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Get out and vote, please!

October 15, 2017 - 10:21am Updated: October 15, 2017 - 11:15am

About two and a half years ago, Albertans voted in a historic provincial election.

I had moved to Alberta just three months prior and in that time, I used a hospital for a broken toe, I set down roots where I planned for my daughter to go to school and I got to know what this province's issues and values were all about.

It tore me to shreds that I couldn't vote that May -- provincially, like municipally, one must be a resident of Alberta for six months before they are eligible to vote.

Trump vs. NFL is annoying, but sparks an important conversation

September 24, 2017 - 11:28am Updated: September 24, 2017 - 10:06pm

What a shame -- and of course this is all distracting us from other things.

Nonetheless, as unfortunate as this entire Trump v. the NFL / Golden State Warriors thing is, it's the perfect starting point for a conversation we all apparently need to have again, and that is one which revolves around inequality and injustice.

Canada 150 and a day: We're a great country, but we can be better

July 4, 2017 - 8:07am Updated: July 4, 2017 - 7:36pm

It's Sunday night, a day after one of the largest parties this country has ever seen -- one which cost a reported $500 million.

Some of what's below you've likely recently seen or heard elsewhere, but I want to add my voice to the mix.

I've only ever done one thing on Canada Day -- celebrate. That might involve making sure I say 'eh' a few extra times, eating Timbits or taking in local festivities. This year, I still did all those things, but I did so while conflicted with a mixture of patriotism, reluctance and guilt.

Why I'm an LGBTQ ally and I'm not afraid to show it

June 16, 2017 - 3:56pm Updated: June 18, 2017 - 11:29pm

As a journalist, one of the hardest rules to follow is to set your opinions aside when reporting on a story. 

There is, however, an exception to nearly every rule.

I simply refuse to remain silent on the issue of equality for the members of our LGBTQ+ community. You'll find "LGBTQ+" on all of my main social media bios. I'm not afraid to admit it.

Red Deer's scenery deserves respect, so let's show it some

May 21, 2017 - 8:49pm

Bower Ponds has quickly become one of my favourite Red Deer hangouts.

Yes… it is a Pokémon Go hotspot, but there are so many more important reasons why Bower Ponds is the place to be.

Unfortunately, some people just want to ruin a good thing.

It’s funny because Red Deer was recently named by Expedia as one of the most breathtaking places in North America. I’ll admit, I had my doubts, and I had my certainties that others would also be skeptical about that title being bestowed upon our fair city.

What to say on Mother's Day?

May 14, 2017 - 8:32am

Oh, to write a Mother's Day piece and not sound cheesy.

After racking my brain for what I could possibly say for Mother's Day that would be profound, I thought of two simple words we often forget to say: Thank you.

It's so easy to come off as ungrateful or unappreciative, thus those two words can go such a long way.

So thank you to all the mothers (especially my partner and my mom) for protecting us and teaching us a great deal of life's lessons.

Thank you for always having our back when adversity stands in our way.

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By: Josh Hall

Josh Hall is a reporter for rdnewsNOW
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