- Written by Michaela Ritchie Michaela Ritchie
- Published: 15 September 2016 15 September 2016
In the absence of words, selfies help patients reflect on trauma
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. Perhaps that is why I failed so completely at expressing those early emotions in vivid technicolour images. I stopped going to those appointments almost as abruptly as I had started them, and nothing ever changed.
- Written by Deanna Tucker Deanna Tucker
- Published: 08 September 2016 08 September 2016
Champion-area operation shows hard work is the one constant
The 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.
- Written by Melanie Walsh Melanie Walsh
- Published: 20 July 2016 20 July 2016
Albertans now have a better appreciation of unique northern town, says longtime resident
More 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.
- Written by Sarah Comber Sarah Comber
- Published: 13 July 2016 13 July 2016
'I no longer identified with being a victim'
Ninety-five per cent of childhood sexual assault victims know and trust their abuser. This was true for Calgarian Desmond Biss, who, as a seven-year-old, was abused for five years by a male teenager close to Biss’ family.
In the 29 years since then, Biss has confronted the abuse of his childhood and embarked on a journey of discovery, growth and acceptance. His self-development gave him the strength to publicly speak about his experiences, including the stigma surrounding male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.