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New comedy fest YYComedy launching in Calgary
From Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney to an accomplished, younger comic like Ryan Belleville, Calgary has churned out many an impressive comedian over the years. That legacy will be celebrated in late September with YYComedy Festival which aims to "pay tribute to the past, present and future of Calgary comedy," says Harry Doupe, producer of the weeklong event.
Massive chocolate Bull greets YYC passengers
It weighs nearly 500 kilograms. It took two artisans about a week to sculpt. And its made with nothing but chocolate. An un-named chocolate bull was unveiled at the Calgary Airport Thursday to remind passengers of the Calgary Stampede's centennial celebrations.
Elbow River Casino sold
CALGARY - The Elbow River Casino in Calgary, owned for many years by entrepreneur Sam Switzer, has been sold. The new local owners, who are not being named, bought the casino at 218 18th Ave. S.E.
Doctors' temporary deal expires before new contract
The agreement in principle between the Alberta Medical Association and the Tory provincial government expired on Saturday, causing concern for the AMA. The AIP was meant to be a bridge deal until a new contract was signed.
Calgary MLS prices continue to rise
MLS sales and average sale prices so far this month have shown some pretty impressive gains from a year ago. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, from June 1 to 28, total MLS sales in the city of 2,019 are up 13.11 per cent from the same period a year ago while the average sale price has jumped by 4.55 per cent to $443,096.
Trustees to tackle no-zero grading approach Tuesday
Public school trustees will discuss the controversial no-zero grading approach common in Edmonton public high schools during a special meeting Tuesday. Talks were initially supposed to happen in September about whether the school district should re-examine the way students are assessed, trustee Michael Janz said Friday.
Calgary region housing starts on the upswing
CALGARY - Short-term and long-term expectations for housing starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area are positive, according to the Conference Board of Canada. In a report released Monday, the board said the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of starts in the Calgary region was 10,724 units in April, up substantially from 7,720 a year ago.
Elevated levels forecast for Calgary's housing market
CALGARY - Strong economic conditions will continue to push the Calgary region's housing market in an upward direction this year, according to a new report released Thursday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. In the CMHC's Spring 2012 Calgary Housing Market Outlook, total housing starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area are forecast to reach 11,600 units in 2012, up from 9,292 units in 2011.
Esker Foundation art space is bold and beautiful
Make no mistake about it, Calgary's newest art gallery could have opened its doors with the big guns of the art world, firing a shot heard across the country. The Esker Foundation, a vast, stunning, innovative space perched on the top floor of the new $80-million Atlantic Avenue Art Block in Inglewood, could have booked an opening exhibition featuring established stars.
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