- Written by Jodi Brak Jodi Brak
- Published: 18 June 2016 18 June 2016
Homeless musicians partner with professional performers for a concert series
Now in its second season, the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre has once again brought together a collection of musicians and buskers from Calgary’s homeless community to put on a series of three concerts on June 22, 24 and 25.
- Written by Megan MacKay Megan MacKay
- Published: 01 June 2016 01 June 2016
Calgary’s ‘unschoolers’ pursue an alternative form of education
For thousands of families all over the globe, the day is structured around school. Any given morning means buses to catch, teachers to please and textbooks to read. But a look inside Judy Arnall’s household would yield none of these telltale signs of formal education. For Arnall’s children, the world is their classroom.
Arnall’s family practices something called “unschooling,” and are part of a growing movement of people who seek to eschew the formalities of traditionally structured education, letting children decide for themselves what and how they want to learn.
- Written by Ashley Materi Ashley Materi
- Published: 07 June 2016 07 June 2016
Alberta drug educators say today’s approaches are more effective, but improvements still need to be made
For decades, experts and politicians have tried to educate children about drug and alcohol use by concentrating on the message, “Just say no.”
Studies, however, show campaigns such as Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had little to no impact. Experts say, once kids discovered that they could use drugs without dying or suffering permanent damage, they realized that much of what they were told about drugs was a lie.
- Written by Laura Stewart Laura Stewart
- Published: 02 June 2016 02 June 2016
Province’s report on important river may understate risks for downstream residents
As it flows from the oilsands region towards Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta, the Athabasca River appeared to be healthy this past winter.
“Right now everything is all frozen, and it all looks beautiful right now,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in early March.
But the way he sees it, water beneath the ice is “the hidden grim reaper.”
First Nations people living along the river say the water is not the same as it was four decades ago, when they could safely drink and fish from it.
- Written by Nina Grossman Nina Grossman
- Published: 30 May 2016 30 May 2016
A young woman’s journey to overcome buried traumas
She sits in front of a blinking machine.
Her crystal blue eyes follow a darting green light. Left, right, left, right, left, right. The light stops.
She sees a red light on the wall.
The blinking light is back. Left, right, left, right, left, right. Stop.
She inhales, unsteady for a moment.
She sees a cartoon with four time-travelling teens. There’s no time to try and remember what show it was because the light is back. Left, right, left, right, left, right ...
It’s during these moments of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) that Sam Stockton learns her brain has buried some shocking memories.
- Written by Hannah Kost Hannah Kost
- Published: 16 May 2016 16 May 2016
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.
Kathryn 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.”