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You have a friend coming to Calgary who has never visited the city before. What restaurant would you take them to and why?
Christopher Maitland: Caesars Steakhouse, Calgary icon and fantastic food and service
Jennifer Wyness: I would take them to Salt & Pepper in Bowness. I enjoy the food and atmosphere of the restaurant. It reminds me of when I sailed around the Caribbean and Central America.
Joe Magliocca: Burger 320. Because they sell the “Joe Magliocca Burger.”
You are inviting several friends to join you for dinner. Two live on the outskirts of the city and their car is out of service. They must travel 20 km to reach the restaurant and they’ve asked you for advice about the best way to get there. What would you recommend and why?
Christopher Maitland: Uber or Taxi, the current council has made transit access from outlining communities so bad it’s sometimes faster to walk. Further the transit is only really useful if your going to the downtown core.
Jennifer Wyness: I would go and pick my friends up and we would drive to the restaurant together. Because that is what you do when your friends car breaks down.
Joe Magliocca: Taxi or ride sharing company like Uber. We need better public transit in the outskirts, particularly Evanston!
You arrive at the restaurant, and first course arrives. You notice one of your friends is double-dipping in the shared appetizer. How do you react?
Christopher Maitland: Smile because double dipping is alright, more dip for all.
Jennifer Wyness: Hey, leave some dip for me!!!
Joe Magliocca: Buy more appetizers!
The main course has arrived and the conversation has turned to politics, specifically secondary suites. Your good friend tells the table he has been fighting to convert his basement to a secondary suite but has been caught up in red tape at city hall. He then confesses he’s renting it out despite it being illegal. Will you report it? Why or why not?
Christopher Maitland: I would if only for the reason if that suite is not safe and someone gets hurt or it causes damage to a surrounding house I could not live with myself knowing I could have stopped it.
Jennifer Wyness: My friends who have never visited the city, therefore do not live under the same the rules as City of Calgary. 20KM outside of city limits this may not be illegal. What it does point out is that people in Calgary attempting to build basement suites feel like criminals, which is unacceptable in a major city. This needs to be resolved by the incoming city council.
Joe Magliocca: Of course I would report it. We need to ensure all suites are safe and legal prior to being rented out.
All responses have been edited for typos, but not for grammar and wording.