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Calgary’s ‘unschoolers’ pursue an alternative form of education

UNSthumbFor 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.

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Can the now really be explained by the past?

pastlifethumbBreathe in. You’re walking along a dark hallway, feet treading softly against the cobblestone, creating a tiny echo as you move. At the end of a tunnel there is a door with a bright light.

Breathe out. You walk towards the light, apprehensive with what might lie beyond, the unknown of who you might have been and the answers you may uncover.

This can be the beginning of a “past life regression.”

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How atheists are establishing community, advocating for causes, and promoting interfaith discussions

atheismthumbYears before he became an author and promoter of humanist and interfaith dialogues, Chris Stedman was volunteering at a community centre in New Haven, Conn. There, a Muslim woman challenged, and changed, Stedman’s beliefs about the conversations believers and non-believers are willing to have.

The woman shared with him details of the harassment she received routinely in public while wearing a cloth head covering or hijab.

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Coming out in the workplace

Downtown Calgary

A lack of education and openness in Canadian workspaces could account for a high percentage of straight Canadian workers who don’t think that it is important for LGBTQ+ to be ‘out’ in the workplace. Businesses could change this by implementing programs and guidelines to further educate employers on LGBTQ+ issues.

A recent study issued by the Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion showed that 42.2 per cent of straight identifying employees do not believe that it is important for an LGBTQ+ person to be ‘out’ in their workplace.

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