Mentorship programs for troubled youth foster respect for others

Canadian governments should be investing in youth mentorship programs to help build an inclusive, supportive and more progressive society

Mentorship programs for troubled youth foster respect for othersBy Suzanne Tough and Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary The youth of any society constitute the promise of the future – and many of our youth are in trouble. They’re growing up in a divided society. Ethnic, gender and political tensions are at seemingly combustible levels – not just south of the border but in Canada,…

The family that reads together, thrives together

Almost nine million Canadians can’t read well enough to perform everyday tasks. We need a cultural shift to a family-centred approach to literacy

The family that reads together, thrives togetherBy Erin Schryer Elementary Literacy Inc. and Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary Two out of five Canadian adults – nearly nine million people – can’t read well enough to perform everyday tasks. Reading difficulties start early. Children who aren’t reading well by the end of Grade 1 are never likely to read well. Reduced literacy…

When a new mom has disturbing thoughts about hurting her baby

Postpartum OCD is frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood – but it is treatable, help is available

When a new mom has disturbing thoughts about hurting her babyBy Gina Wong Athabasca University and Nicole Letourneau University of Calgary In January of 2018, a new mother in California became part of a viral Facebook post that described her baby’s four-month postpartum checkup. As a result of the thoughts she shared with her health-care providers, the police were called and she was escorted to…

University District launches latest condo project

U of C-area development has secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park

University District launches latest condo projectThe massive mixed-use University District development in Calgary has launched a new residential condominium project, secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park. West Campus Development Trust, which is spearheading the overall development, and Avi Urban announced recently that the new condo project, Argyle, will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom condos.…

Alberta universities in hot zones for real estate investment

REIN report intended to help investors make the most out of the ‘colossal’ demand for student housing

Alberta universities in hot zones for real estate investmentThree Alberta universities rank in the top five nationally as “hot zones” in a new real estate investment report. For the first time, the report looks at how university campuses influence real estate rents, prices, values and investment potential upward. The inaugural University Effect: A Report for Rental Housing Providers was released by the Real…

Attracting great retailers with good developments

Leo Scarcello of West Campus Development Trust talks about University District’s allure to residents and the businesses that serve them

Attracting great retailers with good developmentsLeo Scarcello is vice-president of retail development at West Campus Development Trust. How is the retail landscape in Calgary? What’s changed and what has stayed the same? Scarcello: The retail landscape is adjusting to the new realities of the Calgary economy. As we have seen, the downtown core and B-type properties in urban and suburban…

Donor-conceived people need to know their medical history

The first international Genetic Identity Day comes just as Health Canada seeks to prevent people from knowing their genetic identity

Donor-conceived people need to know their medical historyBy Juliet Guichon and Ian Mitchell University of Calgary and Barry Stevens People have a moral right know their medical, social and cultural history, and the identity of their genetic parents. And this right applies to those who have been adopted or conceived by egg and sperm that were either sold or given. This moral…

Facing real estate’s next big challenges head-on

Jessica Abt of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies talks about how U of C students are being prepared for a disruptive future

Facing real estate’s next big challenges head-onJessica Abt is director at Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies, and acting director of the graduate program recruitment and admissions at Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Tell me a little bit about the Westman Centre – what it offers and its purpose? Abt: Our purpose is simple – to create entrepreneurial and…

U of C Life Sciences Innovation Hub receiving $8.5M in funding

Life sciences is a critical component of Calgary's economic strategy and funding will help bring the city's ground-breaking work to market

U of C Life Sciences Innovation Hub receiving $8.5M in fundingThe University of Calgary is receiving $8.5 million for the city’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund for programming to turn advanced research into commercial ventures at the post-secondary institution’s new Life Sciences Innovation Hub. “Life sciences is a critical component of our economic strategy and we already have a great university doing ground-breaking work,” said Calgary…

Rejuvenating and re-imagining downtown Calgary

Marco De Iaco, executive director of Downtown Calgary, is energized to find a creative new path for the city's core

Rejuvenating and re-imagining downtown CalgaryMarco De Iaco is executive director of Downtown Calgary. What's your overall sense of the mood of downtown businesses and the downtown these days? De Iaco: Far less optimistic. Lower energy and less swagger than what we’re used to. Justifiably so I suppose. Major impediments to the energy sector, huge vacancy rates, increasing unemployment and…
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