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The Next Move For The Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health


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The Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, which is expected to open in the fall of 2021, is an upcoming facility to help people who struggle with mental health problems, as well as addictions, according to a CBC article. I believe that this is a very good idea, as there are people struggling with mental health in Calgary, and it isn’t just an issue adults face.

One unique idea the CBC article mentions about the project is that the people using the project will be able to sleep in their own homes at night. While I personally do not have much experience with mental health issues, I do find it more comfortable to sleep in my own room then somewhere completely new. I believe that idea would be useful to those dealing with mental health issues, if they feel the same way I do about sleeping arrangements, it would be a much more comfortable situation for the patients.

One aspect about this program that Alberta Health Services mentioned is that it will not have any beds for overnight stays. While it would be nice to have beds for overnight stays if the patient needs that type of therapy, Alberta Health Services said there are other places in Calgary that do have overnight stays, such as Alberta Children’s Hospital. According to the CBC article, David Weyant, who is an AHS board chair, said that the facility will make sure that patients that were hospitalized have a smooth transition back into the community, as well as going helping patients return home earlier, which suggests to me that the facility is meant to help people leave a hospitalized environment. Also, while it would be ideal for one place to have everything needed for mental health treatment, I’m not sure if that’s possible, so maybe leaving out overnight treatment is a good place to stop. Overall, while it would be nice if they included inpatient treatment if needed, there are places to cover that part of treatment.

There are several aspects of the program I like. The first aspect is the fact that they chose to include not only the thoughts of mental health centres worldwide when designing the program, but also the thoughts of young people and the families of young people who live in Calgary, according to the CBC article. I feel as though that it’s important, because while there is information to be gained from people who have had built similar facilities before, there is also the consideration of what would work specifically where the facility would be. For example, let’s just hypothetically say that there were no beds for youths that need inpatient care. That issue could come up when talking about issues that should be addressed, and maybe The Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health would include inpatient care. However, since there are places for inpatient mental health care in Calgary, the people designing the facility may not have considered it to be important.

Overall, I like the idea of the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I would like to see how mental health in Calgary improves after the facility is open.

Alberta Health Services (May 25,2018) “Calgary Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health”. Retrieved from
Valleau, N. (Nov. 23, 2019). CBC. ‘Critical Lifesaving Project:’ New mental health centre for youth to open in Calgary. Retrieved from


‘A miracle’: Advocate says help being planned for victims of Calgary house explosion

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Firefighters attend the scene of a house explosion that injured several people, destroyed one home and damaged others in Calgary on Monday, March 27, 2023. A leader in Calgary’s South Sudanese community says efforts will be made to provide financial help to 10 people seriously injured in a house explosion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

By Bill Graveland in Calgary

A leader in Calgary’s South Sudanese community says efforts are to be made to provide financial help to 10 people seriously injured in a house explosion.

The blast Monday destroyed one home, damaged several others and left part of the roof from the house that blew up in a yard across the street in the neighbourhood east of downtown.

Calgary Emergency Medical Services has said all the victims were adults, and that six of them had life-threatening injuries and four were seriously hurt.

Community advocate Gar Gar said it appears all of the victims were from South Sudan. Gar said he and some of the victims’ family members met at one of the hospitals where the injured were taken.

“I met a son who came to the hospital and went in and saw his dad and you could see the tears in his eyes. That sounds like it’s related to something that he saw and the shape is father is in,” Gar said Tuesday.

“There are family members, cousins, uncles and their nephews and nieces. Eventually, those will be the houses that some of them, when they get out of the hospital, might also be hoping to get back in.”

The fire department said the force of the explosion created “a large debris field” and several fires. A tangle of what appeared to be charred beams, pink insulation and splintered wood could be seen where the house once stood.

Homes on either side were charred and one had a shattered window. A tree in front had a piece of plywood and other debris stuck in it.

Gar said after hearing about the explosion and seeing its aftermath, he can’t believe there have been no deaths so far.

“To hear that they’re still fighting for their lives and some of them are stable — that by itself is a miracle and we give thanks for the responders who came in and took them so quick,” he said.

“Back home, we would probably have been talking about something different.”

Gar said if all 10 victims were living inside the home, he wants to know why.

“That’s certainly something we are asking when we get more details to see what kept 10 people in one house. Is that affordability issues or is that simply because we’re seeing the homelessness coming into the South Sudanese community?”

Gar said community members will be meeting with the families Tuesday to see about setting up a crowdfunding page.

“Basically they lost everything in one blink of an eye. They’re fighting not to lose their lives,” Gar said.

“We’re hoping to rally around those families and the community to come together and to support them where we can.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2023.

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Calgary city council to debate safety bylaws after protests at library drag events

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Calgary’s city council is set to discuss updating one bylaw and bringing in another to address protests at drag events.

The proposed changes, which are on the agenda for this week’s council meeting, include adding the word “intimidation” to the existing public behaviour bylaw.

A second bylaw, which would be called the safe and inclusive access bylaw, is also set to be debated by councillors as early as today.

It would prohibit protests within 100 metres of an entrance to a recreation facility or library and anywhere inside those facilities.

The move comes as a 36-year-old man faces criminal and bylaw charges related to a disruption during a Reading with Royalty event at a public library in February.

The family-friendly story times at libraries are led by drag queens or kings, and children are invited to dress in their best outfit, cape or crown.

Charges under the city’s public behaviour bylaw carry a maximum penalty of up to $10,000 or six months in jail.

If passed by council, the safe and inclusive access bylaw would carry the same penalty.

“Recent protests have targeted members of the (LGBTQ) community and impeding the city of Calgary’s ability to provide safe and inclusive access to city services,” reads the new bylaw proposal. “The public is entitled to access these services without being exposed to messaging or behaviour that is hateful, intimidates, harasses or discriminates.”

It lists multiple events that have led to safety concerns including: a Drag on Ice event that was postponed at the Chinook Blast festival Feb. 10; ongoing protests at Canyon Meadows aquatic and fitness centre, which is connected to Calgary Recreation’s transgender and gender diverse facility; and the children’s reading programs at public libraries.

Libraries across Canada — including Moncton, Halifax and Coquitlam, B.C. — have faced similar protests this year.

There have also been anti-drag protests outside the Tate Britain art gallery in London, as well as several bookstores and libraries in the United States.

Tennessee recently brought in a law that would ban drag shows in public spaces, starting July 1, and several other states are considering restrictions.

Across the United States, conservative activists and politicians have complained that drag contributes to the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children.

The efforts seek to smother popular “drag story hours,” at which drag queens read to kids. Organizers of LGBTQ Pride events say they put a chill on their parades.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2023.

— With files from The Associated Press

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