A city councillor walks into a bar

Drinking was not the problem. It was the solution. Alcohol, for me, was a liberator from all manner of psychological constraints: Shyness, social awkwardness, poor self image, fear of failure. I drank to feel connected to others. I drank to feel a sense of belonging.  One recovering alcoholic described it this way:  I grew up

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Positive launch for safe consumption

The most complex decision I’ve made as a City Councillor was to vote in favor of supervised injection services in Ward 6. Admittedly, city council’s role was minor. We were asked only to send a letter to Ottawa in regards to safe injection services. Alberta Health was the lead agency on the initiative. The federal

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Let’s talk about suicide

Can we talk openly and honestly about suicide now? Please? The recent suicide deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade caused a further tearing in the fabric of silence and stigma, following as they did the suicides of such notable creatives as Avicii, Robin Williams and Chris Cornell. Suicide, sadly, has created its own Who’s

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