- Written by Jodi Brak Jodi Brak
- Published: 30 June 2016 30 June 2016
Celebrities join in unveiling Studio Bell, a long-awaited musical landmark in Calgary
A lot of buzz has been circulating throughout Calgary’s music community in the months leading up to July 1, Canada Day, when Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, opens to the public.
Construction began on the mammoth $191-million project in early 2013, and now the National Music Centre (NMC) is heralded as a new landmark on the map of Canadian music. It is a museum, concert space, recording facility, workshop and gathering place all in one five-floor, 160,000 square foot building.
- Written by Jodi Brak Jodi Brak
- Published: 18 June 2016 18 June 2016
Homeless musicians partner with professional performers for a concert series
Now in its second season, the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre has once again brought together a collection of musicians and buskers from Calgary’s homeless community to put on a series of three concerts on June 22, 24 and 25.
- Written by Megan MacKay Megan MacKay
- Published: 01 June 2016 01 June 2016
Calgary’s ‘unschoolers’ pursue an alternative form of education
For thousands of families all over the globe, the day is structured around school. Any given morning means buses to catch, teachers to please and textbooks to read. But a look inside Judy Arnall’s household would yield none of these telltale signs of formal education. For Arnall’s children, the world is their classroom.
Arnall’s family practices something called “unschooling,” and are part of a growing movement of people who seek to eschew the formalities of traditionally structured education, letting children decide for themselves what and how they want to learn.
- Written by Ashley Materi Ashley Materi
- Published: 07 June 2016 07 June 2016
Alberta drug educators say today’s approaches are more effective, but improvements still need to be made
For decades, experts and politicians have tried to educate children about drug and alcohol use by concentrating on the message, “Just say no.”
Studies, however, show campaigns such as Project D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had little to no impact. Experts say, once kids discovered that they could use drugs without dying or suffering permanent damage, they realized that much of what they were told about drugs was a lie.
- Written by Laura Stewart Laura Stewart
- Published: 02 June 2016 02 June 2016
Province’s report on important river may understate risks for downstream residents
As it flows from the oilsands region towards Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta, the Athabasca River appeared to be healthy this past winter.
“Right now everything is all frozen, and it all looks beautiful right now,” said Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in early March.
But the way he sees it, water beneath the ice is “the hidden grim reaper.”
First Nations people living along the river say the water is not the same as it was four decades ago, when they could safely drink and fish from it.
- Written by Nina Grossman Nina Grossman
- Published: 30 May 2016 30 May 2016
A young woman’s journey to overcome buried traumas
She 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.
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.