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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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Water trends flow through Calgary restaurants

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."

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