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Richmond/Knob Hill Community Association finds a solution

backyardresizedResidents of Calgary's southwest Richmond/Knob Hill community are divided over an approved 71-square-metre above-garage apartment on an oversized lot on 26 Avenue.

Property owners, Reinhard Voelmle and Michele Healey, put the application for a new garage that includes a second floor suite, to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board on Nov. 22, 2012. It was approved on Feb. 7, 2013.

Chief IT Officer presents options to City Council

CloudTechnologyresizedTechnology is everywhere, providing Calgarians with a means to communicate and access information about the city through mediums such as television, the radio and the Internet. With people becoming more reliant on technology, the accessibility and management of technology grows increasingly important.

Doug Hodgson, chief information technology officer at the City of Calgary, presented this viewpoint to City Council on March 19. In his report, he said that 97 per cent of Calgarians have access to city services through the Internet. The report also suggests the use of mobile devices to access city services has more than doubled in the past two years.

But City Council raises concerns about airport traffic and noise

airportreportresizedCity councilors breathed a sigh of relief Mar. 18 when Garth Atkinson, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, gave a report summarizing the progress of the Calgary International Airport expansion in 2012.

The construction project that includes building a new runway and international terminal broke ground in 2011 and was expected to cost $2 billion in total.

Atkinson was pleased to announce that everything is "on time and on budget."

Program still requires more provincial funding, says director

fcssresizedCity Council approved two funding recommendations for the Family & Community Support Services, or FCSS program in 2013, allowing for continued sustainability of agencies like the Calgary YWCA.

The FCSS program funds agencies that provide preventive social services to vulnerable Calgarians, such as the Strong Neighbourhoods Initiative, which empowers residents to become involved with and improve their communities. By increasing social inclusion and decreasing poverty rates, the program works to progress the lives of disadvantaged citizens.