Throughout India, street barbers can be found almost anywhere: on roadsides, under bridges and in small shacks. Armed with a pair of scissors, a straight blade and a small mirror or shard of glass, most barbers earn between 200 to 250 rupees a day (around $3.50 to $4.50 CAD). Whether it be a moustache trim, a close shave or a fully shaven head for a funeral, the skills are usually passed down through generations as an art form. This man above is sitting by the sacred Ganges river in Varanasi, waiting for his first customer of the day.
       
     
 On March 26, 2012 a traditional Jewish wedding was held between Mussie Matusof (above) and Mendel Rosenblum. In Orthodox Jewish marriages, the groom veils the bride before the ceremony, reminiscent of a biblical tale. Here, Mussie Matusof is reading the Psalms after being veiled. She chose an opaque veil as a symbol to her friends, family and new husband that she is marrying in full faith.
       
     
 A group of children chide each other outside of their apartment in the Muslim district in Varanasi.
       
     
 With 70 per cent of India’s population living in rural areas, the health and welfare of women and children is swiftly falling behind. In a culture where men "are fed first, the most and the best," according to Swami Varishthananda, women are often brushed to the wayside. This leaves them, and the children they’re baring, at risk for malnutrition and disease. When health does become an issue, travelling  20   miles  to the nearest city is often too costly for the family and they are left to suffer.  Ramakrishna Mission is an Indian organization, founded in Varanasi, which is trying to bridge this gap. Driving a bus out to the slums and villages surrounding Varanasi each day, the organization has brought free health care and preventative health education to the people, with a focus on women and children.
       
     
 Rachel Notley supports Calgary-Fort NDP candidate Joe Ceciin Calgary on April 8, 2015.