“I raised a service dog one time. Well, she went away, and I didn’t find out where she went, but later I found out that she save the life of the lady she was with. That felt really good. I was supposed to hear back from them but there was no communication. It was hard and sad. But then I found out that she saved a life.”

“What was the dog’s name?”

“Fab. But everyone called her fabulous.”

Last week, in Alberta (as of May 8, 2015)

I live in Alberta, considered by most to be the bastion of old conservative values in Canada. It’s a lot like Texas, except it is bigger, has more cattle, more oil, but doesn’t really care to compare its size to others because it isn’t quite as insecure.

A friend of mine (named Mike Hudema - credit) made a list of things that have happened in Alberta or to Albertans in the last week. I reworded them here. Keep the above in mind as you read these:

• The City of Edmonton, whose hockey team is called the Oilers, and whose welcoming image to those driving in from the highway is a huge oil drill, and my hometown until a month ago, unanimously passed an energy transition plan last week which will see Edmonton move away from fossil fuels to renewables.
• Albertans elected 53 New Democrat Party MLA’s to the Legislature giving the NDP a governing majority. To unpack that, this means we ended 44 years of governance by a Conservative party by completely replacing them with a party further left than the mainstream of the American Democrat Party. They are most frequently described as “democratic socialists”.
• Albertans elected the most women elected to government in Canadian history last week.
• Albertans elected Alberta’s first, second, and third openly LGBTQ MLAs in the province’s history.
• Alberta elected the youngest legislature in the country. The youngest MLA in Canada’s history is from Alberta, and serving right now. He is twenty years old.
• Yesterday, Canadian political prisoner Omar Khadr was released from an Albertan prison.

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Hi guys! I volunteer for this awesome cat rescue group Little Cats Lost - you can help their rescue kitties just by liking Oxford Animal Hospital’s Facebook page. More info below. Thanks so much! :)

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HELP PAY FOR OUR SPAYS Campaign. IT’S EASY!! Between May 8th and the 31st “LIKE” our veterinary partner’s Facebook page (Oxford Animal Hospital) and they will donate $1 for each “like” towards the spay/neuter surgeries of our 37 kittens!

A reminder for all my Alberta friends! Today is the local election so please don’t forget to vote!! Also please god think about voting NDP, they want to raise taxes on banks and corporations and put the money back into healthcare, education, and senior care! (Also at least they didn’t put Harper into office ugh)