- Published on Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:00 24 January 2015
- Written by Jessica Brady Jessica Brady
Mandy Wendt: Immaculate Concept tattoo artist
The air smells like sterilization, and all you hear are machines constantly buzzing and buzzing. A place with strong smells, strong noises, and strong personalities shouldn't be enticing, but apparently it is. It's Mandy Wendt's sanctuary. It's this single mom's creative outlet, and her second home: Immaculate Concept Tattoo.
Wendt has been a tattoo artist for seven years in Calgary, and has been at Immaculate Concept for four of those years.
Sitting in her private office surrounded by drawings, paintings, and stencils, Wendt discusses how she got into the tattoo business: "I think its just chance.
- Published on Monday, 26 January 2015 17:22 26 January 2015
- Written by BRANDON TUCKER BRANDON TUCKER
Economic hardships and limited opportunities are putting a strain on the sport of ski mountaineering
Some athletes get paid huge salaries to compete in their chosen sport. But ski mountaineers - who ski up hills and then continue to race down them in timed relays - aren't among them, struggling to find the financial resources to keep them competing in their beloved sport.
Few people know this struggle more than Melanie Bernier, who is an active member of Canada's ski mountaineering scene, and just last year became the first Canadian to get a podium placement in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) World Cup. When she's not competing or training throughout the Rocky Mountains, Bernier can be found working at one of her three jobs, one of which is running her own residential design business.
- Published on Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:26 29 January 2015
- Written by DEVYN ENS DEVYN ENS
Consent awareness and sexual education a priority for Calgary post-secondary populations
Mount Royal University students may not be aware that resources are readily available to address the issue of dating violence.
One of the biggest initiatives at Mount Royal is the Stepping Up program, which began in 2011 and has run every two years since. The latest version took place Jan. 23 to 25.
The program is based on a New Brunswick high school dating violence prevention program called Making Waves, and was specifically adapted for Mount Royal students by Mount Royal professors Gaye Warthe, Patricia Kostouros and Cathy Carter-Snell.
Stepping Up is a weekend long workshop that takes place in the winter semester. The curriculum is developed and delivered to the participants by students, who are referred to as peer facilitators.
- Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 14:08 21 December 2014
- Written by Sarah Comber Sarah Comber
Get an inside peek into the business philosophies of three up-and-coming creative companies
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.
- Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 17:52 21 December 2014
- Written by INGRID MIR and BRENDAN PHILIPP INGRID MIR and BRENDAN PHILIPP
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.