The Calgary Journal
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Death becomes hobby after life experiences

Produced by JOEL DRYDEN, LYDIA DEDORA and LISA TAYLOR

Each year, Calgarians pursue careers in the funeral business. Some are attracted by the unusual nature of the industry, while others are drawn to it because they want to help people going through pain and loss. For 39-year-old Calgarian Cristy Fraser, her decision to pursue funeral directing has been on her radar since she was a young girl.

Growing up in Calgary, Fraser says death and the "dark side" always intrigued her. Her mother taught her not to be afraid of death and it's a normal part of life. In fact, she and her mother used to visit cemeteries often as a way to spend time with each other in peaceful places.

Fraser says being a funeral director is a "calling" and she always knew she would end up working in a funeral home.

Friendship and jealousy come with sharing everything

Produced by DEVON JOLIE, JENICA FOSTER and SCOTT KINGSMITH

Imagine being with your best friend at every moment of every day.

You share your birthday.

You even share your DNA.

This is how 36-year-old Michelle Smith describes being a twin. She says it's like, "having a best friend from grade 1."

Disabled sports star giving back to the age that gave him opportunity

Produced by DANIELLE HARDER and COURTNEY TAYLOR

Leaning to get underneath the seven-foot entrance of Master's Academy gymnasium is how Greg Stewart approaches every doorway.

At 7'2", Stewart is anything but shy and always commands attention when stepping into a room, with his broad physique and confident personality instantly starting conversation.

However, what you may not notice right away about the 26-year-old is that he only has his right arm.

Thousands fled Venezuela labelled as "traitors"

Produced by EVA COLMENERO 

It's February 2003.

My dad receives a call from his boss late at night, who indicates there's a search and seizure warrant with my dad's name and our address written on it.

My father is a suspect in hacking the state's oil company during Venezuela's nation-wide strike. The reason — he has a company laptop in his possession.