When news broke of Calgary’s bylaw change to allow livestock as emotional support animals, responses ranged between outrage, support and confusion. The reason why this motion was brought up by city council can be traced back to one woman’s struggle with anxiety and the solace she found in three hens.

I first touched down in Canada as a terrified and overtired little girl.

When I was 14, I went to the Middle East. Within about 10 minutes of entering the city of Jerusalem, I felt paralyzed.

I was 12 years old when my parents gifted me a beginning trio of pearls to build a complete necklace. It was a complete surprise. My mother’s jewellery box was filled with gorgeous gems and pearls, different stones on glittering necklaces and I was finally being introduced to that world.