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Hey guys, during my commute to work in the left lane of southbound Deerfoot this morning at about 6:40 AM, I was rear ended by an older silver Acura or Honda. The driver then fled the scene as soon as I exited my car by cutting across four lanes of traffic towards the Memorial Drive exit, leaving me with a twisted exhaust system, a rear end out of alignment and a messed up bumper and bumper support.
I was unable to get a plate because the driver took off so quickly, so I'm hoping someone saw something or comes across a silver car with recent front end damage. There might be a broken headlight, but there for sure is a round hole cut out from the bumper where it entered my car's exhaust. I touched the rear bumper of the van in front of me, but the driver was unconcerned and also left the scene.
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Hi - we bought and installed a Nest thermostat, but turns out it doesn't work 100% with our system because we don't have a common wire. Luckily, there's an extra disconnected wire that can likely be used, however Nest told me to find a technician who can ensure this wire is installed as a C-wire and not a different wire (such as a fan wire). Has anyone used a technician in Calgary that has done this for a reasonable price? Of course, there's no 'Nest Pro Installer' in the Calgary area so I have to find my own technician to do this, but hoping someone knows of one who is comfortable and familiar with a Nest device. Thanks in advance.submitted by /u/upnaway_ to r/Calgary
Throughout Gillian McKercher’s debut feature film Circle of Steel, there are scenes featuring a small group of oil and gas workers preparing for their work day.
Stuck in a remote and snowy field office in rural Alberta, all are clad in requisite blue coveralls. They robotically go through some morning exercises in the dark, unenthusiastically read weather reports to each other and joylessly chant a few safety-related mantras. It all seems very cult-like.
“Unless you work in it, it’s something that doesn’t really make sense to you,” explains McKercher, in an interview with Postmedia from her home in Calgary. “On the one hand, you do all of these safety meetings because safety really does matter. I have so much respect for safety, it’s such a high priority of mine.
“But it is also ridiculous. It does become ritualistic and kind of stupid. But it’s something you do and you don’t question it. It adds shape to the day. It’s a way for people to see each other. If you’re spending 12 hours a day with people, you develop your own culture. It’s a culture where they’re not going to church, they’re just saying their safety moment every day at 7.”
Circle of Steel is a funny and occasionally sad exploration of life in Alberta’s oilpatch during an economic downturn. It’s loosely based on McKercher’s own experiences as a young engineer. From 17 to 22, she spent every summer working student jobs in oil and gas. She interned as an operations-engineer-in-training, including stints in remote areas around Grand Prairie. After graduating from the University of Calgary, she spent four years as a project engineer on a reserves team out in the field.
Like her film’s protagonist Wendy (nicely played by Alberta actress Chantelle Han), McKercher had mixed feelings about her fledgling career in oil and gas. Ambivalent about the job and the industry in general, she nevertheless felt deep pangs of anxiety when the downturn hit and layoffs seemed imminent. She lost her job in 2016.
Since then, she has turned full time to filmmaking. But she saw her former industry as one that was ripe for lampooning. While the satire in Circle of Steel is not broad or nasty, it does shine a light on some of the more absurd quirks of the industry, occasionally tossing in exaggerated and even surreal moments for satirical effect.
“When people think of satire, they think of The Office, which is screwball,” McKercher says. “This isn’t screwball. But we are still satirizing the industry. There is no company that would put a field office in the middle of nowhere, unconnected to any actual site facility. So even that is more a metaphor for how these people feel like they are in the middle of nowhere.”
McKercher populates her film with character types she came across in the industry, but none of them ever become caricatures. Wendy is not particularly devoted to her job or company, but as a young female engineer is part of a new if underpaid vanguard advancing on what was once a boys club.Related
Living in an unnamed oil and gas town in Alberta, she is also lonely and deeply bored with her life, which leads to casual drug use and sexual dalliances. Duncan Ollerenshaw plays Bobby, a weary but dedicated mentor who has spent years in the oilpatch separated from his daughter. Tina Lameman plays Kiki, a cynical and irritable oil-and-gas lifer who antagonizes Wendy. Peter Skagen plays Ian, an ineffectual sad-sack of a manager unable to offer reassurances to staff when rumours of impending layoffs begin to swirl. All seem to suffer from various levels of unhappiness.
One of the most poignant scenes in the film focuses on Ian’s poorly attended early-retirement party, where he drunkenly laments not making it to the 40-year milestone with the corporation and waxes nostalgia for the days when oil companies would give departing employees proper send-offs.
“That was based on a woman who I used to work with,” McKercher says. “She had worked for the company for 40 years and was going to retire. The VP of our company didn’t even attend her super sad, coffee congratulations. They gave her a signed certificate thanking her for her 40 years of service and it was bent. It was so sad.”
It points to the impressive balance McKercher is able to maintain in Circle of Steel. While the film includes strange ritualistic safety meetings, incompetent bosses and bathroom-stall cocaine binges, it still somehow manages to make audiences feel deep empathy for its characters.
“Often the industry is politicized,” McKercher says. “It seems like this massive evil and opaque organism. But really it’s just normal people working and going to work every day. I think if you can humanize that aspect then you can actually talk about problems a lot better.
“Why do people go to work every day? People just want to have a livelihood, they want to feel like they are doing something useful. So to demonize an industry, that’s when it becomes an us versus them situation. It’s unproductive. Yes, policy comes into it. But there are thousands of people and if you cut them off, you still need to care for them. I hope people relate to this situation.”
Circle of Steel was one of six local productions given a grant from Project Lab in 2017, a government-funded program for emerging filmmakers that is overseen by the Calgary Film Centre. Shot over 16 days in late 2017 in Calgary and on the CL Ranch west of the city, it will make its world debut Sept. 25 as part of the Calgary International Film Festival.
McKercher says she harboured ambitions to be a filmmaker even when studying engineering at U of C. She was turned onto filmmaking in high school after attending a summer camp put on by the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. While in university, she made short films, a web series and music videos. While being laid off from her oil and gas job allowed her to pursue her dream, she acknowledges that real life is never as simple as what is usually shown in the movies. She didn’t want to fall into that trap with Circle of Steel.
As with most who fear being laid off, Wendy’s reality is far more complicated. McKercher admits that leaving a stable job for one in the arts, for instance, has its own challenges.
“I’ve reflected a lot upon this,” McKercher says. “Following your dreams is a high-risk activity and you have to be prepared for the risks. Luckily, I have the most amazing support network and I’ve been working toward this for a long time. But I also think it comes from an extreme position of privilege to be able to do it properly. I have a lot more sympathy and compassion for people who are more wistful about some grand gesture that they are going to do and they don’t actually do it. I get that now. I think artists often vilify people who don’t follow their dreams. I hate that. I feel lucky I get to do this, but it’s still a challenge. But I will say that my soul is much healthier than it was before.”
Circle of Steel will screen Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Globe Cinema and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at Eau Claire Cineplex. Visit calgaryfilm.com.
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Are we going to see EP40, Brock, Bo, and the big guns today vs. LAK? I want to feel what I felt with every shift against Edmonton!
Would be nice to see all the young talent together today to put together more of a legit feel to the game. Regardless of the result, yesterday’s Calgary game wasn’t very exciting.
I don’t care if it is preseason, there is a legit buzz and massive hype that is making the game more than worth watching and I live for every power play watching Pettersson, Bo, etc. Would love to see Brock as well with them.submitted by /u/mbarkeley to r/canucks
Because it's getting to be that time of year...what sweaters/jackets do you get for your cold-intolerant pups?
I would ask on more dog-focused subs, but they're notoriously US-centric and I also figured I'd ask the people who live in the same climate as me.
My pup is about 45 pounds and is very short haired - obviously hates the cold. Even around freezing she protests at walks longer than our average potty walk - pulls to go back home, etc.
What (and where) have you gotten insulation for your pups?submitted by /u/lockmorgan to r/Calgary