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Young entrepreneur challenges Calgary’s fashion scene

Nicole Tomney, of NRT, talks about the struggles and successes of fashion design in Calgary's growing market

NRTFashions ThumbnailOn a footstool in the middle of a white-walled living room that has been converted into an artist's workplace and showroom, sits local fashion designer Nicole Tomney — the mastermind behind NRT.

Covered head to toe in black, Tomney, 25, is a convoluted vision of a stunning blonde beauty that has been dipped in metal music and punk influences.

Gingerly uncrossing her tattooed bare feet that were crossed over her leather-clad legs, Tomney laughs at the mention of having a personal life.


Powerlifter Breann Thiessen seeks to empower young women to pursue strength-based activities

22-year-old overcame depression after injury through new sport

PowerlifterTBNLIn the depths of SAIT Polytechnic, down several flights of stairs, is Peak Power Sport Development. Here, 22-year-old powerlifter Breann Thiessen trains for the sport that gave her a second chance.

The 4-11 athlete moves through the gym with a perpetual smile on her face, joking with teammates and preparing to start a brand new program. Considering the serious lifting done here, the atmosphere is light and positive, which can't help but be partially attributed to Thiessen's demeanor.

With chalk on her hands, she grips the bar at her feet, the smile momentarily fading. It's time to go to work.


#YYCAtWork: Pastor’s peaceful struggles

Hockey past fought against Mennonite peaceful teachings

Mennonite Pastor Doug KlassenThe Mennonite community preaches peace but Senior Pastor Doug Klassen, 47, has often found it hard to always follow those ideals because he grew up a hockey player with fighting tendencies.

Klassen has been a pastor at Foothills Mennonite Church for 16 years and a Senior Pastor since 2000. He explained that leading a life of peace is based on how Jesus lived his life. Many Mennonites fled to North America from Holland after they were pressured into military action.


Who is Justin Rhodes?

The 21-year-old disappeared after getting in a fight in September 2014

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That frantic Facebook post on Sept. 26, 2014 by Karleen Thibault marked the beginning of a search for her son Justin Rhodes.

Just two days earlier, Calgary Police said Rhodes went to a house party and a fight broke out; Rhodes was the victim and police charged an unnamed 20 year old with common assault. Police ultimately concluded the incident was unrelated to Rhodes' disappearance.

Rhodes left the party in a vehicle but never made it home. At an October news conference, Staff Sgt. Travis Baker said Rhodes asked to be let out at the intersection of Southland Drive and Acadia Drive S.E. at 10:30 p.m. No one has reported seeing or hearing from him since.