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Immediacy: The new enemy for journalists

Who cares about veracity?

SocialmediaThumbnailWhile journalists are still struggling to combine accuracy with immediacy, consumers are constantly exposed to mistakes and misunderstandings. In the rush to be the first to inform, our job has, unfortunately, gotten many of us into some ambiguous situations where some facts have been confused.

Immediacy should never be mixed up with being in a clumsy hurry to inform – but this is all the more important when it comes to public safety and emergency situations that play with others' fears and panic.


Calgary family recalls pain of raising children in U.S.

Lesbian mothers say move to Calgary provided safety and security

StillFor the Yates-Laberge family the coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympics was a reminder of the discrimination they once faced when raising children in the U.S.

“I guess we never understood the level of hatred,” says Anne Yates-Laberge. The couple resided in New Hampshire eight years ago.

Anne had adopted their son Andrew from Ukraine, while Claire had adopted Adam from the Republic of Georgia. Each woman worked through the respective adoptions individually because as a couple, they were not legally allowed to adopt children.


Animal cruelty and its dark side

Examining what needs to be done to combat the issue

DogI was sitting downstairs listening to music, in a carefree mood, when I suddenly heard a loud argument coming from upstairs.

I quickly raced upstairs to see what the commotion was. When I reached my mom and sister, I saw they were both really angry and upset.

My mom and sister then told me they saw two little girls, around 10 and 11 years old, by our fence throwing rocks at our dog.

My sister told one of the little girls to stop throwing rocks, but she answered back, "I can do whatever I want."


Battles with a rare form of inflammatory bowel disease

Student recalls being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 10

HospitalAs if it was the most important milestone of her life, Gloria Luft, 52, recalls the first time she realized something was wrong with her baby boy: me.

"It was Christmas time in Grande Prairie, and you were 10," my mother says, more than 12 years later.

"I took you to the hospital because I knew it was more than the flu."