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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

New Heritage Writer at Calgary Herald

CALGARY, AB, CANADA -- Local columnist David Bly was promoted this week from Deputy Editorial Page Editor at the Calgary Herald to the newly created position of Heritage Writer.

The new position will require Bly, a native of Magrath, to explore Calgary's heritage specifically and Alberta's heritage generally. He will also research the influence various ethnic and religious groups had in shaping that culture. Such groups include the Latter-day Saints who populated Alberta's south.

Charles Magrath and his father-in-law, Alexander Galt owned the Alberta Land and Railway Company. In order for their business to thrive, they needed settlers, crops and trade. And in order to get settler in the barren, dry plains of southern Alberta they needed irrigation. The Latter-day Saints had been irrigating all over Utah for roughly fifty years by this point, so Magrath and Galt extended an invitation for the Church to send up settlers. They stayed when the work was done.

Bly, a member of the Calgary Alberta East Stake, is an accomplished writer and photographer, having released two photograph collections ("Shadows and Light" and "Journeys Worth Taking") and an award-winning adolescent novel called "The McIntyre Liar."


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