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Sex ed, but not for all

Albertan LGBT students still face discrimination in the classroom

Sex ed THUMB"Dear Parents, your child is enrolled in Religious Studies. Alberta Learning and the Calgary Catholic School District require that parents be informed that human sexuality instruction will occur as a unit of study in this course."

As a youth, bringing this letter home meant nervous giggles from my fellow students, learning about our changing bodies and human intimacy.

What I didn't expect was feelings of exclusion, a loss of voice, and isolation from my peers.

I never experienced a proper sexual education as an LGBT youth in Calgary. Questions I had concerning my sexuality and being sexually active as part of the LGBT community went unasked and unanswered in the classroom. I was clueless on what to do in a sexual situation, or how to handle the multitude of issues the LGBT community faces.


#YYCAtWork: Does sleep deprivation risk the work quality of police officers?

Calgary policeman recalls the toll of working tired on the job

Thumbnail OfficerDavisWhen Ted Davis joined the Calgary Police Service as a young man he didn't know anything about the toll it would take on his sleep. He soon realized that he would be expected to continue making arrests despite the impact sleep deprivation would have on his judgment.

Davis, now 65, was a young 19-year-old when he joined the police service in 1970. He knew that he wanted to become a policeman since he was a child and considered it more of a "question of when rather than if."

Even though he was a young man starting his career, Davis was already married and had a young son to think about. With the start of his career, he quickly learned that he would have to start thinking about sleep deprivation.


Somali Congress looks to prevent terrorists from luring young Somali-Canadians to become “heroes”

Potential threat of ISIS recruiting hangs in Calgary

SomlaiTMBNLThe Albertan Somali community is working to implement a prevention plan to stop terrorist organizations from recruiting young Somali Canadians, who feel Canada has failed them, to join the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has recruited at least six young Somalis in Alberta according to the Western Canadian Somali Congress. The Canadian government is aware of at least 130 Canadians abroad involved in terrorist activities according to its 2014 Report on Terrorism.

"Before our youth were suffering with drugs and gang violence, then it was Al-Shahab, now it is ISIS. Tomorrow it will be something else, "said Mohamed Accord, president of the Western Canadian Somali Congress. "We have to solve the root of this issue, and that is that we want young Somalis to be happy with Canada."


A clean sweep: PCs take 4 of 4 ridings in Alberta byelection

Albertans ignore Wildrose's call for change in Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-West and Edmonton-Whitemud

PrenticeThumbThe Wildrose party's campaign message fell on deaf ears Oct. 27 as Albertans embraced the PC Party under newly elected premier, Jim Prentice. The Wildrose slogan was, "Send the PCs a message," but the PC Party swept four of four byelection ridings in Calgary and Edmonton.

Prentice spoke to elated supporters in Calgary-Foothills after trouncing his closest competitor, Wildrose candidate Kathy MacDonald, by almost double the margin. Prentice earned 6,898 votes compared to 3,545 for MacDonald, according unofficial poll results from Elections Alberta.