March/April 2002


March / April 2002

Who Will People the Prairie? by Jackie Flanagan


Other than our Aboriginal population, Albertans are all immigrants. That fact is seemingly forgotten in the face of immigration policies and programs.

“American City” by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe

Wit, humour, satire

Stenson objects to Calgary being called the most American of Canadian cities.

Over the Rainbow A new wave of immigrants struggle to make a home in Alberta

by Cheryl Mahaffy, illustration by Larry Bowhay

Canada West Foundation, Engineering Technologists Integration Project, Catholic Social Services, Multicultural Health Brokers, interviews with immigrants

Attracting and embracing immigrants from around the globe will become increasingly necessary if Alberta wants to keep its economic advantage.

Where the Black Rocks Lie in the Old Man’s River Remembering Lethbridge

by Rudy Wiebe, photos by Geoffrey James

Excerpt from Place, Lethbridge: Portrait of a Prairie City, Joy Kogawa, internment camps, POW

From the memories of his childhood, Rudy Wiebe reconstructs an historic Lethbridge of English publishers, coal mines and discarded internment camps.

How Do You Grow an Opera? A true Alberta story of bootlegging, murder and an execution, transformed into high art-can home-grown wizardry pull it off?

by Peter Oliva

Robert Kroetsch, Crowsnest Pass, Emilio Piciarello, Florence Losandro, bootlegging, capital punishment, Francis Winspear

Playwright John Murrell and composer John Estacio are writing an Alberta opera, named for its tragic heroine, Filumena. Calgary Opera and The Banff Centre are creative partners in this birth-the first full-length opera set in Western Canada.

Emigrants by Hallvard Dahlie

Short story, fiction, excerpt

Sigrid waits for her husband’s word to tell her whether she will stay in Norway or move to Canada. The word she discovers is unexpected.

Seeds in Their Pockets Text and photos by Marilynn McAra

Garden, photo essay, 1918, 1892, 1929

The Ukrainian Cultural Centre recreates living history authentic to the settlers’s experience. Interpreters become gardeners, growing food and flowers in the same way Ukrainians did over 100 years ago.

Every issue we offer this unique puzzle by J.B. Hohm. Solve it to reveal a quote by an Alberta author.

Numbers and statistics illuminate and entertain in one of our most popular pages.