Feature Voices Stories
- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 15:25 17 May 2013
- Written by Anna Brooks Anna Brooks
You can't fight waste by eating it
Spoiled eggs. Rusty apple cores. Bags of dog crap. Not the archetypal items found in the aisles of your local grocery store. Unless of course, your local grocery store happens to be a dumpster.
Like Instagram, sushi and Buddy Holly glasses, the dumpster diving fad has taken the world by, er, garbage. When I asked my cousin – a budding garbage gorger – to explain the appeal of digging through people's bagged unwanteds, he launched into a diatribe about consumers, capitalists and any other right-wingers "responsible" for the mounting piles of wasted food across the globe.
He was right about one thing. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, worldwide we waste "1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption per year."
- Published on Monday, 13 May 2013 17:45 13 May 2013
- Written by CONOR MAHONEY CONOR MAHONEY
The Calgary Journal's Conor Mahoney tries alternative procedure to ‘clear your head’
"Face down!" she says, giggling.
An unlikely statement for me to hear from anyone – let alone my mother. Now she's flicking a Bic lighter – jeez. She looks at me in this weird way like this is my cue; she's ready to be "Dr. Mom" once again.
She begins to cut a hole in a paper plate then rests it on the left side of my face. This is necessary for ear candling as it prevents ashes from getting on your face. Mom smiles at me like she did when I was five, you know, like, when it was her job smile at me like that.
She inserts the wickless candle in my ear. Meanwhile I'm L-shaped over our kitchen countertop in northwest Calgary.
- Published on Saturday, 20 April 2013 22:43 20 April 2013
- Written by CAMERON PERRIER CAMERON PERRIER
While containing powerful messages, PSAs need to be speaking to both communities
I swivelled to see who had uttered the phrase. A girl sitting at a back table in the Tim Hortons with her two friends snickered as we locked eyes.
What had I done wrong? All I wanted was a coffee.
It's people like her that should be the target of anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia messages.
- Published on Saturday, 20 April 2013 10:59 20 April 2013
- Written by GUILLERMO BARRAZA GUILLERMO BARRAZA
Calgary security company comments on tricky balance in their jobs
Upon watching the pixelated, low-quality video of a man being manhandled by mall security, I was stunned. Likely feeling what most people felt when watching the video for the first time. Anger. Disgust. Abhorrence.
On March 16, Dan Doussept, 31, was at Chinook Centre with a friend waiting for a movie at the Scotiabank Theatre Chinook. Doussept was spotted by security sitting on the escalators leading up to the theatre, he was asked to get off. Before long, a tussle with security began, which led to a full confrontation outside of the mall doors.