December 2013

Found 29 blog entries for December 2013.

If you're planning to hit the town partying into the wee hours of the morning, you may want to consider getting a designated driver to make sure that you get home safe tonight. Using a bus or a C-Train to get you back home for the night just isn't going to be feasible since the city trains and buses will be following a regular Tuesday schedule.

Buses and C-Trains

Depending on where you live and the route you'll be following, the city trains will be closing up shop for the evening anywhere between 12:57 AM - 1:45 AM on January 1, 2014. Calgary Transit doesn't have the resources or the budget to offer extended services on New Year's Eve unlike other major centres across Canada. In Toronto, for example, you can still catch a train at 3 AM or a bus at 4

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According to the Deutsche Bank in Germany, Canada has the most overvalued real estate to be found worldwide. This is coming from a new study done by Deutsche Bank that looked at 20 different developing countries and ended up putting Canada at the top of the list.

According to the study, Canadian house prices are overvalued by 60%. In order to reach these figures, an analysis was performed that compared house prices now to their historical norms. The final 60% figure is an average of two different amounts including:

1. A comparison of home prices and income - overvalued by 88%

2. A comparison of home prices and rent - overvalued by 32%

Housing does appear to be overvalued in certain sections of the country - especially in major centers like

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It’s the last weekend to get out and enjoy some fun in 2013. If you're finished with your shopping and aren't interested in getting swamped by the Boxing Week shoppers, you may be interested in taking in some hockey or heading out to enjoy a winter carnival.

Heritage Park Winter Carnival

Bundle up the kids and head out to Heritage Park for an exciting winter carnival. It's an fun-filled celebration to help keep you busy during the down time that falls between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are activities taking place both indoors and outside that include the following:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Snowball range
  • Tobogganing on small hills
  • Table hockey
  • Outdoor skating
  • Foosball
  • Milk jug curling
  • Much more!

The excitement takes place at

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It's the holiday season and with it comes a different schedule to manage. Even though Christmas has passed, there is still New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to look forward to. If you are in the fortunate position to enjoy some extra days off work, you'll also have some extra time on your hands. Without a regular schedule to follow, you may run into some difficulties managing your time. Here are a few tips that can help you get through the rest of the holidays while remaining pretty much on top of everything.

1. Make a list of priorities

Create a list of things that need to get done and then prioritize them one by one. Don't forget to include spending extra time with family members during this special time of the year.

2. Stay focused

Now that you

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It's a special day here in Calgary and we hope that you're certainly enjoying it to the fullest. It's the season where love and hope shine through and it’s a perfect day to celebrate everything we have. Our city has pulled together as one during the stretch to get us to the end of the year and we have seen true compassion shine through during the year.

The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on times gone by with friends and family and to start formulating a plan for the new year. Where do you want to be at this time next year? Who do you want to be with and what are your career goals?

New Year's eve is fast approaching and you may want to give some thought about the resolutions you'd like to make before the big day arrives. You won't

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Snow clearing has become somewhat of an issue here in Calgary this year with record-breaking snow falls hitting the ground. So far in December, 43.8 cm of snow has been recorded, which breaks a 112 year record for the month. This phenomenal amount has left the city scrambling to keep up with the snow removal, which has become a problem in some sections of the city.

Crews have been out working to remove snow and to spread salt to help melt the ice. Efforts were focused initially on the priority routes as they are broken down according to the number of vehicles that pass per day on them and whether they are connector roadways or not.

A lot of communities had to work on digging themselves out of the snow and things were especially tough in the northeast

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Moving can be hectic and making the decision to live in a condominium instead of a single-family home or an apartment is a big decision. Condos don't fit with every situation, but they do provide something other residences don't always give you. There's certainly a case for condo living and here are some of the benefits.

Condo in Calgary

Very Little Maintenance

One of the major reasons people decide to live in a condominium instead of a home is the lower maintenance. With a house, you may have to take care of the yard work, shovel snow in the winter and deal with many other types of maintenance. However, with condos, you don't have to deal with any of it.


Another reason a condo may seem attractive are the added amenities you get compared to a single

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With the holiday season before us, nerves can get frayed and feathers ruffled when you're socialising with friends and family. One altercation is all it often takes to throw off your upbeat holiday spirit. In order to avoid the drama, here are a few simple tips you can put to good use:

1. Don't get provoked

When families gather one person can often try to provoke another into an argument by bringing up old family stories. If you feel that you are going to be provoked, you'll have to gather up all of your strength and simply leave the room. Upon your return, there is probably something new being discussed and you'll have avoided an unnecessary altercation.

If at any time there are heated words exchanged, the best thing you can do is to stop the

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Once upon a time you would have had to leave all of your painting until the summer months due to the smell. Having to live with the paint smell with the windows closed during the winter would have been unpleasant and unhealthy. Nowadays, however, there are odour-free paints available that are perfect for people that need to do some painting now and can't wait until spring arrives.

Here are some colour ideas that may interest you if you're planning a painting project this winter:

Red - This is a colour that represents a bold attitude combined with a touch of excitement. If you're not interested in painting an entire room red, you may want to consider just painting red borders and then putting up red accessories throughout the room. You'll definitely

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Image Credit: love cities like Calgary. There's a great restaurant on every corner and sometimes this makes the city so much better. Calgary has many must try dishes throughout the city. Here are some of the best choices within the city.

  1. Grilled Cheese from Janice Beaton
  2. The Masala Mogo at Safari Grill
  3. Mac 'n' Cheese at Taste
  4. Ricotta Gnocchi at Capo
  5. The Crave-O-Licious Cupcake at Crave
  6. The Spec E Ruccula Pizza at Pulcinella
  7. Cheese Fondue at The Living Room
  8. Eggplant Chips at Vin Room
  9. Grilled Pineapple at Bolero
  10. Shroom Pizza at Without Papers
  11. Bucket of Bacon at District
  12. The Crab Cakes at Selkirk Grille
  13. Tombo Tuna Salad Nicoise at Nobable
  14. Eggs Benedict with Elk Bacon at River Cafe
  15. Milkshake at Peters' Drive-in
  16. Rack of Lamb at The
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