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Aalayna Spence embracing new life as First Nations woman

TransgenderCalgarianAalynaSpenceWhen 19-year-old Aalayna Spence examines herpast, she says she can’t believe how many goals she has achieved since she decided to live her life how it was supposed to be. Growing up in Manitoba, she now lives in Calgary and is embarking on a journey to live fully as a woman.

“I’ve always felt like a woman. When I was a kid I would put a towel on my head to imitate long hair,” says Spence, as she flips her long shiny black hair.

Paul Mahony's many close calls have little effect on how he approaches his adventurous life

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If you call it a near-death experience, he'll correct you.

For Paul Mahony, they're just close calls.

A prolific skier, mountaineer and sailor, Mahony has faced multiple dangerous situations.

He has capsized while sailing on Lake Superior, nearly suffocated in a skiing crash that dumped him into a snow-filled tree well and narrowly avoided being hit by an avalanche.

Second wave of refugees adapting to Canadian city life

YESHIShe arrived to Calgary at 8:00 p.m. on a cold March night to a welcoming crowd of Tibetans, bright lights of video cameras, and the many questions of multiple reporters.

Yeshi Choedon, is a 28-year-old Tibetan immigrant from a small village in the Arunachal Pradesh province of India. With 26 Tibetan refugees, Choedon immigrated to Canada.

Weeks after her initial arrival, Choedon admits she is overwhelmed by her new country. But with a large smile on her face she says, "Still I don't believe I am in Canada." 

How one woman brought new life into the world as she sat on death's door

thumb Carlson h1n1 3As the H1N1 pandemic broke in October 2009 and people lined up at the newly opened vaccination clinics, Amburlea Carlson sat in an induced coma in her bed at Foothills Medical Centre. While news headlines told the stories of this new dangerous virus, Amburlea had already been fighting it for over a month.

"I felt like I was coughing a lot, I couldn't really breathe. I felt like I had a severe cold," Carlson says of the symptoms she was experiencing when she went to the emergency room.

Before being admitted, Carlson described herself as a very healthy 28 year old who worked out five days a week, and admittedly had never seen the necessity of getting a flu shot.