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Talking to Your Teen about Bullying

Teens can be under a lot of pressure as they deal with hormonal changes, heartbreaks, anxiety about school, relationships, etc. With so much going on in your teen’s life, it is important to watch for signs that they may be struggling with bullying. If...

Mediation and Separation: How to Divorce Amicably without Destroying Your Family

A separation is a difficult and stressful time for you and your family. In fact, a divorce can be a terrible time! It’s scary and sad. You feel very emotional and filled with uncertainty. There are the obvious concerns how you will raise your...

Shady Characters

Our neighbourhoods are more than 40 years old and most of the original trees are fully mature. It gives the area a beautiful 4-season atmosphere, but also challenges gardeners who now deal with very shady gardens. There are many books and magazines with articles...

Adventures in North American Wine Touring – Part 3

What could be more romantic for a couple than a stunning summer eve beneath the gorgeous beauty of an illuminated Niagara Falls? I certainly scored brownie points for doing exactly that with my wife a few years back on our anniversary, but the next day...

I’m Voting for Kids (Part 4)!

The provincial election is just around the corner, and our last feature highlights how childhood poverty is an issue that affects all of us. Use this information to start a conversation with candidates and representatives you encounter to help figure out where the best...

April News from the Friends of Nose Hill

According to the Parks Department, there is a plan for Nose Hill to redesign the parking lots, signage, install posts and some fences. It is to better inform park users as to where they are on the hill and where they are allowed to...

Reporting Crime: Knowing Who to Call

When to Dial 9-1-1 Sometimes it can be confusing to know what phone number to call for help. In many cases, it’s clear that the best number to call is 9-1-1, but other situations might not be so obvious. The Calgary Police Service uses two telephone...

Digital Spring e-Cleaning

Digital Diligence: BBB Encourages Businesses and Consumers to Spring Clean Their Data Safely Spring is a time for de-cluttering and organizing, including information on your electronics. But, where do you start? BBB has tips to help businesses and consumers safeguard their sensitive information and protect...

All Dogs Should Go to School!

Veterinarians often advise clients about behavioral issues with their pets. Statistically, behavior problems are the number one reason dogs are given up in the first year of their life. Hopefully, your pet will be with you for many years, so an obedience class or...

Bicycle Helmet Safety

Head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on wheels*. Most injuries occur when a cyclist suffers a fall, strikes a stationary object, or collides with another cyclist/pedestrian. Remember—it’s the law in Alberta that cyclists under the age of...

I’ve Made an Offer that Expires, but the Seller’s Agent Won’t Take It to the Seller. Is this Allowed?

I’m in a time crunch and need to purchase a property fast. I’ve made an offer that expires in the extreme short-term, but the seller’s agent refuses to take it to the seller, saying the seller wants to consider all offers at a later date. Is this allowed? Yes. The...

What’s the Difference Between Being a Real Estate Client and Customer?

I’ve heard that calling myself a “customer” of a real estate professional means I won’t have to pay them for their services. Is that correct? No. Choosing to call yourself a customer has very little to do with payment. Being a “customer” is a specific type of working relationship you...

My Agent Doesn’t Believe in Open Houses. Can They Refuse to Perform Services I Ask of Them?

I’m selling my house and I’d like to have a few open houses, but my agent says they don’t believe in open houses. Can my agent refuse to perform services I ask of them? The answer to your question rests on what you and your real estate professional agreed to...

Is Rent-to-Own Worth Considering?

I’d like to buy a home; I can afford monthly payments, but I’m working on my credit. I saw an ad for a rent-to-own. Is that something I should consider? The short answer is maybe. Rent-to-own arrangements sometimes make it easier for someone to buy a home. A typical rent-to-own is...
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