Outdoor Exploration: Banff, Alberta (Canada)


Originally posted on Environmental Explorations:

On my drive to and from the Under Western Skies conference, I was able to stop in Banff.

Banff National Park Map

The first day, it had started snowing, so I couldn’t see the mountains AT ALL. Here is a photo from the Bow River from Monday September 8th, and one from the Banff National Park museum:

Bow River in Banff

Bow River in Banff

Snow!

Snow!

I visited it again on the way home, 6 days later, and was greeted by big and beautiful mountains.

Cascade Mountain from the streets of Banff

Cascade Mountain from the streets of Banff

Mount Rundle from the streets of Banff

Mount Rundle

Here are some more photos from the drive through the national park:

Banff

Castle Mountain near the border of Alberta-British Columbia

Castle Mountain near the border of Alberta-British Columbia

I wasn’t able to make it to Lake Louise, but am hoping to the next time I go up to Alberta!

My chipmunk friend!

My chipmunk friend!

**All photos (except map) are my own.

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CNEWA gets Raskob grant for clinics for displaced Iraqis


Originally posted on CNS Blog:

Aid officials have cited a need for hospitals for displaced Iraqi minorities who fled Islamic State fighters. (CNS/Sahar Mansour)

Aid officials have cited a need for health care for displaced Iraqi minorities who fled Islamic State fighters. (CNS/Sahar Mansour)

NEW YORK — The Raskob Foundation has awarded the Catholic Near East Welfare Association an emergency grant so it can open two additional medical clinics serving displaced Christians in Kurdistan, in northern Iraq.

The agency’s local partners have cited pressing health concerns for the 4,530 Iraqi Christian families living temporarily in the cities of Dohuk and Zahko. They are among Iraqi minorities who have fled advancing Islamic State fighters.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena will administer the clinics and will coordinate their efforts with Chaldean and Syriac Catholic priests responsible for relief efforts in Dohuk and Zahko, respectively.

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