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Race City looks down the road

The short-term future of Race City Motor-sport Park is looking bright but long term is a different story.The facility’s owner Art MacKenzie told Metro the latest lease extension could just be delaying the inevitable. “At some point for motorsport to continue to exist in Calgary long term, there has...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:01 AM

Grits join call for public hearing on Bill 50

The Alberta Liberals have joined the growing crowd calling for a public hearing into Bill 50, the proposed $15 billion electricity transmission line upgrade between Calgary and Edmonton.“We can not effectively stop a bill in legislature with nine members out of 70,” said Opposition leader David...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:43 AM

City council giving green light to Race City

Calgary race car drivers are a big step closer to keeping their racetrack. City council approved a recommendation for the city to enter into negotiations for a new lease agreement with Race City until 2015. “They are, I believe, an asset to the city,” said Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver adding keeping the...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:11 AM

Plan-It ‘compromise’ doesn’t please everyone

After extensive public and private-sector scrutiny, the city’s Plan-It document passed, but with amendments that left some community groups fuming.Though numerous amendments were added and debated during yesterday’s city council meeting, it was the change to the intensity thresholds for new...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 11:08 AM

Citizens hope council ‘listening’ on Plan-It

Concerned citizens hope that Calgary’s aldermen will take their suggestions to heart today during continued debate over the city’s Plan-It development plan. “Have the courage of your convictions” is Nasheed Nenshi’s message to councillors as they head into today’s meeting.Nenshi is a volunteer with...

Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:19 AM

Different faiths, one walk

On a day when many Calgarians were heading to church, people of all faiths joined together yesterday for the first Multi-Faith Walk to End Family Violence.The event was inspired by Syed Soharwardy, the Calgary Muslim leader who walked across Canada against violence last summer. Soharwardy spoke at...

Monday, September 28, 2009, 11:14 AM

Feeding those in need

As the seasons officially change to fall this week farmers begin to plan for their harvests, and this year that includes a group of urban Calgarians. Volunteers with the Urban Community Garden pilot project will harvest the final produce from their vegetable gardens on Third Street next week. All...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 10:45 AM

King Eddy plans unveiled

Sounds of construction in the East Village will turn to sounds of music as the Cantos Music Foundation moves a step closer to building its National Music Centre. Yesterday the foundation announced Allied Works Architecture as the designers for the centre, which could be one of the first major...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11:14 AM

Thirty is the new mom

Women in Canada are waiting longer to have children, according to the latest birth rate statistics released by Statistics Canada yesterday. The majority of women who gave birth in 2007 were over 30 and those aged 30 to 34 had the highest birth rate of all.Calgarian Kathleen Robinson, 31, is part of...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:07 AM

Payphone calls now 50 cents across Alberta

Public payphone users will now have to dig a little deeper. Telus has increased the price to use a payphone in Alberta from 35 cents to 50 cents. As cellphone use increases, the demand for payphones has fallen quickly. “Increasing the fee is going to allow Telus to keep more pay phones in place as...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:06 AM

U of C chief to get $5M

The University of Calgary Students’ Union hopes to have more say about executive compensation following news their current president will receive almost $5 million upon his January exit. Harvey Weingarten will receive a pension valued at $4.75 million after serving nine years as the university’s...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 11:07 AM

Commercial vacancy rate jumps

There may be a silver lining to Calgary’s increasing commercial property vacancy rate. The rate has jumped from 4.7 to 13.1 per cent for the third quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a report released yesterday by CB Richard Ellis Limited. “It’s a challenge for building...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:49 AM

Student team Thinks Pink

Students at Senator Patrick Burns School were decked out in pink last week, raising money for their team’s donation to the CIBC Run for the Cure. The team is made up of over 200 students in grades 5 to 9 and the school’s team has been the number 1 fundraising school since they started in 1998.That...

Monday, September 21, 2009, 11:28 AM

Walking for a cure

Bundled up to fend off the morning’s cold and rain, around 600 Calgarians took part yesterday in the city’s 15th annual AIDS walk, held to raise awareness and money for the fight against HIV/AIDS. The walk was also a personal tribute to a friend lost to the virus for Team Love. “It’s to show my...

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:31 AM

East Village plan unveiled

A roadmap for the future of the downtown’s east side is set as the vision for the East Village’s renaissance was revealed yesterday.The master plan for Calgary’s newest development was unveiled yesterday, including plans for RiverWalk and increased pedestrian areas. “This is an exciting project,”...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 11:12 AM

Vehicle parkers grouse on downtown costs

Calgary’s parking authority said it’s not parking that keeps people out of the downtown, a claim the Calgary Downtown Association refutes.Metro spoke to a number of downtown parkers yesterday and they confirmed it was the cost of parking that deters them, not the parking system itself.“No one wants...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 11:04 AM

A question of neighbourhood

For the prospective homebuyer Calgary has a number of different options. Aside from the obvious choices like condo or house, there’s also the question of which quadrant you want to live in and what you can afford.Right now some of the hottest neighbourhoods in the city include Hillhurst, Sunnyside...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 6:50 AM

Your home-buying questions answered

Sasha Lacic moved into her new house, in southeast Calgary, two months ago and couldn’t be happier. “It was a really exciting experience,” Lacic said.She decided to buy after opted to make Calgary her home and seeing that it would cost almost as much to rent as it would to buy. Once Lacic was...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 6:44 AM

Users happy with ParkPlus system: Poll

The Calgary Parking Authority is defending themselves against claims from the Calgary Downtown Association that the parking system in the city is the main deterrent to doing business downtown. “Simply that is not true,” said Dale Fraser, the parking authority’s general manager.“We want to ask them...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 10:44 AM

Interchange gets approval

Commuters in the south west can look forward to big changes next year. Calgary city council approved plans for Glenmore Trail, adding an interchange at Glenmore Trail and 37 Street SW. The decision comes just months after the province’s deal with the Tsuu T’ina for the southwest ring road fell...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 11:23 AM