An offer to view homelessness turns into an intimate tour of Calgary streets

thumb GaryThe evening should have unfolded predictably. Two journalism students would follow an ex-homeless man named Gary as he "toured" Calgarians around the places he used to eat, sleep and drink.

The result would be a minute-long video clip to serve as a heart-warming reminder that there is hope for ending homelessness. 

Calgary journalist reflects on the sex beat 

thumb feet-in-bedWEBSex Sells — or so they say — and I should know as I've been pushing it for free for almost a year and a half. In addition to being a senior editor with The Calgary Journal community news organization, I am also an arts editor, journalist and sex columnist for the complimentary student paper, The Reflector, at Mount Royal University.

From the first article I have focused on topics that most people crinkle their noses at, but in doing research on these topics I often find compelling stories and facts that have made these columns not only interesting but often pretty entertaining.

How a lifelong passion for driving ended abruptly with a checkmark on a medical form

thumb Photo2mygrandfatherDriving along the highway in my rusty Ford Explorer, I glance over at the man who has been there for me my entire life, my grandfather, Adrian.

I remember riding in the passenger seat of his old Pontiac convertible as a little girl with a big grin plastered on my face. Telling jokes and pointing out interesting sights as we cruised along, there was never a dull moment with him behind the wheel.

Anonymity of Internet allows harassment to be widespread 

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Depending on whom you ask, the Internet is an open source haven for sharing, learning and communicating, or it's a place rife with hate and intimidation.

The virtue of the Internet — its deregulation — has allowed us to harass and stalk each other without consequence. It's the "Digital Wild West."