July 2014

Found 12 blog entries for July 2014.

It's a new and innovative service that's being offered on select buses to passengers. Calgary Transit is testing its new information system on certain buses across the city. This system works on real-time and approximately 200 city buses out of the 1000 that are a part of the fleet have been equipped with the new devices.

If you're on one of these buses you'll be able to see a visual display that shows the next stop location. The display will also be able to announce the next stop through its built-in speakers.

All buses will carry this new technology within three months. Riders are encouraged to send feedback on the new system. Bus operators will have the forms available or you are welcome to call 262-1000 to leave your comments.

By the end of

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If you have a young, budding, mad scientist on your hands, you may want to check out the Mad Science Camps that are being run this summer. There are 4 different camps to choose from and they're all different and unique.

Mad Science Mayhem

This is an awesome camp for children from 6 to 10 years of age. Every day, kids will be able to discover something new and exciting about science. On one day a child may learn about crazy chemistry and then explore outer space the following day.

Robot Madness

This is a 5-day robot camp that gives kids the chance to explore robotics in depth. Campers will learn about robots through experiments and interaction and then will build 2 robots themselves! This camp is available to kids aged 7 to 12.

Mini Mad Science

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There has been a lot of concern lately about the amount of debt that Canadians have been accumulating. Many people have been stretching their limits to get a bigger home, a better car and faraway vacations. According to a new report that has been released by Royal Bank, however, Canadians are now taking on less debt overall.

In May, the overall debt accumulation growth per household in Canada remained at 4.2%. This was approximately the same level as the 3 previous months. Outstanding debts for mortgages were at $1.23 trillion with the annualized growth slowing down a bit from 5.1% in April to 5% in May.

Borrowing for other items other than mortgages increased from 2% in April to 2.2% in May. Borrowing for business purposes also became stronger during

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Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/itzafineday/3812947642Every year on the second Sunday of August Marda Gras comes to town. This New Orleans themed street festival makes the streets come alive. And the best part is the entire event is free to the public. You can come out and hang out at the Marda Loop and have a great time.

As you can imagine there are a lot of really great events schedule on this day. The party gets started at 10am and goes until 5pm. During this time thousands of Calgarians will make their way to the Marda Loop to experience not only the culture of New Orleans but the food as well. If you have children you can bring them along for fun and games too. The entertainment is free for everyone.

At the Kids Quarter you will find face painting, sports, games, a bouncy castle and so much more. No

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If you're looking for a summer project that you can do easily with the kids, here are some great suggestions. You can make your home stand out from the rest of the crowd by doing some simple landscaping projects that are fun and quick to do.

Edge your lawn

By putting edging along the lawn between the green turf and the flower beds you will add a crisp and clean look to your front or back yard. It also makes mowing the yard easier! Depending on the size of your yard, it will only take one day or an afternoon to add a brand-new look to your home's exterior.

Build a flagstone wall

If you have a raised flower bed, why not set up a flagstone wall around it? It's easier than it looks to get it done and the entire project would only cost approximately

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Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lilmsryce/5572908044A picnic is a great way to spend the day together as a family or as a couple. If you didn't know, Calgary is home to over 3,200 picnic tables and over 400 barbeque sites, just inside the city. However, there are other places to enjoy a picnic, too. Here are a few of the top spots to enjoy your next Calgary picnic.

City Spots

Within the city, you will find a number of great parks for picnicking. Three of the top choices include:

  • Caburn Park - 67 Riverview Drive S.E. - This park provides a number of picnic spots with plenty to see. It's known for Great Blue Herons and plenty of waterfowl. You can also fish here or paddle down the river.
  • Pearce Estate Park - 1440 17A Street S.E. - Another good city choice is Pearce Estate Park. With 15-hectares of
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A few days ago Inglewood House officially opened. On hand for the grand opening were community organization members, government officials and investors from private sectors. Inglewood House is a complex that offers 43 units of affordable housing.

This new complex rises 3 stories high and is an elegant and energy efficient building. It's a modern facility that is a part of a plan to build 5,000 housing units that are affordable for Calgary residents. It took a lot of time, money and hard work to put it all together and the ribbon cutting ceremony was an emotional end to a dedicated effort.

There were roadblocks in the way to getting the building constructed but in the end it was all worth it. Two years ago, there were outdated cottages on the land

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Your real estate agent has just taken you to see a beautiful home that would be perfect for your young, growing family. It has ceramic floors leading from the front entrance through to the kitchen. You’ve seen another home that you liked almost as much but it didn’t have the same amazing ceramic tiles in it.

The flooring in that home was laminate and it just didn’t shine and sparkle as much.

If you have young children at home you might want to consider the benefits of choosing laminate flooring over ceramic tiles. When a youngster knocks over a glass and it hits the ceramic material, it usually shatters into a million razor-sharp pieces that can scatter for many feet. Once you start sweeping up the small glass particles you’ll be amazed to see just

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According to TripAdvisor.com, Spruce Meadows is the #2 attraction in the Calgary area and as a result has been given the Certificate of Excellence award. Last year it was in the top position and it was the second year in a row that Spruce Meadows had been listed as number one by the largest travel website in the world. Other top attractions on the site are Heritage Park, the Military Museums and Fish Creek Provincial Park. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra currently holds the #1 position on the site.

Spruce Meadows puts on 6 international tournaments for show jumping annually along with 300 other fantastic events throughout the year. The Southern Family operates and owns this facility that was created to offer good sport, commerce and friendship. It is

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Last year, the flood that hit Calgary was devastating and changed the real estate market in many of the hardest hit areas. In these areas, homes lost an average assessed value of $208,870 and this added up to a total of $405 million that was lost due to the devastating flood. As well, buyer confidence went down in these communities.

For many people, the prospect of living by the river is no longer as appealing as it may have been before June 2013. Some of the Calgary prospective buyers will not even consider moving into one of the communities that were hit hard by the flooding. Others will want to see proof that the flood situation won't reoccur. Every summer that passes by without a flood will help to raise consumer confidence in these areas.

On

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