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More than boots, trucks and steak

Discover YYC's diverse cultures on your dinner plate

Comber THUMBLiving in Calgary, we are no strangers to the stereotypes that surround our city as the "Heart of the New West." Country music, pickup trucks and all-things-western abound amongst our historical culture.

Bearing that in mind, as Calgary has evolved over the years and grown from a wooden fort to a bustling metropolis of over 1.15 million people, our city has also seen the addition of many different cultures from around the world.


Calgary café brings communities together

Inequality and discrimination have no place at Ohana community café

thumb ohana MG 1996Calgary is a diverse city that is recorded as having the widest income gap in the country, which means that many individuals may struggle to find a sense of belonging and acceptance. However, a local church is taking steps to foster an inclusive community that is free from judgment and discrimination, with the help of something unexpected – coffee.

Income disparity is a common issue for Calgarians, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives identifies Calgary as the city with the largest income equality in Canada. The most recent available statistic from Sustainable Calgary's 2011 State of Our City Report reveals that, in 2005 the top ten per cent of Calgary families earned 37.41 times the income of the bottom ten per cent.


Inspirational mother gives back after experiences with infertility

A rollercoaster of fertility treatments made one couple a family

FeickthumbParenthood was something Hejdi Feick always thought would be a part of her life. Growing up in the small community of Tantallon, Nova Scotia just outside Halifax, family was always a key aspect of her childhood.

"I don't think this was ever a sudden realization, but a given – that I would be a mother one day."

Hejdi is the older of two children. Her brother is just 13 months younger than her, so they were and still are very close. "We were a happy family, with parents who did everything to provide for us, instil strong work ethic and independence. We were taught there is nothing you can't have if you work for it."


Cancer survivor runs booming countrywide business on Facebook, but hasn't earned a penny

Sasha JaegerBaird runs numerous online swap n' shops

screenshotthumbSasha JaegerBaird, 50, was diagnosed with Stage 4 
non-Hodgkin lymphoma eight years ago and was told by three different doctors that she had eight months to live. Unwilling to give up, she endured five surgeries, lost her hair twice, and in the meantime, turned to Facebook and started numerous Everything Free Swap n' Shop groups.

First starting in Crowsnest Pass, she now has created 18 everything free groups and over 30 buy and sell groups across Canada.

"They [doctors] basically said get your affairs in order, spend time with your family, and I was not about to take that as their final answer," says JaegerBaird. As a mother of four, two still in school at the time, JaegerBaird says she was determined to see her kids graduate and get married.