Making sense of illness through art

In the absence of words, selfies help patients reflect on trauma 

LM1thumbnailThe first time I tried art therapy I was eight years old, had a rap sheet of behavioural issues that felt a mile long, severe anxiety, and was getting bullied almost every day by my peers.

Once every few weeks, my mother would take me to a psychologist to talk about it — a woman I remember feeling extraordinarily out of touch with. She would ask questions that I wouldn’t see the significance of for many years to come. Then she asked me to draw a picture based on what we had just been talking about. I was never very good with a crayon. Perhaps that is why I failed so completely at expressing those early emotions in vivid technicolour images. I stopped going to those appointments almost as abruptly as I had started them, and nothing ever changed.

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Alberta farming continues to evolve

Champion-area operation shows hard work is the one constant

THumbnailThe sun was shining in a typical Alberta blue sky, littered with fluffy white clouds that appeared to be taken out of The Simpsons cartoon. While driving to a southern Alberta, farm fields looked like block art with varying shades of deep green, bright yellow and of course, light-brown wheat.

And it was hot.

Ryan Flitton jumped out of his big white truck in his work boots, Wranglers, and a blue T-shirt at Twin Valley Farms’ headquarters near Champion to start the harvest season, gearing up to work despite the temperature reaching 28 C.

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Wildfire leaves Fort McMurray stronger

Albertans now have a better appreciation of unique northern town, says longtime resident

FortMac8 copyMore than 80,000 people were forced to evacuate Fort McMurray in early May when a wildfire burned its way towards our city. Ash and smoke swallowed communities whole. The blaze was dubbed “The Beast” by Fire Chief Darby Allen.

As a budding journalist, this was the first time I ever really witnessed my hometown being so talked about in the media, and among my colleagues, for anything else besides oil.

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Survivor of childhood sexual abuse shares his journey of healing

'I no longer identified with being a victim'

Des1thumbnailNinety-five per cent of childhood sexual assault victims know and trust their abuser. This was true for Calgarian Desmond Biss, who, as a seven-year-old, was abused for five years by a male teenager close to Biss’ family.

In the 29 years since then, Biss has confronted the abuse of his childhood and embarked on a journey of discovery, growth and acceptance. His self-development gave him the strength to publicly speak about his experiences, including the stigma surrounding male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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