The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

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A Calgarian's decade-long struggle with alcoholism, a failed liver and his newfound quest for sobriety

thumbnail img 6264Twelve years ago, Calgary native Andrew Killam was living the type of lifestyle that he and his friends had always dreamed of. He and his best friend had just moved into an apartment together and the two of them were beginning to establish themselves as credible artists in the Calgary rap scene.

Killam's Mayfair Place apartment on the corner of Elbow Drive S.W. and Glenmore Trail S.W. quickly became the central hub for local artists to hang out, work on their lyrics, and most importantly, to party and to drink to their hearts' content.

Logan Cameron makes a living off of being a projectionist, but the occupation is going out of style

Projectionist6Logan Cameron is an "accidental projectionist" who came to love film. But now that the medium has gone out of style, he doesn't get to work with film much anymore — although he's convinced it will come back.

Cameron first found himself behind a projector in 2002 after the collapse of the projection union. Due to salary cuts, projectionists citywide began abandoning their jobs.

Hoping to find individuals to run the projectors, managers turned to their existing employees.

"It seemed like all the managers just chose their favorite employees to be projectionists," says local Calgarian, Cameron.

Back then film was the only means to show movies. But that just isn't the case anymore.

Sister ministers help their childhood church cross the bridge into the 21st century

thumbanil ella and janeElla Groves and Jane Fleming were raised in a religion where the spirit world is everywhere and can be reached through clairvoyant abilities. The sisters stepped away from their religion for a little while, however, the disrepair of their Calgary childhood church brought them back to carry it into the new age.

Both sisters are ministers at the Calgary First Spiritualist Church located in West Hillhurst in a simplistic refurbished duplex.

Emily Lamb seeks to educate about benefits of trapping

Emily thumbnailPeople who don't understand trapping, often assume that trappers are nothing more than animal killers. However, Emily Lamb is very passionate about wildlife, and sees trapping not only as a living, but also as a conservation effort.

Lamb's passion for wildlife sparked at a young age when she grew up on her family's farm.

"We were not wealthy people, by any means. Everybody had to share the workload, and I really liked doing that kind of stuff. I loved going out and feeding the cows and the chickens. I was outside all the time."

At the age of 21, Lamb received her diploma in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation and began an internship working with a non-profit wildlife rescue. Through her time with them she became curious about hunting and trapping.