Alberta

New Shipping & Handling Offers

Amazon Prime members in Calgary and Edmonton can now get free one day deliveries, like in Montreal.

Members in Toronto and Vancouver are eligible for same day deliveries, free. And members in the other larger cities of Canada are eligible for two day deliveries, also free.

Additional free shipping offers can be found by clicking here.

Sad News For Vinyl Fans

Canada Boy Vinyl has closed their manufacturing plant in Calgary after only sixteen months of operations.

This plant had just opened in September 2015 and had expected to take advantage of a resurgence in vinyl’s popularity. But there weren’t enough orders to make the plant sustainable so Dean Reid, the founder and chief operating officer of Canada Boy Vinyl, decided to cease its operations.

Burlington, Ontario’s new Precision Record Pressing plant is now the only vinyl pressing facility in Canada.

Hopefully sales will grow to make a domestic industry in Canada viable.

Fort McMurray – Where to Donate ?

Like most Canadians I have been shocked by the events in Fort McMurray, Alberta and thought i’d post an entry on this blog dedicated to how one can help the nearly 100,000 displaced residents of this area.

The Canadian Red Cross is currently on site and are of course accepting donations via a special web page and via text. To donate via the web site click here and to donate $5 text REDCROSS to 30333.

Monetary donations are also accepted via the Salvation Army by clicking here. Alberta residents wishing to volunteer through this organization can do so by clicking here.

Most of the evacuated residents are expected to go to Edmonton so that city’s local food bank is requesting local food donations and volunteers. Click here to donate food and to volunteer. Click here to make a donation.

The Edmonton Emergency Relief Society is also looking for volunteers, monetary donations and various non food items. A list of the later can be found by clicking here, where instructions to volunteer can also be found. To donate funds to this charity click here.

Alberta residents that can take in the evacuated can look for details on a special Facebook group dedicated to this aid by clicking here.

The situation is only getting worse as communities that welcomed the evacuees just south of the town are now being evacuated themselves because of a shift in the winds. And it appears that several thousand people could be stranded north of Fort McMurray if the bridges spanning the Athabasca River are lost.

Any help will likely be appreciated.