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Calgary's Economic Growth and Real Estate Market

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A recently published study by the Brookings Institution gives Calgary a special honor of sorts. Calgary was rated the top Canadian city for growth in economic output per capita. This study separates Calgary from other Canadian cities and serves to recognize the city’s hard work and dedication to maintaining economic stability and growth. This is a welcome story for prospective real estate buyers and sellers in the Calgary area. Calgary real estate can only serve to benefit from a laudato...

Western Canada is Now Seeing Record Levels of Oil and Gas Drilling

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Western Canada is now seeing record levels of oil and gas drilling. This is of course an important development for many workers and businesses. Perhaps most important is the fact that this trend points to a strong resurgence in local Calgary industries. The phenomenon of high levels of oil and gas drilling offers reassurance for those interested in the Calgary real estate market. As buyers try to read the real estate market, many find that monitoring local industries can prove to be a fru...

New Calgary Sweet Oil Well to be Drilled in Summer

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An exploratory oil well be dug in Calgary near a shopping centre and homes in the Royal Oak area this summer. Kaiser Exploration Ltd. is working with the Energy Resources Conservation Board and other city and neighborhood officials on the sweet oil well, which will be drilled to a depth of 2,430 metres.The well will be located behind the Walmart, west of 85th Street NW and south of the University of Calgary’s Spyhill Campus. A kind of petroleum, sweet crude oil contains less than 0.5 p...

Giddyup: Calgary Named as one of World’s Top Destinations in 2012

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Yeosu, Korea, Oahu, Hawaii, London. What do those destinations have in common with Calgary? They’re all considered among the top places in the world to visit in 2012, according to a major cable news channel. Calgary was one of seven destinations listed in CNN International’s recently released “Top Places to Visit in 2012,” checking in at No. 5 on the list.Yeosu was ranked No. 1, followed by Antarctica (2), Poland and Ukraine (3), Pearl Harbor/Oahu (4), Myanmar (6) and London (7). The list...

French fries, Chips and Candy Now off the Menu at Calgary Schools

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The days of buying sugary or salty snacks at Calgary’s public schools are over. As of Jan. 1, 2012, Calgary will no longer serve or sell junk food in vending machines or the cafeteria at all of its 223 public schools. The Calgary Board of Education made the announcement about the changes to the nutrition policy in September 2011. By the time students came back from the winter break, French fries were off the menu. Among the items that are no longer sold or served are chocolate bars and ca...

Calgary Inches Closer to Protecting Historic Sites

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Calgary continues to honor its rich history and traditions.   Sixty-six sites have been added to the city's Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources. Sites must be at least 25 years old before to be eligible for the city’s Historic Resource Evaluation System. Sites go through a pre-screening process that includes identifying the respective building or site’s value and significance as well as understanding its history and context, according to the city. Some of the sites are desi...

Alberta Gets a Lift from the Rocky Mountains

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If you love skiing, mountain adventures, or if you want to open a business that deals with the great outdoors, Alberta is the place to be. Tourism for Alberta's Rocky Mountain vistas is significantly higher than even Ontario's Point Pelee and New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy. In fact, a most recent report on economic performance of parks and historic sites in Canada shows that tourists spend the most of their money in Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise than anywhere else in other provinces. Th...

Calgary Cracking Down On Brothels

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Massage Parlors Not Quite What They Seem To Be There is a rising epidemic in Calgary with brothels masquerading as massage parlors, prompting officials to impose crackdowns in accordance with city bylaws. There are an estimated sixty or so of these brothels in business today in Calgary. Many of these are in fact licensed parlours, but a good portion of them are also performing illegal activities which is causing much concern among local residents and authorities.Officials remain frustrate...

LRT Not Being Completed On Time Causing Major Financial Concerns

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Construction Hampered By Relocation Of Utilities   Higher than expected costs and a contingency plan gone awry, has caused the LRT construction line to be detoured on its scheduled completion time. However, the builder in not to blame. There has been a tremendously slow movement of public utilities such as gas, telephone, power, and cable lines that have taken much longer than expected to move them. The city relies on local funding and grants, but the city has no matching funds to ba...

Re/Max- Maintaining Industry Dominance in Calgary

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While many consumers associate the Re/Max brand with the flying balloons often printed on their marketing materials, there is much more to the organization.  Year after year, Re/Max has been voted Calgary’s Choice Gold Award winner within the real estate category. In addition, Re/Max recently received two awards from J.D. Power and Associates for providing top quality customer service to buyers and sellers. Buying or selling a property is often one of the largest financial decisions ...