Taking time off between high school and postsecondary education is having positive effects on students
But now an increasing amount of high school graduates are catching on to the idea of a gap year. By taking a year away from their studies, these students are able to travel, volunteer, or work, while discovering themselves and deciding what they really want to do.
In his book, Gap Years: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs, Joseph O'Shea, director of Florida State University's office of undergraduate research, says gap years are important and beneficial experiences.
Journalists need to acknowledge effects of covering traumatic events
I recall exactly where I was when I first found out about what we now refer to as the Brentwood Stabbings; at that particular moment in time, I was mindlessly playing my recently purchased Playstation 4, putting off end-of-semester assignments and the stress that went along with them. Pausing between games to just as mindlessly troll my Facebook feed, my eyes were drawn to a focal point that shook me from my comatose state.
The early postings indicated there had been a multiple murder involving University of Calgary students at a home in Brentwood.
Given my age, and having grown up in the northwest and knowing a huge wealth of people in this city, I had an immediate knot tense up in my core — an unshakeable premonition that I knew people involved. As the facts gradually surfaced through the media, I soon learned that my gut feeling was correct.
New parking program attempts to minimize illegal parking in handicapped stalls
All it takes is a blue painted curb to minimize the number of tickets issued for people parking illegally in handicap zones.
Troy McLeod, the director of Roads and former head of Calgary Parking Authority says that the Curb the Tickets project in downtown Calgary helps keep motorists and fine charges at bay.
"We tried blue paint on the curb initially on 9th Ave SW and as we did the [test], we found 74 per cent reduction in accessible parking tickets."
Curb the Tickets project was launched to help parkers observe handicap signs with the help of blue painted curbs in order to minimize tickets issued for people parking illegally.
Yff Dairy Farm expresses compassion towards family and animals
Ijff, pronounced (eye-ff) immigrated to Alberta in 1997 from Holland, where he owned a small dairy farm. Once relocated to the Red Deer County area, the farm began to grow, as did his family, which today consists of his three sons and wife Jacqueline.
Owning his own business and working hard on it daily keeps Ijff very close to his family. "Dairy farming is a lifestyle, we work everyday, but you're always close to your family. I get to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with my wife and my kids when they're home."
Skaters hit the rinks on four wheels
The championships have been won, team wind-up parties are done, and the curtain on the 2014-2015 minor ice hockey season has fallen.
Kids and adults all over Calgary have left the glorious smell of the hockey dressing room for the last time this season and will go their separate ways for the off-season.
Many will take the summer months off from sports, but many will also play a variety of other organized sports. Soccer, baseball, lacrosse and football all come to mind, but there is another sport out there that many people like to play after ice hockey season wraps up.
Friends and families of senior citizens are dealing with trespass issues in long-term care facilities
Last year, activists criticized the government's response to the problems within the health care system, noticing the mistreatment of seniors in long-term care facilities.
Spokesman Steve Buick for the Alberta Health Minister admits there are errors in the system.
"The reality is that a couple of per cent of all patients who go through our health system or really any health system in Canada...will have a preventable error in their care," Buick said. "And people just don't appreciate that errors and bad outcomes are part of the business, to an extent."
"People just don't understand that it is not realistic to expect a health system to function without problems happening, sometimes serious problems," said Buick.
Apart from addressing complaints about the care of the elderly in long-term care facilities, there seems to be a trend toward family members and friends being issued bans based on the Trespass to Premises Act.
The Trespass to Premises Act, broader than the Petty Trespass Act, outlaws trespassing to whoever was given notice not to trespass on a premises.