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International Avenue plan up for approval

It’s not the railroad that was promised over 100 years ago, but it’s close.The Southeast 17 Corridor Land use and Urban Design Concept Plan goes to city council today for approval. The plan features a multi-modal boulevard with a ground level LRT/BRT line running up International Avenue.“A lot of...

Monday, July 5, 2010, 10:30 AM

All access to the Stamps

Some Stampeders fans are more excited than usual for the upcoming season that kicked off with yesterday’s home opener against the Toronto Argonauts. “This is the first year season’s tickets have been offered to disabled people,” said Ken Itterman, who uses a motorized scooter to get around....

Friday, July 2, 2010, 8:25 AM

Canada's veterans go digital with the Memory Project

The two were never even suppose to meet.Stuart Byatt, a merchant navy veteran, served during WWII on an English ship. While at sea, he started a long distance letter correspondence with a young Canadian lady. “I wrote to her things I would have probably never told her, had we just met on the street...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 3:04 AM

Cyclists take ‘emotional’ ride for cancer fight

Cancer survivors and fighters rallied with their friends and families in the Ride to Conquer Cancer this past weekend. Biking 200 kilometres, participants raised funds to support cancer research in Alberta. Candice Barchard was one of the many riders with a yellow flag, signalling cancer survivors...

Monday, June 28, 2010, 10:58 AM

Builders and Patriots sequel on display at Chinese Cultural Centre

Photographs worth more than a thousand words are being featured in a new exhibition at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre as part of the Chinatown 100th anniversary celebrations.Builders and Patriots II: A History of Calgary’s Chinatown, presented by the Sien Lok Society of Calgary, focuses on the...

Friday, June 25, 2010, 10:34 AM

Cops trade cruisers for Big Bike

More than 130 Calgary police officers and civilian staff took to the pathways of Prince’s Island Park on a Big Bike Thursday afternoon.The group participated in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike fundraiser to raise money for those affected by heart disease or stroke. Sitting 30 people at a...

Friday, June 25, 2010, 10:30 AM

Leg up on design

Artificial limbs re-imagined as “haute couture” may be the next big trend in fashion. McCauley Wanner, a University of Calgary Masters of Industrial Design student, is redesigning prosthetics as wearable art for her thesis project. Her formal defence will be presented in conjunction with an “...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:19 AM

Alderman seeks skate park strategy

Just in time for International Go Skateboarding Day, city council will discuss the possibility of building more skateboard parks today.Ald. Joe Connelly has put forward a notice of motion for administration to talk to Calgarians about a comprehensive skateboard park strategy. With only one...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:47 AM

Stamps’ return marks start of tailgate season

Stampeders fans filled the McMahon Stadium parking lot yesterday morning in anticipation of the pre-season home opener against rival Sas­katchewan Roughriders.Hundreds of football fans decked out in red and white enjoyed the sun while roasting hotdogs on portable barbecues. An occasional green-...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:40 AM

Rafting courtesy 101

Lazy days floating down Calgary’s rivers have a greater impact on Calgarians than rafters may realize. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of rafters float along the Bow and Elbow rivers on hot summer days. With them come debris, noise and disrespect, say area residents. “As a sweeping generality, there...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:26 AM

Stigma hinders depression sufferers, U of C researchers say

Employee and employer attitudes towards depression influence the health of those struggling with the disorder, say U of C researchers.According to Rachel Martin, a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program, reducing the stigma around mental health illness is an important issue that...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 10:38 AM

New emergency centre unveiled

Patients can expect a shorter admitting wait time at the new Rockyview hospital emergency department.The doors to the $26-million project officially opened this morning at 6 a.m. More then 70,000 patients will be admitted through the new centre annually. The original emergency department was...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 11:01 AM

Luxury hybrid set to prowl city streets

It’s proof that being green can be luxurious.Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), will be introduced to Calgary by the Dilawri Automotive Group on June 18. The four-seat sedan boasts industry-leading economy and zero tailpipe emissions combined with world-...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 10:58 AM

Citizens chosen for snow, ice audit

Two Calgarians have been selected as members of city council’s Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) performance audit sub-committee. Tim Claughton and Robert Weaver were selected from five applicants for the volunteer positions. They will assist in overseeing the performance audit of Calgary’s current...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:51 AM

Community comes together for cleanup

A church parking lot turned into a makeshift garbage dump and recycling depot brought community members together yesterday. Over 125 volunteers from the Calgary East Church of the Nazarene and the Penbrooke Community Association, along with Ald. Andre Chabot and MLA Manmeet Buhllar, came out for...

Monday, June 14, 2010, 10:42 AM

Parade kicks off centenary festivities

Vibrantly coloured Chinese lions danced through Calgary’s downtown core during the Chinese Centenary Celebration Parade yesterday.Members of the Calgary-based Jing Wo Lion Dance Team both frightened and awed young spectators as they passed. Established in 1980, the group has grown from five to over...

Monday, June 14, 2010, 10:39 AM

Diversity Cup aims to keep kids active

As the FIFA World Cup gets underway this weekend, Calgary youth are being offered a unique opportunity to challenge their peers in a fun soccer tournament. The Diversity Cup, a non-competitive soccer tournament, takes place at the Forest Lawn fields Saturday and Sunday. More than 800 boys and girls...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 11:20 AM

Calgary to travellers: ‘You’re very welcome’

The welcome mat was literally rolled out yesterday during the launch of the new Tourism Calgary website.Partnering with the Calgary Hotel Association, Tourism Calgary unveiled visitcalgary.com and the new ‘You’re Very Welcome’ slogan and campaign. “Tourism is increasingly important to our quality...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11:29 AM

No more six-digit plates

Alberta’s growing population has finally outnumbered possible provincial licence plate combinations. Since 1983, standard Alberta licence plates have been printed with a unique six-character combination in an ABC-123 configuration. New plates will now be printed with an additional numeral.“We...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11:06 AM

Fans prepare for early mornings

Soccer fans will be up at the crack of dawn for the next month to cheer on their teams in the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow.FIFA is estimating that over 2 billion viewers worldwide will be watching the games live. However, the time difference between Calgary and South Africa will...

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 9:49 AM