Former grow op homes are a tough sale
Marijuana grow operations — or grow-ops— can cause serious damage to houses.
Even though these properties can be remediated and brought back to good living standards, owners and realtors have trouble selling them. This is because they are labelled as stigmatized property and most banks will not offer a mortgage. While real estate agents agree that something needs to be done about this problem, there is concern about the having government deeply involved in real estate transactions.
According to a 2009 report prepared for the Alberta Real Estate Association, the damage caused by grow ops to a property can include everything from holes drilled in the foundation, ventilation systems being installed in stairs and ceiling, mould growth and rotting structures. Indoor air quality is also a major concern.
The aroma of fresh perogies filled the Acadia Recreation Complex during Calgary's Ukrainian Festival.
The lineup was out the doors of the Acadia Recreation complex, with eager attendees sporting traditional clothing and mouths watering over the thought of perogies and beer waited to join the fun at Calgary's sixth annual Ukrainian Festival held over the first weekend of June.
There was a strong sense of unity in the room, with smiling children sporting freshly painted faces, and seniors taking in the music and dances.
It was remarkable and refreshing to see such a great display of a diverse culture.
With dancing, children's activities, music, food, informational posters and a vendor market, the festival was an entertaining inside look at the largest country in Europe.
Calgary Outlink: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, host second annual fundraiser and celebration in Calgary
Calgary Outlink: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is Calgary's LGBTQ+ support hub, providing services and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in Calgary and Alberta as a whole for more than 30 years.
With a huge need for support services in the community, three staff members and a large volunteer base continue to take a leadership role on LGBTQ+ issues in the city and the province.
"LGBTQ+ folks across the spectrum experience so much social stigma every day. From coming out to aging LGBTQ+ populations, to being an LGBTQ+ newcomer to Canada – all of our community members have different barriers they face and different supports that they need to thrive," says Fleetwood Legare, co-director at Calgary Outlink Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
"We are a place where people can overcome and examine the stigma and shame that many LGBTQ+ folks internalize."