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High River recovery centre sets women on a new road

nrhTHUMBThis place is not something you would picture as a treatment centre. At 110 years old, the Victorian-style High River house looks peaceful and inviting as we pull up. Across the street, a bell rings from the neighbouring elementary school. It’s 3:10pm, and our first visit is about to begin.

We are welcomed in without knowing the stories the walls have already seen; stories of life and death, of hope and recovery. It served as a boarding house, a bed and breakfast and even a nurse’s residence at one time. Rooms that now hold the lost and the broken were spaces newborns took their first breath, and the ill or elderly their last.

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Trial of former CBC Radio host exemplifies systemic issues in our justice system

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Warning: This opinion piece contains some profanity and sexual content.

image1Kathryn Borel charged down the steps of the Old City Hall court in downtown Toronto on May 11 to greet the mass of reporters and their cameras. Her hands held the statement that she read, voice strong and deliberate, into the microphones that waited for her. In roughly four minutes, she delivered a scorching indictment of Jian Ghomeshi and the institutions that protected him.

“Every day over the course of a three-year period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body,” Borel said. “This includes the one charge he just apologized for, when he came up behind me while I was standing near my desk, put his hands on my hips and rammed his pelvis against my backside over and over, simulating sexual intercourse.”

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The loss of one family member inspires another to find her sense of purpose

FTthumbnail copyA single hockey jersey hangs in the middle of the ice at the Pincher Creek Memorial Community Centre Arena, with the name Elliott, and the number seven, on the back. It’s there for my cousin, Taylor.

Hunting, hiking, and hockey were the passions that kept him afloat in the world. Many believed that he had the perfect life – I even bragged about being related to him, seeing as he was so cool. No one would have believed that there was anything troubling his mind.

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Board game cafes hope to do more than entertain

Group Game GirlsIn a world focused on technology and obtaining the latest gadgets, we find ourselves immersed in a society that lacks social interaction. With phones and other smart devices now serving as personal extensions of ourselves, a Calgary café reverts back to basics when games weren’t on screens but boards.

Dorota Ulkowska and Pascal Espinosa are the owners of Metal Galaxy Bistro, a popular board game cafe that recently opened its doors a second time after relocating

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