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The Homestretch with Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe

Designed to ease Calgary commuters' transitions from the end of the workday back to their families, The Homestretch offers an entertaining and lively blend of news and information.

  • 07:43
    It's probably one of the coolest spaces to open a cafe in the city these days. Calgary's new Central Library made Architectural Digest's list of the 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018. The shiny multi million dollar building in the East Village was designed by a renowned Norwegian architechture firm. It includes a performance hall, an early learning centre and a space for teens to hang out. Gareth Lukes and Eric Hendry won the bid to set up the one and only eatery in the new place. Gareth is the third generation owner of Lukes Drug Mart. Eric is the former chef of Model Milk and now runs Bar Von Der Fels.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 07:09
    Calgary's Memorial Park Library and surrounding Central Memorial Park have been designated a national historic site. The library is an elegant classically inspired sandstone building in the Beltline. It was the first public library building in Alberta. The park is the oldest in Calgary, with a geometric pattern of plants, pathways and grass. It's also home to several important monuments. Julia Harrington is the community outreach librarian with Central Memorial park Library. She joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 07:11
    In case you haven't heard, Calgary didn't make the short list for Amazon's second headquarters. The 20 finalists were released earlier today. Toronto was the only Canadian city that made the cut. Mary Moran is the president and CEO of the Calgary Economic Development Authority, that made the pitch to Amazon. She got a debrief from amazon earlier today and she joined Doug Dirks to talk about it.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 07:29
    House fires are burning hotter and faster than ever before. That's because homes across the country have more flammable furniture and open-concept layouts. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs is calling for wider use of sprinkler systems in new homes. They also want to see that in the national building code, which is currently being updated. Ken Block is Edmonton's Fire Chief. He's also the President of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 08:40
    An important Catholic relic is coming to Calgary. It's the severed forearm of St. Francis Xavier, that's more than 500 years old. Saint Francis was a missionary who co-founded the society of Jesus. The Calgary stop is part of a 14-day Canadian tour for the relic, which is usually displayed at the Church of Gesu in Rome. Peter Manseau is curator of religion at the Smithsonian. He wrote 'Rag and Bone,' a book about his travels seeking-out and examining religious relics around the world.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 07:35
    Experts tell us that one of the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle is cooking our meals at home. But busy schedules can get in the way of preparing food from scratch. Thankfully there are a few new devices on the market to help get dinner on the table faster. Longevity columnist Sharon Basaraba joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Jan 18, 2018
  • 07:47
    We've been talking a lot about drugs, addiction and the opioid crisis here in Calgary. But we don't often hear from users themselves. An award-winning documentary called The Stairs follows three social workers who help drug users through harm-reduction methods while also battling their own addiction issues. It was shot over the course of 5-years in Regent Park, a notorious Toronto neighbourhood. The Stairs opens this week in Calgary. Hugh Gibson is the man behind the movie. He spoke with Doug Dirks.
    Jan 17, 2018
  • 09:15
    Terry Virts has seen the world from a perspective most of us will never reach. Virts is a NASA astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station. He piloted the space shuttle Endeavor and was a crew member on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. When his ISS command ended, Virts had spent 200 consecutive days in space, one of the longest continuous space mission of any NASA astronaut. This weekend, Terry Virts will be in Calgary sharing photographs and stories from his life both on- and off-planet. His presentation is called "View from Above," presented by National Geographic Live. Terry Virts joined Doug Dirks on the line from
    Jan 17, 2018
  • 08:52
    Survivors of ISIS captors who are now living in Calgary are urging Ottawa to continue its Yazidi resettlement program. The federal government is no longer accepting new applications after meeting its mandate of welcoming 12,000 survivors. Over the past year, more than 200 Yazidis have arrived in Calgary. Calgary Catholic Immigration Services is one of four centres chosen to receive them. Fariborz Birjandian is the CEO of CCIS and he joined Doug Dirks in studio.
    Jan 17, 2018
  • 06:42
    The fallout over a controversial case at the University of Calgary involving a student convicted of sexual interference continues. Connor Neurater was sentenced to 90 days in jail. But the judge in Kamloops B.C. allowed him to finish the current semester at the University of Calgary first. Thousands of people signed a petition, protesting that decision. The University responded by saying it can't expel Connor Neurauter, but it has advised him to stay away from campus this semester. This got us thinking about some of the issues judges deal with when sentencing people convicted of a crime. Sean Dunnigan is a provincial court judge here in Calgary. He joined Doug Dirks in studio to explain the sentencing process in his 'View From the Bench.'
    Jan 17, 2018
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