Your Relationship – Fix, Endure or Leave

Author: Lisa McCallum, Divorce Specialist, Vlogger, Speaker, Author I never even considered the option of divorce. The only option in my mind was to fix whatever wasn’t feeling right between the two of us. Just fix it. I even went as far as to say “I will take all of the blame for whatever the […]

Financial Well-being During Covid-19

Author: Jesse Richards Financial well-being is not just living on a budget, it’s about being prepared for the situations that can and will arise throughout our lives. In most instances, extraordinary expenses occur suddenly, such as loss of employment, home repairs, or vehicle repairs. Other situation can be foreseen and planed for, like retirement. How […]

Love, Actually… Communication is Key

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med Spoiler Alerts for the movie Love Actually… ‘Tis the season to question what the greatest Hollywood contributions are to the holidays. From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Die Hard’, this fun debate rages annually. While some people may disagree as to whether it deserves a spot in the top 3, 5 […]

Best Interests of the Child: Changes to the Divorce Act

As with any living document, The Federal Divorce Act is undergoing additional changes this year. While these changes were delayed from July 2020 due to Covid, their time has finally arrived and as of March 1, they will be implemented. We at Fresh Start Mediation, wanted to take the opportunity to discuss some of the […]

A Mediators Rant on Israel Palestine

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med. Since the outset of the latest flare up in the occupied territories, I have been repeatedly asked for my opinion on which side of the fence I am on. Rather than share it, I typically choose to listen and understand what side is theirs. My curiosity is usually fulfilled with a […]

Creating Your Parenting Plan – A Guide

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med. Creating a Parenting Plan One of the most difficult aspects of separation and divorce is coming to agreement on a parenting plan that makes sense. Below we will try to help you navigate some of the questions you need answered so you can build a Parenting Plan that meets your needs, […]

The Changing Face of Mediation

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med One of our greatest strengths is adapting to changing times. After 9/11, the way we traveled was altered forever. Long hours in security queues, shoe & belt removal, and watch lists to name a few of the measures we readily accepted. The reason we embraced such strict measures was for our […]

Conflict Resolution 101

I had the opportunity recently to volunteer with RFJS and ADRIC in different capacities. With RFJS, it was to opine about the state of Divorce in Alberta. I found this experience to be incredibly affirming, working with many professionals from different backgrounds, all searching for similar improvements to our current Family Justice System. With ADRIC, […]

ADRIC TALKS – ADRIC NATIONAL CONFERENCE

It was my honor to select speakers, host and be Master of Ceremonies for the ADRIC Talks at the recent ADRIC National Convention called Big Sky, Big Ideas in Calgary, this past October. As part of the ADRIC National Convention Speaker Selection Committee, I was tasked with soliciting submissions, selecting speakers, and preparing them for […]

Bringing Peer Mediation to Calgary Schools

As a qualified trainer with PMAST, it has been my honor to work with high school students at Forest Lawn and Nelson Mandela High Schools in Calgary, and W.H. Croxford High School in Airdrie, to conduct the 8-week Make into Men training program. The MAKE INTO MEN project helps young men develop compassion and respect […]