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Calgary police adopt facial recognition software

By Katy Atherholt, November 13 2014 — This November, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) became the first North American police force to implement a new facial recognition software called NeoFace Reveal. NeoFace matches photos of suspects to the CPS database of previously arrested people. At a CPS press conference, inspector Rosemary Hawkins said the facial…

Calgary’s hidden spoken word community

By Miranda Krogstad, November 6 2014 — People usually don’t get excited about spoken word poetry. The topic conjures images of darkly-clad artists with cigarettes and berets snapping to pretentious poetry. But spoken word has evolved into a modern scene that looks a little less like a funeral and a little more . . ….

Secondary suites benefit homeowners

By Kylee van der Poorten, November 6 2014 — Secondary suites have been a big issue in municipal politics for years with councillors and pundits bitterly divided on the issue. The debate can be sorted into two groups. There are those who believe changing regulations surrounding secondary suites will make renting safer for tenants and…

Wordfest celebrates all things literary

By Stephanie Tang, October 9 2014 — Readers and writers rejoice — Wordfest is almost here. The festival’s 19th year starts Oct. 14 and is aiming to be the biggest and best yet. Wordfest is a not-for-profit literary festival that unites readers and writers in celebration of the written word. Writer’s workshops and the opportunity…

Student swaps sandwiches for stories

By Hayden McBennett, October 9 2014 — University of Calgary third-year communications student Sam Sawchuk has teamed up with Calgarian Evan Beck to put faces to the stories behind homelessness. Sandwich for a Story sees the pair give a sandwich to a homeless person in exchange for the story of how he or she came…

Should the City build more bike lanes?

No, bikes lanes are impractical and a waste of money By Derek Baker, October 9 2014 — Calgary’s construction season saw the completion of a variety of projects, including new bike lanes. In theory, bike lanes should remove cars from the road, reduce congestion, lessen the environmental impact caused by traffic and provide a safer…

City to introduce negative minimum wage

By Andrew Kemle, October 2 2014 — The Calgary Chamber of Commerce (CCC) threw its weight into the affordability and poverty debate this week by proposing a policy known as “negative minimum wage.” The plan provides a blueprint for legislation that would remove a minimum of $10.20 from employees’ paycheques hourly, feeding directly into a…

Students and community march against sexual violence

By Katy Atherholt, September 25 2014 — Hundreds took to the streets on Sept. 19 to rally against violence toward women in Calgary’s 33rd annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march.  Demonstrators gathered at Connaught Park to show support for those affected by violence against women and demonstrate for a woman’s right to walk the…

City council pushes secondary suites vote to December

By Fabian Mayer, September 25 2014 — Calgary city council failed to vote on a motion to change secondary suite regulations in four inner-city wards on Monday, Sept. 22. Council delayed the vote until December because one of the councillors advocating reform was out of the country. If council approves the proposal, city administrators would…

Renters deserve safe and legal housing

In Calgary, tenant rights are a taboo topic. At 1.4 per cent, Calgary has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Canada. Despite this fact, city council defeated a motion last week to change the city’s zoning restrictions and lessen stringent secondary suite regulations across the city. Secondary suites can be built in certain parts…

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