The legend of the “Fighting Tenth”

Largely Calgarian unit was an elite fighting force

SalisburyPlain webIt's clear that your regiment is quite special when comrades-in-arms give you nicknames such as "The Fighting Tenth" or "The Terrible Tenth."

The 10th Battalion, which was mobilized in Calgary on Sept. 22, 1914, was indeed a highly successful battalion through the course of the Great War, taking part in prominent engagements such as the second and third battles of Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele to name a few.

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Looking back on the First World War

Calgary historians reflect on the major global conflict also known as "The Great War"

Gunn thumEvery semester in the First World War class Stephane Guervemont teaches at Mount Royal University, the historian gives his students the same piece of advice on how to truly get a sense of what life was like in the trenches.

"I tell my students to dig a hole and go in there with your clothes — no pyjamas — just your regular day clothes, and have your parents throw a grenade at you and shoot at you with a machine gun every once in a while as you stay in there for months. That's trench life. It's incredible. It's hell."

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City council rejects study detailing tax-increase effects on low-income Calgarians

Inventory of tax and utility relief programs does get the go-ahead

changemoneyCouns. Sean Chu's and Ward Sutherland's two-part tax motion was half successful when it was brought before city council members at their July 28 meeting.

In a unanimous vote it was agreed that the city should compile an inventory of programs that provide tax and utility relieffor Calgarians.

However, the second part of the motion was defeated in an 8-7 vote. That motion would have empowered administration to prepare a study outlining the impacts of tax and utility increases on low-income households when it comes to the council adjusting its budget.

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Changes ahead for school and playground zones in the city

Council hopes specific times will encourage safety and reduce driver confusion

carschoolSignificant changes to Calgary school and playground zone times are coming in September.

At its July 22 meeting , council voted — despite major opposition from Mayor Naheed Nenshi — to change the current playground zone and school zone times from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Coun. Shane Keating said these playground and school zone timing changes are necessary to help decrease driver confusion in the city.

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