MP responds to Idle No More protest in Banff

Since forming at a general educational session in Saskatoon this past November, Idle No More protests by members and non-members of First Nations across the country have been both peaceful and, at times, disruptive. The protest that occurred near Cascade Mall in Banff last weekend was peaceful, however, another in Calgary led to the closure… Continue reading MP responds to Idle No More protest in Banff

Terms of reference for Three Sisters approved

A terms of reference document for a new area structure plan (ASP) regarding the future of Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) will ensure appropriate environmental policies are created and development on land will not take place until the area known as Site 9 is transferred to a conservation society, council decided, Tuesday (Dec. 18). Canmore… Continue reading Terms of reference for Three Sisters approved

Canmore approves 4.3 per cent tax increase

Canmore taxpayers will see a 4.3 per cent increase in municipal taxes next year after council unanimously passed its operating budget on Tuesday (Dec. 11). The budget includes a 13 per cent increase for waste and recycling as well as a 12 per cent utility rate increase per year for the next three years, effective… Continue reading Canmore approves 4.3 per cent tax increase

Telus makes claim for cell phone tower in Canmore

A temporary cellphone tower located a half block from Lawrence Grassi Middle School could become permanent, however, the company in charge says the town is in “really good shape” concerning the amount of radio frequency energy it emits. Two weeks ago, representatives from Telus, the cellphone company that owns the tower, conducted tests in and… Continue reading Telus makes claim for cell phone tower in Canmore

Capital budget worth $14.5 million passed

Canmore council has approved a capital budget worth $14.5 million that includes funds for the Legacy Trail, Community Arts Centre and redevelopment of the pool at the Rec Centre once Elevation Place opens next year. Following debates at 10 budget committee meetings a few weeks ago involving this year’s budget as well as the five-year… Continue reading Capital budget worth $14.5 million passed

Mount Norquay lays out plan for summer operations

A plan to open one of the oldest ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies for the summer is now in the public consultation stage, with opponents voicing concerns about its effect on what they see as dwindling grizzly bear habitat in the Bow Valley. Last Thursday (Nov. 29), Mount Norquay owners rolled out a long-range… Continue reading Mount Norquay lays out plan for summer operations

Alberta Parks closes popular skiing area due to grizzly and cubs

A popular backcountry skiing area in Kananaskis has been closed indefinitely due to a grizzly bear and her three cubs roaming in the vicinity and potentially denning for the winter. Last Wednesday (Nov. 21), the Black Prince area in K-Country was closed after Alberta Parks noticed one of its collared grizzlies, bear 94, was in… Continue reading Alberta Parks closes popular skiing area due to grizzly and cubs

Banff National Park caribou reintroduction in early stages

A plan to reintroduce caribou, now classified as threatened under the Species at Risk Act, in Banff National Park is still in its early stages, however, key figures behind the project are conducting research in hopes of bringing back this iconic animal that once thrived in the western mountains. Following an avalanche in 2009 that… Continue reading Banff National Park caribou reintroduction in early stages

Framework approved for Three Sisters Mountain Village

Unlike last week’s public meeting where a packed council chamber heard plans that could finally move the town’s largest area of undeveloped land out of receivership, about 30 people were present for council’s approval of a framework agreement on Tuesday (Nov. 20) that outlines the process leading up to an eventual decision in spring. Three… Continue reading Framework approved for Three Sisters Mountain Village

Local Wildrose Party team committed to the cause

The Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is on its way to becoming the longest running provincial government in Canadian history, however, roughly three and a half years from now Alberta may finally see a changing of the guard if the upstart Wildrose Party continues to attract voters. Defeated by 699 votes in the Banff-Cochrane constituency… Continue reading Local Wildrose Party team committed to the cause