Afghan TV host in Lacombe
Afghanistan TV talk show host Mozhdah Jamalzadah shares her story, Determined to Return, at the Canadian University College Church in Lacombe on Saturday.
Jamalzadah, 25, grew up in Vancouver after her family fled Afghanistan when she was five years old.
She recently launched her own talk show, The Mozhdah Show, on Afghanistan’s 1TV where she discusses family issues like divorce and inequality, which aren’t necessarily discussed in Afghanistan culture. In fact, in some circles Jamalzadah is known as the Oprah of Afghanistan.
Jamalzadah has also made a name for herself in the North American Afghani music scene.
She performed her hit song, Afghan Girl, for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in March 2010 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Jamalzadah will also perform during the event, hosted by A Better World’s youth division, Tomorrow’s EDGE.
“She grew up in Vancouver and she decided she wanted to go back (to Afghanistan) and help the people there,” said Azalea Lehndorff, executive director of Tomorrow’s EDGE.
Lehndorff said part of the reason they are bringing Jamalzadah to Lacombe is to inspire young people to get involved in compassionate action.
Admission is free but donations are accepted. The keynote address begins at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.a-better-world.ca.
67th Street closure discussed
Area residents can attend a public hearing on whether closing 67th Street Close at Orr Drive is a good idea.
The public hearing will run at 6 p.m. on April 18 in Red Deer city council chambers.
Red Deer city council gave first reading on the closure last month. They were told that closing this small portion of the road would increase the safety and operation of this intersection.
The closure would be done alongside upgrades to be done later this year.
A public information session that drew six people and 13 written responses showed that 69 per cent supported the closure to the west and the new intersection. A total of 23 per cent were opposed while eight per cent offered no comment.
The city also contacted adjacent landowners who felt the closure was beneficial, according to a staff report done on March 7.