Amidst criticisms, Councillor Jim Stevenson says the salary adjustment system is fair

Online comments criticize city council’s pay raise

TN CityHallWages StevensonCalgary city council’s salary raise on Jan. 1 has been met with an onslaught of negative response from social media commentators.

Calgary’s city council received an automatic increase to their salary by 0.88 per cent at the beginning of 2016, bringing the councillors’ salaries to $116,313 and the mayor’s salary to $218,285. In the previous year the salary increase was 3.8 per cent.

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A place for the LGBTQ community to shine

Camp fYrefly is a four-day leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth

Photo1 ThumbnailCamp fYrefly is Canada's first and only leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning and allied youth.

The residential overnight camp took place July 9 to 12 at Girl Guides Camp Jubilee across the Bow River from Cochrane. With 44 youth ranging in ages from 14 to 22 years, six to eight campers were grouped into seven pods, with two youth leaders, one adult mentor for those leaders and a counsellor.

With the bullying and issues that the LGBT community faces, often times their teenage years can be a lot more challenging. By the time they reach their twenties, sometimes they can still be figuring things out. Discovering yourself takes time, and it is normal if it changes over the years. What Camp fYrefly does is try to equalize everybody in a safe location and say, "You are perfect the way you are, here are some ways you can start dealing with the things in your life."

Camp fYrefly is about fostering, youth, resiliency, energy, fun and leadership. The "Y" is emphasised to highlight the significant role of youth in the camp. The camp's philosophy revolves around a youth-for-youth approach, but the camp co-ordinators note that there is so much more to the four-day youth retreat that the seven letter acronym.

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Bride-zilla be gone!

Mobile yoga company helps brides deal with wedding season

Bridesyoga copyInnergy Corporate Yoga is a company that focuses on making yoga more accessible by bringing their knowledge and experiences to businesses.

Beginning in Vancouver, B.C., in 2004, Innergy has expanded into Alberta. What started as a mobile yoga studio has grown into a business that is known for holding group classes in a corporate setting, in addition to private sessions at home or at work. The company recently expanded to showcase movements at conventions, laughter workshops and is now taking aim at bridal parties.

Heather Johnson, who oversees Innergy Corporate Yoga in Alberta, says more people seem to be joining fitness classes with friends, sparking the idea of bridal yoga.

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Gay Christians aren’t allowed sexual practices

The Catholic Church gives approval for homosexual individuals as long as they remain abstinent

thumb BrowerThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary's program Courage & Encourage Apostolate offers to help men and women "live in accordance" with the church's "teaching on homosexuality." That means being abstinent.

However, a local sociologist and former program leader says that approach is problematic and very different from how the Calgary Wildrose United Church supports members of the gay community.

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