October 2013

Found 20 blog entries for October 2013.

A number of city agencies will be doing their part this Halloween to make sure that all of the ghosts and goblins traveling the streets have a safe night. Patrols will be provided by the city for this Halloween program called Partners for Safety.

There will be more than 800 cars and vehicles patrolling the streets of Calgary tonight to keep Halloween safe. Organizations that are taking part in this program include the Calgary Fire Department and AHS Emergency Medical Services.

Here are some last-minute safety tips that the city is recommending:

  • Don't use shortcuts through private property, lanes or alleys
  • All treats should be checked by an adult
  • Wear reflective clothing that's light and bright
  • Don’t crisscross the roads - trick-or-treat
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It's really not all that surprising to hear that Albertans are carrying a higher personal debt load, when compared to other Canadians, since on average residents of this province earn more. The numbers presented below are coming from an RBC Debt Poll that has been conducted for 3 years in a row.

The debt load that the average Albertan is carrying is $24,271, not including a mortgage. This is a rise of 63% when compared to the figures seen last year. The numbers may be unusually high due to the recent flooding that impacted Alberta according to RBC personal lending director, Kim Taylor. Some people have had to build up debt while waiting for insurance payments to arrive while others simply didn't have the insurance needed to fix their homes.

On a

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One of the best ways to increase the value of your Calgary home is by planting a tree on the property. Several studies have shown that mature trees can increase the value of the home by up to 10%. Not only that but trees can provide energy savings as well!

It's important to plan

when you're working out what type of mature trees you want to have adorning your lawn you'll first need to look at the different species available to make sure that you choose the one that fits into your specific area. For example, a balsam fir doesn't thrive in an urban environment! Trees that grow slowly like oak trees generally provide the highest value since they are easier to maintain and provide a lot of shade.

The trees must be maintained though since a haggled tree can…
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Many new residents don't know where to go for entertainment in Calgary. They spend days searching online for the perfect spot, but without a little local knowledge, it can be hard to find exactly what you're after. The 17th Avenue Retail & Entertainment District provides the answer.

Known for both incredible shopping and amazing entertainment, the 17th Avenue District is one of the most popular places in all of Calgary. It's made up of over 400 stores, many services, plenty of entertainment options and so much more.

This area of the city has been known as the Red Mile, Uptown 17th and simply 17th Avenue. However, after nearly two decade of the Uptown brand, this area of Calgary introduced a new look, new personality and a new reputation.

Now,

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A deal has been reached with members of the Tsuu T'ina Nation granting approval for a proposed plan to build ring road in the southwest quadrant of Calgary. This has been a long process with the debate over ring road lasting for decades. Members voted in favor of the proposal with 644 approving the deal out of the 933 people that voted.

As an exchange, Alberta will pay $65.6 million to replace housing that is lost in the nation as a result of the construction along with a $275 million payment to the band. This $65.6 million will also help to replace infrastructure and buildings that may be lost in the process and to improve roads that already exist in the community. The province of Alberta will also provide the band with $44.4 million worth of reserve

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It all started in 1983 when Karl Stader started CIR Realty as a company that was owned and operated by family members. That was 30 years ago and since that time the company has grown from one office and a few real estate agents to one of the largest independent brokerages in Canada.

CIR has 5 corporate offices that service southern and central Alberta. Approximately 620 real estate agents presently work for the company and it continues to be family owned. Co-owner and president, Ron Stader, says that putting customers first has led to CIR's phenomenal success. The realty company still follows the same family values it did when it first opened.

March 2013

In March the company celebrated its 30th birthday and also received an international award

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Installing central air is an investment in your home and the best time to do it is during the cold winter months. This is the time of year when others are concentrating on their furnaces, fireplaces and other warming units that they'll be using for the next few months. It's also the time when air-conditioning companies are scrambling for business and are willing to give you the best deals possible.

Quite often you can end up saving anywhere from 10% to 20% off the price of a new central air package. This could mean savings from $2000 up to $10,000 or more by simply getting a unit put in during the colder months.

Increase the value of your home

Central air conditioning often increases a home's value by at least the amount it costs to get the

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GymnasiumWe all have our own unique way to stay in shape. Some work out their thumbs on the TV remote, while others enjoy a gym membership, yoga classes, boot camp fitness or one of the many other options. Calgary is home to many great places and classes to help you stay in great shape. Here are some of the top choices.

Talisman Centre

Known as the best place for a workout in the city, the Talisman Centre provides a variety of programs, services and membership options. You can use the five full-size gyms, two tracks, massive fitness centre, aquatic center and all of the state-of-the-art equipment to stay in shape.

One Cycle Spin Studio

If you prefer a spin class for your workout, One Cycle is one of the top choices in the city. This studio provides plenty

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If you're looking for something that's designed for youngsters from 3 to 9 years of age, check out the Ghouls’ Night Out events that are running at Heritage Park. Although Halloween is a special night out for children on October 31 when they can go trick-or-treating, it can be very difficult to find events that are geared towards the youngsters at other times of the month.

Ghouls’ Night Out is the perfect place to bring your youngsters for some fun and thrills before the big event on the 31st. It's also affordable! Tickets are only $6 dollars for little ghouls that are less than 13 and $10 for the older ghouls. Children under 2 are admitted for free.

Activities at this event include the following:

  • A fortune teller
  • A gruesome feast for the
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Increase your home's energy efficiency this winter with these 5 simple tips.  Preventing the waste of energy is always the first step forward to making your residence greener. Follow these simple and affordable tips below and start saving money on your energy bills this year.

1. Stop air from leaking from your windows

Did you know that leaking air from your windows can make up 25% of your utility bill? In order to stop these leaks take a walk around your home and feel for any drafts that may be coming from the windows. If there's no breeze outside another thing you can do is hold a candle close to the window and see whether the smoke rises straight up as it's supposed to or whether it curves towards the window. If the smoke travels in the direction of

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