By Neil MacKinnon

3 injured in crashes

Liquor and excessive speed are suspected factors in keeping Calgary’s emergency crews on their toes early yesterday.A pair of Deerfoot Trail crashes- one near Memorial Drive and another near 16 Avenue are believed to have been precipitated by alcohol and excessive speed, said Calgary Police...

Monday, June 30, 2008, 6:33 AM

No weapons in prisons

Alberta prison guards must be some awfully smooth talkers.While Nova Scotia moved yesterday to arm their guards with pepper spray and batons while ruling out TASERs, don’t expect that in Alberta prisons any time soon, if ever, according to the Alberta Solicitor General’s office.Only a select staff...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 6:19 AM

Curb recycling subsidies on table

Low-income Calgarians could get a break on their curbside recycling bill.A report for Wednesday’s city utilities and environment committee states 34,000 of the 300,000 to be serviced by the 2009 program may be eligible for low-income subsidies.The 50 per cent subsidy will create a $1.6-million...

Monday, June 23, 2008, 6:23 AM

Rates could jump 37%

Rate hikes of as much as 37 per cent were bandied about as a means to mitigate claims in the absence of a soft tissue cap, according to some car insurance industry insiders.Peace Hills insurance vice-president Jamie Hotte said 33 per cent of his company’s proposed hike at the Alberta Auto Insurance...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 7:20 AM

Car insurance rate hikes floated

Rate hikes as high as 37 per cent were bandied about as a means to deal with rising costs after an Alberta soft tissue claims limit was struck down by the courts, according to some car insurance industry insiders.Peace Hills Insurance vice-president Jamie Hotte said 33 per cent of his company’s...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 5:45 AM

Not ‘just any old smokestack’

The smoke may be long gone, but its historical fire lingers.Eau Claire’s 25-metre red brick smoke stack, which “harkens back to the community’s beginnings” will take another step towards being formally canonized as a municipal historic resource by the city’s land use, planning and transportation...

Monday, June 16, 2008, 6:35 AM

Celebrating Dad

Grandfathers in knee-high socks and fishing hats strolled around with children in tow, young fathers chatted while providing obligatory swing under-ducks, and Randy Schuba spread out a big black blanket.Mother’s Day gets much more attention and accolades, largely because mothers “do most of the...

Monday, June 16, 2008, 6:29 AM

EMS seeks greener

Hundreds of thousands of kilometres are logged while emergency services race around the city saving lives. Now they’re going to do it a little bit greener.Calgary EMS is in the process of replacing older, gas-guzzling support service Jeeps for specialty staff for travel to calls and meetings with...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 6:34 AM

City plan lauded

Calgary’s 10-year plan to end homelessness will play a pivotal role as the province continues to formulate a plan of its own, said Alberta’s minister of housing and urban affairs.Yvonne Fritz told a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday the province intends to synergize homeless...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 6:33 AM

Don’t hold your breath

Calgary isn’t likely to follow its anti-smoking southern neighbours’ lead, but one city alderman wouldn’t rule it out.Okotoks town council Monday passed the first reading of a bylaw that intends to ban smoking in cars with children present and its author, Stephen Clark, said he was “very happy” it...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 6:29 AM

Glamorgan and the city

Jackrabbits sleep under zucchini plants, birds chatter a midday song and barnacle fossils turn up from time to time in backyards.Neighbourhood children used to hunt salamanders where the Co-Op makes its home en route to horse and pony rides at the old army stables.A lot has changed over the years...

Monday, June 9, 2008, 6:24 AM

Monster truck insanity arrives in Strathmore

It all began in Missouri mud bogs nearly two decades ago with a jacked-up pick-up truck and steadily evolved into a full-blown monster truck love affair.Now, Jimmy Creten, former world freestyle champion, owns three behemoth gas-guzzlers and can’t get enough of the whine of pistons pumping and the...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:45 AM

Markapalooza ready to rock

Doug Hopkins liked to hike and run.An active man, he was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that affects the ability muscles to move.It started in his legs, moved to his arms and chest and he died 11 months after being diagnosed on June 3, 2007, well...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:38 AM

Rental vacancy up, but so is the rent

Calgary’s vacancy rate has jumped, but so too has rent.In April, the city’s apartment vacancy rate hit two per cent, up from half a per cent one year ago, and rent for a two bedroom apartment took top billing in the country at $1,096, $21 higher than Toronto, according to a Canada Mortgage and...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 6:32 AM

City unveils self-sustaining water centre

It’s unmistakable and unprecedented as Calgary’s first eco-friendly and fully sustainable office building.The Water Centre “landscaper” building, as long as the Calgary Tower is high, is home to nearly 800 water treatment staff, cost $43 million to build and should pay for itself within 15 years...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 6:57 AM

Ready for walkout

Calgary’s Board of Education said yesterday it will be ready when about 3,700 support staff don’t show up to work tomorrow.“It’s a huge impact,” said Calgary Board of Education chair of trustees Pat Cochrane. “We’re going to be missing some very important people in our system.”Lunchroom supervisors...

Monday, June 2, 2008, 6:30 AM

West LRT leg a go

Calgary’s West LRT leg appears poised to proceed as planned.The city’s land use, planning and transportation committee yesterday gave the green light to all five recommendations and four amendments, including ones by aldermen John Mar and Joe Connelly for an at-grade station for Sunalta and a $50,...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:17 AM

City’s low-income tax plan finds support

For those struggling to stay afloat in Calgary’s steady economic waters, tax relief could mean the difference between having a roof over their heads and homelessness.Calgary Housing Action Initiative co-ordinator Grant Neufeld welcomed a city plan to provide property tax assistance for low-income...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 6:08 AM

Cabbies get fare share

Rising fuel prices justified a 12 per cent hike in Calgary cab fares, city council decided yesterday, coming as little surprise to regular cab hailers.Roger Maltais, 38, takes a cab up to three times a week for groceries or any time he needs to get somewhere and has had a “beer or two.”He figured a...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 5:57 AM

$24 million for skills competition

Slag and sparks will drop, bricks will be laid, and by the end of it all Alberta’s workforce should witness some building momentum.The province committed $24 million for Calgary’s WorldSkills 2009 competition yesterday, an event drawing skilled labourers from across the globe hoped to stimulate an...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 5:46 AM