The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Nilufer Hasanova was at work when her phone rang at 2:57 p.m. on July 8th. Looking at the caller ID, she saw it was a friend she hadn’t spoken to for over a year. Suspecting the call was a pocket dial, Hasanova ignored it and continued with her work.

Later that day, she received a Facebook message from the same friend, asking if they could continue their chat.

“I’d love to chat with you,” Hasanova writes. “But we haven’t been chatting, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”

You would think having your kids taken away from you would be the wake-up call needed to kick an addiction. For Sarah Rene, this was not the case. When her drug use got so bad that her two daughters and son were taken from her, things only got worse.

In an effort to be more inclusive, Mount Royal University has recently built washing stations for Muslim faculty and students to use before they participate in daily worship. Islamic practitioners are required to wash themselves in a very specific process in order to enter a state of purity before they pray.

A petition from a Forest Lawn resident to "stop the stroll” on 19th Avenue S.E. isn't being received well by other members of the community, who say relocating sex workers out of the area is not the solution to the problem. 

For more than 25 years, 19th Avenue S.E. has been host to the city's most notorious “stroll.” William Carnegie, former president of the Forest Lawn Community Association, says he and other residents are fed up with what he described as the city's approval of sex trafficking in the area.