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Restaurants concerned food trucks may interfere with business when new rules take effect

ThumbnailfoodAfter hitting Calgary's streets as part of a pilot project in 2011, food trucks have taken the city's food service industry by storm. The trucks, which offer food options ranging from waffles to pierogies, have made their way into the city's culinary landscape, and it appears that they're here to stay.

On Sept. 16, city council passed a bylaw to include food trucks in the business licence framework. Most of the rules remain the same from the pilot project, including the 25-metre distance food trucks must keep from freestanding restaurants.

Pedestrian traffic safety put on hold despite increased dangers during winter

BowValleythumbAt Calgary's combined city council meeting held on Nov. 18, Councillor Andre Chabot raised concerns regarding construction around Bow Valley College and the dangers of having only single-lane traffic in a busy downtown area.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi was leaning forward in his seat sporting a knowing grin as Chabot finished voicing his complaint.

Will possible changes to the noise bylaw affect concert-goers?

xfest thumbComplaints from neighbouring communities about the noise from outdoor concerts has caused city council to look into re-examining the noise bylaw as it relates to outdoor shows.

It was discussed at the city council meeting that the leniency of the noise bylaw was to be looked at and possibly changed. This is something that could possibly affect venues and concert-goers alike.

Megan McCaffery, a frequent attendee of outdoor festivals, had some thoughts as to how this bylaw re-examining may change the outdoor festival experience in Calgary.

Seniors' passes may rise from $95 to $150 but low income pass to stay at $15

WalterBrownCalgary Transit has proposed raising the price of the annual seniors' transit pass from $95 to $150 per year by late 2014, according to a report sent to city council Sept. 3, 2013.

The seniors' pass has already had a three-fold increase from $35 to $95 between 2011 and 2013.

"It's $95 bucks a year, right. So that's still a very good deal," said Ron Collins, the spokesperson for Calgary Transit. "I think our rates for the senior citizens is actually still probably the lowest in the country or among the lowest in the country for sure."