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Prairie Daily: Winnipeg graffiti artist to pay for train wreck, Calgary’s Chinook Centre, Edmonton comes clean, and Saskatoon ghosts make a point

Winnipeg tagger set to payback CN Rail

Volodymyr Kraynyk, a young Winnipeg artist with promise, may just make his mark on the world, but first has to pay back CN Rail for his mark on their trains.  The 55 trains that Kraynyk sprayed his handle “KELS” on are estimated to cost the rail company $128,810 to repair.

A Manitoba judge believes that there should be retribution for public property defacing. Kraynyk has been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $57,000 and may be using his talents to paint mural in the name of community service.

Kraynyk’s family came to Canada from the Ukraine in 2005.  He became “entrenched” in Winnipeg’s graffiti subculture, defence lawyer Lisa LaBossiere said. Since then, he’s matured and become an acclaimed student at the University of Manitoba’s school of fine arts, she said.


Chinook Centre Calgary

The winds of change for Calgary’s Chinook Centre have been warm and inviting since it first began as an open-air mall in 1960. Along with Calgary, the mall has grown over the years and is now recognized as southern Alberta’s premier shopping centre. Additions of international and American retailers have increased Chinook Centre’s presence. Nordstrom’s and Target are just a few retailers that settled in over the next two years

Terry Napper, Chinook Centre’s general manager says that the mall has recently become certified as showing leadership in energy and environmental design. A heated underground parkade was part of a recent expansion that was built with sustainable design and construction methods.  This added 1,200 parking stalls and bringing the total number of stalls to 5,500.

Employee cyclists are encouraged to commute to work. The mall offers bike racks and showers at all main entrances. A recycling system is in place throughout the entire facility, while the mall prides itself on being as green as possible in all operations.

Edmonton cleaner according to 2012 Litter Audit

Edmonton cleans up its act and streets. According to Capital City Clean Up’s 2012 Litter Audit, Edmonton streets have a 9.4% litter reduction from last year and a 42% reduction from their highest count of it three years ago.

“Changing a behaviour like littering can take a few years,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel, who thanked business and media partners for their support of Capital City Clean Up during a recognition event at City Hall.

The average number of large litter per site for this years audit was 15.7 pieces down from 17.3 pieces in 2011 and 25 per site for their original audit in 2007.  The most common form of large litter continues to be tobacco packaging while for small litter it remains to be cigarette butts.


Ghosts with a point make hit Saskatoon streets

Members of the Saskatoon arts community get between the sheets in order for city to read between the lines. The statement: a lack of funding; particularly in the film industry. There was purpose to the wardrobe of the Casper-donned crusaders.

“It symbolizes the lack of creativity and sort of an empty shroud, what it would be like if we didn’t have diversity and creativity in our world,” said Bevin.

Bevin says that art stimulates economic growth and without it in our society it would be a very bleak place. She believes people choose where to live based on the visuals and activities there are to enjoy around them.

“I know a lot of people already have moved away with recent cuts to our film industry, it’s sad.”


Chadd Cawson is an intern at Spectator Tribune. Follow him at: @ChaddCawson

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