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Do some good!

It's December. Which means the malls are extra crowded, the roads seem more congested, and the freezing temperatures have everyone a little more on edge. The malls are busy and bustling, but not all Calgarians are a part of this busyness. In Calgary on any given night, over 3500 people are homeless, on any given night 160 families sleep in Calgary shelters and each month 60,000 Albertans rely on food banks and 43% of them are children.

Also, watching the news can make us think that there isn’t much good in the world anymore. The needs are pressing and seem to surround us. We may want to help, want to participate, want to give but just don't know how. We may wonder what our place is in this messy world?
Let's choose to live fully wherever we are. Let's not be so overwhelmed by the needs of the world that we forget there is good to be found. We have a choice to make people feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome or to choose to make the world a better place this season! Here are five suggestions how you can be an encouragement this month:

1. Food is a love language. It brings people together, especially around the holidays. Bring someone a meal or holiday baking or invite someone over to your home. Think of those around you that would appreciate some extra cheer. Perhaps it’s a widower, a neighbor, a senior or a young mother.
2. Love people in our city by giving the gift of time to organizations that are blessing their clients over the Christmas season. Serve a meal or help with a Christmas party. Giving a financial gift or donation of much-needed items is also a way to serve and be a part of our city.
3. Lend a helping hand by shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk or driveway. Help jump their car battery. Scrape their car off before they leave for work. Or watch their house or their pets while they are on holidays.
4. Instead of calling people, pay them a visit to say hello. With Facebook and the Internet, people don’t sit down and visit as much as they used to. It’s a great way to get to know people and their stories and to find real, practical ways to get involved in their lives. Bless someone this season by dropping by and wishing someone a Merry Christmas in person.
5. Our clients at the center come from many different religions, cultures, and walks of life. Calgary is a multi-cultural and diverse city. Being a foreigner in a new city comes with a unique set of challenges. I’d challenge you to share baking, share space, share time or share even a smile with someone who is different than you.

Being generous can be challenging. Interacting with people can be awkward. Sharing space  can be intimidating. Fear of doing these things can paralyze us into doing nothing. Choose to bring good into the world by putting aside your feelings of discomfort or nervousness. Warm your own heart by bringing joy to someone else this Christmas. Don't let fear of being uncomfortable paralyze you.

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Topics: Christmas, tips, stats, giving, encourage, generosity, people, food


Over 18

Last week I attended the screening of a documentary titled ‘Over 18’. This film was created to ‘combat pornography addiction among children and teens.' If that doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps the following statistics will:

  • 9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls view pornography before the age of 18
  • 71% of teens hide online behaviour from their parents
  • 28% of 16-17-year-olds have unintentionally been exposed to porn online


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Topics: porn, children, motion m-47, article 17, petition, age verficiation, protect, over 18, documentary


What's behind your mask?

Lately, there has been a trend of creepy clown sightings, and this recent spate has become worse because of social media. Thankfully, other than a few arrests, there have been no cases of assault. Overall, the concern over these clowns is benign. Most clowns do not seek to frighten, but instead, work to spread smiles and bring joy. But, fear of clowns is nothing new. There have always been those uncomfortable with the exaggerated features of clowns. Their costumes include dramatic makeup, bright clothes, and crazy hair. With this disguise, the real identity is hidden.

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Topics: clowns, masks, identity, coping, dependence, escape, living authentically, social media, hiding


reporting sexual abuse

The Jian Ghomeshi trial is back on almost everyone’s radars. News of Ghomeshi’s leave from the CBC first broke in October of 2014, without much explanation. On October 26, 2014, the public heard of the reasons for Ghomeshi’s leave. In a lengthy, emotional Facebook post, Ghomeshi detailed that he had been let go from his position at the CBC as a result of accusations made by a former lover.

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Topics: Consent


Jacqueline's story - why support matters

There are many women here in Calgary, such as Jacqueline, who are facing obstacles such as instability, addiction, abuse, homelessness, and poverty. These issues are daunting, all on their own, but imagine adding a pregnancy to the situation.

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Topics: Housing and Support


Perceptions from a Porn User

Russell Brand is a well known an actor, author, radio host and activist. He also hosts a YouTube channel called “The Trews”. Recently he published a video

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Daring to Dream: Vital Partnerships

Emma Maternity House has been providing shelter and assistance to homeless pregnant women since 1992. Until recently, the Resident Director for Emma House had been living with these women for 5 years. She has big dreams for them as they seek to live sustainable, healthy, and goal-oriented lives. Here’s her dream:

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Topics: Housing and Support


50 Shades of Confusion

A flood of attention has been given to the release of the cinematic version of 50 Shades of Grey. Since that time, social media platforms have been bombarded with articles and debate about the intentions in the story. Dr. Miriam Grossman, a well-known psychiatrist, asserts that the film actually “blurs” the lines between what is healthy and unhealthy in relationships, creating “confusion”. In the midst of this swirling debate, it is crucial that we return to a conversation around the basic rights of every human being.

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Topics: Building Connections and Intimacy, Consent, domestic violence, Boundaries


When No Means No

The notion of boundaries is experienced early, generally on the playground during games such as freeze tag or dodge ball.  The rules are simple: stay inside the boundaries or face the consequences. From the outset, it is decided which lines can be crossed and which lines are off limits. Anyone who can’t abide by the rules must sit out.

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Topics: Consent, Boundaries


Why Women Don't Leave

photo credit: SARA

Janet left her house one morning with a bruise around her eye, a baby in her arms, and a look of defeat on her face. Why did he hit her again? What had she done? This was not the first time he had lashed out, and she began to see that it wouldn’t be the last. She had left him before and she could do it again.

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Topics: domestic violence