Feature Voices Stories

An international expat finds some roots in Canada

Amin Sabzevari dreams for a better life

AminPark1Amin Sabzevari immigrated from Iran, Katherine Huitema a Calgary Journal writer met Sabzevari through her father. Here is his story.

When my dad, who works with Sabzevari, first introduces me, I am quite surprised. I was expecting a man in a business suit, with tired looking eyes, maybe from working long hours. Instead, I am introduced to a man with a big smile, and a sparkle in his eye. Pictures of his daughter line his office walls, and the sun pours in from a large window that covers the back wall of his office.

He tells me that his daughter is six and a half. In April, it will be eight years that Sabzevari and his wife Sepideh have lived in Calgary.

In this way, Sabzevari had to change his original plans, he was only planning on staying for a couple years before moving on to his next destination.


Calgary single mother and full-time student launches tell-it-like-it-is pregnancy handbook

"Single, Pregnant & Horny" offers frank account of pregnancy from a 23-year-old viewpoint

Thumb-side-photoSingle, Pregnant and Horny was recently launched as an e-book on amazon.ca. Author Jessica Brady is a Calgary mother and a full-time journalism student at Mount Royal University. She is also an editor with the Calgary Journal. In this story, she shares why she wrote the book, beginning with the harrowing delivery of her daughter, Joni Brady, Mar. 19 2013

It's not something I like to remember, but I force myself to. When I remember I relive it, and it hurts. I can hear my nurse yelling, "We're losing her!"

My mouth is dry from screaming. All I see are nurses and doctors covered in blood. They're trying to get blood back into me, but I'm hemorrhaging too quickly. I'm ready to die. The pain is too much. All I can think is: "I won't even get to see her face."


Opinion: Kill the fame; murderers should not be given the spotlight

No Notoriety campaign aims to stop news outlets from focusing too much attention on those behind mass homicides 

RogerH.GounWhat does society lose when the media withholds the name of killers and denies perpetrators the attention they crave?

Created by the Teves family after the murder of Alex Teves in the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theatre shooting, "No Notoriety" aims to limit the media's attention on the killer. The premise of the campaign is that the notoriety gained from media outlets covering these types of tragedies encourages more shootings. The Teves family and others who've joined the campaign believe that these mass killers feed off of the attention that the media gives them.


Opinion: Fighting for the right to die

Supreme Court's decision should legalize physician-assisted suicide for those who seek it, including the mentally ill

thumbbedI remember, years ago, when my 25-year-old pony, Smokey, was put to sleep. I remember watching his last breaths, his body suddenly looking small and delicate, his bones showing through his white winter coat and his chest slowing. My mom had hugged me while I cried with the deep heaving pain of a child's first experience with death. "This is the nicest thing we can do for our animal friends," she told me. "He'll never feel pain again."

If Smokey could tell us that he was ready to go, whose right would it have been to deny him the choice? Of course, he lacked the human capacity for reasonable decision-making, but until recently even people with that capacity were denied their right to die.