Macleod Trail  /  162 Avenue S Interchange Update - First Phase of Detour

Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S Interchange Update – First Phase of Detour

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2015

The Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S Interchange will be a fundamental part of Calgary’s overall transportation network. It will offer improved mobility for commuters, cyclists and pedestrians while providing access to surrounding businesses and services. The new interchange will enhance free-flowing traffic on Macleod Trail, while making it easier for people to make use of the services just off 162 Avenue and Sun Valley Blvd. After completing an analysis of the traffic flow at the intersection, it was determined by the City’s Transportation Department that the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) would be the most appropriate layout for the interchange[...]

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ReTree YYC Update

ReTree YYC Update

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2015

This month marks the one year anniversary since a disastrous snowstorm (also infamously referred to as ‘Snowtember’) damaged 50% of Calgary’s urban canopy, sparking intense response and recovery efforts. I applaud the tremendous amount of hard work that City staff has dedicated, working tirelessly and diligently on the recovery and restoration of Calgary’s trees and green spaces. Efforts to Date: A total of 6,619 trees have been planted so far this year with more planned throughout the fall. Over 64,000 trees have been assessed and/or pruned this year, with a goal of 80,000 by the end of 2015. Since January[...]

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Colley-Urquhart: Don't be so quick to dismiss CalgaryNEXT's merits (with poll)

Colley-Urquhart: Don’t be so quick to dismiss CalgaryNEXT’s merits (with poll)

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2015

Re: “No corporate welfare for CalgaryNEXT,” Paige MacPherson, Opinion, Sept. 9 Well — they do intend to pay for their “flashy arena desires” — not taxpayers! There were so many ill-founded politically expedient statements and assumptions in this piece that I felt compelled to respond. I did find an accurate one though — “Every use of public money is a choice made by our elected officials” — just as city council did in East Village 10 years ago by pioneering the first community reinvestment levy in Canada. We set up a separate corporate entity called the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. and told them to go to work.[...]

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The Recent Crime Spike in YYC

The Recent Crime Spike in YYC

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on Sep 2015

Recently, there has been a large spike in crime rates in our City. Rarely is a rise in crime rate attributable to any single event. Generally, as is the case now, it is a number of things that have led to this spike. The fentanyl problem in the City is having a significant impact in our communities, as is the increase in illicit drug use resulting in a number of hospitalizations, and in some cases, death. These activities are directly related to an increase in crimes of opportunity - property crimes from break and enters, theft from vehicles and of[...]

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