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Welcome to the Weekender!

Between Valentine’s Day and Family Day, this weekend is all about spending time with the ones we love. For many, that will be a bit more challenging than usual this year due to the pandemic and frigid outdoor temperatures, but I hope that you’re all able to celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you and your loved ones.

So, stay safe, stay warm and enjoy the long weekend!

This week in CREB®Now

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Cold calling: Calgary’s outdoor rinks provide much-needed outdoor activity option amid COVID-19 restrictions

As the winter of COVID-19 grinds on, it’s a good thing that Calgary’s many City- and community-run outdoor skating rinks are operational. There are even a few new sheets of ice this year to try and meet the growing demand from Calgarians for safe and fun outdoor spaces. Check out the full story for all the details, then grab your skates and hit the ice!

Illustration by Rachel Niebergal

True colours: Pantone’s 2021 Colour of the Year and the history of a trendsetter

For more than 20 years, the people of the Pantone Colour Institute have been dictating design trends all over the world with their Colour of the Year. Find out what 2021’s selection brings to the table and learn how Pantone became the global authority on colour.

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The sound of silence: understanding STC ratings can help homebuyers avoid noisy neighbours

As Shameer Gaidhar writes in his latest guest column, “If you’ve ever lived in an apartment or townhome where you can hear your neighbours’ every move, you know how irritating it can be. However, many homebuyers don’t know about STC (sound transmission class) ratings or the importance of asking about them before making a purchase.”

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Calgary’s 2021 Real Estate Forecast

Wondering what might be in store for the Calgary housing market in 2021? CREB®’s 2021 Forecast report is here to help – now in an easily accessible format on crebnow.com, so you can quickly find the information you need.

The funnies

The Nightmare before Valentine’s Day. Honestly, this feels like the perfect holiday decoration for the times, and oh so versatile! Nothing quite sets the mood like a 12-foot-tall skeleton – cherubs are so last year.

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Have a great weekend!