The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


On July 20, 2013, Billy Joe Laboucan, chief of Alberta’s Lubicon Lake Band took out his hearing aid for the night and went to sleep. In the early hours of the next morning, unable to hear his phone ringing, his eldest daughter, Charity Laboucan, drove over to his place to wake him up, breaking news that no parent ever wants to hear.

In the absence of words, selfies help patients reflect on trauma 

LM1thumbnailThe first time I tried art therapy I was eight years old, had a rap sheet of behavioural issues that felt a mile long, severe anxiety, and was getting bullied almost every day by my peers.

Once every few weeks, my mother would take me to a psychologist to talk about it — a woman I remember feeling extraordinarily out of touch with. She would ask questions that I wouldn’t see the significance of for many years to come. Then she asked me to draw a picture based on what we had just been talking about. I was never very good with a crayon.

Champion-area operation shows hard work is the one constant

THumbnailThe sun was shining in a typical Alberta blue sky, littered with fluffy white clouds that appeared to be taken out of The Simpsons cartoon. While driving to a southern Alberta, farm fields looked like block art with varying shades of deep green, bright yellow and of course, light-brown wheat.

And it was hot.

Ryan Flitton jumped out of his big white truck in his work boots, Wranglers, and a blue T-shirt at Twin Valley Farms’ headquarters near Champion to start the harvest season, gearing up to work despite the temperature reaching 28 C.

Albertans now have a better appreciation of unique northern town, says longtime resident

FortMac8 copyMore than 80,000 people were forced to evacuate Fort McMurray in early May when a wildfire burned its way towards our city. Ash and smoke swallowed communities whole. The blaze was dubbed “The Beast” by Fire Chief Darby Allen.

As a budding journalist, this was the first time I ever really witnessed my hometown being so talked about in the media, and among my colleagues, for anything else besides oil.