City business closures slow, but still a painful reality for struggling merchants

Dave Fletcher saw the writing on the wall when the regular hordes of Halloween costume hunters last month were a fraction of what they were three years ago. After operating Chuckles Unlimited at 6130 1A Street S.W. for 15 years, Fletcher and his wife Bernadette had weathered the highs and lows of operating a small business, but had always continued to grow since they purchased the legendary Calgary costume and novelty shop, a staple business in Calgary for more than three decades. But after enduring three trying years, Fletcher said they have no choice but to pull the plug on the labour of love, with costs soaring, business waning and… Read More

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Everything you need to know to prepare for the CFL Western Final

When the Calgary Stampeders take the field against the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday, it will mark a Western Final rubber match between the storied Alberta squads. Dating back to 1978, the teams have played each other a dozen times in the game that sends the winner to represent the west in the Grey Cup Championship. In those games, the Battle of Alberta is square at six wins apiece. So when the teams meet at McMahon Stadium in the latest chapter of the provincial skirmish, whoever goes to 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa will also have earned Battle of Alberta bragging rights. Here’s some things to know about Sunday’s big game: When… Read More

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Gov. Christie to get road named after him in Morris County

On Monday, Morris County officials said a new main access road to Central Park would be named “Governor Chris Christie Way.” Gov. Chris Christie is getting a road named in his honor in the county he calls home. Morris County officials say a new main access road to Central Park will be named “Governor Chris Christie Way.” County spokesman Larry Ragonese said in an email on Saturday that Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, are expected to be on hand for the presentation and groundbreaking. The ceremony will take place at 12:45 p.m. Monday at 91 Central Ave., Morris Plains. Brian Murray, a spokesman for Christie, did not confirm… Read More

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Jagmeet Singh takes shot at Jason Kenney in swing through Alberta

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is accusing United Conservative Party boss Jason Kenney of “divisive” politics while praising Alberta’s premier during a visit to Calgary Saturday on his cross-country tour. “(Jason Kenney) is very divisive in terms of his policies. Maybe he’s united two parties, but he’s not someone that puts out policies that are bringing people together in general,” Singh said. “He’s always finding ways to divide people and that’s not the type of politics I believe in.” Singh made the remarks to Postmedia during his first official visit to the province since being elected leader of the federal New Democrats. He also heaped praise on Premier Rachel Notley… Read More

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