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Calgarian Trinity Tratch representing city at War Amps CHAMP seminar

Teenage amputee has achieved great success despite disability.

IMG 9292It's fair to say that some of us take the simple task of walking for granted.

For others, like young Calgarian Trinity Tratch, it represents a difficult challenge to overcome. The 15-year-old wears prosthetics on his two legs to assist him everyday with walking. He is an below-right-knee and above-left-knee amputee.

Along with trying to deal with the physical challenges that come with being an amputee, Tratch says it's a challenge to deal with the constant questions he faces from people that may not understand what he is going through.


Aggressive music carries a message of hope

Musicians use aggressive tones as a means of inspiration

Bad-Christian copyFollowing the conclusion of August Burns Red’s blistering show at the Break Down the Walls tour stop in Calgary, Matt Greiner took to Twitter to thank fans who came out for the April 5 set.

“Dear Calgary, if you were the last I’d ever play then I would be content,” said the drummer for the Pennsylvania metalcore band.


Immediacy: The new enemy for journalists

Who cares about veracity?

SocialmediaThumbnailWhile journalists are still struggling to combine accuracy with immediacy, consumers are constantly exposed to mistakes and misunderstandings. In the rush to be the first to inform, our job has, unfortunately, gotten many of us into some ambiguous situations where some facts have been confused.

Immediacy should never be mixed up with being in a clumsy hurry to inform – but this is all the more important when it comes to public safety and emergency situations that play with others' fears and panic.


Calgary family recalls pain of raising children in U.S.

Lesbian mothers say move to Calgary provided safety and security

StillFor the Yates-Laberge family the coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympics was a reminder of the discrimination they once faced when raising children in the U.S.

“I guess we never understood the level of hatred,” says Anne Yates-Laberge. The couple resided in New Hampshire eight years ago.

Anne had adopted their son Andrew from Ukraine, while Claire had adopted Adam from the Republic of Georgia. Each woman worked through the respective adoptions individually because as a couple, they were not legally allowed to adopt children.