing is that it is hard to get energy into a story. The story has to infuse the energy into the readers’ emotions using only descriptive words and pacing.

SPIN is a digital magazine reasserting itself as a journal of record for all things entertainment. SPIN was acquired by Next Management Partners, a Los Angeles based investment firm focusing on tech and media investments. Its CEO is Jimmy Hutcheson, who is also CEO of SPIN.

I spoke at length with Hutcheson about SPIN and how using print across digital media is reviving a classic magazine focused on music and live entertainment. Hutcheson is energetic and enthusiastic. He’s the kind of cheerleader whose effusive manner inspires action, the opposite of the numbing passivity enhancers which now pass through endless cell phones disguised as news.

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SPIN is being rejuvenated after its acquisition by Next Management from Billboard. They are building audience by being deeply focused on music, and in particular authenticity. Their focus is less politics or more about building core holdings in Intellectual Property.

The current business model has SPIN as a digital product which is ad supported. This gives free access to the written content published continuously online, along with videos and monthly cover images. SPIN is continuing to build its library of stories, photos and videos as it remains focused on the idea that entertainment related stories retain relevancy over time.

It is a credible business strategy to acquire video, photographs and other IP which can be reused, packaged or redistributed long after its original use as news. Proof of concept was already everywhere: people wearing band logo T-shirts, tourists in Memphis stopping off at Graceland for a quick $100 tour, and even the hologram tours by deceased musicians which began to pop up just prior to the pandemic.

SPIN already has a library of images, stories and video which it enhances constantly. They have 107 writers posting to their site, while they make separate deals with their own teams and outside contributors for video and photographs.

The history of SPIN has been checkered, but they are now toying with their legacy. Bob Guccione, Jr. is back after 23 years away from SPIN. One of his signature pieces is the annual 50 Worst Songs by Otherwise Great Artists. Last year’s #1 “worst” was Billie Eilish’s contribution to the oeuvre of James Bond theme songs.

Hutcheson is also taking SPIN to Web3, including releasing their first NFT last year at South by Southwest (SXSW). He is focusing on the ways in which the metaverse is moving to host music in many forms, including concert and festival formats.

Additionally, SPIN is building brand partnerships through activations, content series and advertorials. They host an event at SXSW each year at Stubbs, and sponsor the SPIN best seats in the house at Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond music festival.

SPIN also has a mission to create impact which is currently focused on four causes: criminal justice reform, freedom of expression, education and mental health. The intention is to drive action in its community as a result of the advocacy and reporting.

Hutcheson is a dynamic personality who in immersing himself in the culture of entertainment. It’s fun to see the evolution of SPIN from what it once was to where it’s going under his leadership. The brand is currently profitable, and is building multiple extensions. They have a deal for clothing with Urban Outfitters, have created SPIN Japan, and are working to launch SPIN TV along with considering the possibility of a SPIN festival in the future. The best use of a deep catalogue of entertainment related Intellectual Property is to continue extending their brand into licensing deals with strong partners.

The history of SPIN has taken it through a myriad of owners, this newest iteration plays out in the hands of Jimmy Hutcheson and Next Management Partners. They seem to be intent on running the business with a deep focus on building authenticity secure in their knowledge that profits will rise as engagement deepens with their core audience. Entertainers and their audiences bond emotionally. Tapping into that primal connection requires a skillful touch which can only come from a deep personal understanding of what it means to be a fan and how to both appreciate the craft and report it. Hutcheson understands that in a world which overwhelmed by spin, SPIN must be uniquely honest. From that insight flows success. Their next year should be transformative.


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The party never ends in spirited, radiant San Antonio

San Antonio may be America’s most vibrant city. It’s a city where cultures collide and the best of each is absorbed into its fabric. It’s a city of mariachis and margaritas, fiestas and fajitas, beer and brisket. A city with a history that few other American cities can equal.

If there’s any doubt about the latter, catch “The Saga,” a 25-minute journey through San Antonio’s epic 304-year history projected in multimedia images on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral. From the early Spanish settlers to the defenders of the Alamo to the cattle barons, they are all there.

If some cityscapes resemble a black-and-white movie, San Antonio’s is in full blown Technicolor.

For all these reasons, Conde Nast Traveler magazine named San Antonio one of the 23 places Americans should visit in 2023.

It didn’t have to convince me. I visit often, my most recent trip being in October over the weekend of both Halloween — which San Antonians celebrate riotously — and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which they celebrate reverently.

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And, as if things weren’t lively enough, it was also the weekend of the inaugural Tasting Texas Wine & Food Festival.

Is there such a thing as too much celebration? In San Antonio, the answer is no. Throughout the year, locals and visitors alike eat, drink and dance at events such as the Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day River Parade (March), Fiesta San Antonio (April), Texas Folklife Festival (resuming in the fall of 2024), Cactus Pear Music Festival (TBA), and now the Tasting Texas Festival (October).

The rest of the year, you’ll just have to make merry on your own at the iconic multi-level Riverwalk, or in the burgeoning Pearl District.

The Riverwalk needs no introduction. It’s a destination in its own right — along the same vein as the Las Vegas Strip, New Orleans French Quarter or Miami South Beach. Plus, it has the added advantage of being just a short walk from the city’s most revered attraction, the Alamo.

Unless you’ve been to San Antonio in the past few years, you might not be as familiar with the Pearl District. And even if you have, you’ll be surprised at the constant evolution of this area at the “quiet” end of the San Antonio River.

At one time, this was the site of the historic Pearl Brewery, one of the largest breweries in the state. The brewery made one of Texas’ favorite libations, Pearl Beer, from 1883 until it closed in 2001.

Today, The Pearl is a vibrant entertainment district, with an award-winning hotel (Hotel Emma); specialty shops, a soon-to-open concert venue, bars, restaurants and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America, all set amongst landscaped grounds.

The Pearl has quickly become one of San Antonio’s culinary hotspots with not only the CIA and an expansive Farmer’s Market, but with two nationally recognized restaurants — Supper in Hotel Emma and Cured, occupying what was once the brewery’s administrative office (you can still see the vault where the money was kept).

They have been joined by an impressive trio of newcomers, each promising a dining experience not to be forgotten.

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou looks as if it had been magically transported straight from Montmartre. Try to snag an outdoor table and sip an aperitif while deciding which of the bistro’s comfort food dishes to order.

Will it be Gratinee Lyonnaise (Lyon-style onion soup with Emmental cheese and cognac), Croque Monsieur, or Confit de Canard au Poivre Vert, Puree de Pomme de Terre (crisp duck confit in a green peppercorn sauce and country potatoes).

Next, it’s off to the Mediterranean at Ladino. Frequently referred to as a Judeo-Spanish restaurant, the inventive menu is a mix of Castellano, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Hebrew.

Chef Berty Richter’s intent is to showcase the Jewish-Balkan cuisine he grew up with, having a Turkish mother and roots in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.

It’s safe to say San Antonio has never seen a restaurant like this. If you’re adventurous, select the curated dining experience, Mezas De Alegria (Tables of Joy), and expect to be joyful.

Should you want to stick closer to home, opt for Carriqui, a short walk from Ladino. Its name comes from the colorful green bird whose flight path across South Texas is also the inspiration for the menu.

The restaurant features dishes such as Tuna Tostado with jicama, cucumber, citrus habanero marinade and aioli; BBQ Cabrito served in a banana leaf with Texas pecan mole, and the staple of South Texas cuisine, Beer Braised Barbacoa, a slow-cooked meat with salsa verde.

There’s a reason the city formed an organization known as Culinaria, “committed to food, wine, spirits and fine tastes,” with a variety of events held throughout the year.

San Antonio is one of only two U.S. cities, joining Tucson, Arizona, as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, which means it’s less about the number of restaurants than the city’s culinary heritage and how it will sustain it for future generations.

Still, the restaurants can’t be underestimated. In 2022, this culinary powerhouse boasted — count them — seven James Beard Award semifinalists.

There is culinary life beyond the Riverwalk and The Pearl. Chef Elizabeth Johnson is all about sustainability at her restaurant, Pharm Table, on South Presa Street. Her mission is to share plant-forward dishes from her Apothecary Kitchen with its unique spice library.

For a twist on a Texas favorite, try her guacamole with cilantro chutney, pomegranate seed salsa and heirloom corn tortillas, or her grass-fed Beef Short Rib with Tomato Ragout, Oyster Mushrooms, Spices and Turmeric Sauerkraut.

If there’s one chef who is synonymous with San Antonio food, it’s Johnny Hernandez. A CIA graduate, his mission to further advance the eclectic cuisine of Mexico has resulted in nine restaurants in the city, from La Gloria in The Pearl District, a paean to the rich street foods of Mexico’s interior, to his newest endeavor, Casa Hernan in Southtown.

Evoking the grandeur of a Mexican hacienda, lovingly furnished by Hernandez himself, it will open in early 2023 as an upscale cantina specializing in shareable small plates and killer cocktails.

Finally, don’t even think about leaving San Antonio — or anywhere else in Texas — without stopping at one of the Whataburger outlets. And, yes, I am serious.

The Corpus Christi-based chain began serving burgers so big and so good that customers couldn’t help exclaiming, “What a burger!” Texans won’t even think of ordering any other burger if there is a Whataburger within 200 miles.

Each burger is made to order with fresh beef, and made-to-order means just that — they say they have 36,864 different ways to make their signature burger. Just tell them how you want it, and they’ll do their best to oblige.

Maybe that’s why Texas’ favorite burger joint (it has 720 stores across the Lone Star State) has now opened in 10 other states as well.

Since Whataburger is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can even have a burger for breakfast, although you might be tempted instead by the Chicken Honey Biscuit.

Finally, if you want to experience the wines and food of the Lone Star State at the 2023 Tasting Texas Festival in Travis Park, make your headquarters at the historic St. Anthony Hotel, directly across the street from the park.

This AAA Four Diamond property — the first luxury hotel in the city — is on the National Register of Historic Places, having hosted a variety of guests, from Lyndon Johnson, who spent his honeymoon there, to the Newton Gang, who spent their winters there. They could afford to as the early 20th century outlaw gang reportedly took in more money robbing banks and trains than the Dalton Gang, Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch and the James Brothers combined.

The St. Anthony has an elegant restaurant, Rebelle, complete with antique wooden staircase, chandeliers and an Italian marble bar; an accommodating staff, and more than one ghost. Just ask that accommodating staff and they will happily fill you in on all the ghosts in residence — the Lady in Red, the guest in Room 536, and the ghost of the Men’s Locker Room, among others.

It’s no wonder no one ever wants to leave this historic hotel — or this historic city, where there always seems to be a celebration going on.


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In Victoria & Nanaimo: levee, music, swimming welcome 2023

Esquimalt hosting levee; Old Music for the New Year at Christ Church Cathedral; icy swimming

You can welcome the new year with music, attend one of the last levees open to the public or a take cold dip to clear out the cobwebs.

For many Victorians, the new year is an opportunity to attend a traditional levee at various levels of government and the Armed Forces. The pandemic and many of the restrictions on large group events led to a cancellation of almost all of the customary gatherings in the past two years. Some events have returned this year, but still with restrictions.

The most popular event has always been the New Year’s Day Levee at Government House, which has opened its doors to the public on the first day of the year since 1871. Its doors were closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are opening them again this year. The bad news is that the event, which typically sees 1,200 to 1,500 well-wishers showing up to meet the Lieutenant Governor, has been capped at 500 and all the invitations have been taken.

For registered guests, the event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Government House, 1401 Rockland Ave.

• Levees by the City of ­Victoria, the District of Saanich and the one hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces at the Bay Street Armoury, which were cancelled last year, have not returned.

The only exception is the Township of Esquimalt, which has staged levees going back to 1947.

The public is again invited to meet Esquimalt’s mayor and council from 1 to 2:30 p.m. New Year’s Day at the Esquimalt Municipal Hall, 1229 Esquimalt Rd.

Esquimalt residents can take advantage of free public swimming between 1 and 3 p.m. at Esquimalt Recreation Centre and public skating between 1 and 2:50 p.m. at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

• If you want to start your year off to classical music, Christ Church Cathedral is again offering Old Music for the New Year: A Neapolitan Baroque Celebration, a free concert and one of Victoria’s favourite New Year’s Day traditions.

Violinist Marc Destrubé leads a group of early music ­specialists performing on ­original and reproduction baroque instruments. They will be joined by local ­singers Nathan MacDonald, Adam Dyjach, Cassidy Stahr and Isolde Welby for an hour of Christmas music from baroque Naples.

“The purpose of this annual concert has always been to present some beautiful music for free on New Year’s Day,” said Donald Hunt, director of music. “If you’ve never heard live baroque music before, I would encourage you to come and soak it in, in our beautiful space. There’s nothing like experiencing ‘old music’ when it’s brought to life by talented musicians and singers.”

Admission is by donation. It starts at 2:45 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland. The performance will be livestreamed at christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/live.

• The City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is launching into 2023 with Activate 2023, its first ever New Year’s Day event held at Beban Park, on Sunday.

People can swim at Beban Pool, skate at Frank Crane Arena and stick ’n’ puck at Cliff McNabb Arena.

There will also be A StoryWalk on ice, arts and crafts, sports, bouncy castles and roaming entertainment.

A food truck and concession will be on site.

Tickets cost $10 each or $35 for a pack of five. They are available on the day or in advance at Beban Park Pool office.

• There are two New Year’s Day swims planned:

• Peninsula Celebrations Society Polar Bear Swim promises participants an invigorating start to their new year. Gather in your bathing suit (or costume) between noon and 12:30 p.m. at Glass Beach (access at the end of Beacon Avenue) in Sidney.

• The Mile 0 Minnows, a group of hardy souls who regularly take dips in local waters, are inviting fellow Victorians to join them for their New Year’s Day Minnows Swim on Sunday.

You can start the new year with a late-morning swim to the sound of music, followed by hot drinks, lots of dogs and many smiles. Swimmers are advised to bring a towel, gloves, hats and warm insulated clothes.

The swim starts at noon at a cove off Mile Zero on Dallas Road (the cove is directly in line with the flag pole on Dallas Road).

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14 best places to visit in India this January

Explore the golden landscapes of Jaisalmer in the chilly January weather. This is the ideal time to set out in the desert on a camelback—a cool breeze manipulates the dunes and the sun isn’t as harsh on the back. You can also book an overnight camel safari for a curated experience spread across multiple nights. Spend chilly nights camping under the stars and wake up to a crisp morning for a new adventure. During the day, head to the Bada bagh ruins which stand as sentinels of a royal past in the midst of the Thar desert.

Bikaner, Rajasthan

The annual Camel Festival of Bikaner (11 and 12 January) attracts a host of local and international tourists every year. Expect folk dances, musical performances, craft stalls and more, all in celebration of the desert animal. This is where you can learn all about camels, witness Rajasthan’s culture and make the most of desert winters. Take part in local sports, turban-tying contests and water pot-balancing, and gorge on local fare while you’re at it. 

Kolkata, West Bengal

Head to Kolkata to catch the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival make an offline comeback (12-15 January). Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, Vir Sanghvi and Shobhaa De are among the 100 speakers attending the event. The three-day affair will show you the best of books, art, music and films. 

Birbhum, West Bengal

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The best way to catch a glimpse of India’s hyperlocal culture is to attend one of its festivals. In Kenduli village near Birbhum in West Bengal, for instance, local artists celebrate the Kenduli Mela (14 January) with music performances on their ektaras. These artists mainly come from the Baul community of musicians, which has over the years managed to put India on the world stage for its music. There’s a merry-go-round and various handicraft sellers dotting the streets. A celebration with colours marks the end of the event. 

Mumbai, Maharashtra

January is a month of headliner events for Mumbai. The city’s most popular race is back. The Mumbai Marathon (15 January) will host a full and a half marathon along with shorter events and events for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. For those seeking something new, book your tickets for Lollapalooza (28 and 29 January), a multi-genre music festival featuring artists such as Prateek Kuhad, Diplo, Madeon and more. 

Goa 

The view from Thalassa Beach

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Keith Gerein: Edmonton was a news hot spot in 2022; how much can you remember?

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It’s not every year that the Pope visits our part of the world, but it’s also not every year that inflation hits eight per cent.

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Along with a change in provincial leadership, battles between city politicians and police, and ongoing struggles to address homelessness, Edmonton definitely saw its share of big news events and trends over the past 12 months.

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How well did you follow it all? Try our 2022-in-review quiz to see how you stack up as a current-affairs crackerjack.

Questions:

1. “This has not been at all (to the) expectations of Edmontonians and understand that I share that frustration,” Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said at one point in early 2022. To what was he referring?

a) Poor performances by the Edmonton Oilers

b) Substandard snow and ice clearing on city streets

c) Too few people adhering to the city’s masking rules

d) Another delay to the Valley Line LRT project

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2. In her first news conference as premier, who did Danielle Smith characterize as “the most discriminated group” that she’d witnessed in her lifetime?

a) AIDS/HIV patients in the 1980s

b) People in the LGBTQ community

c) Indigenous Canadians

d) People who chose not to get a COVID vaccine

3. How did Coun. Michael Janz propose that the city bring in more revenue this year?

a) Charge a higher tax rate to people who own mansions

b) Take money away from highly paid Epcor executives

c) Increase fines on people with noisy vehicles

d) All of the above

4. An Edmonton sports venue hosted a “giro” this year. What was it?

a) Connor McDavid’s spin-a-rama shootout move

b) A short-lived sandwich offering at Rogers Place, only $27.95

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c) Pope Francis’s tour around Commonwealth Stadium

d) A bicycle-kick goal from Edmonton’s FC’s Italian striker

5. Edmonton has set a limit of generating no more than 176 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050. According to the city’s new carbon budget, how many years early will the city blow through that cap, unless changes are made?

a) Six years

b) 10 years

c) 13 years

d) Let’s blow past it ASAP, because we could use a little warming in this cold city

6. What is shigella?

a) An intestinal infection

b) The province’s official mushroom

c) A nickname for the 5.6-magnitude earthquake that hit northern Alberta in November

d) A proposed new music festival

7. What was blamed for poor attendance at the rescheduled World Junior Hockey tournament in August?

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a) High ticket prices

b) Ongoing scandals with Hockey Canada

c) Holding a hockey tournament in heat of summer

d) All of the above

8. The long-vacant Enbridge Tower on Jasper Avenue is being repurposed into what?

a) A hotel

b) An apartment building

c) The world’s tallest climbing gym

d) The University of Alberta’s new school of architecture

9. What was Edmontonian Shannon Shea referring to in this quote? “They’re a little bit more ballsy this year. They’re way bigger than I’m used to and they’re just smelling you two to three feet away.”

a) The Edmonton Elks’ offensive line

b) Coyotes

c) Magpies

d) Cyclists

10. Fill in the blank on this quote from Coun. Michael Janz: “Trusting the development and real estate industry to solve homelessness is like ______.”

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a) Asking grocery stores to end hunger

b) Counting on oil companies to invent a solar car

c) Getting Russia to lead NATO

d) Depending on a P3 to build an LRT line on time

11. What did Jason Kenney characterize as “kryptonite” for investors in Alberta?

a) Losing his UCP leadership review vote

b) Rachel Notley

c) The sovereignty act

d) The dire state of the province’s health-care system

12. What did University of Saskatchewan professor Ryan Brook call an “ecological train wreck” that could cause “absolute destruction” in Edmonton?

a) Mountain Pine Rat

b) A new COVID variant

c) Great horned grasshopper

d) Wild pigs

Answers:

1. b. A combination of factors, including extreme winter weather and inadequate staffing, led to a lot of complaints about the state of the city’s roads. The city has funded modest improvements for 2023.

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2. d. Smith wouldn’t apologize but said she did not “intend to trivialize” the discrimination faced by minority communities. Earlier in the year, then-premier Jason Kenney made a comparison suggesting the treatment of unvaccinated Canadians was similar to that faced by people with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

3. d. None of these ideas bore much fruit in 2022, though higher fines for noisy vehicles could be on council’s agenda in 2023.

4. c. Prior to delivering mass, Pope Francis did a tour among the people with a lap around the stadium, kissing a few babies along the way.

5. c. Edmonton is on pace to use up its allotted emissions by 2037 instead of 2050, which is the target year for carbon neutrality.

6. a. After a first case was identified in mid-August, infections climbed to 173 by mid November (and 115 hospitalizations), many of them among the city’s homeless population.

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7. d. Apart from the two medal games, average attendance at the tournament was just 1,525 per game.

8. b. Though the original plan was for a hotel, the 23-storey building is now on course to have 274 apartment units.

9. b. The city saw a significant increase in coyote complaints, including dozens of reports of aggressive encounters.

10. a. Janz was making a comment about the financialization of housing, but the quip also tapped into frustrations about rising prices and big corporate profits among grocery chains.

11. c. Kenney additionally called the act “catastrophically stupid,” and that it would lead to Alberta becoming a “banana republic.” He also said he would vote against the bill but resigned as an MLA before that happened.

12. d. In an attempt to better control the beasts, the province created a $75 bounty for each set of pig ears.

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