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Calgary restaurants move to filter their own water for better taste, and to manage their ecological footprint

qwater web-for-devicesSome Calgary restaurants are now filtering their own water in an effort to both profit from a desire for better tasting water and to reduce the ecological footprint of bottled water.

Charging $1.50 for one litre of water, Notable in Calgary gives all revenue earned from their filtered water to charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Women's Education Trust in Somalia, says Jessica Collinson, a manager at Notable.

Despite these social initiative impacts, some patrons still show some resistance to paying the extra few dollars for filtered water in comparison to free tap water, she notes.

"It's up to the servers to educate their guests about the philosophy behind the water," says Collinson. "Restaurants need to stand behind sustainability and be environmentally responsible."

Hillhurst United Church hosts architectural contest

DesignCompetitionTHUMBA Red Deer architectural student recently won a competition to spark ideas for the future design of the west annex space of Hillhurst United Church. Although the winning design may never be built, it is igniting conversation about design in Calgary.

Located in the heart of Kensington, Hillhurst United Church was established in 1907 and is considered one of Calgary's historical buildings. However the gym in the west annex needs a bit of a makeover, according to the church's minister John Pentland.

"They added [the gym] 55 years ago when communities needed an extra space for people to play, and churches were great at slapping gyms on the side of a building. It's old, dirty and tired — it needs lots of attention."

After discussing some ideas with a committee about what to do with the space, chair of the church's board, Terry Rock, approached Calgary based intern architects Holly Simon and Kevin Lo to create an international design competition that would generate some ideas for the project.

The city, residents, land developers and urban groups are combining to define how Calgary's main streets will be like 60 years in the future

Photograph 4THUMBResidents, community organizations, developers and city planners are among the stakeholders joining to envision the future of Calgary's main corridors.

The first phase of the Main Streets project started in November. The city, using workshops, events and online engagement with all stakeholders, is looking to identify issues, opportunities and potential outcomes with the new redevelopment plan.

"Many of the changes in our community are happening without much concern in our main streets... It is good (City Hall) is listening to us," said Nancy Tice, a resident of Cliff Bungalow-Mission, at a workshop with stakeholders about 4th Street S.W. redevelopment on Nov. 20.

"This is not another fairytale planning exercise," said Ward 8 Councillors Evan Woolley, during the workshop. "The planning department, in a very exciting way, is investing a lot of recourses into this."

Hilly communities prove to create hazardous conditions

SnowRemovalTHUMBWith the winter months approaching, Calgarians are starting to get ready for hazardous driving conditions but not everyone has faith in the city's snow removal efforts.

Petroula Christakis lives in Hawkwood, a hilltop community west of Nosehill Park in the city's northwest. She cited that every winter city buses getting stuck is a regular occurrence and that getting to work in the morning can be a frustrating endeavor.

"The snow removal is always really bad in this area," she said.

As evidenced by the snowfall on Sept. 8, parts of Calgary can fall into disarray when there is snow on the road in the winter months.