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  • Revamped plan for $400M Arts Commons expansion could include...
    Revamped plans for a long-desired expansion of the 1980s-era Arts Commons complex could bring new arts venues and a residential tower to the Olympic Plaza district. The expansion, billed as a “transformation of Calgary’s downtown cultural heart,” could be built in two phases for $400 million, says Arts Commons CEO Johann… ... more
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  • Five Beakerhead events you don’t want to miss this yea...
    Calgary’s mash-up celebration of art and engineering is back for another year. The Beakerhead festival is in its sixth year and runs until Sunday, so don’t be surprised if you see some wild, wacky and wonderful installations popping up around the city. Co-founded by Jay Ingram, one-time host of Discovery… ... more
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  • Doors Open YYC opens Calgary landmarks to public tours
    Dozens of local businesses and organizations will provide free behind-the-scenes tours and experiences this weekend as part of the seventh-annual Doors Open YYC event. More than 40 locations will be open to visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, as part of the event that celebrates unique… ... more
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  • Wondering where the lion is? Sculpture about to be unveiled ...
    A century-long journey’s end will be celebrated Sept. 29 for one of the original Centre Street lions. The sculpture, which once guarded the bridge over the Bow River into downtown, has been restored and in July was moved to its new perch in Rotary Park overlooking the core. Its new… ... more
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  • Out of bounds or in play? Golf courses grapple with cannabis...
    Calgary-area golf courses are struggling to get a grip on whether they’ll allow newly legalized greens onto their fairways. All of those contacted by Postmedia say they’re still in the weeds on whether they’ll give a green light to cannabis, and whether they’ll chose to apply rules similar to for… ... more
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  • Edmonton to widen smoking buffer to 10 metres; Calgary stays...
    Calgary will be taking cues from Edmonton before looking at changes to the city’s smoking bylaw, once recreational cannabis is legalized in less than a month. Edmonton city council voted on Tuesday to extend the buffer zone between smokers and doors, windows or bus stops from five metres to 10 metres.… ... more
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  • Chinook Centre ‘4DX’ theatre makeover to include...
    Calgary moviegoers will soon have a chance to view their favourite movies in an extra dimension. Cineplex, along with CJ 4DPLEX, a world-leading 4-D cinema company, announced a new agreement that will bring the fourth-dimension to a theatre near you. Originally launched in Toronto in 2016, Calgary will host the… ... more
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  • Alberta Parks issues bear warning for Kananaskis Golf Course
    A bear warning is in effect for the Kananaskis Golf Course, as multiple black and grizzly bears are in the area. In a statement issued Wednesday, Alberta Parks said the warning will remain in effect until further notice. The agency noted that bears can be encountered anywhere in the region,… ... more
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  • Corbella: War of words between police commission boss and po...
    To say that the war of words between the head of Calgary’s police union and the chair of the police commission is arresting would be an understatement. At a time when the Calgary police commission is busying itself with the vital role of finding a new police chief for this… ... more
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  • RCMP diverting Highway 2A traffic following collision near C...
    Two people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle collision north of Calgary. Airdrie RCMP are at the scene of the collision on Highway 2A, south of Crossfield. Mounties say traffic is being diverted via Range Road 11 until the investigation has been completed. The drivers… ... more
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  • ‘The unknown war’: Military Museums to host Cana...
    It was the war tens of thousands of Canadians chose to fight, yet one in which Canada deliberately refused to recognize their service. The Vietnam War was a military, societal and political battleground that left physical and emotional damage on all those involved, including an estimated 40,000 Canadians who joined… ... more
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  • Calgarian helped free McCain from Hanoi hellhole
    The prisoner of war camp in North Vietnam was actually nicknamed The Plantation, though Hollywood and the media would eventually change the name to the Hanoi Hilton. As decades passed, its infamy grew, partly because one of the American pilots freed after five years of imprisonment and torture would go… ... more
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  • Facility designed for dementia care opens in southeast Calga...
    The Bethany Care Society has opened a new purpose-built care centre designed for people with complex dementia. The Bethany Riverview, in the community of Dover in southeast Calgary, is a long-term-care centre with 210 beds. The facility is part of a 12-acre campus called Riverview Village, which also houses about… ... more
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  • Braid: NDP is hopping mad about Kenney’s India trip
    UCP Leader Jason Kenney is getting great publicity in India. Maybe he should run there, too. Kenney is having so many meetings, running to so many places, you’d think he was back stumping rural Alberta in his blue pickup. But, no, he’s just moved the Alberta election campaign about 11,000 kilometres… ... more
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  • Alberta won’t permit cannabis lounges until edible pro...
    Albertans looking to spark up their joints in a cannabis cafe or lounge will have to wait until edible cannabis products are regulated, says the province. In a statement, the province said while they await more information on an easy-to-eat pot product they will be ready to regulate brick-and-mortar consumption… ... more
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  • Redwood Meadows garbage is magnet for bears; 10 animals trap...
    Black bears hungry for a pre-hibernation snack must think the garbage in Redwood Meadows tastes just right. Alberta Fish and Wildlife say 10 bears were trapped over 10 days near the community west of the city between August and early September, just one week before multiple bear sightings forced trail… ... more
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  • Interim chief to step in while search continues for Chaffin ...
    An interim chief of police will be chosen next week while work continues to find a replacement for Chief Constable Roger Chaffin, the head of the Calgary police commission said Tuesday. Chaffin is expected to step down in January but the search for his replacement could take another five or… ... more
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  • As summer ends, gloomy, wet conditions expect to continue in...
    Calgarians should expect little respite from cloudy, cool and wet weather into early next week. While there’ll be some sunny breaks today and Wednesday, temperatures aren’t expected to rise above single digits until at least next Monday, says Environment Canada. And there’s a good chance of showers every day with… ... more
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  • Toddler recovering from dog attack on farm which killed gran...
    As an investigation into a fatal dog attack continued Monday, a source familiar with the incident told Postmedia the woman killed by her canine on a farm north of Langdon was Lisa Lloyd. Lloyd, 50, died at her home after defending her two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter from her boxer/pit bull cross. The… ... more
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  • ‘At the limit’: Heritage Park faces program cuts...
    Heritage Park is warning that it’s facing a “crisis” of rising costs and declining attendance that could force the park to cut programming if it doesn’t receive more financial assistance from the city. The historical village told a council committee Monday that it faces a budget deficit for the first… ... more
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  • Corbella: The enemies of Alberta’s energy industry are...
    There is much irony in the Alberta Teachers’ Association repeatedly hiring anti-oil-and-gas types to speak at its conventions. First, they paid David Suzuki $50,000 to speak to teachers; now it’s Tzeporah Berman. She’s not exactly a household name in Canada, but well-known as an attacker of all things petroleum — even though, judging… ... more
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  • ‘Absolute mayhem’: Tickets issued to parents dro...
    The city’s parking regulator has begun a concerted crackdown on motorists illegally lingering in restricted zones in front of schools. A snowballing number of complaints from schools about parents unsafely dropping off or picking up their children has led the Calgary Parking Authority to begin photo enforcement and the mailing… ... more
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  • Braid: Note to Teachers’ Association: Expel Tzeporah B...
    The Alberta Teachers’ Association should give its collective head a shake and lose that speaking invitation to anti-pipeline activist Tzeporah Berman. Not because of what she believes, but because of how she acts. Like many other activists, Berman is willing to flout the law no matter what the courts say… ... more
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  • ‘We’re going to snap out of it’: Weather Netwo...
    While Calgarians have experienced a quick transition to colder temperatures, the rest of the fall is expected to bring more typical fall conditions to the prairies, according to the Weather Network. “We’re going to snap out of it and get some milder weather especially through October,” The Weather Network’s chief meteorologist,… ... more
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  • Flames co-owner, philanthropist Clayton Riddell dies
    Clayton Riddell, one of the owners of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and a philanthropic mainstay, has died. He’s the second owner of the team to die this year. His death leaves Alvin Libin, Murray Edwards, Jeffrey McCaig and Allan Markin as surviving owners of the club. Markin, the former chairman… ... more
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  • Calgary girl injured in Texas crash to receive treatment in ...
    A 10-year-old girl injured in a collision in Texas that killed three members of her family will receive specialized treatment at a hospital in Sacramento, Calif. Mehak Minhas will travel to Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California on Monday, accompanied by family members, including her mother, Jasleen. “We are… ... more
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  • Critics denounce Calgary appearance of “hate” pr...
    Human-rights activists say they’re outraged a Nigerian Christian preacher who’s denounced homosexuals as demonic is speaking in Calgary this week. Johnson Suleman, leader of the Omega Fire Ministries, which calls him “God’s oracle,” is scheduled to preach to the church’s Calgary flock Tuesday and Wednesday. He should never have been… ... more
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  • Conservative or overly rosy? Digging into the Calgary Olympi...
    Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation says the city and Alberta stand to see a five-to-one return on their investment if they have another turn at hosting the Winter Games in 2026. Here is a closer look a what’s behind a projection some economists are calling overly rosy: What does the Calgary… ... more
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  • Food drive nets more than 173,000 kg in donations for Calgar...
    Thousands of Calgarians came out to Market Mall on Saturday, filling truck after truck with food donations to help the city’s less fortunate. Over 173,000 kilograms of non-perishable food items — roughly 1/10th the weight of the Calgary Tower — were collected at the 14th annual City-Wide Food Drive in support… ... more
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  • McInnis & Holloway Memorial Forest Weekend enters 22nd y...
    Scores of newly planted trees in the Burnsmead area of Fish Creek Park had significant meaning for Calgary families this weekend. Hundreds of families were set to gather in the park Saturday and Sunday, memorializing loved ones who died. Now in its 22nd year, McInnis & Holloway have continued their… ... more
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  • ’Enjoying the moment’ Paralyzed Bronco player makes triu...
    Ryan Straschnitzki was all smiles Saturday following his first hockey game since being paralyzed from the chest down in an April bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos in Saskatchewan. Straschnitzki was at the Cowboys N Sleds Charity Sledge Hockey game Saturday, playing on a team with Canadian country music star… ... more
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  • ’Enjoying the moment’ Paralyzed Bronco player makes triu...
    Ryan Straschnitzki was all smiles Saturday following his first hockey game since being paralyzed from the chest down in an April bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos in Saskatchewan. Straschnitzki was at the Cowboys N Sleds Charity Sledge Hockey game Saturday, playing on a team with Canadian country music star… ... more
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  • City uncovers new manhole designs with an artistic flair
    Calgary’s latest public art project came to life Saturday as three new manhole cover designs were unveiled at Prince’s Island Park. Three artists were selected through the city’s public art program to revamp the look of manholes for each Calgary water systems (drinking, storm and waste). The first of the… ... more
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  • Calgary weather: Still brisk, kinda wet, and more snow?
    As Calgary’s temperatures hover in the single digits, the oncoming precipitation needs to make a decision: to be rain, or to be snow? Saturday will feature a 60 per cent chance of either drizzle or showers, according to Environment Canada. Morning fog should dissipate relatively early in the day. Don’t… ... more
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  • Brooks: Patients big winners at Alberta Cancer Foundation Go...
    The long-standing Don LaBerge Memorial Golf Classic joined forces with Golf for the Cure in memory of Janice E. Crist to kick off the first Alberta Cancer Foundation Golf Classic in 2017. Fast forward to this year which saw the second golf classic take place Aug. 28 at Country Hills Golf… ... more
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  • Brooks: The Beat Goes On Gala hits all the right notes
    The Palomino Room at the BMO Centre was rocking Sept. 8 as more than 500 guests gathered to support the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta’s fifth annual The Beat Goes On Gala, featuring headliner Steven Page, former member of The Barenaked Ladies. The event raised more than $900,000 to support… ... more
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  • As Olympic plebiscite looms, bid opponents fight better-reso...
    The battle for the hearts and votes of Calgarians in the Nov. 13 Olympic plebiscite is shaping up as a David-versus-Goliath affair between well-funded Yes groups, including the Calgary 2026 bid corporation, and a shoestring No group. Unlike regular municipal elections, campaigners participating in the Nov. 13 plebiscite do not… ... more
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  • Braid: Liberals’ own bill could kill Trans Mountain pi...
    What would you call a government that pays $4.5 billion for a pipeline, then passes a law that stops it from getting built? You’d probably call that government a pack of idiots. And you’d be right. But this is actually a possibility, now that Bill C-69 is about to advance… ... more
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  • City cancels application to expand cemetery into N.W. dog pa...
    The City of Calgary’s plan to expand the Queen’s Park Cemetery into a nearby off-leash dog park has been shelved. In an email Friday, the city says the parks department will cancel its rezoning application. The move comes months after public engagement sessions were held in April and May. Opened… ... more
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  • Questions surround Canmore, Whistler Olympic funding contrib...
    Canmore and Whistler could both play host to events for a possible Calgary Winter Olympics, but as cost-sharing negotiations continue the potential price tag for the mountain communities remains a question mark. The plan released by the Calgary 2026 bid corporation this week proposes Olympic events spread across Calgary, Canmore, Whistler,… ... more
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  • Canadian fire crews head home with Boundary wildfire finally...
    It’s been a long few weeks for firefighters battling the nearly 1,200-hectare Boundary wildfire, but Parks Canada attack teams from Banff, Kootenay and Grasslands national parks will be headed home on Saturday. Parks Canada said teams will be withdrawn, with growing confidence in that there will be no more significant… ... more
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  • Calgary man plans trip to Ireland with $6.1-million lottery ...
    Just call him the $6.1-million man. Calgarian Leonard Peters bought a LOTTO 6/49 ticket months ago for the July 25 draw. Cashing in the winning ticket netted him $6,116,450. Peters said he was “calm as I have ever been” when discovering his ticket had the winning numbers 2, 7, 15, 31, 33… ... more
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  • Seton YMCA gets new name after $3.5-million investment from ...
    The city has officially revealed the name of the yet-to-be-completed YMCA in Calgary’s Seton community. The 330,000 sq. ft. recreation facility in the city’s southeast is expected to open in January and will be known as the Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton. Brookfield Residential made a $3.5-million investment in the… ... more
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  • Medicinal cannabis trotted out for horses
    I’m sure it’s safe to say that cannabis legalization has been a hot topic issue in this country for the past few months. With legalization just around the corner, it would also seem that most of the focus has been locked firmly on how, when and where people will be… ... more
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  • Construction completed, new Central Library prepares to open...
    Calgary’s new Central Library in the East Village is almost ready to open its doors. Mayor Naheed Nenshi, members of council and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation will celebrate the end of construction on the $245-million project with an event outside the library on Friday morning, bringing the 240,000-square-foot project one… ... more
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  • Calgary weather: Friday flurries in the forecast
    Are you one of many Albertans who had to scrape snow and ice off your car on Friday? Don’t spend the day lamenting the loss of summer; just think of this September snow as practice for the real thing when winter officially hits. Think positive, Calgary! A snowfall warning has… ... more
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  • ‘A different perspective’: Paralyzed Bronco prep...
    It might be a fun, trash-talking, celebrity sledge hockey game but to Ryan Straschnitzki, it’s no joking matter. In the Cowboys N Sleds Charity Sledge Hockey game Saturday, the former Humboldt Bronco and a team of all-stars, including country singer George Canyon, will take on drivers and outriders from the… ... more
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  • Corbella: Bill C-69 is Trudeau’s bookend to his father...
    If you think it’s hard to get any significant resource project built in Canada now, just wait. Justin Trudeau’s federal government has dreamed up a bill so destructive it just might be the bookend to his famous father’s disastrous and infamous National Energy Program. It’s called Bill C-69, but don’t let… ... more
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  • Unique high school program for autistic students helps them ...
    Megan Morasch wasn’t diagnosed with autism until she was 14 years old. But her mother says she always knew. “She was just different, I could see it. She never had any friends. She would be in a room full of kids but always just play by herself. She would hide… ... more
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  • ‘Like a turf war’: Cannabis retailer hopefuls fr...
    The sober confines of a northeast Calgary hearing room peopled by lawyers and well-tailored business operators might seem an unlikely venue for a turf war over marijuana profits. But on Thursday that’s how it appeared as the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) set hearing dates to decide the… ... more
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  • TD Bank says Alberta’s recovery ’not heroic,’ but econ...
    TD Bank says Alberta’s battered economy is headed in the right direction, but warns there are still a number of hurdles that could hinder recovery. A report released Thursday by deputy chief economist Derek Burleton is predicting economic growth between two and 2 1/2 per cent for Alberta in the… ... more
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  • City councillor wants pot lounges, not pot parks, for public...
    Calgarians will have to spark up in private once cannabis becomes legal in a little over a month after council shot down four proposed public pot consumption sites on Wednesday. The decision leaves many renters and condo owners hamstrung by city bylaws if they want to smoke legal pot as… ... more
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  • Question of the Day: (Please don’t hate me, but…) Ar...
    People are posting photos of snow-covered patio furniture in parts of Alberta. Environment Canada is predicting a 60 per cent chance of flurries in Calgary today. It begs the question, are you ready? Take our poll and rant about winter in the comments section below. Take Our… ... more
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  • Calgary Weather: Snow-body’s perfect. Neither was that...
    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it’s over, Alberta. Say goodbye to your care-free summertime attitude and any feelings of warm weather-related jubilation. The snow is here. An Alberta snowfall in September is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.… ... more
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  • Brooks: Time to put the garden to bed for the winter
    The winter that wouldn’t end. Record-breaking heat. Avocado-sized hail. Hazardous air quality indices above 10. The only thing Mother Nature didn’t throw at us was a plague of locusts. The 2018 gardening year was a challenge. One could be forgiven for reaching for the gin before noon. And yet, we Calgary… ... more
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  • Braid: Can Calgary take the world stage one more time?
    Calgary can rise up and move on, or lie down and fade away. Those are the stakes for a city that won the Olympics once before, in economic times every bit as bleak. Calgary today is increasingly depressed and directionless. The recent pipeline rejection landed like a lead pipe on… ... more
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  • Varcoe: ‘Somebody has to burn and that’s me,R...
    A couple of hours after being fired by the company he co-founded, Mogens Smed is feeling philosophical. If he’s bitter or angry about being pushed out as executive chairman of DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Smed does a good job hiding it. He is deeply disappointed by the turn of events, however.… ... more
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  • Minister says he’d like ‘clear decision’ f...
    On the heels of a decision by city council to keep Calgary’s Olympic bid process alive, Alberta’s minister of culture and tourism says he hopes a November plebiscite on whether to host the Games will prove definitive. “I hope that we get a clear decision one way or another, because… ... more
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  • Two-arena event centre touted for Calgary 2026 plan while go...
    Tweaks to Calgary’s $5.2-billion Olympic hosting plan revealed this week are already being floated, as city officials await confirmation on funding from provincial and federal governments. And the biggest change for a potential bid is being touted as a new event centre that combines the plan’s proposed mid-sized arena with a… ... more
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  • City shuts down potential designated cannabis consumption si...
    The City of Calgary’s plans to have four public cannabis consumption sites by the Oct. 17 legalization of recreational cannabis have gone up in smoke. The four proposed sites — located in Inglewood, Bridgeland and Ogden — would have been exempted from the regulations in the Cannabis Consumption Bylaw. The bylaw… ... more
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  • Then and now: Here’s what Waterton looks like a year a...
    Driven by high winds and scorching heat, last year’s Kenow wildfire devastated a huge swath of picturesque Waterton National Park. The blaze was sparked last Aug. 30 by an intense thunder and lighting storm, igniting about 10 kilometres from the park’s boundary in neighbouring British Columbia. Over the next week,… ... more
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  • City reduces dangerous coyote encounters with education and ...
    After a year that saw a spike in close encounters with coyotes, new city measures implemented in 2018 have seen a reduction in dangerous run-ins with the animals, say city officials. But while city wildlife specialists have adopted a policy of peaceful coexistence, in one case they had no choice… ... more
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  • One of Banff’s rescued bathroom bear cubs eaten by sus...
    One of the three black bear cubs rescued from a Banff bathroom was eaten by a suspected grizzly bear just weeks after the trio returned home from an Ontario wildlife facility. The cubs were discovered abandoned in the Vermillion Lakes public washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in April 2017, and… ... more
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  • Critics say city’s focus should be on struggling Calga...
    Calgary is still on the road to Olympic gold after council voted to stay the course for now, but some lobby groups are still urging Calgarians and the city to think about the bottom line before betting on a bid. After hours of deliberation, council voted on Tuesday to continue… ... more
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  • Calgary Weather: Flurries? Where’d summer go?
    Time to put the Hawaiian shirts in storage because it’s going to be a cold and wet day in Calgary and parts of west-central Alberta. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for Jasper National Park, Grande Prairie, Hinton and Grande Cache as a cold front sweeps in from the north. The… ... more
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  • Corbella: Psst. Don’t let this great Olympic-sized dea...
    Pssst. Hey, Calgary, want a great deal? This kind of deal doesn’t come along every day, or even every 30 or 40 years. Here it is. You spend $200 million and get more than $3 billion in return in hard assets and about another $3 billion worth of free advertising,… ... more
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  • Trails closed and trap set as hunt for Glenmore bear continu...
    A trap has been set and trails have been closed as the hunt continues for a bear spotted near the Glenmore Reservoir in the city’s southwest. The bear was first spotted Friday morning, then again Sunday around 9:30 p.m. After a Fish and Wildlife officer attended the area, the bear… ... more
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  • Man in critical condition after being struck by CTrain
    Police traffic investigators are looking into what resulted in man being struck by a CTrain at a northeast LRT station just ahead of Tuesday’s afternoon rush. EMS were called to the Saddletowne LRT station in the 400 block of Saddletowne Circle N.E. about 3:15 p.m. for reports that a pedestrian… ... more
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  • City honours fallen firefighters with memorial ceremony
    Members of the Calgary Fire Department paid tribute to their fallen comrades on the same day many paid tribute to those killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the U.S. nearly two decades ago. Flags at all Calgary fire stations and facilities flew at half-mast on Tuesday in honour… ... more
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  • Olympic concept includes new field house, mid-sized arena; S...
    Only two new sporting venues are proposed to be built as part of Calgary 2026’s hosting plan released Tuesday — neither of which include a new NHL arena for the Calgary Flames. Officials instead lauded a greater need for a new multi-sport field house for figure skating and short-track speed… ... more
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