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March 26, 2009
  White supremacists blocked from City HallPDF files may take a moment to load

A white supremacist group that marched downtown last weekend was met with strong opposition, but not everyone was pleased with the result.

The Aryan Guard, an anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic group based in Calgary, organized a White Pride march from the Mewata Armoury to City Hall on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination.

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March 26, 2009
  Online Only - Social networking for a causePDF files may take a moment to load

Social media is spreading like an infection among politicians, journalists, students and now local non-profit organizations have the fever too. Social media shares information by incorporating social networking and technology together- like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Facebook. Due to popularity and the ease of setting up an account, the Calgary Humane Society, Calgary Reads and other local organizations are now exploring social media.

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March 19, 2009
  Mustard Seed finds a new homePDF files may take a moment to load

Last week, the City of Calgary planning commission approved the Mustard Seed Street Ministry's application for a proposed affordable housing development in the Beltline. The 19-story building will feature 228 units of affordable housing and include ground-level retail space as well as three stories for Mustard Seed Street Ministry education and employment services.

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March 12, 2009
  City one step closer to living wagePDF files may take a moment to load

Vibrant Communities Calgary presented its case for a living wage at the Finance and Corporate Services standing policy committee Wednesday.

The committee passed the report, which gave the city three options for how to proceed on the issue. However, critics like the Winnipeg-based Frontier Centre for Public Policy are calling it a symbolic idea that would do nothing for the city's workers, warning it could have negative economic consequences.

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January 29, 2009
  Downtown cameras get the okayPDF files may take a moment to load

This summer will see 22 new security cameras going up throughout downtown Calgary in response to gang violence and crime.

After long discussions at city council, the cameras are being installed in areas like the Stephen Avenue Mall and near City Hall. The total budget for the camera system is $50,000.

Chief bylaw officer Bill Bruce said bylaw officers are installing and testing the camera system, but the Calgary Police Service will soon be able to access the data on their vehicle laptops.

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January 22, 2009
  Transit ticket jail sentence endsPDF files may take a moment to load

Single moms attending the University of Calgary part-time may no longer have to go to jail if they ride the C-Train without a ticket.

The Poverty Reduction Coalition plans to start a pilot program for 50 women who would otherwise be incarcerated for petty offences and divert them to Social Services, Family Counselling or Diversion Services said Dr. Loreen Gilmour, the coalition's new director.

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November 13, 2008
  Brentwood will get a facelift, not all happy with resultPDF files may take a moment to load

City hall's plans to build a transit-oriented urban village around the Brentwood C-Train stop is causing controversy. Last month, the city's planning commission approved the Brentwood Station Area redevelopment plan which now awaits approval by council. It is a 30-year plan that would develop Brentwood, a 1960s-era suburb, into medium- and high-rise apartment buildings to decrease urban sprawl. The city is also planning construction of at least two office towers in the University Heights suburb, near the Stadium Shopping Centre.

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