Happy Family Day Calgary

Monday, February 20th at 9:43am

A Brief history of Family Day

Created by Don Getty, it was celebrated for the first time in 1990, as the Premier at the time thought it was important to emphasize the importance of family.
The controversial holiday faced criticism and became a civic holiday that employers did not have to observe it, but now is a general holiday.
In recent years, a February holiday is now observed in many provinces as:
Louis Riel Day in Manitoba, Islander Day in Prince Edward Island, Heritage Day in Nova Scotia and the Yukon.

Enjoy the day with your family.

NW Calgary Fire Station Progress

Friday, February 17th at 11:08am

Construction on the new Tuscany Fire Station #42 has begun in earnest.

It is a multi-purpose facility, as it will also be a flex-work hub for City of Calgary staff, a community meeting place that residents can book, as well as an outdoor fitness park with equipment.
The 12 Million dollar facility will house one fire engine and 20 Firefighters. It is slated to be open at the end of the year.

Fire Department

Fire Station

Tuscany Homes

10 Ways to be a Good Calgary Neighbour

Wednesday, February 15th at 2:54pm

Calgary has often been referred to as a big city with a small town heart.

A major reason for this is we typically make an effort to be good neighbours. Being welcoming and understanding that we are all different, is important. But what makes a good neighbour?

The definition will be slightly different depending on who you ask, but the following are some key elements that enhance lifestyles; creates good relationships and makes Calgary a great city to call home.

1. Start off on the right foot
When you move in to a new area, introduce yourself to your neighbours. This is a perfect
opportunity to establish a good relationship.

2. Say hello
Little things make a big difference. Just greeting your neighbour when you see each other
demonstrates caring and respect.

3. Communication and Consideration
Combined, these two elements make up the cornerstone of being a good neighbour. Treat
others how you want to be treated. Let people know if you’re having a party in your
backyard; better yet, invite them.

4. Noise
Just like bonfires, overflowing trash bins and junk in the yard; noise is pollution too. Loud
music, revving engines and mowing your lawn at 7am on a weekend, all create neighbour

5. Be aware
Is there somebody in your neighbourhood who would appreciate a bit of help with shoveling
snow or taking garbage to the curb?
Helping seniors or those with mobility issues is always appreciated.
Looking out for each others kids, noting suspicious activity; as well as knowing when a
neighbour is away so you can collect the mail, shovel the walk, etc.
Awareness is important and makes neighborhoods more safe and secure.

6. Pets
No one enjoys cleaning up after a pet, especially if you don’t own one. Don’t leave them
outside all day/night and keep them on your property. Cleaning up after them is your duty.

7. Follow the rules
If you are not sure what your rights and duties are as a Calgary resident, here is where to
check: City of Calgary Bylaws

8. Parking
Ignoring parking etiquette is one of the key problems that result in issues between
neighbours. If your car is always parked in front of your neighbours house, it can become the
source of growing aggravation. Dealing with issues sooner than later, ensures that problems
do not get worse.
INFO Link: Calgary parking authority

9. Property care
Your yard doesn’t have to look like the gardens of Versailles, but you should tend to your
yard regularly to keep your (and your neighbours’) curb appeal as high as possible.

9. Boundaries
This old adage is still true. You need to define your space physically and mentally, for your privacy and piece of mind.

10. Common sense
Keep the noise down, mind your pets, use parking etiquette and keep your yard clean.
Basically, use common sense and you’ll be just fine.

The McKelvie Group Newsletter

Thursday, February 9th at 12:31pm

Click on the image below to access Calgary News, stats, stories, decorating & more

Interesting Trends – Census Overview

The following is a synopsis of the 2016 census results from Stats Canada & an insightful article from Canadian Real Estate Magazine.

Canada’s population of 35.15 million
12 million Canadians live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
Half of these people live in Toronto & suburban areas around it
82% of Canadians live in metropolitan areas

Total population is 4 million
Population growth since 2011 – 11.6%
Population density per square kilometer – 6.4 people
Total private dwellings – 1.6 million
Calgary population – 1.4 million, fourth largest metropolitan area in Canada

Growth rates between the spreading suburbs and their urban centers has continued to narrow, with young professionals and aging baby boomers alike opting for the downtown-condominium life.

82 per cent of Canadian population live in large and medium-sized cities across the country, one of the highest concentrations among G7 nations. Immigration has driven that change with new arrivals settling in urban centers as opposed to rural communities.

Rural areas located outside the census metropolitan areas, but close to them, are also growing faster than rural areas much farther away, so that’s also a sign of an urban spread phenomenon.

Suburban lots over the years have become smaller, circuitous streets designed for cars are being replaced with a transit-and-foot-friendly grid system, and dwellings are increasingly being designed to allow young families to age in place.

Calgary and Edmonton were the fastest growing cities between 2011 and 2016, with Calgary leap-frogging Ottawa for fourth-largest overall.

INFO Link:
Stats Canada
Canadian Real Estate Magazine

Unique New School For NW Calgary

Wednesday, February 8th at 11:52am

Christine Meikle School Opens in Varsity

The new year has seen a new school open at 3525 – 50 Street Northwest. Christine Meikle School is “dedicated to secondary school-age students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and/or complex learning, medical, emotional, sensory or behavioral needs.”

Named after Christine Meikle who was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1908 and became a nurse after coming to Canada in 1927. When one of her children was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she decided to dedicate her life to special needs children. Meikle started her own school, which after 60 years, has relocated to Northwest Calgary.

The school opened in early January with student programs starting mid month.

The new location is a big upgrade from the cramped location they left in Bridgeland. Check out the link to the CBC News article below that showcases the cutting edge facility.

INFO Link:
CBC Article
Christine Meikle School website