The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


People often expect that their family gatherings will be cordial and blissful during the holidays, hoping to get through dinner drama-free and revel in feelings of love and safety. However, differing views, toxic behaviors, and strained relationships can fuel conflict between relatives. Perhaps it is unrealistic to think the holidays will be picture perfect, but there are ways you can navigate some of the stress to reduce conflict and start to build stronger relationships.

According to Statistics Canada, Alberta produces the most waste per person than anywhere else in the country, at almost 1,000 kg per year. But, during and after the holidays, there is a 50 to 75 per cent increase in the amount of materials received at Calgary’s waste and recycling facilities. However, there are some simple ways to give less to the landfill during the season of giving. 

With a lifelong desire to be artists, Nikki Smith and Janelle Reithmeier jumped at the opportunity to create a stylized, preference-focused tattoo parlour they both had in mind, opening Electric Odyssey almost 5 years ago.

Samuel Obadero was sitting on the CTrain one day when he looked around at his fellow passengers and realized that he could “literally see the world around me.”