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Calgary Public Library ‘kicking butt’

CPL optimistic despite not meeting provincial targets

CPL THUMBThe Calgary Public Library (CPL) is not achieving the provincial target for use, but its CEO says it has big plans to transform itself and to increase its number of users.

A survey conducted for the Alberta Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Alberta Ministry of Culture shows that 58.8 per cent of Alberta households use libraries, a figure lower than the provincial target but higher than Calgary's rate of household usage.

The Alberta government target for library use is 70 per cent of households. However, 56 per cent of households in Calgary are using the CPL system according to its 2014 customer survey. In light of this, the CPL has plans to fully redefine itself as a community hub.

"We are in an information age, and libraries are becoming more important," said Paul McIntyre, CEO of CPL. For him, libraries are the place to promote human and community connection.


Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at denounce extremism and spread message of understanding and compassion

Calgary group serving as positive example of the Islamic faith

WEBIslamPrayerEDITEDIn the last few months, the Canadian public has been awash in news about Muslims and the Islamic faith.

Between talk of the ISIS movement, acts of vandalism against mosques in Alberta and Quebec and the murders of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the media depicts a clash between cultures and raises questions about the nature of Islam.

It was these events that inspired the Calgary Journal to sit down with some members of a local Islamic youth group to talk about the nature of their faith, their experiences with living in Canada and their own perceptions of the aforementioned events.

With the media's focus on mainly negative instances involving those claiming to be doing work in the name of Islam, Canadians sometimes forget that it is only a handful of people who promote hatred, carry out violence or commit murder.


Students at risk from tuition hike woes

Alberta universities are increasing the cost of obtaining a degree, causing students to graduate with more stress than ever before

Megan-Howard Tuition City Cawsey WebStudent bank accounts will continue to collect dust as Alberta universities continue to increase tuition. Already, Albertan students work more than students across the country to afford education.

With the Alberta government's proposed market modifiers looming over students' heads, the stress of paying for university, while still affording basic needs, is only going to increase.

Many students rely on work, school loans, scholarships and aid from family throughout the academic year to achieve success in post-secondary.

According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, more Albertan students are living at home and working compared to other Canadian post secondary institutions.


Albertans without the right to rest

Being sick doesn't always mean you get a sick day

sickdays 002 WebAlberta workers take the least amount of sick days compared to the rest of the country, which could result in the spread of illnesses and decreased productivity in the workplace.

But labour and policy experts say these problems could be alleviated if the Alberta government mandated paid sick leave, something that is not included in the current legislation.

According to Statistics Canada, full-time workers in Alberta only took — on average — six days off of work due to illness in 2013, which was less than the national average of seven days. By comparison, the statistics were higher for other provinces, such as Newfoundland where workers took nine days off.