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  • Gym etiquette a challenge for some

    It’s go-time — that time in your workout where nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter what time it is, or the exam you have to write afterwards. All that matters now is asking, ‘How hard can I push myself?’ Sweat, spit, blood and tears are all...
  • The view from below

    Questioning the reasons climbers risk their lives I’ve often imagined the phone call. The stranger who asks if I’m related to Wade Suvan — my brother — then tells me there’s been a climbing fatality. It would be similar to the phone call I got...
  • Breaking out of the sex trade industry

    One Calgary mom’s struggle to give her kids a better life Jane (not her real name) is 38 and lives in a tidy suburban house.  She works three part-time jobs and is finishing up the fourth year of a university degree. Dressed in grey sweatpants and re...
  • Wedding bells don’t come cheap

    How to get married in Calgary for a little, or a lot Congratulations! You got engaged. Now what? Weddings are big business these days. According to the Wedding Bells magazine website, over 150,000 weddings in Canada each year are raking in $3 billion f...
  • Counselling can help open channels of communication for couples

    According to Statistics Canada, more than 8,000 couples divorced in Alberta in 2005. Some couples are trying to stop this trend and save their marriage by choosing to see a counsellor. Molly and Daniel Frank (not their real names) have been married for f...
  • Spending time with the hobbies you love

    Some women are turning their passion into a business For many people, hobbies are something to do on the weekends. But, for some, hobbies have become much more: both a community and a passion. More than that, they can be an inspiration to start a busin...
  • Dating after divorce: how soon is too soon?

    How to keep balanced lives while facing the challenges of a blended family Dating is complicated, especially when you throw age, divorce and kids into the mix. Leslie Maddigan, a 42-year-old nurse who has been divorced since 2005, said she always knew s...
  • Is living under the same roof a good idea?

    Why some couples should start packing boxes and others shouldn’t When young couples make the decision to move in together, some hesitate, some jump with excitement, and others run in the opposite direction. But if you are faced with the prospect of mov...
  • When to keep your distance on Facebook

    How teachers have learned to say NO to students who want to be ‘friends’ Social networking sites such as Facebook sometimes cause people to share more than they would like to. With employers keeping up with photos that are recently tagged and up-to-t...
  • Love at second sight

    Calgary couple reconnects years after their 1991 divorce The year was 1983. Carolina Miraglia and William Uzcategui were introduced through some mutual friends in the city of Barinas, Venezuela. Uzcategui was working for an oil company and Miraglia was a...
  • Common-law relationships increasingly seen as first union

    More couples choose to try out elements of marriage before tying the knot, study says For many young Canadians, marriage is not the only way to express commitment. Like Calgary couple Kendra and Mike Cameron, many pairs are choosing common-law relationsh...
  • Canadians fear falling victim to charity fraud, survey says

    Majority of country’s citizens worry about donating to a scam artist A new survey suggests more than half of us fear becoming a victim of charity fraud. The survey, conducted for CanadaHelps, Volunteer Canada and Capital One Canada, indicates that mor...
  • New free wireless Internet disappoints, users say

    Some Hawkwood residents getting little or no signal Four months into what was supposed to be a model pilot project for wireless communities in Canada, some residents in Calgary’s northwest say they are wondering what the fuss was all about. “Persona...
  • Helping high-risk youth flee life of crime

    Program offers a way out for those fighting drug and alcohol addictions Meghan Finnbogason, a 28-year-old married mother of two, has been working with troubled youths for 11 years. She says that she too was a high-risk youth. After growing up in small-t...
  • Long treks on long decks

    Skaters traverse more than difficult terrain Aaron Enevoldsen, 22, tested his physical limits when he longboarded across the treacherous terrain and high altitudes of South America. Enevoldsen wrestled with unhealed injuries, fatigue, dehydration and alt...
  • Hot yoga is soooo cool – or not?

    Why millions are chanting Om to its steamy benefits It is several thousand years old, and is practised in different forms all over the world.  It is sometimes linked to religion, but provides peace, tranquillity and numerous health benefits to people, w...
  • Many still face challenges when coming out of the closet

    Michael Decker had a secret he was keeping for many years. Last summer, he decided to tell everyone: he is gay. Decker, 20, said his parents were not supportive of his revelation. “‘No, this is unacceptable; this can’t be. You can just choose not ...
  • Physiotherapy offers new lease on life for dogs

    Six-and-a-half years ago, a chocolate lab named Jasper jumped off a low deck and tore both ligaments in his knee. A few months later, Jasper suffered an over-use injury on his other knee resulting in seven surgeries within 15 months. Amalia Rossi Campos,...
  • Fashion enthusiasts connect to blogosphere

    Global industry takes notice of newest contributors to design world Rather than wait for the latest issue of Vogue or GQ to hit the stands, fashion aficionados need only look online for instant gratification. With a click of the mouse, fashion blogs are...
  • The dirt on how to compost with worms

    Stop organic waste from loading up our landfills After eating down to the apple core, or peeling that banana, do you ever wonder where the waste goes when you throw it in the trash? Even if something is said to be biodegradable, if it’s not mixed with...
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