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Calgary couple committed to sexual exploration

P.J. and Ms. Stacey promote alternative lifestyle in Calgary and beyond

CAPCSome people go to nightclubs to get lucky. While most clubs discourage you from fornicating on the premises, the Calgary Adult Playground Centre (CAPC) offers a club atmosphere where intimate acts are permitted and often encouraged.

"It's not like you walk in through the door, you strip down and you jump each other," said Peter Krenz, co-owner of CAPC.

Peter, 57, and his wife Stacey, 50, better known as P.J. and Ms. Stacey, sit cozied up on a couch in their little condo just off 17th Avenue in downtown Calgary. They're a cute couple that might remind you of your parents.

We're high up and the floor to ceiling windows offer a fantastic view of southwest Calgary and the mountains beyond. Beautiful paintings of landscapes and flowers adorn the walls. Pictures of their children and grandchildren sit on the mantle. Everything is very ordinary, except our conversation.

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Monday afternoon calls for a shisha break at Café Med

Middle Eastern cultural norm makes for popular hangout

CafeMedBefore I even have a chance to look around the room I am welcomed with the numerous aromas of shisha tobacco. It's hard to differentiate between any of the smells. It kind of smells like watermelon, no it's a muskier scent. Perhaps it's a mix of fruits?

When I've finally overcome the scent my eyes adjust to the scene. Maroon-coloured couches decorate a dimly lit room. There's probably only a dozen or so individuals chatting amongst each other, or sitting alone in one of the corners smoking away.

Café Med is one of the well-known shisha bars in downtown Calgary. Located on 1st Street and 10th Avenue S.W., it's a regular hangout for individuals.

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SafeWalk program only keeps students safe if they use it

Students urged to trust their intuition of fear

thumb securityphoto copyWith finals on the horizon, Mount Royal University (MRU), is prepared with a program to help students studying late into the night stay safe.

The SafeWalk program at MRU is available to students at all hours of the day. It's a service where students who feel unsafe can request a pair of student volunteers or a security guard to walk them to their destination.

Peter Davison, head of security at MRU, asks that students always play it safe and request a SafeWalk,

"The intuition of fear is a great thing. If you're feeling like you just aren't that safe, please use it."

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Youth mental health problems on the rise

With awareness growing, Bell's campaign donated over six million dollars this year, making 2015 the most profitable year for the 'Let's Talk' campaign

Mental Health PollsA new report from the Mental Health Commission of Canada says that mental health problems among youth groups are on the rise. The report isn't clear on whether the rising trend is due to a decrease in mental health, or an increase in awareness and diagnosis.

In any given classroom at MRU with about 30 students, three of them will be diagnosed with depression, two will seriously consider suicide, and 18 of those students will experience overwhelming anxiety, said Zoe Slusar, the Vice President of Student Life at the Students Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU).

SAMRU teamed up with Bell Canada to host Bell's annual Let's Talk event on Jan. 28 at Mount Royal University (MRU). The nation-wide event was also hosted at multiple venues across Canada.
Bell donated five cents for every mention of the event on Twitter using "#BellLetsTalk."

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