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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.

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.

Number of reports fall from 94 to 57 in one year

whistleblower2Released February 10 of this year, the 2013 annual report for the City of Calgary's whistle-blower program states that in 2013 there were 57 reports submitted to the program, 37 fewer than the previous year. This is a deficit that the report attributes to the summer flooding in Calgary.

The whistle-blower program acts as a mechanism for members of the public or city employees to report and request inquiries into "allegations of waste and/or wrongdoing within the City." It is also a channel that offers anonymity and complete confidentiality in both individual reports and investigations.

Councillor Druh Farrell supports bike lane despite some constituents' views

chinatown1st Street SE between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue is the route many delivery trucks take to deliver goods to Chinatown. Photo by Travis BorstmayerCity council debated a controversial bike lane proposal last week that will see one of the automobile lanes on 1st Street SE converted into a bike lane. This is happening despite calls from Chinatown community advocate Annette Fung.

"My most concern is that when they congest that, it will affect business activity and also affect elderly safety around the area," Fung said.