The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Voices

Holiday season is the happiest time of the year, unless you work retail

thumb Olson retailI can hear the rattle of the glass door behind me.

I look to see a woman standing at the door with a wild glint in her eyes. She shakes the door handle with the ferocity of a bartender preparing a martini.

I look down at my watch. It can't possibly be time to open the store, can it?

Why we can't seem to get it right with Occupy Calgary

thumb occupyopedAs I have watched the last two months unfold, seeing the controversy surrounding Occupy Calgary develop from the first meetings to the ongoing injunction drama, it seems the last thing this city and its media is prepared to do is face the occupiers on their own terms.

This protest has been, first and foremost, about a conversation.

Young couple proves age doesn't matter when it comes to love

thumb wedding1The bitter cold of a February day bit at my legs as I waited to see her. I shivered, and whether it was from the cold or out of anticipation I will never know. Hushed voices brought my eyes to the stairs where my sister, Morgan, stood glowing.

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.