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Successful Entrepreneurs of Calgary: Cal Wenzel

By: Roy Zhang

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Mr. Wenzel and the author.

A good business is often defined by its revenue, its products, or, in the case of Shane Homes, its reputation. Shane Homes is currently one of the biggest homebuilders in Calgary, with operations in Airdrie and Okotoks, and is well known throughout Southern Alberta as a flexible, punctual, and trustworthy company. Therefore, when I attempted to schedule an interview with Shane Homes’ founder and CEO, Mr. Cal Wenzel, I had expected the company to be far too busy to respond to an interview request from a (relatively) unknown tenth-grade student. My expectations turned out to be wrong, as I received a very timely response to my email on the very next day, informing me that Mr. Wenzel was indeed available for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised, and after a couple more emails back and forth, we had arranged an interview for Tuesday, September 30th. (more…)

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

November 11th, Remembrance day a time to honor and remember the achievements and sacrifices made by the men and women who have served their country during times of war, conflict, and peace. A number of Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held in and around the City of Calgary, for people to pay their respects. Here are some ceremonies you can attend to listed below:

Remembrance Day Service 2013

Monday, November 11th, 2013 Doors open 9:30AM Ceremony is from 10:30AM – 11:45AM

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14 AVE N.W.)

Please join the ceremony that will be commemorating World War I, World War II, Korea, Afghanistan and Peacekeeping operations. Wreaths will be laid by political, veterans, military, civic and community organizations. All others are welcome to lay a private wreath.

Remembrance Day Service

Monday, November 11th, 2013 10:30AM

Aerospace Museum (4629 McCall Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7H1)

The museum will be open after the service with admission by donation.

Remembrance Day Service

Monday, November 11th, 2013 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Battalion Park (3001 Signal Hill Dr. S.W.)

The ceremony will center on the monument at the bottom of the steps leading up to the battalion numbers after which the site is named.

Remembrance Day Service

Monday, November 11th, 2013 11:00AM

Central Memorial Park (1221 Second St. S.W.)

Remembrance Day ceremonies are held every year in this Beltline Park. Pay tribute to troops past and present in front of the World War I soldier statue, a memorial honouring Rt. Hon.

Remembrance Day tours

Monday, November 11th, 2013 12:30 – 2:00PM and 2:30 – 4:00PM

Union Cemetery (28 Avenue and Spiller Road S.E.)

Union Cemetery tour guides will reflect on the contributions of military units and those buried there.

Remembrance Day is a day for remembering. Remembering the efforts men and women have made in battle. Remembering all the pain and suffering the soldiers went through. Realizing the ultimate sacrifice soldiers made in order for the citizens of Canada to be safe. If you cannot attend any of the ceremonies above please just take two minutes of your time on November 11th on the eleventh hour and remember. Please remember and be grateful that we are fortunate to live in this time of peace and prosperity.

Lest We Forget.

Halloween Movie Recommendations

Halloween is slowly creeping towards us once again. Time for haunted houses, parties and sleepovers! But what’s a good Halloween if you don’t watch a Halloween movie? In case you’re lost for ideas on what to watch I have categorized some movies that will make it easier for you to pick which movie to watch!

In case you’re not into that whole “spookiness” of movies, then…


Halloweentown is a must see movie for you! (Rated PG)

Halloweentown (1998) is a Disney channel original movie. A great movie to watch if you don’t want to be scared but still want to remain with that Halloween vibe. This movie is about a young witch on her quest to train her powers. It does have some cheesy effects, making it a spectacularly corny Halloween movie! Halloweentown is a perfect cute movie to watch with younger siblings, the family, or with your boyfriend/girlfriend! This is the first movie in the series! (The series goes: Halloweentown, Halloweentown 2 Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High and with the finale in the series Return to Halloweentown). It’s a very underrated movie and is about an hour and 20 minutes long.

If you’re looking for a classic thriller movie…


The Silence of the Lambs is a must see movie! (Rated R)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is a movie based on the book The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris. This American thriller is about an FBI agent who is seeking advice on her case from a former psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. The film won the Big Five Academy Awards (Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress and best writing). There is a sequel, Red Dragon (2002), is also based upon the writing of Thomas Harris. The Silence of the Lambs has a rating of 8.7 on IMDb and an average of 93% of the audience liking it on Rotten Tomatoes, making this movie a definite must see for thriller fans.

If you’re looking for a good gory movie…

SawThen you should watch Saw (Rated R)

WARNING: If you have a weak stomach please do not watch.

Saw (2004) is a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This movie is about two men who try to escape after they are captured by a person who refers to him or herself as “Jigsaw”.  This movie is incredibly lifelike and makes it appear that the situation that the two men are in can easily happen to you… this only adds to the overall scary aspect. With 84% of people liking it on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a must see movie!

If you’re looking for a slasher film…


Then The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Rated R)

In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) group of friends visit an old homestead, but fall victim to a family of cannibals.

Fun fact: the director tried to limit the quantity of on-screen gore in hopes of getting a PG rating, but unfortunately, the Motion Picture Association of America moved the rating up to R. With a rating of 91% on the tomato meter on Rotten Tomatoes, you can tell that this movie is definitely worth watching.

If you’re looking for a supernatural movie…


Then you should watch Carrie (Rated R)

Carrie (2013) is coming out on October 18th 2013 with highly anticipated viewers. The film is the third adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie. The film is about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother. She also has the gift of telekinesis. On Rotten Tomatoes, 94% of people would like to see this movie.

These are only a few films that I’m going to recommend! Hope your Halloween is spook-tacular!