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A player equipped with the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System including controllers, sensors, and helmet (Left). An in-game capture of the player's robotic avatar inside Echo Arena (Right). Photo by Josh Diaz.


Imagine you’re flying through space. Your robotic opponents in hot pursuit, desperately attempting to steal the disk from your hand as you careen towards their goal, en route to a substantial cash prize.

Now imagine all of this taking place in a three metre by three metre space.

Welcome to the world of virtual reality sports. Welcome to Echo Arena.

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Reigning Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) champions, the Regina Riot saw their biggest turnout in team history at their first annual meeting to gear up for the 2018 season. In the Queen City, more women than ever are looking to try their hand at competitive tackle football.

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Elvie Stonechild


Is it ever too late to a make change in an individual’s life or even an entire community? Should money, age, race or status become an obstacle and an excuse?

One fairly young grandmother has made it her life’s mission to bring the people of Regina closer together with the city’s brand new Indigenous radio show.

She hosts it, writes it and arranges the line-up of interviewees for her show that will air every Friday at noon. She even came up with the name herself: Indigenous Vibes. The reason why she chose this name was because she wanted to send out positive vibes about Indigenous people. This passionate one-man-band producer/host is not putting in the effort and time for money, but rather for something much more precious.

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After her parents got divorced when she was in high school, Mia Bell turned to a counsellor for support. But instead of finding the help she needed, she encountered something much worse.

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When Joy Maxwell and her family first arrived in Canada about six months ago, it was a warm sunny September morning, quite a contrast to the situation today as the family of seven endure their first brutal winter in small town Lanigan, Saskatchewan. 


Maxwell came to Canada by herself in 2014 to work as a nurse, leaving her family behind. She hoped to get her permanent residency quickly and bring her family-- including her youngest son who was one-year-old when she left him--to Canada to start a better life.


To Maxwell’s surprise, it took three years to get her residency card. A period she calls long and lonely.


“I had to spend three Christmases all by myself, without my family,” said Maxwell.


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