The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


I struggled with accepting my life in Calgary, because all I wanted to do was live in my home community, the Piikani Nation. So for five years, the Nanton truck stop was the meeting place between two worlds.

Cari Ionson is a guest writer for the Calgary Journal and works at Mount Royal University as a sexual violence and awareness coordinator.

I confront sexual violence every day and see the darker side of humanity. I walk through the world knowing how prevalent this violence is, constantly noticing the social attitudes and beliefs that shape it into reality.

Calgary Police Officer Devon Ouellette takes an exit off of Calgary’s Blackfoot Trail and parks near some train tracks. The mid afternoon sky clouds over as snowflakes drift silently to the ground; the chilly wind puts the temperature at -5 C – not cold enough for the snow to stay for long.

Journalism and optimism usually don’t belong together in the same sentence. Historically, traditional media have always had to adapt or die, but the problems of the Internet age are multifaceted and constantly evolving.

It is a terrifying time to be a journalist on the cusp of graduating and entering the media landscape, but it’s also exciting.