Alberta farming continues to evolve

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.

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Wildfire leaves Fort McMurray stronger

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.

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Survivor of childhood sexual abuse shares his journey of healing

'I no longer identified with being a victim'

Des1thumbnailNinety-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.

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Pretty pretty, bang bang

Art that glamourizes society’s dark side may be blurring reality and fantasy

ThumbFor most artists, pushing the envelope comes with the job description: taking controversial subjects and interpreting them aesthetically can often help to get an artist noticed.

However, according to Mitch Kern, associate professor of photography at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), stylized images of violence may have the effect of blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.

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