Shawn Logan

End homelessness one person at a time

They say home is where the heart is. But for Calgary’s estimated 4,500 homeless, the audacious idea of having each one of them come in from the cold under a roof of their own is the domain of those with big hearts.Nineteen months after the Calgary Homeless Foundation launched the 10-Year Plan to...

Friday, October 16, 2009, 11:19 AM

Students heading to Washington

Talk about a room with view.A team of 30 students from four Calgary post secondary institutions are hoping their solar-powered pad will turn some heads as the U.S. Department of Energy kicks off its annual Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington D.C. starting Thursday.The competition...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 6:09 AM

Study focuses on nutrition

Call it a family food affair.A University of Calgary-led study attempting to determine how the diets of pregnant women could affect their children could go for decades, if those running the program have their way.The 16-member team of scientists, split between the universities of Calgary and...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 6:06 AM

Blue cart glass glut

City officials are dealing with a glut of glass from Calgary’s recycling program.About 1,000 tonnes of recycled glass are sitting on a concrete pad at the East Calgary landfill as officials puzzle over what to do with the detritus that is proving to be a tough sell on the world recycling market....

Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:19 AM

Riders feeling safer: Survey

Cleaner stations and increased security have Calgarians feeling safer on the city’s transit system, says a new survey.The phone poll, the second in two years conducted for Calgary Transit, identified improvements in almost every area, something officials suggest shows a recent push for new safety...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 10:53 AM

Getting pumped up for ‘fitness trails’

There’s little doubt that fitness-mad Calgarians love the city’s vast network of trails. No matter what extreme the mercury hits, you can always count on the pathways being crowded with folks looking to stay in shape.Which brings me to Ulsan, South Korea.I spent some time there over the summer and...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 10:43 AM

Concern lingers over rural EMS service

The first regional EMS dispatch service set to be folded into Calgary’s system is expressing concerns over the transfer and potential impact on rural clients.Calgary has been tapped by Alberta Health Services to take over all ambulance dispatch operations in southern Alberta, but with Foothills...

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 10:58 AM

3,000 crosses to line Memorial Drive

Thousands of white crosses will soon line Memorial Drive in an effort to honour the area’s fallen veterans.The Calgary Poppy Fund is already building the 3,000 crosses that will be erected along the busy thoroughfare at the end of October after receiving a $100,000 donation from Calgarian Murray...

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 10:48 AM

Alderman wary of cuts to funding for new cops

City streets will be less safe if the province follows through with plans to reduce funding for new Calgary cops, says an inner-city alderman.Ald. John Mar said reports that Solicitor General Fred Lindsay is reconsidering provincial plans to fund 41 new officers for Calgary are troubling and may...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:55 AM

Ponzi suspect arrested

A Calgary man alleged to be one of the masterminds behind Canada’s largest Ponzi scheme has been collared by Mounties.Gary Sorenson, one of two men RCMP say are at the centre of a $400-million investment fraud scheme, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. yesterday after stepping off a plane at the Calgary...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:53 AM

Bridges getting a makeover

Core commuters may be feeling a sense of déjà vu.The city will unfurl new banners on the seven bridges that enter Calgary’s downtown that will be a fresh take on some previous work.Some 140 banners will be hoisted over the next month, crafted by local “fabric artists” who are taking previous...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:50 AM

Cheaper options explored for Airport Trail tunnel

Proponents of an underground extension for Airport Trail are once again drafting a no-frills plan in hopes of getting the province and feds to chip in.The notion gained steam after council Monday voted to include the design as part of its long-term transportation plan and now its biggest backer,...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 10:48 AM

Cops seek sex assault suspect

Cops are turning to the public in hopes of tracking down a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman in July.Police released a composite drawing of a man they believe assaulted an 18-year-old woman on Saddleridge Drive NE on July 14, after following her and engaging in small talk before...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:05 AM

Enmax CEO blasts power plan

Enmax CEO Gary Holden Thursday lashed out at provincial plans to push through a controversial power transmission scheme that would bypass any oversight.But one Calgary alderman criticized the move, noting the city-owned utility shouldn’t be leading a public relations campaign against the province...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:03 AM

Schools preparing for fundraising drop-off

Calgary’s public schools are expecting a major drop in vending machine sales after trimming options to reflect healthier choices.But Calgary Board of Education spokesman Ted Flitton said while administrators are preparing for some revenue loss, other options are being looked at to limit the damage...

Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:00 AM

City centralizing police force

City cops operating out of more than a dozen satellite offices will soon be able to work under the same roof.After more than a year of looking for a new site for a consolidated operations centre, the Calgary Police Service yesterday raised its flag in front of its newest acquisition, a $125-million...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11:27 AM

Premier pledges support for seniors

Alberta seniors won’t be left out in the cold despite claims from the NDP, Premier Ed Stelmach vowed yesterday.Responding to a leaked draft report suggesting that the province drastically scale back long-term care spaces, Stelmach said the focus should be on getting seniors into assisted living...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11:18 AM

Long debate expected on long-range plan

City leaders are digging in for what they expect to be a marathon debate Monday over a long-range planning template for Calgary.The mayor and aldermen will spend the rest of the week poring over 102 proposed amendments to the city’s Plan-It Calgary scheme, which will outline the city’s growth over...

Thursday, September 24, 2009, 11:13 AM

Transit torment

City transit planners may slash a major hub on its southeast Bus Rapid Transit line to quell angry riders whose commute times have soared.Three weeks after implementing what the city touted as a speedier transit alternative for long-suffering southeast commuters, administration is now considering...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:16 AM

Cop nearly clipped by fleeing truck

City cops are trying to determine whether a pepper sprayed perp intentionally aimed a vehicle at an officer.Police spokesman Michael Nunn said officers investigating reports of a break and enter approached a parked vehicle early yesterday morning at a parking lot in the 200 block of 17 Avenue S.W....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 11:15 AM