Krista Sylvester/ Metro Calgary

MLA’s motion may scrap Grade 3 tests

Local groups support an Alberta MLA’s motion to change or scrap Grade 3 mandatory testing.President of the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils Laura Shutiak said her organization supports the motion from former teacher and Bonnyville-Cold Lake MLA Genia Leskiw to scrap the test.“I...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 11:12 AM

Family fights off arsonists

A father and son fought off two attackers after their Dover home was firebombed early yesterday.Police said two masked attackers threw Molotov cocktails into the home on Dover Ridge Drice SE around 2:45 a.m. and started a fire while two adults and their 17-year-old son were home.Duty Insp. Keith...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 11:08 AM

Backing the blue

A Calgary Police Commission survey conducted of 1,007 citizens last summer showed nine out of 10 respondents are satisfied or highly satisfied with the services provided. However, police commission chair Denis Painchaud admitted while the numbers are high, they have been on an eight-year declining...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:20 AM

Calgary place to be: Mayor

Calgary is the place to be during the economic hard times.That’s the message Mayor Dave Bronconnier wants Calgarians to know as he delivered his annual State of the City address yesterday to the Downtown Rotary Club.“When you look at it across the country, or even in North America, this is where...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 10:34 AM

Bush visit has city activists polarized

A great divide separates the local activist community in the name of former U.S. president George Bush.One half wants to “throw shoes” and the other half wants to celebrate the fact a former president is no longer in power when the man comes to the city March 17 for a speaking engagement, according...

Monday, March 2, 2009, 11:05 AM

More Calgarians using less water, says city report

Calgarians are becoming more water-savvy as the years go on, according to the city’s latest water efficiency report.Calgary continues to stay below 2003 water usage levels, even though there are 120,000 more Calgarians using water, the city said, adding they are on track to meet its goal to reduce...

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:53 AM

Missing skier dies

A woman is dead after she and her husband were missing for 10 days despite four SOS distress signals carved into the snow of the Rocky Mountains, according to officials.What can only be described as a tragic ending to a terrible ordeal for Quebec couple 51-year-old Gilles Blackburn and 44-year-old...

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:37 AM

Zoo bananas over baby

A new addition to the Calgary Zoo has staff going bananas.The zoo was blessed with the first Colobus monkey ever born at the facility on Friday the 13th. The healthy white-coated female infant is the first baby of mother Mosi and father BK, and hasn’t been named yet.“We were awaiting this birth...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 11:17 AM

Chief backs use of Tasers

With the fate of Taser use possibly hinging on a national report released today, Calgary’s police chief stands firmly behind use of the police tool.With recommendations being released today by the Canadian Police Association of Chiefs and the Canadian Police Association, two Calgary aldermen have...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 11:14 AM

Solving Internet safety

While Internet crimes continue to grow at an alarming rate, the Calgary police are giving young kids the tools to protect themselves while online. Yesterday was the launch of the newly proclaimed Calgary Online Safety Week, and Calgary police partnered with Southcentre Mall to provide Willow Park...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 10:59 AM

Violent Crime Suppression Team makes arrests

The second Violent Crime Suppression Team barely got its feet wet on the new beat before making a significant arrest Saturday, said Calgary police. While on foot patrol, team members approached a vehicle stopped along 17 Avenue SW and 2nd Street while patrolling 17th Avenue bars Saturday night and...

Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:41 AM

Mapping out crime

In an effort to provide citizens with an interactive tool to explore and chart crime in their neighbourhoods, police unveiled the new online Crime Mapping application yesterday.“It allows Calgarians to monitor their community and we hope it will continue to engage the community with (police),” Supt...

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 11:24 AM

City’s billionth rider served

One billion served. No, it’s not McDonald’s – it’s Calgary Transit.The city and Calgary Transit celebrated a milestone yesterday as regular commuter Shelly Xiao was selected as the transit system’s one-billionth rider since the light rail transit system began on May 25, 1981.“I feel very honoured...

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:49 AM

Clinic in need of new home

Second Chance Recovery clinic has run out of chances at its current location and is being forced to move due to zoning and land use bylaws.But the owner of the private methadone clinic said he is worried that if they don’t find another location, city hospitals and prisons might get even busier.“I...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 11:25 AM

Drugs seized at gates of Bowden prison

Authorities at Bowden Institution intercepted a large amount of drugs based on intelligence before the contraband could infiltrate the medium-security prison, according to officials.Bowden spokesperson Rita Wehrle said prison intelligence learned two visitors arriving on Saturday would possibly be...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 11:18 AM

Thief lifts cars, causes chaos

A car thief caused chaos Sunday morning, leading city police on a brief chase in the northeast, stealing not one but two cars in the process, police said.Insp. Rob Williams said police noticed a car driving erratically along 68 Street near 16th Avenue NE around 11 a.m. but lost sight of it until...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 11:00 AM

Marching for missing, murdered women

On a day when couples across the city will be celebrating their love for one another, many will be honouring women who don’t have that opportunity anymore.Suzanne Dzus is organizing the inaugural Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women of Calgary and Southern Alberta and said it is...

Friday, February 13, 2009, 11:10 AM

Arrest made in liquor store stabbing

The nephew of a man stabbed during a robbery Tuesday night said the patron who intervened in the attack is a “lifesaver.” Police have arrested a suspect who allegedly entered the Deeps Liquor Store off 32nd Avenue and 60th Street NE and, after a brief struggle, stabbed the owner, Sukjhit Hansi,...

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 10:37 AM

2 koalas join Calgary Zoo

If their adoring fans at yesterday’s debut appearance were any indication, Budaru and Mundooie will be a popular attraction at the Calgary Zoo.The two male koala bears are on loan from the San Diego Zoo until September and will greet visitors in the Australian building.“Budaru and Mundooie are so...

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 10:32 AM

Weapons seized from acreage

A tip from the public led to a rare find for Calgary police as they seized guns, ammo and an unusual weapon from a Municipal District of Rocky View property late last month.Police executed a search warrant on an acreage in Rocky View on Jan. 29 in search of stolen property and found 16 guns —...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 10:43 AM