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Board members say transition necessary

DemongresizedCalgary's new central public library will offer both physical books and digital resources.

On Feb. 19 the Priorities and Finance Committee met with board members of the Calgary Public Library, or CPL, and a representative of the City of Calgary to discuss the construction progress of the new library in the East Village that will begin in 2014.

What will become of the current downtown central library is yet to be determined.

Council wants access to FOIP protected requests

311resizedA plan is in place to improve Calgary's 3-1-1 services after the standing policy committee on Utilities and Corporate Services met on Jan. 23.

3-1-1 is a phone service provided by the City of Calgary that allows citizens to ask questions, file complaints and make other service requests.

Ald. Peter Demong of Ward 14 moved for approval of the plan, which went undisputed, after only 11 minutes of questions and discussion. There were no comments from members of the public and only two questions from aldermen.

thumb DespicableCity council creates task force to help determine fate of controversial ingredient

A shark fin task force was the temporary solution after a Jan. 28 council meeting to determine whether the ingredient — primarily used in Chinese cuisine — would be banned in Calgary.

The task force would include key members from groups for and against the serving of this much-debated food, as well as any interested aldermen.

The purpose of the group is to help relieve tension and facilitate discussion between parties that have conflicting opinions about shark fin use.

Appeal board denies third-party advertising permit on Macleod Trail

thumb sign2Calgary's Subdivision and Development Appeal Board denied an appeal from Pattison Outdoor Advertising at a Jan. 17 hearing. The appeal challenged a refusal of a permit to erect a third-party advertising sign on Macleod Trail near 39th Street LRT station.

Board members Meg Bures, Brian Corkum, Natasha Pashak and chair Jo-Anne Atkins heard from Scott Baird and lawyer Timothy Bardsley representing Pattison Outdoor Advertising.