In This Issue

A Matter of Acceptance

Why Gay-Straight Alliances are essential

Let’s start with the story of Suzette and Tonya. They were a romantic couple before 2005 but even though they wanted to get married, they couldn’t because it was not legal. When marriage equality became legal across Canada, even in Alberta (the last province to allow it), they booked Calgary’s Deane House as their wedding venue, exchanged rings, and declared their love in the presence of friends, family and a representative of the province of Alberta.


Editorial: Systemic Neglect

A more subtle discrimination.

In my Calgary junior high there were two things you really didn’t want to be: gay or “foreign.” Our school had zero gay students as far as we knew. The boys used “gay” as the ultimate putdown. It was a call to arms: Any boy who didn’t fight just invited

The “Quiet” Revolution

Mindfulness training in schools.

Mindfulness training, the practice of being present in this moment without judging how you feel, is a new revolution in education. It's already mainstream in schools in Vancouver, San Francisco and London, but in Alberta it's making its way into individual classrooms in a distinctly Albertan way.

Language Limbo

The need for more ESL instruction.

About one quarter of all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Alberta do not speak English as their first language. They are either new immigrants or Canadian-born children from homes where English is not the primary language.


Adrienne Clarkson's Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship; Tom Wayman'sWinter's Skin; Mel Hurtig'sThe Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper's Takeover of Canada; and more.

This Land
And It Was Good


This is a secular and cynical era, however. While many profess religious faith, fewer actually live it....

Eye on Alberta
Clippings, Quotes and Controversies


Becoming Canadian; ESL from the Inside; Everything's Not Awesome; plus other clips, quotes and controversies.

Why Not Tory


Because the PM first shunned the Senate, then packed it. Because of Wallin, Duffy and Brazeau. Because the Senate is supposed to be independent...

Arts Season Guide


Performing arts companies from across the province unveil their 2015-2016 lineups for theatre, music, dance and opera.

Meet the Minister
David Eggen
Minister of Education


After years of excoriating the PC government for its approach to K–12, formerly opposition MLA David Eggen is now Minister of Education.

Community Action
What could your community look like?



Highlights from Past Issues

In Our Previous Issue

End of the Line

The PC dynasty topples

On election night, Calgary NDP supporters gathered at the Arrata Opera Centre. Party stalwart Bob Hawkesworth was there, and just before 9:00 p.m., when the NDP majority was declared, he said, “If someone told me that we’d win 54 seats, I would have asked them what kind of drugs they were taking.”
Inside the Opera Centre, a conversion of the old Wesley United Church, a screen was erected in front of the pipe organ, stretching up toward a vaulted ceiling. An increasingly large crowd filled the hall, some wearing “Notley Crue” T-shirts and many waving orange “Rachel Notley” and “Calgary for Change” signs in the air, a mixed, boisterous crowd of different ages, ethnicities and genders, gathered together, cheering, leaning in to watch the results.


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From The Archives

What’s Left

The NDP’s big challenge -- and big opportunity

On the afternoon of October 19, 2014, amidst the vibrant colours of an aspen parkland autumn, Rachel Notley (who was 20 when her father died) said a few words at a ceremony at Grant Notley Park marking the 30th anniversary of her father’s death. Just the day before, she had become leader of the Alberta NDP. Speaking without notes, she remembered her father’s sense of humour and his commitment to social justice. “We as a movement are not about one person,” Notley told the small but emotional crowd. “We are not about the last leader, the current leader or the next leader. I’m very excited about what is to come. I think there will be another breakthrough. And it will not be because of one person.”