Jessica Barrett

Freelance contributor

Jessica Barrett is a Calgary-based freelance journalist who writes about cities, culture, and society. Her work has appeared in outlets across the country, including the National Post, CBC News, Vancouver Magazine and Avenue Magazine.

Latest from Jessica Barrett


The Queen's death is a stark reminder of how few women leaders there are

If we elected more women to top roles, I wouldn't find myself feeling this way about someone who rose to power by fluke of birth.

How a culture of coupledom, some loneliness and just getting older complicates dating in Calgary

"If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all of this: There are no rules in dating anymore — so we’re making up ones that work for us as we go.” Jessica Barrett with Part 2 of her look at dating life and romance in Calgary.

Why dating in Calgary is such a crazy mix of energy and anxiety

"For women reared to strive for self-sufficiency, finding yourself wooed by displays of traditional masculinity that, these days, are often paired with terms like ‘toxic,’ can make you feel like you’re selling yourself short — if not selling out the entire sisterhood,” Jessica Barrett on dating in Calgary.

Meditation behind the wheel may be key to keeping calm on the road

Summer can be a never-ending source of frustration for Calgary drivers, especially with the raft of detours and delays slated throughout the city for the long weekend. Meditation may be the answer.

Dog's death shows unintended consequences of poison on Alberta farms

Cody Proud didn't think much of it when his puppy, Ruby, came upon a deer leg in the bushes while out walking on a friend's farm near Cochrane earlier this year. About half an hour later, it became apparent something was very wrong.

Edible forest: Guided walks teach Calgarians which weeds and wild greens you can eat

Many of the plants many people consider pesky could be a delicious addition to a dinner salad, or even used to treat cuts and colds.

Indigenous man kicked out of McDonald's after racist confrontation says he feels lucky to be alive

An Indigenous man who says he was ordered to leave a Red Deer McDonald's after a racist encounter with another customer says he's speaking out about the incident because he feels lucky to be alive. Warning: this story contains harsh language.

Calgarians will be able to vote 2 hours earlier in upcoming elections

Voters taking part in this fall's plebiscite on whether Calgary bids for the Olympics may find the voting hours more to their liking. City council decided Monday to allow polls to stay open longer for municipal votes.

All-inclusive teepee camps could turn Canadian reserves into tourist destinations, says entrepreneur

A Piikani man is hoping to turn his entrepreneurial endeavour on the southern Alberta First Nation into a sustainable source of employment for Indigenous people across the country.

How a road trip to Calgary for the Stampede changed 2 sisters' lives

Six years ago, two Ontario sisters took a road tip to Calgary for the Stampede — and ended up staying.