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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.

Evan Woolley has big plans for our city

IMG 8673After arguably the biggest upset of the Oct. 2013 election, creaming incumbent John Mar by 1,600 votes, Evan Woolley is settling into his new job as Calgary's Ward 8 councillor.

Woolley is the only Calgary councillor to have both lived through the '80s, and be born in them as well.

At 33-years-old, he's the city's youngest councillor, with an age gap of up to 35 years between him and his fellow councillors.

City Council votes unanimously for privatization of recycling programs in apartments and condos

Valhalla Ridge housingA new multi-family recycling strategy was approved unanimously by Calgary City Council in early February. Their goal is to eliminate all recyclable products from the city's overall landfill waste, according to the City's Multi-family Recycling Strategy Report.

Currently, 80 per cent of consumer waste ends up in landfills, while only 20 per cent is recycled, according to the City. Its goal is to reverse those numbers by 2020.

The recycling initiative will be in full swing by the year 2016 and the multi-family sector will be free to negotiate costs with the recycling provider of their choice.

"There are options out there for people" in the private sector said Coun. Jim Stevenson.

Calgary's sixth oldest home to find its place in nearby park

CP8010 - CITY OF CALGARY HERITAGE PLANNINGMcHugh House will soon have a new home and continue to stand as an inspiring historical resource.

City Council met behind closed doors on Feb. 24 to discuss and vote on the costs associated with moving Calgary's sixth oldest home, saving it from demolition by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary.

Council made a decision later that evening, unanimously approving to save the home without public debate.

Ward 8 Coun. Evan Woolley confirmed the total cost to move the home to its new location is $450,000. The City will take $300,000 from the fiscal reserve and another $150,000 from the Beltline Community Investment Fund (BCIF).