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What is the Keystone Pipeline? The Keystone Pipeline is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas, and also to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma.

With the recent results of the election we ask, what does that mean for the Keystone Pipeline? When the Keystone Pipeline was taken up last time Obama had turned it down. TransCanada still stays committed to the Keystone Pipeline plan. With Trumps election as president of the United States, he has opened up a door and let TransCanada reapply to him for approval on the Pipeline.  The win is a huge factor for Alberta's economy as even Stephen Harper

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Looking to be festive this upcoming holiday season? Wanting to go all out with decorations? Have you ever wondered if there are any rules or bylaws to how much you can really do? It’s that time of year again. The time to take out your Christmas lights, go caroling and turn on a Christmas movie. But before you go all out this holiday season, lets make sure you're following the rules.

Those living in detached homes and townhomes have much more freedom then those in condominiums. This is because they pay their own power bills and get more rights to their land. So before you go all out with decorations for your condominium make sure to check your condos bylaws, rules and declarations.

Condos usually have restrictions in place to make sure no damage

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Big moves were made when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet decided to sign off on two major pipelines. The pipelines are the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3. However, Trudeau did reject the Northern Gateway pipeline. These pipelines will increase the amount of oilsands Alberta can send to its markets. The NEB believes that oil production in 2040 will be 56% higher then it is now. 

Trudeau made it clear that he still believes Canada is a “climate leader”, and made sure to emphasize Alberta has a plan for its greenhouse gas emissions. Trudeau believes the pipelines would not do a lot of damage under the plans. He stated “if he thought this project was unsafe for the BC coast I would reject it”. He based his

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Humans are very diverse; we have different abilities, sizes and preferences. With this in mind why is our environment catered to what we call the “average person”. With the correct rules and bylaws we can enable everyone to be successful and have no obstacles in their way. When building do it the right way so all people are abled for easy access to all they need. “In the past, design professionals may not have realized that when a disability meets a barrier, it creates a handicap” – George Covington

The Minimum Requirements:

Accessible Building Entrance

There has to be one or more entrance to the building on an accessible route. Clear of any obstruction and has to be continuous so someone in wheelchair can navigate it easily. If person has

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Green Line LRTWhen looking for the right home, a common concern is the neighbourhoods train access. With the announcement of the Green Line, Light Rail Transit (LRT) many heads have been turning. It will be 46km long and will almost double the size of the current LRT system. The Green Line will connect communities between Seton and Keystone to downtown.

The current LRT system can get very packed as it is so limited. This will open a plethora of options for many Calgarians. An expected total of 90,000 – 140,000 commuters are expected to use the Green Line every single day.

The Green Line when constructed will provide access to employment centres, recreation centres, the National Music Centre, Central Library, Stampede Park, South Health Campus, and will pass

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Are you new to the area? Do you need to brush up on your by-laws? If you’re looking for information about these responsibilities as a neighbor, follow our guide. The topics today are trees, fences and noise by-laws.

When planting trees there are a few guidelines you need to follow. Hedges, tree and shrubs must be trimmed at all times to a level where they don’t interfere with cars or pedestrians accessing the road or sidewalks. However there are bylaws regarding city trees. The bylaw prohibits cutting, removing, pruning or moving any city trees. Removing or penetrating the bark or attaching any object to a city tree is not allowed. Planting trees or shrubs on city land, spraying trees with any substance other than water is also an offense. Further

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Basement Rules, Measurements

A legal basement bedroom must have at least one window leading to the outside that can be opened from the inside without any tools, keys or special knowledge. These windows must be large enough for an individual to escape from a fire and to accommodate fire personnel and their protective gear. The window opening must have at least 0.35m2 (3.77 ft2 or 543 square inches) of unobstructed space and not be less than 380 mm (15 inches) on any side.

It must also have the ability to remain fully open at the 90-degree position without any support and an individual must be able to open the window without removing any sashes or hardware. Security bars can be present so long as they can be opened from the inside without any special tools or knowledge.

The

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Driverless car, Autonomous Car

With the coming of autonomous cars will real estate ever be the same? Autonomous cars such as the ones built by Google have been showing promise to define the future of the automotive industry. They eliminate the need for private ownership, give you extra time in your day and make the passengers life a lot easier by relieving them from taking the wheel.

What does this mean for real estate? In the future if the popularity of these cars rise we might see a whole different world; A world that is much greener and requires less parking. The car would after dropping you off; go onto another that is in need of a ride.  This passenger could be someone from your family, a friend, a cousin or someone from your neighbourhood. Today cars spent around 96% of

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Everything you need to know about residential parking in Calgary.

Stampede has the City of Calgary bustling with activity. Drawing locals out of their homes and attracting around one million visitors from across the globe, it's needless to say that it's a busy time for the city. The evidence is everywhere – Stephen Avenue is constantly streaming with pedestrians, the C-trains are packed, and of course, parking spots are increasingly difficult to find – perhaps even in your own community. See if this situation seems familiar to you: after circling around a neighbourhood aimlessly for several minutes, you've finally managed to procure a precious parking space, just large enough to squeeze your vehicle in. You park, exhale a breath of relief, and then start looking around for any conflicting signage indicating

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Noise bylaws in Calgary.

With Calgary in the midst of the week-long party otherwise known as Stampede, it's not uncommon for things to get a little more rowdy than usual in your neighbourhood. Festivities are running across the city in plazas, parks, bars, and pubs, and not surprisingly, in your neighbour's house. While Stampede is a great time to gather with friends and celebrate, it's important to respect your neighbours and remember the City of Calgary noise bylaws (And yes, they do change during stampede week!).  

Noise restrictions are generally enforced from 10 PM to 7 AM Monday to Saturday, and from 10PM to 9AM on Sundays and holidays. During these times, the City noise bylaws prohibit use of the following: 

  • Hand lawn mowers 
  • Motorized
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