About 20 people attended a presentation by Alex McPhee (pictured) on Saturday at the Jasper Cultural & Historical Centre. The presentation was titled “Priced Out – Queer Life and the Housing Crisis”.
The event was geared to the LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit) community, although everyone was welcome to attend.
It is part of efforts by the Jasper Centre to put a spotlight on marginalized groups.
The presentation, which was followed by a question-and-answer session, lasted more than two hours.
McPhee, an independent award-winning cartographer based in Grasslands National Park, has been nominated as the New Democratic Party’s candidate in the Cypress Hills-Grasslands riding held by Jeremy Patzer for the Conservative Party of Canada.
On his website, he says he is the first cartographer to receive a major party nomination in Canadian history.
McPhee, from Val Marie, studied geophysics at the University of Alberta, gaining a bachelor of science degree.
According to his website, he is a research assistant with the university’s Future Energy Systems Lab, and is head of information design at LeanTossup, an independent data-journalism group.
His cartography skills won him a prize in a professional competition. His entry, Alex McPhee’s Province of Alberta, won the award for best reference map.