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Calgary waits in limbo on secondary suite development, other cities push forward

Regulations compared to Cochrane, Edmonton, Vancouver

thumb CourtneyssuiteThroughout the Calgary Journal's extensive Inside Secondary Suites Investigation, overarching patterns and issues involving these developments were uncovered.

If a Calgarian wishes to apply for a development permit they must go through the City of Calgary Development Authority, which manages developments throughout the city and also classifies each suite as legal, illegal or non-conforming.

Illegal suites are those that are either built without a permit or do not meet building codes.

Non-conforming suites are those that may have met building codes at the time of construction – but do not meet present day codes.


Council recommends extending liquor consumption to 3 a.m.

Extension could create safer, less crowded streets, say councillors

THUMB LIQUORWait times for cabs, crammed streets and shoving shoulders to get that last drink at 2 a.m. are just some of the reasons why City Council requested to extend liquor service to 3 a.m. at the Council meeting last month.

Council members asked Mayor Naheed Nenshi to send a letter to the President of the Alberta Treasury Board and the Alberta Minister of Finance requesting amendment of current liquor service regulations.

If passed, patrons will also have an additional hour to finish up their last drinks after 3 a.m., but everyone has to be off the premises by 4 a.m.


Single, low-income mothers say Calgary isn’t livable

Long wait lists, tight rental market, stereotypes cause struggle

thumb thumb BA1Single mother Briana Di Massimo said that only a couple of short years ago, it was nearly impossible to make a comfortable home in Calgary for herself and her now three-year-old son Aidan.

"It got to the point where I was living in a household with eight other people — pretty much couch surfing with my son because that was the only thing that I could afford," the young mother recalled.


Building a safer city for women

Considering gender in urban planning

Woman alone on a downtown streetIt's nine p.m. on a chilly Thursday evening in Calgary. You're waiting at a CTrain station preparing to make the long journey home. The streets of downtown are all but empty, and only a few other transit users stand shivering on the dimly lit platform.

For some of us, the space and place described above is routine, common and benign. For others, the thought of standing alone on a dimly lit platform late at night is uncomfortable. This difference in the way we perceive space relates to our different experiences, and it can also relate to our different genders, says Chaseten Remillard, urban studies instructor at the University of Calgary.