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2017

February

February 14 - News Talk 770 - Angle parking in cul-de-sacs could soon be legal

Parking nose first or at an angle could soon be as easy as applying for a permit from the city...It’s common place to do so in many Calgary neighbourhoods, but is against the law. The Calgary Parking Authority has let the practice slide and enforcement comes on a complaint basis.

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February 12 - Calgary Sun - Garish maybe, but selling parkade space for ads a beautiful solution to revenue slump 

Outside the box, rather than inside your wallet...The Calgary Parking Authority’s money-making idea is to cash in on space wherever possible, selling surface area of every sort to the highest bidder for advertising use.

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February 10 - Metro Calgary - Kensington taps into condo developments to add parking spots

...Annie MacInnis, executive director of the Kensington BRZ, said they’ve worked to creatively free up and create new parking spots all around the shopping district in recent months.

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February 9 - Metro Calgary - Calgary lifts snow route parking ban

Good news, Calgary – the parking ban has been lifted.

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February 9 - Calgary Herald - Calgary lifts snow route parking ban

The City of Calgary lifted its snow route parking ban at 6 a.m. Thursday morning, 12 hours earlier than anticipated.

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February 9 - Calgary Herald - Snow and ice control moves into residential areas, continues until late Monday

Road crews will go into residential areas over the next few days as a city-wide campaign to control snow and ice is expected to continue until late Monday.

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February 9 - Calgary Sun - Early end to snow route parking ban 

The City of Calgary lifted its snow route parking ban at 6 a.m. Thursday morning, 12 hours earlier than anticipated.

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February 9 - Calgary Sun - Snowplows: Coming to your community soon 

Road crews will go into residential areas over the next few days as a city-wide campaign to control snow and ice is expected to continue until late Monday.

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February 8 - CTV Calgary - City to lift snow route parking ban Thursday morning

The City of Calgary will soon end its snow route parking ban that went into effect Monday evening following a significant accumulation of snow.

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February 8 - Metro Calgary - Calgary's snow route parking ban to be lifted Thursday morning

It was the first time in three years the city had to enact a snow route parking ban, but 50 hours was enough to get the job done.

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February 8 - Global News - City of Calgary lifts snow route parking ban

The City of Calgary has lifted a snow route parking ban initially put in place on Monday at 6 p.m.

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February 8 - 660 News - 2300 tickets issued so far during snow route parking ban

Hundreds of cars continue to get ticketed as many Calgarians ignore the snow route parking ban.

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February 7 - Metro Calgary - Calgary snow route parking ban nets nearly 1,500 tickets

The first snow route parking ban in years has netted the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) nearly 1,500 tickets as of 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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February 7 - CBC Calgary - 1,482 vehicles ticketed under snow-route parking ban

The Calgary Parking Authority says it has issued 1,482 tickets since a snow-route parking ban began Monday night.

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February 7 - 660 News - Nearly 1500 tickets handed out on first day of snow route parking ban

The City of Calgary has not been in the mood to hand out warnings to those who defied the snow route parking ban.

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February 7 - Calgary Herald - Nearly 1500 vehicles ticketed as Calgary snow route parking ban continues

...By 4 p.m. Tuesday, 1,482 tickets had been issued to motorists who ignored temporary parking restrictions on roads that have been designated as snow routes.

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February 7 - Calgary Sun - Hundreds ticketed as Calgary enforces snow route parking ban 

...By 4 p.m. Tuesday, 1,482 tickets had been issued to motorists who ignored temporary parking restrictions on roads that have been designated as snow routes.

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February 7 - Global News - Calgary snow route parking ban: nearly 1,500 tickets issued on Day 1

Hundreds of Calgary drivers have received tickets after leaving their vehicles parked on a snow route during the first day of the city’s recent ban.

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February 7 - NewsTalk770 - Hundreds ticketed as snow route parking ban takes effect

...In a release this morning, the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) revealed 606 tickets had been written between the time the ban went into effect at 6p.m. Monday and this morning. 11 vehicles were towed. The CPA had 12 officers on duty during that time.

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February 6 - CTV Calgary - Snow route parking ban in effect in Calgary

...According to the Calgary Parking Authority, parking lots will be made available overnight at no cost to assist vehicle owners during parking bans.

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February 6 - Calgary Sun - Snow route parking ban in effect after heavy snowfall

...Drivers who need to move their vehicles overnight can access free parking in Calgary Parking Authority surface lots and parkades between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. while the ban is in effect. Payment is required outside of those hours.

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February 6 - Calgary Herald - Snow route parking ban in effect after heavy snowfall

...Drivers who need to move their vehicles overnight can access free parking in Calgary Parking Authority surface lots and parkades between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. while the ban is in effect. Payment is required outside of those hours.

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February 6 - 660 News - Snow route parking ban takes effect across Calgary

Officers with the Calgary Parking Authority and tow truck drivers began to ticket and tow violators from Mission and surrounding communities shortly after the 6 p.m. deadline.

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February 5 - News Talk 770 - Snow route parking ban takes effect in Calgary Monday night

Calgarians who live on a snow route are asked to move their vehicles during the ban or risk getting ticketed or towed. The Calgary Parking Authority says residents are familiar at this point how the parking bans work, and no one will get off with a warning.

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February 5 - Global News - Calgary traffic: snow route parking ban in effect Monday evening

The City of Calgary has announced a snow route parking ban will go into effect Monday at 6 p.m. During the ban, parking will be temporarily restricted on designated snow routes for up to 72 hours.

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February 5 - Metro Calgary - City declares Calgary's first snow route parking ban in three years

Anyone who regularly parks on a City of Calgary snow route - prepare to find somewhere else to put your car...Calgary Parking Authority said there will be no warnings – if your vehicle isn’t removed, it’s subject to a ticket or tow.

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2016

December

December 28 - News Talk 770 - Calgary Parking Authority to continue parking rate freeze in 2017

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is giving Calgarians a late Christmas gift. The CPA announced on Wednesday it will continue a rate freeze for all on-street parking in 2017.

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December 28 - CBC News - Calgary Parking Authority extends rate freeze through 2017

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing parking rates for 2017, extending the temporary reprieve it introduced for 2016.

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December 28, 2016 – 660 News - Calgary Parking Authority announces rate freeze in 2017

It’s not much, but every little bit helps. The Calgary Parking Authority has announced that for the second year in a row, rates for on-street parking and in its surface lots and parkades will not increase.

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December 28, 2016 – Calgary Sun - Host of city user fees set to rise January 1

… For those who choose to drive, the Calgary Parking Authority is continuing a 2015 freeze for on-street parking rates and rates in surface lots and parkades.

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December 20 - Calgary Herald - Christmas comes early for (some) Calgarians slapped with parking tickets

Nearly 1,000 drivers who received parking tickets in newly designated 7 a.m. pricing areas downtown are getting a refund and they have a bylaw discrepancy to thank.

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December 20 - Calgary Sun - Parking authority to refund $150K in tickets

Nearly 1,000 drivers who received parking tickets in newly designated 7 a.m. pricing areas downtown are getting a refund and they have a bylaw discrepancy to thank.

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December 20 - CTV News - Parking ticket refunds coming for new downtown parking zones

The city is issuing refunds to people who parked in the new downtown zones after it was discovered the bylaw was not changed properly.

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December 20 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority issuing refunds in downtown parking mix up

In June, councillors passed changes to the parking policy framework, allowing the Calgary Parking Authority to collect funds for an extra two hours in downtown spaces where demand was high. Instead of starting to charge customers at 9 a.m., the change saw Calgarians shelling for parking beginning at 7 a.m. instead.

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December 20 - 660 News - Discrepancy leads to refunds for downtown 7 a.m. parking zones

Drivers who got ticketed in the core are getting a refund. The Calgary Parking Authority says it found a discrepancy between the changes to the 7 a.m. zones and the Calgary Traffic Bylaw.

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December 20 - CBC News - 'We screwed up': Calgary Parking Authority to refund $150K in fees, fines after bylaw mix-up 

If you got a parking ticket in one of downtown Calgary's newly designated 7 a.m. enforcement areas, your luck just changed.

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December 20Global News - $50K in Calgary parking tickets refunded for 7 a.m. pricing areas

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) announced Tuesday it’s ripping up or refunding $50,000 worth of parking tickets and $100,000 in charges collected from 7 a.m. pricing zones since Aug. 1, 2016.

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December 20 - News Talk 770 - Ticket refunds for 7 a.m. downtown parking

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is ripping up or refunding $50,000 worth of parking tickets.

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December 12 - Metro Calgary - Calgary looks at building 500-stall parking structure in East Village

...they will be purchasing the land and overseeing the construction of the structure, but then they’ll be turning the parking garage over to the Calgary Parking Authority, which already has the reserves to pay for it.

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December 12 - Calgary Sun - New core parkade welcome relief for city dominated by cars 

...Construction on the parkade is slated to start in late 2017, after the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation secures a $57.5 million loan from council to build the structure, in a game of money shuffling that will then see city-subsidiary CMLC sell the parkade back to the Calgary Parking Authority.

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December 10 - Global News - Calgary holiday elves giveaway free parking to encourage shopping at local businesses

Holiday parking elves are spreading the cheer by offering free parking at select Calgary locations for a sixth year in a row. It’s a Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) initiative to encourage Calgarians to shop at local businesses.

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December 9 - Global News - Cold weather freezes Calgary’s paid parking machines

...“If this occurs, we encourage our customers to contact us as soon as possible at the phone number provided on the machine so that we can best assist them,” the CPA said in an email to Global News.

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November

November 18 - CTV Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority launches accessible parking awareness campaign

Just ahead of the busy holiday season where shopping centres will be packed and parking spots in short supply, the Calgary Parking Authority is working to make sure everyone knows where they can and can’t leave their vehicles.

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November 18 - CBC Marketplace - Parking Wars

We gathered parking ticket data from major cities across Canada, more than 15 million tickets total, and reveal the top ticket traps you should avoid. 

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October

October 7 - Calgary Herald - Lido home to short- and long-term rentals through unique hotel

…The site was originally purchased years ago by the Calgary Parking Authority with the goal of increasing parking in the area but instead, the CPA and Battistella worked together to create something better.

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October 7 - Calgary Herald - Councillor and parking authority board member of two minds on cul-de-sac parking

A city councillor who sits on the board of the parking authority says that while he understands the frustration of homeowners hit by a ticketing blitz this week, the law is the law.

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October 7 - Global News - Little-known Calgary parking bylaw surprises cul-de-sac homeowners

Calgary has some unusual bylaws, but bet you've never heard of this one. It's illegal to park your car at an angle. Two dozen car owners learned that lesson the hard way this week.

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October 7 - Calgary Sun - Calgary councillor defends sneaky Woodbine parking blitz, but admits there may be more thoughtful ways of doing things

A city councillor who sits on the board of Calgary Parking Authority says while he understands the frustration of Woodbine homeowners hit by a ticketing blitz this week, the law is the law.

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October 7 - Calgary Herald - Woodbine neighbourhood irked at city for overnight ticketing blitz

An overnight ticket blitz in a southwest Calgary cul-de-sac caught most residents by surprise Thursday morning, after a neighbour complained about their angled parking — something they’ve been doing for years.

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October 6 - CBC Calgary - Woodbine cul-de-sac residents want parking bylaw relaxed

People living in a cul-de-sac in Woodbine woke up to a nasty surprise on their windshields Thursday morning. Calgary Parking Authority says the bylaw isn't usually acted on in cul-de-sacs, unless someone calls in a specific complaint.

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October 6 - Calgary Sun - Parking ticket blitz riles Woodbine residents

..."Our enforcement team was contacted last night with a complaint about angle parking on Woodmont Green SW. An enforcement officer was dispatched to investigate and subsequently ticketed 25 vehicles for angle parking where not permitted to. Under Calgary’s Parking Bylaws, all vehicles must be parallel parked with their right wheels to the curb unless otherwise directed to via posted signage." the CPA statement continued.

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September

September 30 - CTV Calgary - Calgary small business clashes with city over parking rules

A Calgary couple says a parking bylaw is keeping them from doing business and they need an exception. Stacy and Shane Walton run a home-based electrician business and use their commercial truck to make house calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But after five years in business, the city is now ticketing them for breaking a bylaw that say commercial vehicles cannot be parked on residential streets between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

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September 12 - Metro Calgary - Calgary planning for more electric vehicles

Mike Subasic likes his electric vehicles so much, he owns three of them. The Calgary man started out with a Nissan Leaf, before acquiring a Tesla Model S sedan and later the Model X SUV... Electric cars are very much on the city's radar according to Eric MacNaughton, transportation coordinator for the city's Climate Change Project. . . The Calgary Parking Authority is also taking some small steps towards a possible electric future. There's currently a public charging station in the authority's city hall parkade, but more are coming according to Mike Derbyshire, general manager of CPA.

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August

August 21 - Calgary Herald - How often are Car2Go vehicles actually towed?

For all the Calgarians' complaints about Car2Go vehicles unfairly and illegally parked in the city, they aren't actually towed that often. According to data from the Calgary Parking Authority, the SmartCars that make up the vast majority of Car2Go's 610 strong fleet are only the 17th most towed type of car in the city.

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August 21 - Calgary Sun - Parking numbers show Car2Go users starting to 'tow' the line 

For all the Calgarians' complaints about Car2Go vehicles unfairly and illegally parked in the city, they aren't actually towed that often. According to data from the Calgary Parking Authority, the SmartCars that make up the vast majority of Car2Go's 610 strong fleet are only the 17th most towed type of car in the city.

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August 17 - 660 News - Edmonton to start charging for street parking near Rogers Place

Anyone hoping to check out an Edmonton Oilers game or a concert at Rogers Place better bring some coin for street parking when the new arena opens to the public.

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August 2 - Global News - On-street paid parking in downtown Calgary starts earlier beginning in August

The City of Calgary is changing the time when weekday payment becomes mandatory on some streets, moving it from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m.

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August 2 - AM770 - Changes begin today for downtown parking

Back in June city council approved a change to downtown parking rates and today those changes take effect.

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August 2 - 660 News - Paid on-street parking starts earlier in downtown Calgary

Most streets in the core will see free parking before 9 a.m. come to an end, with paid parking in most areas now starting at 7 a.m. The affected area is roughly between 3 Ave and 9 Ave, from 1 St SE to 8 St SW.

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August 2 - Country 105 - Changes begin today for downtown parking

On street parking rates now go into effect two hours earlier at 7am. The areas affected are between 9th Avenue and 3rd avenue from 1st. S.E. to 8th St. S.W.

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July

July 29 - Calgary Herald - Paying for parking downtown will begin two hours earlier in August

Ahead of the August Long Weekend, the Calgary Parking Authority are reminding the public that as of Aug. 2, paid street parking in many parts of downtown will start at 7 a.m. instead of usual 9 a.m.

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July 29 - Calgary Herald - Calgarians kept paying tickets even as economy worsened

Data from the city’s bylaw services shows that the number of unpaid tickets have not gone up since Calgary’s economy took a dive.

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July 29 - CBC News - Paid parking kicks in at 7 a.m. on many downtown Calgary streets in August

Street parking in many parts of downtown Calgary will require payment two hours earlier each weekday morning starting Aug. 2.

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July 28 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Cecil property to be paved for temporary parking lot

It’s not paved paradise, but the old Cecil Hotel lot will soon be turned into a parking lot; for now…“We’re choosing to activate it with a parkade to be managed by Calgary Parking Authority, so it’s all of their infrastructure, management and operation,” said Veres.

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July 22 - CTV Calgary - Businesses concerned about extended paid parking in the core

Changes are coming to street parking in parts of downtown Calgary next month and some area eateries are concerned it will impact their breakfast business. On August 1st, most of the streets between 9th and 3rd Avenue and 1st and 8th Street S.W. will start charging for parking at 7:00 a.m.

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July 6 - Calgary Sun - Police remind Calgarians not to leave children in hot vehicles

Authorities are once again reminding Calgarians not to leave children in their vehicles during the summer months as cars can heat up quickly and pose serious health risks in just a few short moments.

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July 6 - Global Calgary - A reminder from Calgary first responders: Do not leave children unattended in closed vehicles on hot days

Calgary police, EMS and firefighters, along with the Calgary Parking Authority, are once again reminding people of the dangers of leaving children alone inside hot vehicles, even for short periods of time.

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July 6 - CBC Calgary - Child safety campaign highlights dangers of hot cars

Parents are being reminded about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars this summer.

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July 6 - CTV Calgary - Parents warned not to lock kids in cars

Summer days can bring soaring temperatures and Calgary’s first responders are once again reminding Calgarians not to leave children unattended in vehicles.

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July 5 - CTV Calgary - Visitors to Calgary owe millions in unpaid parking tickets

The City of Calgary is out more than $2 million in unpaid parking fines on vehicles from out of province because it can’t collect under current rules.

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June

June 22 - CTV Calgary - Parking problem plaguing Marda Loop residents

Residents in the southwest Calgary community of Marda Loop are upset with the pile of parking tickets they’re getting and they say poor signage is to blame.

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June 3 - CBC News - Calgary's most-ticketed parking zones: Find out the top 20 spots you're most likely to get a ticket

Ever wonder which of the city-patrolled parking zones around Calgary generate the most tickets? We have a map for that.

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March

March 1 - Metro Calgary - Mayland Heights man angry over city policy on angle parking

For Keith Hopkins, it's not about the fine. The Mayland Heights resident lives on Matador Crescent NE, and ever since he purchased his home 13 years ago he's been angle parking in the bend at the north end of the crescent.

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February

February 8 - Calgary Sun - Calgary man loses truck in ticket snafu

At more than $115,000 plus the loss of livelihood and future income, it could be the most expensive penalty ever paid for careless parking in Calgary.

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January

January 31 - Calgary Herald - Empty downtown parking stalls spark onlne deals, price reductions

As corporate Calgary tightens its belt to weather Alberta's flagging economy, purveyors of downtown parking stalls are offering deals and slashing prices for monthly spots that once boasted lengthy wait lists.

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January 30 - Calgary Sun - Calgary's core seeing boom in available monthly parking stalls due to market downturn

Parking like a rock star in downtown Calgary has never been easier. Not long ago, finding a monthly stall in the core was next to impossible, with vacancy rates hovering under 1% and those lucky enough to find a 2.5 metre by five metre plot forking over several hundred dollars every month for the privilege.

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January 21 - CBC Calgary - Car2Go gets more tiny parking spaces in Calgary

Car2Go users will have more parking spots to choose from now that the city is adding 150 "microstall parking zones" throughout downtown Calgary and the Beltline with the intent to alleviate parking pressure. . . the city is working with the Calgary Parking Authority to cover the costs of this $25,000 pilot project.

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January 20 - Calgary Herald - Dear Calgary homeowners, you don't own the parking spot in front of your house

Calgarians get very riles up about parking. Where is it, how much is it, who does it belong to, is there a bicycle in it? They're all questions that get the blood pumping in a city built for the motor vehicle.

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January 5 - Calgary Sun - City freezes Calgary parking rates for 2016. Move designed to provide relief in tough economy

It won't cost any more to park on the street or at city controlled lots and parkades. Calgary Parking Authority announced Tuesday it is freezing its rates for 2016.

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January 5 - cbc.ca/calgary - Calgary Parking Authority freezes rates for 2016 in response to economic downturn

The Calgary Parking Authority won't increase rates in 2016. CPA general manager Mike Derbyshire announced the decision Tuesday, describing it as a response to the city's economic downturn.

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January 5 - News Talk 770 - Calgary Parking Authority freezes rates

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing rates for 2016. GM Mike Derbyshire says they are aware of the challenges Calgarians are facing with respect to the economy. As a result, the rate policy used has been amended to freeze both on and off street rates.

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January 5 - Global News Calgary - CPA freezes parking rates for 2016

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing rates for the rest of this year on all city operated spaces. That means you won't pay any more per hour to park on the street, in parkades, or in off-street lots. CPA said vacancies for reserved spots are higher and demand for hourly parking is lower.

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