Emma Linklater

Sunset at Nose Hill Park, Calgary AB

Looking at this photo, you probably wouldn’t guess that its from inside a metro city.

Calgary is not the largest city, and is surrounded by thousands and thousands of acres of rural land. However, in the northern side middle of the city is 11 km² of field and protected land. This areial puts the size in persceptive, and I believe its one of the many things that makes Calgary unique.

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I could not agree more with everything you wrote about. I haven’t seen anything written about this (very real) issue a long time. It gets forgotten about by the vast majority for reasons like you stated, stigma and inequality. I could not name a single person that enjoys spending their money on overpriced necessities; things that a male counterpart wouldn’t need to spend money on. The idea of the school board giving them out for free was a step in the right direction, however, the idea of them being available in a school office leads me to believe that these changes were implemented by the wrong gender… A misguided step in the right direction, still far from perfect.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CLdgcsOQuo

This is a screenshot of the new ads generated by the Alberta Government of Mr. Covid, which loves to join in on any gatherings that take place. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CLdgcsOQuo

This is an Alberta COVID-19 message; a new style of ads which were designed originally by a Fort McMurray man. These humorous takes on the pandemic are used to target and resonate the group of people most infected with the virus in Alberta; twenty to thirty year old people. The short clip videos are displayed across all television programs, as well as on certain social media apps within the province. It seems like an effective style of a reminder to those who “aren’t vulnerable” that the virus is still real, and catastrophic. Many people I know within Calgary have also seen these clips, and therefore it definitely is making its impression in the governments targeted crowd.

There is also a website, COVID LOVES, which is also an amusing site that information and more videos can be found here: https://covidloves.ca

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Fonds 1172, Series 1022, Item 19

This photo of Toronto’s Union Station was taken in 1919; now over 100 years ago. Since then this spot has made an impact to the identity and historical aspects of the city, and is one of the busiest stations with hundreds of thousands of people using it every single day.

Something that was just an empty piece of architecture, is now an irreplaceable and crucial component to the fluidity within the city of Toronto.

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Hi Erin,

Your post had me intrigued, as this is the same large issue that my city, Calgary, is also facing. I don’t know much about all of the geography of Ontario, but I find in Alberta its more common to see homelessness in smaller cities / towns, and its crazy to see that even in a smaller city (than Toronto) in Thunder Bay, that homelessness is still such a progressive issue. I relate and completely agree that admist a pandemic and frigid winter conditions, more needs to be done to avoid tragic outcomes for these people.

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A visual representation of Canada’s freedom, culture and diversity: right within the inner city of Calagry. There lies an area filled with different containers dedicated to street art that get recreated annually, where people can sign up to make their own pieces and convey their message. It is an area that is often overlooked when someone thinks of the city, but if I ever had to send you to a place that is the “definition of Calgary” this is where you’d find yourself.

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Emma Linklater

Emma Linklater

Life enthusiast & first year student at the University of Toronto.