Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homelessness not an issue during Stampede

He's Back!

After being away from the site since February for a number of reasons I found an urgency last evening to get back in the saddle.

The issue is homelessness and the attitude of the Calgary media to stay away from such issues during the Calgary Stampede because their owners don't want negative stories during the 10 days of a spending spree in Calgary. Apparently homeless people do not exist during the Stampede.

They refuse to cover the Cross Canada Tour by Mark Horvath.

I need to explain the concern; first, read the following background. road trip keeps getting bigger continuing to be a catalyst for change in the fight against homelessness. Communities have rallied to house people experiencing homelessness and others have created housing programs, a farmer donated land that is now being used to help feed low-income families , and miracles that cannot be explained continue to happen. Last year, YouTube allowed to curate their homepage for a day, that one day resulted in 1.6 million people touching homelessness that would have never rolled down their window at an exit ramp.

Thanks to Calgary Homeless Foundation and Community Action Committee goes international traveling extensively throughout Canada. The road trip then returns to United States and continues from Maine through the Midwest and back to Southern California.

This year our friends at Pierce Family Foundation have donated a $10,000 matching grant. That means that every dollar donated will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000. Your donations will immediately double resulting in more impact to fight homelessness. Our friends at Razoo created this website for online donations and for you to “ride along” on the road trip. The site includes a live “Dash Cam” and real-time Google map so it’s almost like you are in the passenger seat. Make sure to bookmark and visit often as we travel Canada and the United States.

Then go to the website to see first hand;

If you agree with me that the media should be covering this issue call your media outlet and let them know how you feel.

Thank you!


  1. Sometimes I find it hard to imagine the words “free” and “calgary stampede” together, but according to this little gem, (linkedy here, if you’d like to see this year’s festivities can be more wallet-friendly than ever. Sure, the main events and food stands do a stellar job of draining the good ol’ pocket book, but with a bit of planning, I’d bet one can have a pretty affordable bit of western fun.

    Just a thought.

  2. Sorry, am I missing something, what is the relevance to the blog story on the media ignoring the homeless during the Stampede?