Look before you leap

Roughly seven years ago, then 14-year-old Rikki Hillmer was hit by a late model, full-sized pick-up truck while crossing 162 Ave. in Calgary’s southwest. Clad in black, not wearing her glasses and rushing for the bus on her way to school, she ventured across the divided roadway and caused an …

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Are playgrounds too safe?

It wasn’t really recess unless the writhing screams of an eight-year-old wafted across the schoolyard. Busted lips and twisted ankles, broken bones and minor concussions were commonplace when growing up, and these injuries happened off the jungle gym. There was never a shortage of scratched eyeballs from playing with sticks, …

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The long-form census: privacy stolen

  On Nov. 5, 2015, the newly elected Liberal Party of Canada announced it was bringing back the long-form census, originally abolished in 2010 by the Conservatives. In May of this year, census takers will begin knocking on doors and failure to comply. Section 31 of the Statistics Act says …

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