Calgary's female cycling community struggles with the large gender gap that exists on the city's bike routes
When people think of cyclists, the stereotypical picture is of men, fully suited up, tearing through pathways or roadways like they are in the Tour de France. But where are the women on Calgary's bike paths and roads?
The city's bicycle count released last year found 79 per cent of cyclists are male.
Kristi Woo, an avid cyclist and the founder/designer of Riyoko Urban Bikewear, believes the bicycle count is important for the city because it identifies the main routes taken by many cyclists. However, Woo said she and some of her fellow female cyclists find they do not cycle at the times or places where the bicycle count was being conducted.
22-year-old overcame depression after injury through new sport
In the depths of SAIT Polytechnic, down several flights of stairs, is Peak Power Sport Development. Here, 22-year-old powerlifter Breann Thiessen trains for the sport that gave her a second chance.
The 4-11 athlete moves through the gym with a perpetual smile on her face, joking with teammates and preparing to start a brand new program. Considering the serious lifting done here, the atmosphere is light and positive, which can't help but be partially attributed to Thiessen's demeanor.
With chalk on her hands, she grips the bar at her feet, the smile momentarily fading. It's time to go to work.
The 21-year-old disappeared after getting in a fight in September 2014
"DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE Justin IS???"
That frantic Facebook post on Sept. 26, 2014 by Karleen Thibault marked the beginning of a search for her son Justin Rhodes.
Just two days earlier, Calgary Police said Rhodes went to a house party and a fight broke out; Rhodes was the victim and police charged an unnamed 20 year old with common assault. Police ultimately concluded the incident was unrelated to Rhodes' disappearance.
Rhodes left the party in a vehicle but never made it home. At an October news conference, Staff Sgt. Travis Baker said Rhodes asked to be let out at the intersection of Southland Drive and Acadia Drive S.E. at 10:30 p.m. No one has reported seeing or hearing from him since.
Concussion concerns causing a tackling transformation at high school levels
Airdrie Bantam football coach Steve Kemp says football has changed immensely since he played 10 years ago and has seen a dramatic transformation in the way the game is being coached.
Concussions in football have been a rising concern for years and new coaching techniques have been introduced in order for the coaches to teach players new ways to tackle while avoiding injury.
"Back when I started you were taught to put your face mask into the others guy's face mask, you were taught to lead with your head and use your helmet as a weapon," Kemp says.
Market modifiers proposed to the provincial government raises issues of affordability
Post-secondary students now have the highest amounts of debt in the history of the country, according to statistics, but institutions in Alberta may soon see a tuition increase — while critics suggest a lack of financial knowledge and accessibility are already concerns for students.
The results of the market modifiers proposal from Mount Royal University (MRU) to the provincial government were set to be released on Nov. 17, but now the release date is uncertain.
Market modifiers as defined by the University of Lethbridge Students' Union are a tuition increase directed at a specific faculty to bring costs in line with costs from competing university programs. Market modifiers were last used in Alberta in 2009-10 under Minister of Advanced Education, Doug Horner.