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Family confirms Justin Rhodes’ death six months after disappearance

Missing Calgary man's body discovered in a tree in Acadia

RhodesThere has been an outpouring of support from the Calgary community after Justin Rhodes' family shared Wednesday the news of his death on the Facebook page Help Bring Justin Home:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Justin. Justin was loved and cared for by many people. Words can not express how greatfull we are for the support of every single person. At this time the family is asking for some privacy as we deal with the loss of Justin. Thank you again for all of your love and support.

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The painful battle to find accessible housing

After a tragic biking accident left Patrick Lewis paralyzed, he still can't leave the Foothills Medical Centre until he finds wheelchair accessible housing in Calgary

LewisTHUMBThe walls are stark white, and the floor, a worn-down peach. Sounds of continuously beeping hospital machines and attentive nurses linger all around. The room appears perfectly divided, as a single sheet separates two occupied hospital beds. It appears lived in with small home-like knick-knacks, making it clear that Patrick Lewis' stay has been long term on Unit 58, Neuro Rehabilitation.

It has been five months since Lewis, age 23, received the tragic news that he would remain in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The Foothills Medical Centre has been his home since Oct. 4 2014. Despite his wishes to leave, it hasn't been his wheelchair holding him back – but his inability to acquire accessible housing here in Calgary. He is one of many living in Calgary's hospitals for the same reason.

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Is the Alberta government heeding past lessons as it slogs through the latest slump in oil prices?

A Calgary Journal special report compares Jim Prentice’s response to today’s bust to Don Getty’s similar response in the 1980s

Alberta oil and gas

Jim Prentice faces the grim reality of dropping oil prices and a growing deficit. The Alberta government looks to solve the current crisis by a mix of cutting spending and increasing revenue.  In this special report, we rewind 30 years, to examine another fiscal crisis and another conservative government’s response. In 1985, then Alberta Premier Donald Getty faced a similar situation and according to the analysts we spoke to, tried a similar fiscal recipe without much success.

Some ask — how many fiscal crises will Alberta have to go through before the government learns how to better prepare for these inevitable downturns?

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Government falls short on placing Aboriginal foster children

Alberta fails to place children in culturally appropriate foster homes

ThumbCORYCardinal1The Alberta Government has by its own standards, been unsuccessful in placing the majority of Aboriginal children in foster care in First Nations' homes.

According to the most recent Human Services report, the Alberta Government has fallen over 10 per cent short of its intended goal to have at least 50 per cent of Aboriginal children paired up with First Nations caregivers.

Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada comments, "If you weren't able to take care of your child, you'd want them in a home that teaches the same values and the same spirituality. You'd want them in a home that would keep the child within their own family, neighborhood and school."

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