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FREE july 24 to july 30 2015 issue 05-28 editorial 403-781-1324 advertising 403-263-4940 crebnow@creb.ca

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Plans for a new cemetery in the southeast aims to bring burial into the 21st century, serving as more than just a repository for the departed

JOEL SCHLESINGER for creb®now Yet the parkland on the edge of Calgary?s southeast quadrant is intended to be much more than a place to take the dog for a walk amongst spectacular mountain vistas. It?s the site of the city?s newest cemetery, the first to be constructed in more than 75 years. Yet to be officially named, it represents a 21st century approach to death, Stretching over rolling hills, a 65-hectare plot of land adjacent to Ralph Klein Park is an idyllic refuge from the frenetic energy of urban life.

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aimed at making an important-butoften-underused public space in a rapidly growing urban environment into a vital hub for the communities it serves. ?It certainly will have a more multipurpose use,? said Jim Klimes, the lead architect for the City of Calgary on the project. ?We don?t want it cut off from society; we want it integrated into the community.? To that end, the city sought plenty of public input on what the cemetery should be prior to developing a plan. What the city heard during consultations held last year is a design should maintain the landscape?s natural beauty while protecting existing wetland and maximize mountain views. Yet equally important is the new

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cemetery must serve a multitude of uses besides burial. Respondents wanted biking and walking paths to encourage regular visitors beyond those paying respects to the deceased. And they wanted a multi-faith community centre to be used for celebrations as well as funerals. The extensive input from the public is aimed to make the approximately $10-million project ? expected to be complete in 2018 ? a much more utilized space than the city?s five existing cemeteries, said Klimes. ?When they were built, they were basically warehouses. You didn?t go there unless you had to,? he said. ?But now the theme is to integrate cemeteries into the community with various uses.?

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to rising inflation and lagging economy, the Bank of Canada has lowered its benchmark rate to 0.5 per cent. The move, which was widely anticipated by financial analysts, was accompanied by an updated outlook that contained some less-than-optimistic language regarding Canada?s flagging economy. ?Global economic developments have been quite disappointing, and these have led to a significant downgrade of our estimate of Canadian economic growth for 2015,? said Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz. INDUSTRY A3 City of Calgary cemeteries superintendent Gary Daudlin believes cemeteries are valuable-but-oftenoverlooked green spaces within the city. Fred Valentine, an architect and adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, notes Calgary?s cemeteries are situated on prime real estate surrounded by intense development. Yet somewhat ironically they are underused and largely forgotten. ?We really push death aside,? he said. CEMETERIES A3

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288205 PARKINS RD W A Creek Runs By It A rare combination of property and setting! Solid bungalow with walkout basement. A country valley paradise backing onto 3/4 acre section of crown land, offering nothing but captivating beauty from the new wrap-around deck and stone patio. Peace and quiet all day long. Extensive rock retaining walls, rock staircase, and a beautiful split rail fence, with cross fencing encompassing the entire property. The inside of the home features a large vaulted open design through the kitchen, eating nook, and living room; a spacious master with a bay window opening onto the large deck; and a large guest bedroom, 3 pce bath, and great recreational area in the lower level. Includes a detached oversized garage and horse shelter. MLS ® C4013410 $749,000 Woodland Retreat 31 ELK VALLEY BA $789,000 Fine finishings and a private location. The tree-lined driveway circles past the over-sized, heated, detached garage & the covered, wrap-around verandah at the front of the home. A spacious great room invites gathering around the unique Tulikivi soapstone fireplace & bake oven, while offering a serene view through the 2.5 storey banked prow windows. Custom kitchen features upper-end stainless-steel appliances, a commercial sized gas stove, solid Cherry cabinets, granite countertops, & a snack counter. A guest bedroom, bath, & laundry room complete the main level. Upstairs, a loft overlooks the great room, & the huge master includes a modern ensuite. A family room, exercise room, wine room, sauna, & steam shower are developed on the lower level. MLS ® C4017889

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lee@braggcreekrealestate.com

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