Being Anna: A day in the life of a disguised cop

Anna lives a harrowing but rewarding double life as the acting prostitute in Calgary sting operations

In order to protect her identity, The Calgary Journal agreed to refer to the officer as Anna.

HookerCop Thumb copyIt was her second day as a police officer without supervision — up to this point she was always accompanied by a senior police officer — when Anna was dispatched to the scene of a woman reportedly thrown from a moving semi-trailer truck cab on Deerfoot Trail.

The woman, a sex worker, had been repeatedly threatened by the driver. Becoming more and more afraid for her safety, she pulled out a pair of scissors from her purse and stabbed the driver. He started to slow down, pulled to the side of the highway and threw her out of the cab. He never stopped to let her out, and he continued driving after pushing her to the ground.

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Living with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual assaults

A young woman’s journey to overcome buried traumas

Sam-ThumbShe sits in front of a blinking machine.

Her crystal blue eyes follow a darting green light. Left, right, left, right, left, right. The light stops.

Breathe.

She sees a red light on the wall.

The blinking light is back. Left, right, left, right, left, right. Stop.

She inhales, unsteady for a moment.

She sees a cartoon with four time-travelling teens. There’s no time to try and remember what show it was because the light is back. Left, right, left, right, left, right ...

It’s during these moments of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) that Sam Stockton learns her brain has buried some shocking memories.

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Narrow is the gate to life

High River recovery centre sets women on a new road

nrhTHUMBThis place is not something you would picture as a treatment centre. At 110 years old, the Victorian-style High River house looks peaceful and inviting as we pull up. Across the street, a bell rings from the neighbouring elementary school. It’s 3:10pm, and our first visit is about to begin.

We are welcomed in without knowing the stories the walls have already seen; stories of life and death, of hope and recovery. It served as a boarding house, a bed and breakfast and even a nurse’s residence at one time. Rooms that now hold the lost and the broken were spaces newborns took their first breath, and the ill or elderly their last.

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The word of the witness and the silence of Ghomeshi

Trial of former CBC Radio host exemplifies systemic issues in our justice system

The views and opinions expressed in this article are soley those of the original author. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Calgary Journal.

Warning: This opinion piece contains some profanity and sexual content.

image1Kathryn Borel charged down the steps of the Old City Hall court in downtown Toronto on May 11 to greet the mass of reporters and their cameras. Her hands held the statement that she read, voice strong and deliberate, into the microphones that waited for her. In roughly four minutes, she delivered a scorching indictment of Jian Ghomeshi and the institutions that protected him.

“Every day over the course of a three-year period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body,” Borel said. “This includes the one charge he just apologized for, when he came up behind me while I was standing near my desk, put his hands on my hips and rammed his pelvis against my backside over and over, simulating sexual intercourse.”

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