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Stamps star defender Singleton getting looks down south

Calgary Sun - 15 min 32 sec ago

Alex Singleton doesn’t usually miss his mark.

His 123 tackles in each of the last two CFL seasons is proof of that.

So how will he fare trying to leave his mark in the NFL?

The Calgary Stampeders stud middle linebacker is currently on a tour of workouts south of the border, trying to turn heads of NFL franchises, much like teammates Bo Levi Mitchell and Jameer Thurman.

On Monday, he visited Ohio for a workout for the Cleveland Browns.

It’s believed he has few more schedule with other NFL teams before Christmas.

“I do have some lined up,” Singleton said last week. “But we’re seeing how they play out. I’m taking another week or two — unlike Bo — to get them rolling. But we’ve got a few lined up, and we’ll see where they go from there. But December should be a busy month.

“So there are tryouts in the future. There will be a look.”

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Advocates call for decriminalization as Alberta fentanyl deaths continue at virtually same, peak rate

Calgary Herald - 16 min 12 sec ago

The pace of fentanyl fatalities in Alberta nearly kept to its record rate in the year’s third quarter, with 158 people succumbing to the synthetic opiate.

That compares to 167 in the three months previous to that and 170 in the year’s first quarter.

Those numbers suggest the opioid crisis in Alberta might have a reached a static level, said the latest Alberta Health report on the issue.

“While it is too early to know for sure, this suggests overdose deaths may be plateauing,” it states.

“While fentanyl-related deaths continue to increase (over 2017), the increase appears to have slowed, and concurrently, non-fentanyl opioid deaths have decreased significantly,” it states.

In the same three months last year, from July through September, there were 143 such deaths and 687 in all of 2017.

Up until the end of September this year, there were 523 fatal opioid overdoses.

The Calgary area continues to record the largest number of the fatalities, with 64 from July to September.

That’s an average of 18.7 deaths per 100,000 people compared to a provincial average of 15.2, though it’s a number that’s fallen, said Alberta Health.

Rosalind Davis speaks to the Canadian Press about her partner, Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal, who died of a overdose, at her home in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgarian Rosalind Davis, who lost her 34-year-old partner to fentanyl in 2016, said talk of a statistical plateau doesn’t reduce the heartache of the suffering involved.

“It really continues to be devastating,” said Davis, a founder of the group Change the Face of Addiction.

She said possession of the drug should be decriminalized, something that could lead to safer use.

“We need to continue providing wider access to harm reduction and an access to a safe supply because there’s a contaminated product on the streets,” said Davis.

“We end up punishing people with a health condition … it’s frustrating watching how slow the response has been.”

Fentanyl’s devastating toll on Calgary earned a mention in Ottawa Tuesday when the city’s acting police Chief Steve Barlow noted the drug’s escalating carnage during a hearing of the federal standing committee on health.

“Fentanyl has also been a big increase since 2013. Calgary is currently 242 per cent over the five-year average,” he said, referring to the number of fentanyl-related incidents emergency crews deal with.

The province’s efforts in combating the scourge aren’t enough, said Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan, who called for possessing small amounts of the drug to be decriminalized.

“We’re calling on redirecting those law enforcement and judicial resources to prevention and treatment,” he said.

“We’ve been in this 100-year war on drugs and it’s not working.”

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Local governments, he said, should be given more tools to fight the problem since much of it’s being dumped on them.

And he said recent visits to Lethbridge revealed to him an alarming evolution of the problem where opioid laced with much more potent carfentanil is not only taking lives but making saving them more difficult by rendering the antidote Naloxone less effective.

“Two to four injections are needed to be used,” said Khan.

Since October, there have been about 100 overdoses on the nearby Kainai First Nation and at least four deaths.

Last week, the province announced a $2.2-million opioid treatment program for the region, something Khan called too little, too late.

So far, the province has set up six supervised consumption sites to advance harm reduction throughout the province, including one in Calgary.

As many as six more are planned.

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Claybrooks takes Stamps confidence into Lions job as head coach

Calgary Sun - 23 min ago

DeVone Claybrooks is pushing championship pigskin on the West Coast.

That’s thanks to his time with the Calgary Stampeders.

Eleven seasons with the most successful franchise in the Canadian Football League is bound to rub off on a guy.

And he spent Tuesday making sure to let everyone know the B.C. Lions will be a feared football group in the not-so-distant future and beyond.

“We’re not going to be Calgary of the west … we’re going to be the B.C. Lions of the west,” said Claybrooks, during his introduction as newly appointed head coach of the Lions. “And I think other teams in the league should worry about us, honestly speaking. We have the tools at hand to be a successful franchise for years to come.

“We want to be dominant for a prolonged period of a time.”

Yup, Claybrooks and the Lions are already talking big.

This comes just hours after the former Stampeders defensive star, defensive line coach and defensive coordinator signed on to become the 26th head coach of the Lions.

Should Dave Dickenson and the Stamps then be nervous about their standing on top of the CFL, coach?

“Of course … very nervous,” said Claybrooks bringing a ‘game on’ attitude to his new post. “Every other team should be, too, to be honest. I’m not trying to be brash or cocky, but you’ve got to have a certain swagger in this game, and we’re going to have it and our players are going to have it.”

Really, there’s no reason to expect otherwise from a disciple of John Hufnagel.

Good on him, in fact, to carry that kind of confidence into a centre that’s struggled for the last number of years.

And there’s no reason to believe the results in Vancouver will be any less successful than what Claybrooks is preaching — again given that he’s fruit from the Huff tree.

The proof is in Dickenson, Chris Jones and Rick Campbell, head coaches of the Stamps, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Ottawa Redblacks, all of whom became Grey Cup champions after leaving the Stampeders.

“Huff’s shown that he can groom first-year head coaches that are still in the league and that are still working now,” said Claybrooks, making sure to praise Huff — among others — for his ascent to the CFL’s head coaching ranks. “My goal when I became a d-line coach was to become a defensive coordinator … I was lucky to be with Rick (Campbell) and (Rich Stubler) that did a great job to show me this is how you call a game, this is how you set it up and this is how you break down a team. I have to pay homage to those guys that took me under their wing because I really don’t know what Huff saw in me in 2011 to say, ‘I can see you being a head coach in this league and a coordinator one day and you should think about coaching.’

“Eight years later, look at what happened now.”

It’s a move that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

His near-dozen years with the Stampeders means Claybrooks learned from among the best coaches in football.

Yes, the Stamps fumbled away a few too many Grey Cups along the way, but without the leadership of Huff and those with whom he surrounded himself, they don’t get those championship opportunities.

“I was fortunate and blessed to be brought up by an organization that won for a decade on a consistent basis,” Claybrooks said. “So you understand from that what you like and what you don’t like. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by some great coaches and great mentors and friends that I can lean on to understand what I like from this guy or what I like from this other guy.”

And it all comes back to Hufnagel.

“Coach Huff runs a great program over there,” Claybrooks said. “He’s got everything in order of how he wants it run. Dave reciprocates his message, and it goes from top to bottom. Any successful program or any considerable cooperation is going to have the same message preached from the top to the bottom. It’s got to be the same goals, right?”

Those goals?

Well … just as they have been for a decade at McMahon Stadium and for a few years in Regina and Ottawa, they will now be preached in Vancouver.

Given Claybrooks’ entrance into the Lions Den on Tuesday, they’re, in fact, already are being preached.

“The last man that came out from Calgary to come out west was here for a longtime,” Claybrooks added. “But this is not Wally Buono’s team anymore.

“This is DeVone Claybrooks’ team, and you have to understand that. I’m not trying to fill Wally’s shoes. I’m wearing my own. I’m just going to forge my own legacy and my own standard of what we’re doing around here. We’re just trying to build off the platform that he left us — that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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Rocky View council 'beyond irresponsible' with vote to stall Springbank flood mitigation plan: Nenshi

Calgary Herald - 25 min 1 sec ago

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi accused Rocky View County council of playing “political games” by asking the province to reconsider the planned Springbank dry reservoir flood mitigation project.

The fate of the planned SR1 project is once again in question after Rocky View Council voted on Tuesday to officially request the province to take a second look at alternative projects that won’t put impacts “solely on the county.”

In a report to council this week, county administrators said they recognize the need for infrastructure to protect against disasters like the 2013 flood.

But concerns over land acquisitions and possible environmental impacts led county council ask the NDP to reconsider flood mitigation alternatives, like tabled diversion projects near McLean Creek or Priddis.

The report said county property owners and the neighbouring Tsuut’ina Nation would carry the burden for a Springbank project that would be “primarily for the benefit of Calgary.”

“We’re not slowing this process down but we are, after sufficient time and analysis, making our thoughts known on the process,” said Richard Barss with the county. “We just don’t think that the options have been properly evaluated.”

But Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said there has already been “extensive community and public consultation” on the project as well as “multiple scientific studies by outside experts that show that the Springbank dry dam is the right choice.”

Nenshi said he was irritated by the move and called the county’s decision “beyond irresponsible,” adding further project delays will put the entire region at risk should there be another disaster like the 2013 flood.

“Let’s not forget that five people died in 2013. Let’s not forget that there was $6 billion of damage to the city of Calgary. And let’s not forget that every single person in this region requires a healthy city of Calgary economy and a healthy downtown Calgary for their own livelihoods,” Nenshi said.

The mayor also called on Alberta party leaders to commit their support the project as a provincial election looms next year.

The view of downtown Calgary during the 2013 flood. The planned $432-million Springbank dry reservoir would have a storage capacity of more than 70 million cubic litres when the Elbow River’s flow reaches 160 cubic metres per second.

In the Room for the River report, the county says the Springbank project puts additional flood risks “solely on the County and specifically the residents of Springbank with no mitigating benefits.”

The report says there hasn’t been enough consultation with the Tsuut’ina Nation, would require some residents to sell parts of their land for the project and would result in “the loss of Camp Kiwanis, a summer camp for disadvantaged children.”

Chief Lee Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation thanked county council for raising the nation’s “needs and interests frequently and with respect.”

“While flood mitigation for Calgary is absolutely necessary, there are alternatives. And those should be carefully explored before we build,” Crowchild said.

Barss said the county’s decision isn’t meant to “pit it as Rocky View residents against Calgary residents,” but rather highlights the need for “a comprehensive approach” to flood mitigation from the province “that takes in everybody in the region.”

“So we’re trying to balance that and we think some of the options identified … have not been followed through on completely,” he said.

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Construction on the $432-million reservoir is set to start in 2019 and would have a storage capacity of more than 70 million cubic litres when the Elbow River’s flow reaches 160 cubic metres per second.

Tony Morris with the Calgary River Communities Action Group called the county’s decision “disappointing,” adding the Springbank reservoir is the “first, best option” for upstream flood mitigation and is supported by thousands of pages of environmental impact studies.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason called the reservoir — which is already under regulatory review and seen substantial delays — “vital to protecting the economic engine of the province,” adding only 22 landowners in the region would be impacted by the Springbank project.

“Any change in strategy at this point would mean starting over in a process that has already taken five years, further risking the health, safety and economic well-being of Albertans,” Mason said in a statement.

The mayor said he sees the vote as county council playing “political games” and signifies Rocky View County “is not interested in actually being a good regional player.”

“We have a new metropolitan region board, we’re talking about everything from transit to water to regional planning. And to pull a move like this really indicates to me that the county is not serious about that,” he said.

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2015 Norco Range C7.3 stolen in NW Calgary 2 weeks ago

Calgary Reddit - 42 min 22 sec ago

Hey everyone,

My 2015 Norco Range C7.3 was stolen from my apartment building's parking garage - It was locked up to a bike rack, but the bike rack was unbolted from the ground and my lock was slipped off. Luckily there is camera footage of the theft which has been given to the police, but I'm just trying to get the word out in case it turns up anywhere. If anyone sees it I would really appreciate a DM. The bike has black chromag pedals, a heineken beer cap on the stem, and the front derailleur has been removed.

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Sheldon Kennedy steps down from child advocacy centre

Calgary Herald - 47 min 50 sec ago

Sheldon Kennedy says he’s stepping back from the child sex abuse advocacy centre bearing his name, partly to deal with his own emotional needs.

The ex-NHLer, who turned his own experience of being sexually assaulted by junior hockey coach Graham James in the 1980s to champion victims, said Tuesday his name will be removed from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre that he founded in 2010.

“I always preach to others that, first and foremost, they need to take care of their own mental health and find balance in their lives. I now need to take my own advice,” he said in an online statement.

“I will continue the crusade, but with greater balance.”

Kennedy, 49, who’s become an icon in advocating for victims’ rights and recovery, said he wants to spend more time with his young family.

He said he also wants to focus his efforts on his Respect Group, the company he co-founded that targets bullying, harassment and discrimination in sports and schools.

“We have trained over 1.2 million Canadians thus far but there is much more to be done including our involvement in the International Safe Sport movement,” he stated.

He said those suffering sexual abuse will still have a safe place at the renamed agency, the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre.

And those his efforts have helped, said Kennedy, have in turn been champions in their own right.

“To the thousands of victims we have served: be proud that you have found your voice, stay strong and make healing your focus,” he said.

“You continue to inspire me.”

Kennedy wouldn’t comment on his announcement Tuesday.

It’s understandable why Kennedy would want to leave the organization that’s done so much for abuse survivors, said Danielle Aubry, executive director of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.

“I look at my own staff who are people going through that experience — it’s about looking at wellness and Sheldon definitely gets that,” she said.

“People need to be supportive of that.”

She said Kennedy’s celebrity has been positively leveraged.

“A lot of people value hockey so for a lot of people Sheldon being a survivor created a lot of awareness in a way a lot of organizations couldn’t,” said Aubry.

“It takes a lot of courage when you’ve got that profile.”

His efforts, said Aubry, have undoubtedly encouraged many survivors to come forward to heal faster.

The Calgary Police Service saluted Kennedy in a tweet.

“We are grateful to Sheldon Kennedy for his tireless work to raise awareness and end the cycle of abuse,” it read.

We are grateful to Sheldon Kennedy for his tireless work to raise awareness and end the cycle of abuse. He is, and will remain, a strong community partner for the Calgary Police Service. https://t.co/yZ14SpbdTJ

— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) December 11, 2018

Kennedy’s close friend of 22 years and business partner at Respect Group said the icon “has single-handedly raised Canadians’ awareness of child abuse that’s almost unheard of, and it’s worldwide.”

Wayne McNeil said keeping his name on the centre would have been a considerable burden.

“He’s such a perfectionist and carries a responsibility for the entire centre…he felt solely responsible for the victims and you can’t that forever,” he said.

“He does not have a great ability to say ‘no,’ but I know this has been a very tough decision.”

But McNeil said his friend won’t be leaving the child advocate arena altogether and expects him to “recharge.”

And he echoed Kennedy’s sentiment that the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre is in good hands.

In another Tweet, a man who wrote of being abused by James in his book I Am Nobody said Kennedy was an inspiration when those like him needed one.

“Sheldon Kennedy was strong when I couldn’t be. He fought our battles first, on his own,” wrote Greg Gilhooly.

Charges against James in Gilhooly’s case were stayed.

— With files from CP

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QuinnCorp at 20 years: Aspen communities mark a legacy

Calgary Herald - 56 min 20 sec ago

It started as a family homestead where Jim Quinn grew up alongside his 11 siblings. Five decades later, his childhood home has grown to 250 acres of multi-million dollar estate home development — and become his legacy.

For the 66-year-old founder and president of QuinnCorp Communities, celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 1,000 lots spanning the 13 phases within Aspen Estates is “mission accomplished” of his original vision. Those phases stretch from the first, 13 estate-lot Aspen Lane, to his newest — the 68 villas, townhomes and lofts of Meridian in Aspen Estates he describes as his “swan song.”

“I saw an opportunity (in 1998) for an estate community at a time developers were doing cookie-cutter products,” says the self-described “serial entrepreneur.”

Quinn, with only a high school education (though he has taken a “pocket MBA” course), at one time had the largest Apple dealership in Canada, only to launch another career as a land developer.

Now, the value of QuinnCorp’s Aspen Estates developments in Calgary’s southwest Aspen Woods community has grown to between $1.5 billion to $2 billion.

The Quinn family — including geologist dad Don — moved to Calgary from Texas and, in 1969, settled into a five-acre Springbank site.

In 1991, Quinn and his wife, Sandra, bought the property from his mother Myrna (his father died in 1987), where they raised their daughter.

While he had little previous experience with land investment — he had bought an eight-acre site in Radium — Quinn then amassed, through more than 100 meetings with 46 area landowners, the rest of the property — annexed by the City of Calgary — that became Aspen Estates.

“Many of the deals were done with a handshake, sitting in people’s kitchens,” says Quinn, whose brother Joe joined the company early on.

Quinn’s vision in 1998 was of a new Mount Royal or Pump Hill, neighbourhoods that, like those in Aspen Estates, were stitched together from small acreages to form Calgary’s most exclusive communities.

Marketed as Calgary’s Address of Distinction, the homes in Aspen Estates are all built on cul-de-sacs, with none facing main streets. Quinn says homebuyers bought into his vision slowly at the beginning, but embraced it as amenities such as private schools and shopping options came to the west end.

He opened his first showhome parade in Aspen Lane in 1998, followed by Aspen Meadows’ 60 lots (Meadows won the 2002 show home parade of the year award from the then-Calgary Region Home Builders’ Association). Sales picked up steam when 10 per cent of employees from Imperial Oil (which moved its headquarters from Toronto to Calgary in 2004) were purchasing homes.

QuinnCorp’s last Aspen project, the Meridian, provides a lock-and-leave lifestyle for snowbirds and business professionals, while offering three-car garages, optional elevators, and rooftop terraces. Prices range from $1.1 million for the two- or three-bedroom lofts (from 2,979 square feet) to four bedroom townhomes at $1.5 million (3,330 square feet) to three-bedroom villas (4,019 square feet) starting at $2 million.

Quinn says there will not be another estate development like Aspen Estates in Calgary, partly because of the increasing cost of land — in 2000, a quarter-acre lot was $200,000; by 2007 it was $600,000 — but also because of changing city policies, buyer attitudes and demographics.

“We are seeing the re-gentrification of the inner city and downtown core with its higher density.”

Quinn plans eventual retirement in Victoria, which means selling his family residence, the 10,000-square-foot Manor House (6 Aspen Ridge Lane S.W.) that is the centrepiece of the Aspen Estates development. Originally listed at $12.25 million, its new pricetag — $8.95 million — reflects Calgary’s new economic reality.

And while there are still four-plus years of business ahead of him and QuinnCorp, Quinn says he has “100 per cent” accomplished what he set out to do 20 years ago.

“It was a mammoth task and there were some difficult years — the recession in 2008 that we crawled out of in 2009, and then 2014 hit — but this is absolutely my legacy.”

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Calgary Flames Advanced Stat of the Day: Scoring Chances

Calgary Reddit - 1 hour 9 min ago

Hey everybody, I'm back again!

Don't expect this everyday but I do want to keep my posts consistent to keep up with the teams performances. As per request from u/gaudreauslashed I will be looking at scoring chances today, more specifically how good (or not) the Flames are at creating and limiting quality scoring chances. Lets get into it.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE | PACIFIC DIVISION1ST PLACE | 19-10-2, 40 POINTS

First off, if you didn't get a chance to see my first post I would recommend going back and looking at what a Low, Medium, and High Danger chance is. Scoring chances are measured using the combined medium and high danger chances, with high danger chances being the most important to get and most important to defend.

Scoring Chances For (SCF) Scoring Chances Against (SCA) Scoring Chance For % (SCF%) Calgary Flames 674 600 52.9% Tampa Bay Lightning 767 620 55.3% Chicago Blackhawks 693 729 48.7% Calgary Flames (17-18) 1865 1609 53.7%

I included the 1st and 31st teams in league standings this year to gauge how they stack up against the best and the worst teams, as well as last years stats to compare. Lets dig in to the stats:

  • The Flames have almost 100 less scoring chances for compared to Tampa, who not only is first in the standings but first in this statistic as well. There is some correlation there but obviously doesn't tell the whole story. (Carolina is second with 758 SCF, followed by San Jose at 750. Flames sit in eighth).
  • Flames arent giving up as much as the 1st place Lightning but the overall Scoring Chance Percentage (SCF%) still isn't as good as the lightning. The Flames are 13th for scoring chances against with 600, while Minnesota is in first with only 519 Scoring Chances Against
  • Finally, percentage wise the Flames are seventh. Top 10 in both percentage and SCF. No problem generating and being 13th in SCA means they're in the top half of the league. (Carolina 1st with 57.1%)
  • Interesting to see how many chances the Blackhawks actually get, they just give up way to many to be competitive (they give up the 4th most SC in the league)
  • Also, Flames seem to be on pace or just a bit worse than last year, this year the players just seem to be capitalizing more which we will look at next.

Next we'll look into how many of the scoring chances go in and how many goals we give up with the incoming scoring chances

Scoring Chances Goals For (SCGF) Scoring Chances Goals Against (SCGA) Scoring Chances Goals For Percentage (SCGF%) Calgary Flames 55 45 55% Tampa Bay Lightning 71 55 56.4% Chicago Blackhawks 51 61 45.5% Calgary Flames (17-18) 128 117 52.2%
  • Again, we see Tampa as an absolute wagon when it comes to scoring chances goals. No surprise really. They sit in 1st place with 8 more goals then the next team (Pittsburgh). LA comes in last with only 34 SCGF.
  • Flames are pretty close when it comes to percentage because they have given up 10 less goals then Tampa, which also puts the Flames near the top. (Eighth in SCGF, Sixth in SCGF%). Islanders 1st with 59.8%, St. Louis 31st with 40%.
  • The Flames are actually near the top in SCGA as well, coming in at eighth place. The goalies have played well when it comes to scoring chance shots. With the Flames coming in eighth for this stats, they are top 10 across the board for all scoring chance goal stats. Boston 1st with 31 SCGA, Ottawa in 31st with 69 SCGA.
  • Like I alluded to earlier, although they 2017-18 Flames had a better scoring chance percentage, they are finishing better this year compared to last.

To wrap it all up, the Flames are within the top 10 in almost all of these stats, but they finished no lower than 13th for all of them. They are not only good at generating scoring chances from the dangerous areas, they are just as good as finishing their chances, which I feel like we haven't seen a ton of in the past seasons. One last thing that I wanted to point out was that the Flames actually give up a decent amount of High Danger Chances/Goals. They give up the 9th most High Danger Chances, but since they generate enough High Danger Chances, their High Danger Chances For Percentage sits 13th in the league at just over 50%. I might go into this specific stat at a later date in a more condensed daily advanced stat, but ill leave it at that for now. Thanks for reading!

TLDR: FLames are Top 10 in the league when it comes to generating quality scoring chances, as well as top 10 when it comes to scoring off those same quality scoring chances.

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Calgary to Vancouver and back

Calgary Community Kijiji - 1 hour 11 min ago
I can take 3 for comfortable 4 max it short stops on the way Planning on leaving today dec 11 - 13
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Anyone else notice a lot of people smoking crack in the morning at the Chinook Station bus shelter?

Calgary Reddit - 1 hour 13 min ago

Maybe I didn't notice this last winter, but it's hilarious to find group of people casually breaking up & smoking crack in a room full of people in a place where peace officers are frequents.

I am never going to be scared to chug beers outside downtown now, these people are brave!

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Calgary to Prinston via Kelowna

Calgary Community Kijiji - 1 hour 14 min ago
Leaving Calgary Dec 15th to Princeston, can drop in Kelowna WILL BE DRIVING A 5 TON TRUCK Barry
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Already Number One

Calgary Reddit - 1 hour 20 min ago

Okay, you guys. I'm optimizing a client site https://laprairiegroup.com/crane. We are only optimizing the /crane directory of the site, which is about crane rental. We are number one on the first page of Google for most of their search queries. But for "crane calgary" and other keywords, we are only in fifth or sixth on the first page. Any suggestions?

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IT job market?

Calgary Reddit - 1 hour 21 min ago

I've been living in Victoria for a couple years and thinking about going back to Alberta because my family and friends live there. I landed my first sysadmin job here in Victoria (reason for the move). The pay sucks but the skills I'm learning on the job are incredibly valuable.

Can anyone weigh in on the IT job market in Berta? I had absolutely zero luck in the Calgary area two years ago, but my resume was also much less skilled. I'd be searching for a vmware related role this time probably. I'm also skilled with windows administration, gsuite/chromeOS, AV support, and I know a bit of everything else. I play a lot with AWS and Azure and was thinking about going for a cert in either. Aiming for a sysadmin job paying $65k+.

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Calgary home prices will fall in 2019 due to weak oil prices, unemployment: report

Calgary Herald - 1 hour 36 min ago

New reports from two of Canada’s largest real estate brokerages suggest 2019 will be another tough year for Calgary’s residential real estate market.

In its annual market survey forecast released Tuesday, Royal LePage predicts the median home price in Calgary will fall 2.3 per cent to $473,104 by the end of 2019. A separate report released by Re/Max says Calgary’s average residential sale price will remain flat in 2019, at $487,399. Both reports blame low consumer confidence due to persistently weak oil prices for the lack of growth, as well as new mortgage regulations that are negatively impacting sales.

“The challenge has been that we were just coming out of a recession at the end of 2017 and then, of course, we were impacted by the new mortgage stress rules, along with the rise in interest rates,” said Corinne Lyall, broker and owner of Royal LePage Benchmark in Calgary. “Those things really had buyers take a step back.”

So far in 2018, overall sales activity in the Calgary market is down 14 per cent compared to 2017 and nearly 20 per cent below long-term average levels. Year-to-date sales have slowed across all price ranges, except product priced below $200,000, which now represents nearly six per cent of all sales. The largest decline in sales has occurred in the $600,000 to $999,999 range, according to the Calgary Real Estate Board.

While CREB will not release its own 2019 forecast until January, chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie said the city’s unemployment rate, which remains high at 7.9 per cent, is worrisome.

“Even this year, employment was supposed to be getting better and we just haven’t seen it,” Lurie said. “Currently, most indications are pointing to things not necessarily changing. And, obviously, that has implications for our housing market.”

There are positive trends in the market: the City of Calgary’s most recent census showed the overall housing vacancy rate decline to 3.86 per cent in 2018, a fall from a peak of 4.76 per cent in 2017, which was the highest vacancy rate in nearly 20 years. The census also reported Calgary is once again attracting new residents, posting positive net migration of 11,588 compared to a net migration of 974 in 2017 and an out-migration of 6,500 people in 2016.

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However, Lurie said the level of sales activity in the market currently is lower than it has been since the mid-1990s. And the detached home category, which had shown some signs of recovery in 2017, is on a downward trend once again. In November, the detached benchmark price was $486,000, a three per cent decline from last year and nearly seven per cent below the high recorded in October 2014.

“We started to see some gains last year in the detached pricing, and we have given up those gains,” Lurie said.

Both the Royal LePage and Re/Max reports suggest Calgary will not see notable price gains in its real estate market until full-time employment rates increase, though Re/Max suggests a positive announcement on the Trans Mountain pipeline could significantly impact buyer confidence in the short-term.

“Calgary’s market may shift at a moment’s notice as it is so closely tied to its dependency on the oil and gas industry,” the report says. “Depending on what happens with the pipeline in 2019, the outlook for 2020 could shift dramatically.”

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