Hiking provides so much more than a great view
Calgarians have the luxury of being near the Rocky Mountains. You can be wearing your rubber gloves, elbow deep in luke warm soapy water, scraping grease from your frying pan as you stare at the silhouettes of the great grey triangles that grace the city's western horizons with their beauty.
One day you realize you have some spare time on your hands, or maybe you even make time, gather some friends and take to the highway to get an even closer look.
How many times have you driven through the Rockies? Or stopped in Banff or Canmore, took a couple of photographs and had some fudge but never even stepped on to a trail to see what the views from the mountains are like?
The Rockies offer much more than a pretty backdrop. They can pack a serious punch to your fitness level and make your calves hurt more than any stair stepper or elliptical machine.
The third annual Floating Lantern Festival remembers the tragic events in Japan 70 years later
Gloomy clouds covered Calgary's Olympic Plaza the evening of Aug. 6 for the Floating Lantern Festival hosted by Project Ploughshares Calgary and the 2020 Vision for Humanity Network. Rain trickled down on the crowd that had gathered in remembrance of the tragic events that occurred in Japan 70 years ago to the day in 1945.
On this grey day, a little girl holds the hand of her mother as she watches the commemoration ceremony unfold. In her left hand she carries a tiny bouquet of pink daises and is entranced by a group onstage singing It's A Small World After All.
A reporter hits the streets of downtown Calgary to find out what residents think about the upcoming federal election.
Calgary Journal reporter Josie Lukey recently hit the streets of downtown Cowtown to figure out what Calgarians had to say about the 42nd Canadian federal election set for Oct. 19. At this early stage of the campaign, Lukey had three questions in mind to form a quasi census about what issues, if any, local citizens are thinking about and how they might vote.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau begins first full day of campaigning in Calgary the day after election called
Deadmau5's The Veldt blasted through the speakers of Liberal candidate Matt Grant's campaign headquarters located at 922 Centre Street N. on Aug. 3, along with the cheers of many supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Then, through a small opening created by the crowd of about 400 people squishing up against one another, the man everyone wanted to see stepped up to the podium. But first, he stopped to admire a mother holding her newborn baby who had a Liberal pin fastened to its onesie.
"Hello Calgary," Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said, greeting a crowd packed into a sweltering hot room in the Calgary Confederate riding.
Music maestro Schuurman spins his "Psychic Pollution" like a therapy session.
According to music ace and solo frontman Jzero Schuurman of Psychic Pollution, his ambient experimental music is inspired by electro-groups like CAN, Neu!, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno, to list a few. But the Psychic Pollution formula has been in the laboratory for quite some time.
Growing up in Victoria, BC. Schuurman was inspired to learn music from his church band.
"I was a church kid and when I saw the other musicians, I always wanted to be the drummer playing with the church choir," he says. So that's what Schuurman decided to do – learn drums.
Schuurman says he worked all summer one year in his early teens until he was able to afford his first drum set, and then became a self-taught drummer. But he didn't stop there.
Ruling seen as welcome first step, but universal equality remains elusive
Two days before the U.S. Supreme Court's (or SCOTUS) ruling that transformed equality in America on June 26, I received hate mail from a known prolific, homophobic hate mail writer commenting on an article I'd written about the transgender community. The email I received included links to religious conversion groups promising to help individuals overcome their homosexuality "disease." This returned me to 2005, in Calgary, when I first came out as a lesbian and the acceptance I sought and fought for from my family, friends and community. Although I wasn't aware at the time, it was also the year same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada.