CALGARY — Former United States President Barack Obama says failure to transition to cleaner energy sources would lead to global chaos that would be hard to reverse, but he’s optimistic fossil-fuel-centric economies such as Alberta’s can make the necessary changes.
Obama spoke Tuesday to a near-full arena in Calgary, home to several oil and gas company headquarters that are replete with empty office space due to a years-long industry downturn.
WINNIPEG — The former president of the United States sure knew how to warm up a crowd.
After receiving a standing ovation from 13,500 adoring fans at Bell MTS Centre on Monday night, Barack Obama laughed about how he got slapped in the face by the wind when stepping off the plane on his first visit to Winnipeg.
MONTREAL – Former U.S. president Barack Obama has again decried what he calls the lack of American leadership on climate change.
In a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade on Tuesday, Obama did not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name but clearly targeted his successor’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement.
One of the most familiar photos that we see of Barack Obama and other American presidents is the shot of them boarding the Marine One helicopter on the White House lawn. The chopper takes the boss to Andrews Air Force base where the journey continues on Air Force One. Did you know that 15 of those former presidential helicopters now belong to the Royal Canadian Air Force?
A Winnipeg comedian and radio personality is headed to Washington, DC to perform at a U.S. Presidential Inauguration ball.
Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett hosts the morning show on NCI-FM. Also the station’s program director, Barrett is a stand-up comedian and Elvis Presley impersonator.
“The booking came as a complete surprise to me,” Barrett said. “My agent phoned and asked if I was sitting down as he had the booking of a lifetime.”
The performance is set for the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institute on January 21. Being one of several official balls in the city, Barrett hopes it’s one of the few President Barack Obama attends with his wife, Michelle.
“The committee that inquired about my availability watched my promo video and they chose specific jokes and bits, political in nature, for me to tell. As for what song I should perform as Elvis, some of my Elvis friends suggested, “American Trilogy,” “America the Beautiful,” although given how the economy is they suggested I stay away from “In The Ghetto.”
Barrett is a proud Ojibwe from the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario.