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City takes steps forward to legalize secondary suites

Calgary Planning Commission approves secondary suite bylaw amendments to move before City Council in May

THUMBMACKAYThe Calgary Planning Commission approved amendments March 26 to the Land Use Bylaw that would allow secondary suites in Wards 7, 8, 9, and 11 and streamline the application process for suites in the city.

A total of 35,395 homes exist in these four wards that could potentially become eligible for secondary suites.

The commission's preliminary approval of the bylaw amendments means they will go forward to a city council public hearing in May before a final decision is made. Lesley Kalmakoff, a city planner, says the amendments are aimed at improving the secondary suite process.

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Secondary suites: More than just paperwork and fix-ups

A behind-the-scenes look at the people raising the bar for these accessory residences

suites-thumbA cursory glance at the single-family house didn't offer any clues as to what was inside. It looked no different from any other of the bungalows lining the northwest Calgary suburban cul-de-sac. But in this case a new fully legal secondary suite lay somewhere within.

Shawn Langille, a realtor and leasing associate at Redline Real Estate Group, opened a tall wooden gate leading to the back of the house. The 'backyard' had been transformed into its own area. Large windows framed the 'front' door to the house. Inside, sunlight spilled into an intimate, airy space that didn't feel like a basement suite.

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Was passing Bill-C36 a mistake?

The altering of sex industry laws with Bill C-36 gets mixed reviews

poster-sex-work-4---thumbnailAfter the Supreme Court struck down existing prostitution laws last December 2013, those laws were adjusted and presented in the form of Bill C-36.

Government documents explain that this Bill still allows the selling of sex, but in a much narrower scope, and makes buying it a criminal offense.

It is completely illegal to purchase sex anywhere at anytime, and those who do so are going to face greater penalties.

Bill C-36 was passed Oct. 6, receiving royal assent on Nov. 6 and then going into effect Dec. 6.

The focus is said to be solely on the consumer. However controversy is arising because some are wondering: won't more harshly criminalizing the consumer also indirectly affect the individual offering their services?

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Calgary Crime Map lacks high-profile crimes that happen in the city

Interactive mapping tool does not provide users with all possible information regarding high profile crimes

ScreenShot5-1-thumbnailSome high-profile crimes are excluded from the Calgary Crime Map, a website maintained by the Calgary Police Service (CPS). The map's aim is to help keep residents aware of what is happening in their neighbourhoods.

The Calgary Crime Map website is an online tool where people can select from a list of 12 crimes, ranging from theft to homicide, a time frame — from last week, last month, last three months or last six months — and choose a particular area of the city to gauge crime in the area.

From there, a person can see what, and when, particular crimes have occurred in an area.

However, the map does not include high-profile crimes such as domestic violence, kidnapping, and the manufacturing, production, and trafficking of illicit drugs..

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