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Council recommends extending liquor consumption to 3 a.m.

Extension could create safer, less crowded streets, say councillors

THUMB LIQUORWait times for cabs, crammed streets and shoving shoulders to get that last drink at 2 a.m. are just some of the reasons why City Council requested to extend liquor service to 3 a.m. at the Council meeting last month.

Council members asked Mayor Naheed Nenshi to send a letter to the President of the Alberta Treasury Board and the Alberta Minister of Finance requesting amendment of current liquor service regulations.

If passed, patrons will also have an additional hour to finish up their last drinks after 3 a.m., but everyone has to be off the premises by 4 a.m.


Single, low-income mothers say Calgary isn’t livable

Long wait lists, tight rental market, stereotypes cause struggle

thumb thumb BA1Single mother Briana Di Massimo said that only a couple of short years ago, it was nearly impossible to make a comfortable home in Calgary for herself and her now three-year-old son Aidan.

"It got to the point where I was living in a household with eight other people — pretty much couch surfing with my son because that was the only thing that I could afford," the young mother recalled.


Building a safer city for women

Considering gender in urban planning

Woman alone on a downtown streetIt's nine p.m. on a chilly Thursday evening in Calgary. You're waiting at a CTrain station preparing to make the long journey home. The streets of downtown are all but empty, and only a few other transit users stand shivering on the dimly lit platform.

For some of us, the space and place described above is routine, common and benign. For others, the thought of standing alone on a dimly lit platform late at night is uncomfortable. This difference in the way we perceive space relates to our different experiences, and it can also relate to our different genders, says Chaseten Remillard, urban studies instructor at the University of Calgary.


First time renter finds ideal rental property

Recent high school graduate says she lucked out in the current housing market

halee mcbeath SS renterLike many 18-year-olds fresh out of high school, Halee McBeath was looking to gain independence from her parents and start a new chapter of her adult life.

Halee and her two close friends, Keeley McCormick and Andrew Bone, began looking for a rental property in Airdrie in September 2013. With a limited budget and the current housing market, their chance at freedom seemed bleak.

Keeley's father and stepmother, Scott and Kim McCormick, have owned a rental property in Airdrie since 1992, a block from Keeley's childhood home. When they saw the difficulty of finding a rental property for their daughter, they suggested moving everyone into the house they owned.

The three kids moved into the main level of the 1,300 square foot bungalow in October 2013, and they found a couple to live in the fully developed basement suite to make rent lower for all tenants.