Depolarizing the Conversation around Climate Change

By Natasha Pye When was the last time you talked about climate change at the dinner table? Unless you’re working at the Pembina Institute, climate change does not often come up in conversation. Especially here in Alberta. It’s an incredibly polarizing topic touching on issues of livelihoods, internalized guilt, and most of all, politics. How […]

Supporting Victims of Hate Crimes

As a third year university student, I am lucky to say I haven’t experienced a substantial act of hate that I can vividly recall. The Alberta Hate Crimes Committee defines a hate crime as “Any criminal offence committed against a person or property, which is motivated in whole or in part by the suspects’ hate, […]

Rehab Stretching

Prelude: Stairway to Nowhere To kick off my stretch, I had the pleasure of working with an 8-year-old boy who has grown up with a rare form of cerebral palsy. There currently is no cure but stem cell therapy is introducing hope for a reversal of its symptoms. While working with him, I quickly realized […]

Gender Parity in Grande Prairie: 22% Isn’t Good Enough

Xaverie’s Previous Blog Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholar Xaverie MacLennan ponders the importance of equal representation of women on City Council in Grande Prairie. 68% of Grande Prairie’s residents are under the age of 45. I belong to this age group, and am also a part of the 43% of residents that identify as female, as reported […]

My work on a mayoral election campaign – by Connor Vaandering

This summer I have been working on Calgary City Councillor Andre Chabot’s mayoral election campaign. Since the election is not until October I have been involved in the initial setup of campaign plans, strategy and organization. It’s a small campaign team with limited staff and limited finances, so I’ve done everything from communications and event […]