Written by JONATHAN VERN MCGILL
'Subreddit' aims to get Calgarians off the computer and start socializing in the community
When Josh Innes boarded the nine-hour flight from London, England, to come work in Calgary, he thought it might take months to build relationships and meet people in a new city.
But a few days after landing in town, Innes joined the Calgary Social Club, an online group that plans various spontaneous events in the city.
"I went to my first event — a wing night at Joyce on 4th — and within two minutes there is this guy talking to me," Innes says.
"The club is truly amazing. It saved me from knowing nobody and having to go out to try to meet people in bars and has turned into something that I truly feel a part of."
Written by GEOFFREY PICKETTS
John Bodman's plight reveals complex nature of homelessness
John Bodman was 51-years-old when his life began to unravel. He had a welding ticket, owned a business and had a place to call home in Prince George, B.C. Having two friends over one night ultimately became the catalyst to a brutal chain-reaction that saw Bodman lose it all.
"They asked, 'Mind if we smoke?" Bodman said. "I said, 'Nahh, everybody smokes.'" He thought they meant cigarettes. Then they slapped a pipe and other crack-smoking paraphernalia on the table.
Bodman didn't want anything to do with crack-cocaine, but admitted "it looked like they were having fun." A few hours later he tried his first hit.
"It went downhill from there. I pawned everything, sold my business and started rooming in crack houses in Prince George," he said.
Written by LISA TAYLOR
Customers reap benefits of high-quality clothing at significantly lower prices
When you walk into Changes Consignment Clothing, a high-end women's consignment store in Marda Loop, you are welcomed by colourful clothing illuminated by the sun shining through multiple windows.
Customers bustle around picking from rows and rows of designer items that have been significantly marked down from their original prices by about 60 per cent.
Barbara Davis has successfully operated Changes for over 25 years and says that there has always been a misconception towards the word "consignment." However, people are finally starting to realize the benefits of shopping at stores like this.
Written by DAVID GOLDENSTEIN
Indian-based dancing a multicultural experience for well-being
Right before the credits begin to roll, the viewer is treated to an upbeat and energetic dance number — one definitely not lacking in flair or style. Danny Boyle's 2008 film "Slumdog Millionaire" certainly ended on a high note.
This scene was one of North America's first mainstream exposures to what is known as Bollywood dance.
Originating from Mumbai, India, Bollywood dance is a mixture of classical and Indian folk-dancing styles, amongst many others.
Raw energy collides with a release of cathartic enjoyment as palms fly in many directions, embracing the moment.
Written by Shane Flug
Privacy concerns of new Timeline convinces Calgary writer to clean slate
My public-opinion courtroom will soon be in session, and I will present my case as a job candidate.
As I prepare to look for work, human resources people Googling my name will serve as my career judges, juries and executioners.
The onus is on me to make a strong case that I am the one worthy of the position. If I do, I'll be able to get that interview and go from there.
Written by OLIVIA GUY-MCCARVILL
Annual fundraising event for Calgary Counselling Centre held at SAIT
On April 14 at SAIT, a group of Calgarians are hoping to set a record for the "Guinness Book of World Records."
But this is not a hotdog-eating contest. Instead a local karate club is hoping for the largest number of people – 250 – to break boards at the same time.
This is the fourth annual event known as "Break the Cycle" was established to raise funds and awareness for the Calgary Counselling Centre.
Written by Eva Colmenero
Calgary reporter experiments with wearing headscarf
When I was 15 years old, I moved to Canada from Venezuela.
Most people don't think I'm an immigrant because I look Caucasian — I have green eyes, white skin, and straight hair.
My looks have never seemed to affect how people treated me. As far as I know, I have never been discriminated against because of my appearance.
However, I've always been curious as to what it might feel like to be singled out because of what you look like. The problem was I didn't really know how to make myself stand out.
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