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Emergency room experience not what I expected

February 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Emergency room experience not what I expected

People you meet in an emergency room make all the difference By Ritu Shannon   This Family Day long weekend I had the misfortune of experiencing first-hand how over-crowded a hospital emergency room can be. Not only a lack of doctors, but a lack of compassion from the emergency room nurses.  I can see why people […]

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The most annoying people on social media

February 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
The most annoying people on social media

Do you need a social media intervention? By Ritu Shannon   Social media is a great tool to stay connected with friends and family. It allows us to be humorous, serious, share pictures of kids, pets, and of our lives in general. But when your news feed regularly shows the same friends committing these online […]

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Bully – When a mom calls your kid the other B-word

January 10, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Bully – When a mom calls your kid the other B-word

Beacon writer says it was a shock when her child was called a bully By Ritu Shannon   When a fellow mom from my daughter’s school called my daughter a bully I was shocked. Was she talking about the same six-year old girl that I know? The one who could spend countless hours coloring pictures, […]

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Quebec secular charter goes too far

September 12, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Quebec secular charter goes too far

Quebec secular charter restricts religious opinion and expression When I first came across the Quebec secular charter images released on Tuesday by the government of Quebec, I thought it was a ridiculous joke. I truly could not believe that I was looking at a real-live press release from a Canadian provincial government here and now in […]

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Doug Williamson challenges Canadians to be great

August 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Doug Williamson challenges Canadians to be great

Will Canadian business leaders rise to the challenge from Doug Williamson? You know the Steve Jobs quote about the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes? Doug Williamson is that guy. And he’s on a mission to recruit, create and mentor more Canadian misfits just like him. I […]

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Calgary City Hall – What is its proper role?

August 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Calgary City Hall – What is its proper role?

Ward 1 candidate to preside in Calgary City Hall takes on Manning Centre study By John Hilton O’brien   The Manning Centre’s publication, “The Role of Municipal Government,” makes fascinating reading for anyone interest in civic politics and Calgary City Hall, in particular. David Seymour’s basic project – to establish some ground rules for what […]

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Deer cull not the answer to growing suburbs

July 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Deer cull not the answer to growing suburbs

Deer cull planned for Victoria community Oak Bay When my husband and I decided to move to a quaint little neighbourhood in Cloverdale, BC a few years ago, a big part of our decision was how ‘rural’ the area felt. Originally from Victoria, I was used to seeing deer walking through our backyard as a […]

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Calgary Stampede this year should be a time for reflection

July 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
Calgary Stampede this year should be a time for reflection

You know when you are at a party and everyone is having a good time? Everyone is laughing and smiling. Then there is this moment when someone comes in and says the awkward thing that changes the mood in an instant. I’m about to be that guy. So, tomorrow we celebrate the 101st Calgary Stampede. After the […]

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Social media is making people anti-social in public settings

July 4, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Social media is making people anti-social in public settings

Social media keeps people from interacting with their friends or strangers Is social media making us less social? From playgrounds, to restaurants, to bus stops and grocery store line-ups, it is common to see people with their heads buried in their smartphones or tablets. We call it social media, but it has resulted in people […]

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Will the Alberta floods change Calgary forever?

July 2, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Will the Alberta floods change Calgary forever?

Alberta floods brought out an outpouring of support As a Calgarian, I can say this without feeling like I’m overreacting. The last 12 days have been some of the most significant days we have seen here. Since the Alberta floods displaced over 100,000 Calgarians as well as many southern Albertans, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. There […]

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