'Gender is the essence of your being, painted on,' says Lyn Langille
It all starts at birth. "Are you having a boy or a girl?' Then come the baby gifts. Pink blankets for girls, blue for boys. A little girl gets dolls, kitchen toys and make-up for her birthday while a little boy gets trucks and toy guns. A girl is expected to be soft and dainty, while a boy is rough and strong.
Social expectations based on gender — whether conscious or not — are endless and specific. Many people would argue that gender is not something we are born with. Rather, it's a social construction.
In the Calgary Journal documentary, Painted On: Modern Gender Stories, one family and two other Calgarians share their narratives about redefining gender. All are living outside the so-called gender binary, which limits gender to only male or female.
Despite a punishing 1.3 per cent vacancy rate in Calgary, the mayor hasn't convinced City Council to get on board with secondary suites
The City of Calgary defines a secondary suite as "a self-contained living space consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen located within or on the same property as a single family home." They're often referred to as basement suites or mother-in-law suites.
Secondary suites can act as supplemented income for homeowners to help pay a mortgage or can provide a living space for a family member, for example. But according to the Calgary Homeless Foundation, those who rent secondary suites do so because they're affordable.
According to the foundation, 84 per cent of Calgarians support the development of new secondary suites and 85 per cent support the legalization of existing ones.
Calgary woman's remains to arrive home Friday
The brother of a Calgary woman gunned down in a Kabul hotel earlier this month told reporters Thursday that her death was not in vain.
Karim-Aly Kassam said his sister, Zeenab, had been taking part in celebrations to welcome spring when gunmen burst into the hotel, fatally shooting her and fellow Canadian Roshan Thomas, along with seven other people, including children.
Calgarian playwright's latest play debuts in New York City this May
For over 30 years, Daniel Libman has been a contributing factor to Calgary's theatre and acting community. Not only does he have many on screen acting roles, but Libman is also a playwright with over 50 titles to his credit.
Now Libman's latest play, Intermission, is preparing to open this May in New York City.
"I'm excited to see my play debut off-Broadway," Libman said. "I think I might be the first writer based in Calgary to have a play debut there."
The play is directed by Voyage Theatre Company founder, Wayne Maugans.
"His plays have a lot of heart," Maugans said. "He understands theatre at every level."