Young entrepreneur turns her love of shopping, fashion and helping others into a successful career.
After graduating with a business degree, Lauren Larsen was in a similar situation as many graduates: overworked, unfulfilled and yearning for more.
However, Larsen decided to take control and within a year turned her own hobby and passion into a successful business, Ensemble Style, which specializes in personalized styling for men.
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Fashion: a word synonymous with designer labels, Anna Wintour and cultural hubs such as Paris, Milan and New York.
The Canadian fashion industry is usually not the first thought to come to mind.
Not to say that us Canadians aren't fashionable. Canada boasts a wealth of trendy retailers offered at a variety of price points, including Joe Fresh, Zara and Holt Renfrew. However, much of the clothing sold in the great white north was designed and manufactured elsewhere.
Bearing that in mind, for local designers within the Canadian industry, finding a successful niche can be a challenge.
A challenge – but not an impossibility, as some Canadian designers have discovered through their own unique approaches to breaking into our country's apparel industry.
Sungki Lee, owner of Nanta, brings Korean karaoke fun to the YYC bar scene
When Sungki Lee, known by his friends as Ricky, first immigrated to Calgary, he had a horrible late night job serving fast food. Now he serves up his own food, while bringing a bit of his home culture to the city.
Sungki arrived to Calgary from South Korea through a work visa, earning his stay here by doing different jobs around the city.
"When I came to Canada it was to visit my brother. That was five years ago. I didn't even know how to speak English well."
Monetary gap exists despite these immigrants possessing the same university degree as other immigrants.
Members of Calgary's Afghan community say language differences and foreign education credentials contribute to wage discrepancy when compared to other immigrants.
Despite the government making efforts to solve this problem, some of those immigrants are considering leaving the country.
According to Statistics Canada, immigrants from Afghanistan and other Asian and Australasian countries earn $24,000 on average a year. By comparison, the annual wage for European immigrants is $35,000, while American immigrants make $60,000.
The altering of sex industry laws with Bill C-36 gets mixed reviews
After the Supreme Court struck down existing prostitution laws last December 2013, those laws were adjusted and presented in the form of Bill C-36.
Government documents explain that this Bill still allows the selling of sex, but in a much narrower scope, and makes buying it a criminal offense.
It is completely illegal to purchase sex anywhere at anytime, and those who do so are going to face greater penalties.
Bill C-36 was passed Oct. 6, receiving royal assent on Nov. 6 and then going into effect Dec. 6.
The focus is said to be solely on the consumer. However controversy is arising because some are wondering: won't more harshly criminalizing the consumer also indirectly affect the individual offering their services?