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We Need a Law Campaign

 

TEN THOUSAND BLUE AND PINK FLAGS STOOD TALL IN THE GRASS WEDNESDAY AT GALT GARDENS. EACH ONE REPRESENTING 10 PRE-BORN CHILDREN WHO WERE ABORTED IN CANADA.

VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE GATHERED TO PLANT THESE FLAGS AS PART OF THE WE NEED A LAW CAMPAIGN, WHILST ALSO OFFERING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT PRO-LIFE CHOICES.

THE VOLUNTEERS AT GALT GARDENS HOWEVER ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE’S WHO HAVE THIS OPINION, AS THIS CAMPAIGN IS ONE OF MANY DEMONSTRATIONS FOR PRO-LIFE BEING HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 

 ON THE SAME DAY WEDNESDAY MORNING JUST MILES DOWN THE ROAD, HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS FROM BOTH IMMANUEL AND COALDALE CHRISTIAN RALLIED ALONG MAYOR MAGRATH TO FIGHT FOR THE LIVES OF THE UNBORN.

ORGANIZER OF THE WE NEED A LAW CAMPAIGN MELANIE KAMPER SAID THE LAW AGAINST ABORTION IS NECESSARY WITHIN CANADA FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS INCLUDING HEALTH, CONSENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HUMAN RIGHTS.S

“IN CANADA WE HAVE NO LAWS LIMITING ABORTION, CANADA IS THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY WORLD WIDE THAT HAS NO LAWS OF THIS TYPE! WE ARE IN THE COMPANY WITH CHINA AND NORTH KOREA AND WE FEEL THAT CANADIANS REALLY DO NEED TO KNOW THIS  AS THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST UNAWARE.”

MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE PUT SUCH LAWS INTO PLACE, BANNING ABORTIONS AFTER THE 12 WEEK MARK WITHIN A PERSONS PREGNANCY. BUT CANADA TO DATE, HOLDS NO SUCH LAW.

HOWEVER IT’S NOT JUST LAWS THAT THESE CAMPAIGNERS WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE. BUT THE IMAGE OF ABORTION ITSELF.

“A LIFE IS A LIFE, WHETHER ITS WITHIN ME OR I CAN HOLD IT IN MY ARMS, ITS STILL A HUMAN, IT HAS ITS DNA AND ITS OWN INDIVIDUALITY AND SHOULD STILL BE ALLOWED THE SAME HUMAN RIGHTS.” KAMPER SAID WHEN ASKED WHAT INFORMATION SHE HOPED THE PUBLIC RECIEVE FROM HER DISPLAY”.

THE WE NEED A LAW CAMPAIGN WAS BROUGHT TO LETHBRIDGE AFTER A LARGER SCENE of 100,000 FLAGS WAS ORIGINALLY DISPLAYED BESIDE PARLIAMENT HILL IN OTTAWA LAST YEAR.

SHELTERED YOUTHS?

 

ARE THE CHILDREN OF TODAY’S YOUTH TOO SHELTERED FROM THE REALITIES OF THE WORLD BEFORE US?

BRITISH EXPERT IN CHILD PLAY, TIM GILL BELIEVES THIS QUESTION SHOULD BE FURTHER EXPLORED.

THROUGHOUT HIS TOURS OF NORTH AMERICA, THE BRITISH NOVELTY HOPES TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE ON THE DEVELOPING LIVES OF CHILDREN.

ONE KEY AREA HE EXPLORES ABOVE ALL IS THE ELEMENT OF OVER PROTECTION FOR YOUTHS WITHIN TODAY’S SOCIETY.

THROUGH HIS TALKS GILL EXPLAINS THE NECESSITY OF ALLOWING CHILDREN TO MAKE THEIR OWN MISTAKES, AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SO THAT CHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STIMULATION.

“WE NEED TO ENGAGE THEIR MINDS, ALLOW THEM TO COME INTO THEIR OWN WITHOUT OVERBEARINGLY PROTECTING THEM FROM ANYTHING THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HARM THEM PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY, THEY MUST LEARN SELF PRESERVATION TO AN EXTENT.” GILL SAID WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE WITHIN PARENTING STYLES.”

GILL WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THE MISTAKES NOT ONLY PARENTS BUT TEACHERS AND CARETAKERS ARE MAKING WHEN CODDLING CHILDREN TOO TIGHTLY.

WITH EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND YEARS OF PRACTICE GILL BELIEVES WE CAN RETURN CHILDREN TO THE YEARS OF MORE PLAY AND LESS WORRY WITH THE NEWLY ADDED ASPECTS OF TECHNOLOGY AND SUPERVISION THAT THE NEWER AGES HAVE TO OFFER.

 

NO FIXED ADDRESS

 

SOME PEOPLE SPEND AN HOUR IN A CAR, CAN YOU IMAGINE SPENDING 15?

WELL THE YWCA IS DOING EXACTLY THAT TONIGHT WITH THEIR NO FIXED ADDRESS EVENT.

IMAGINE BEING HOMELESS, IMAGINE SPENDING YOUR NIGHTS ON THE STREETS OR IN YOUR CAR, WITH NO LUXURY OF FOOD, HEAT OR MONEY; INSTEAD JUST THE CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK AND THE CAR THAT SURROUNDS YOU.

NOW IMAGINE DOING IT FOR 15 HOURS, ONE NIGHT OF LIVING LIKE MANY ARE FORCED TO LIVE EVERY NIGHT.

MEMBERS OF THE YWCA CREATED THIS EVENT IN HOPES TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON THOSE LIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS AND CREATE AWARENESS WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY OF THE DAILY STRUGGLES THAT MANY ARE FORCED TO FACE.

“HOMELESSNESS IS PREVALENT HERE IN THE CITY, ITS MORE PREVALENT THAN ANY OF US CARE TO REALIZE. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE A PAYCHECK AWAY FROM NOT KNOWING WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO LIVE.”

KRISTINE CASSIE, CEO OF THE YWCA SAID ABOUT THE EVENT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE QUICK TO SIGN UP FOR THIS EVENT, RAISING DONATIONS ON THE LEAD UP TO THE EVENT TO GIVE BACK TO THOSE IN NEED.

WE WANT TO HELP, TO GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT AND HOPEFULLY HELP SOME PEOPLE OUT OF THAT BAD SITUATION THAT THEY HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES IN.

GILL SAID.

AND EVEN THOUGH IT WILL BE A LONG COLD NIGHT, WITH LITTLE WARMTH AND LITTLE FOOD, IT IS THE HOPES FOR THOSE ORGANIZING THE EVENT THAT MANY PARTICIPATING WILL LEAVE FEELING MORE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THEY DO HAVE AND HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT LITTLE OTHERS HAVE.

 

 

 HELP THE HURTING

 

JIM AND ANNIE CAMPBELL FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS WHEN THEY WERE TRAPPED IN A VALLEY NEAR THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF LANG TANG. WITH THE SLOPES SURROUNDING THEM ON ALL SIDES IT WAS A DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HIT NOT JUST FOR THE QUAKE ITSELF BUT FOR THE DEVASTATING EVENTS THAT HAPPENED AFTER.

AFTERSHOCKS AND AVALANCHES CAUSED BY THE 7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE, HAD JIM AND ANNIE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.

“WE WERE TRAPPED IN A VALLEY, WITH NOWHERE TO GO, THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY WE COULD GET OUT, WE JUST TRAPPED HOPING THE AVALANCHE DIDN’T REACH US AND THE AFTERSHOCKS WOULD SUBSIDE ENOUGH TO KEEP US SAFE”

JIM SAID.

BUT OTHERS WERE NOT SO LUCKY, JUST MILES DOWN THE PATH WAS A VILLAGE NOW SEVERAL FEET UNDER ROCKS AND SNOW, WITH ALL REMNANTS OF LIFE LOST.

THE SMALL VILLAGE THAT WAS ONCE LANG TANG, NOW TAKEN FROM THE COUNTRY.

JIM AND ANNIE HOWEVER WERE NOT THE ONLY CANADIANS LIVING THROUGH THESE EVENTS.

TWO MORE BC NATIVES WERE RESIDING NEAR THE CAPITAL CITY OF KATHMANDU WHEN THE QUAKE STRUCK. ROBYN DUNCAN AND CARA BRISETTE HAD BEEN IN NEPAL, BACKPACKING THROUGH THE COUNTRY AND EXPLORING ITS LANDS.

HOWEVER WERE SEPARATED AT THE TIME OF THE QUAKE. THE PAIR DESCRIBED THE HORRIFIC SCENE THAT UNFOLDED AROUND THEM AS HEARTBREAKING.

“PEOPLE WERE IN THE STREETS SCREAMING, THERE WAS NO ESCAPE, JUST FALLING ROCKS, BROKEN BUILDINGS AND MASSIVE DESTRUCTION.”

ALL FOUR CANADIANS WERE RESCUED JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER THE QUAKE HIT, HOWEVER NOW THAT THEY ARE HOME SAFE THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP THOSE WHO WEREN’T FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ESCAPE.

THE FOUR WILL MEET AT THE CENTENNIAL HALL IN CRANBROOK ON SUNDAY EVENING TO SHARE THEIR SURVIVAL STORIES, AND ASK FOR DONATIONS TO HELP REBUILD AND RELIEVE ALL THOSE AFFECTED

A TOUCHING REUNION

 

IT WAS A TOUCHING REUNION FOR A CIRCUS SUPERSTAR THIS WEEKEND IN LETHBRIDGE.

            RICK WALLENDA THE FAMOUS TIGHTROPE PERFORMER WAS FLYING HIGH WHEN HE WAS REUNITED WITH SEVERAL SENTIMENTAL COSTUME PIECES STOLEN FROM HIS TRAILER EARLIER THIS MONTH .

 

WORLD RENOWNED CIRCUS EXTRAORDINAIRE RICK WALLENDA WAS FILLED WITH EMOTION AND GRATITUDE AFTER SEVERAL STOLEN COSTUME PIECES WERE RETURNED TO HIM OVER THE WEEKEND.

WALLENDA’S TRAILER WAS TAKEN EARLIER THIS MONTH FROM A PARKING LOT IN CALGARY. HOWEVER IT WASN’T JUST THE MISSING TRAILER ITSELF THAT HAD RICK FEELING EMOTIONAL BUT THE IRREPLACEABLE ITEMS THAT WERE INSIDE OF IT.

 THE THOUGHT OF HAVING LOST INVALUABLE HAND MADE COSTUME’S FROM FAMILY MEMBERS NO LONGER ALIVE LEFT RICK FEELING DISCOURAGED AND HURT.

 BUT IT SEEMED NOT ALL HOPE WAS LOST.

JUST DAYS AGO A BAG OF CLOTHES WERE FOUND AND GIVEN TO A TEACHER AT SAINT JOHN FRANKLIN JUNIOR HIGH IN CALGARY.

 AT FIRST THE CLOTHES WERE MISTAKEN AS COSTUMES FOR A RECENT SCHOOL PLAY; BUT, AFTER STUDENTS TOLD CAROLYN AIKENS-BURNS ABOUT THE NEWS STORY

FEATURING MISSING WALLENDA’S CIRCUS TRAILER. SHE KNEW SHE HAD TO COME AND RETURN THE ITEMS TO THE INFAMOUS MAN HIMSELF. 

“TO SEE SOMEBODY THAT YOU KNOW HAS ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN THEIR LIFE BY DOING THINGS I COULDN’T EVEN DREAM OF DOING MYSELF. AND THEN TO SEE THEM IS ONE THING, BUT TO SHAKE THEIR HAND AND HELP THEM IN SOME WAY. I WAS VERY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH HIM AND TO GIVE THOSE THINGS BACK TO HIM.” CAROLYN SAID WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHY SHE CAME TO LETHBRIDGE TO RETURN THE CLOTHES.

ALTHOUGH NOT ALL MISSING PIECES HAVE YET BEEN FOUND, RICK IS TOUCHED BY THE ITEMS HE RECEIVED FROM CAROLYN, SAYING THE RETURN OF SOME OF HIS MORE PERSONAL PIECES WAS A HAPPY MOMENT THAT HE FELT VERY GRATEFUL FOR.

“THE SENTIMENTAL VALUE IS IRREPLACEABLE, MY AUNT MADE SEVERAL OF THE COSTUME PIECES THAT WE HAD IN THERE AND SHE’S PASSED AWAY, THEY CANNOT BE REPLACED, SO THIS IS FANTASTIC THAT WE GOT THIS MUCH BACK, I REALLY WASN’T EXPECTING THIS, THIS IS A GREAT RETURN. I’M REALLY SO HAPPY” RICK SAID FLYINH HIGH WITH THE RETURN OF HIS PRECIOUS ARTICLES OF CLOTHING.

 

CAROLYN WAS OFFERED A REWARD FOR HER HELP IN REUNITING RICK WITH HIS COSTUME PIECES, BEING GIVEN SEATS TO WATCH  AS THE WALLENDA’S ELEVATED THE SHOW TO NEW HEIGHTS.

 

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