Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: December, 2013

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If you're planning to hit the town partying into the wee hours of the morning, you may want to consider getting a designated driver to make sure that you get home safe tonight. Using a bus or a C-Train to get you back home for the night just isn't going to be feasible since the city trains and buses will be following a regular Tuesday schedule.

Buses and C-Trains

Depending on where you live and the route you'll be following, the city trains will be closing up shop for the evening anywhere between 12:57 AM - 1:45 AM on January 1, 2014. Calgary Transit doesn't have the resources or the budget to offer extended services on New Year's Eve unlike other major centres across Canada. In Toronto, for example, you can still catch a train at 3 AM or a bus at 4…

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Moving can be hectic and making the decision to live in a condominium instead of a single-family home or an apartment is a big decision. Condos don't fit with every situation, but they do provide something other residences don't always give you. There's certainly a case for condo living and here are some of the benefits.

Very Little Maintenance

One of the major reasons people decide to live in a condominium instead of a home is the lower maintenance. With a house, you may have to take care of the yard work, shovel snow in the winter and deal with many other types of maintenance. However, with condos, you don't have to deal with any of it.


Another reason a condo may seem attractive are the added amenities you get compared to a single…

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Once upon a time you would have had to leave all of your painting until the summer months due to the smell. Having to live with the paint smell with the windows closed during the winter would have been unpleasant and unhealthy. Nowadays, however, there are odour-free paints available that are perfect for people that need to do some painting now and can't wait until spring arrives.

Here are some colour ideas that may interest you if you're planning a painting project this winter:

Red - This is a colour that represents a bold attitude combined with a touch of excitement. If you're not interested in painting an entire room red, you may want to consider just painting red borders and then putting up red accessories throughout the room. You'll definitely…

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Calgary has many condominium units for sale and this is a very hot portion of the real estate market throughout the city. If you're looking for a low maintenance place to live or you're just not ready for a home, a condo may be the perfect place for you.

Not all condos are the same, however. You need to consider a few specifics before you make your final buying decision. Here are a few tips for first-time condo buyers in Calgary.

Do You Want a View?

If the view outside your window is important, you will want to keep this in mind as you shop. Some high-rise buildings provide beautiful views of the city, the water and parks. However, others don't provide the same type of view. You will pay a little more for a great view, but for some, this is worth…

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What's happening with the weather in our city? Of course, we as Canadians know that we have to expect anything during winter but the weather has been especially brutal so far this winter. Now's a good time to take a look at the subject of frostbite and hypothermia since they are both commonly experienced when the weather gets cold, cold, cold!


When your body is exposed to cold weather it cannot produce as much heat as it is losing. After prolonged exposure, your body will eventually start to use its stored energy. This is hypothermia: a body temperature that is abnormally low. One of the dangers of having hypothermia is you may not know that you have it since you aren't able to think clearly once it starts. Some of the symptoms include…

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