Courageous conversations

Candidates spar at CREB® mayoral forum

Calgary’s top three mayoral candidates discussed a variety of issues on Sept. 21 at CREB®’s Courageous Conversations, an exclusive forum focusing on housing-related issues critical to REALTORS® and the city.

Candidates Andre Chabot and Bill Smith joined incumbent Naheed Nenshi in CREB®’s W. Frank Johns Auditorium as the candidates took verbal jabs at each other over several issues.

The forum was hosted and moderated by CREB® CEO Alan Tennant. (more…)

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In quotes: Nenshi makes Chamber address

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi made his annual address at the Calgary Chamber’s The State of Business in Calgary event today.

Here’s some of what the mayor had to say:

On the drop in oil prices

“Yes, we’re a little bit nervous about what’s going forward, about what will happen but I’ll remind all of you, we were also nervous at the end of 2008 and this city and this region, although we certainly had some pain, got through that better than just about everybody else in the world. And I think that that has a lot to do with the confidence and optimism of the people that live here.”

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Lights, camera, action

New film centre coming to southeast Calgary

After much delay, Calgary’s burgeoning film industry is about to get a major boost.

Approved earlier this year but with roots dating back to 2009, the city’s first major film studio broke ground late last week in a high-profile ceremony ironically set within an unassuming industrial suburb at 5750 76th Ave. S.E.

Spread out over more than three hectares of land, the $23-million facility will include 50,000 square feet of purpose-built sound stages, 20,000 square feet or warehouse space and 15,000 square feet of space for office and storage. (more…)

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A tale of two cities

Contrasting secondary suite acceptance in Alberta’s two major centres

* Part three of a three part series on secondary suites in Calgary 

Once restricted to hockey rinks and football fields, the Battle of Alberta is now playing out on the streets of the province’s two major cities.

While the final score is not in yet, Edmonton has jumped out as the early leader in its acceptance of legal secondary suites. (more…)

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