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Calgarians divided over billion-dollar proposal

thumb MAR_edited-1They weren't sitting in gridlock, but Calgarians were vocally frustrated nonetheless on Nov. 13 at an open house that showcased proposals for a possible expansion of Crowchild Trail.

The City unveiled the plans as part of its Crowchild Trail Corridor Study, a project that officials say sets out to identify how to best tackle traffic problems on Crowchild Trail between 24th Avenue N.W. and 17th Avenue S.W.

"Everyone tries to weave in front of you and it slows everything down," said Discovery Ridge resident Matt Lalonde. "It's really frustrating."

Different options being considered for service station's future

4810thumbThe Calgary Heritage Authority will be squaring off with Transportation and Transit Committee in a meeting on Nov. 14 over the iconic Eamon's building and sign.

The distinctive "one-stop tourist centre" opened in 1949. It reportedly contained Calgary's first drive-in restaurant, a service station and a motel just off of the old No. 1 highway west of Calgary. After the restaurant burned down in 1950, owner Roy Eamon rebuilt it to resemble a railway dining car and placed it on an angle to optimize the mountain view. It stayed open until 1966 after the main highway was moved farther south.

Citizens will be able to track their requests online, decreasing repeat phone calls to 311

thumb IMG_5782On Oct. 17, the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Corporate Services met to receive an update on the progress of the City's 311 service improvements.

311 is a service provided by the City of Calgary where citizens can call in with general questions, complaints and other service requests.

Council holds off on further bylaw readings to consult with Chinese community

thumb SharkFinCity council passed its first reading in favour of the shark fin ban bylaw in an 11-3 vote. However, the bylaw won't come into effect until further readings have occurred.

Aldermen Brian Pincott and John Mar brought forward the bylaw to council on Oct. 15 to ban the possession and consumption of shark fins in Calgary. Council refrained to do a second reading because they want to collaborate more with the Chinese community, who use shark fins in certain dishes.