Council opts for temporary skating oval for 2014 games

Council has elected to go ahead with a plan to build a temporary 400-metre outdoor skating oval in anticipation of next winter’s Alberta Winter Games, which is being co-hosted by Banff and Canmore. Last month, organizers of the 2014 Games made a presentation to council requesting a permanent skating oval be put in place at… Continue reading Council opts for temporary skating oval for 2014 games

Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Oil is Alberta’s business, however, the price of Western Canadian Select, which is made up of heavy conventional and bitumen crude oil, has been decreasing. With the Province’s reliance on this huge energy commodity, both politicians and economists point to a sluggish Alberta economy limping into next year’s fiscal budget, which will be made public… Continue reading Slow year ahead for Alberta as price of black gold drops

Banff residents fight for obstetrics

The upcoming closure of the maternity ward at Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital has led some residents to protest the decision, but hospital officials insist mothers and babies will benefit from increased safety measures. Last Thursday (Jan. 24), over 50 people attended a rally at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Banff for an information session and… Continue reading Banff residents fight for obstetrics

Blake Richards MP talks pipelines, budget and hot springs

In the first ever tele-townhall for the Wild Rose constituency, member of Parliament Blake Richards answered questions from residents on Monday (Jan. 21) concerning a variety of issues such as natural resources, privatization of local hot springs and the federal government’s commitment to achieving a balanced budget. Using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology, the… Continue reading Blake Richards MP talks pipelines, budget and hot springs

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

Book review – Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark

Scrolling through any Canadian newspaper or online source, one finds it difficult to avoid stories pertaining to the country’s issue with natural resources, be it the expansion of pipelines, advances in technology or which provinces benefit the most from revenue generated. Almost on a daily basis, Canadians are fed news in an apparent “us versus… Continue reading Book review – Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark

Winter in the Canmore mines

Every winter the old lamp house located beneath Three Sisters Parkway in Canmore groans with age. The windows have all been knocked out, the roof is in disrepair and the frost has taken its toll on the walls with those that are still in tact subjected to graffiti. It’s safe to say the building, which… Continue reading Winter in the Canmore mines

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