City councillors hear from public on Calgary’s proposed ‘missing middle’ zoning – Calgary


A large group of Calgarians have voiced their opposition and support for changes to the city’s zoning rules, which aim to give the green light to higher density development in inner-city neighbourhoods.

Sixty-four people registered to speak at Tuesday’s lengthy public hearing at Calgary City Hall, which also included more than 400 letters and emails sent to city administration on the matter.

The proposed amendment to the zoning rules would allow for more development otherwise known as the “missing middle.” The medium-density builds would include townhomes, rowhouses, low-rise apartments and semi-detached homes.

Council is also being asked to approve a new zoning category called Housing – Grade Oriented, or H-GO. If given approval by council, it would be allowed to be used within 200 metres of a main street or activity centre, within 600 metres of an LRT station, within 400 metres of a bus-rapid transit stop and within 200 metres of a primary transit service — if the community doesn’t have a local area plan.

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“It is simply another land-use district that can be used into the future. It is not replacing anything. It is not blanket rezoning,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek said.

“It is something that will not be forced upon people. It will be an option for people to use into the future.”

Even if council approves the changes, property owners would still need to bring individual rezoning applications to city council for approval.

According to the city, the new zoning category would help with housing affordability.

Alkarim Devani, the co-founder of RndSqr, was one of the many speakers that lined up at city council on Tuesday to speak in support of the zoning changes.

RndSqr, pronounced “round square,” is a developer in Calgary that specializes in inner-city developments.

Devani said there is a lot of demand for the type of housing covered by the proposed zoning changes, and under current zoning, these types of developments are expensive.

“The challenge is it’s not happening in an equitable manner,” Devani told Global News. “Only a select few are able to do it and it’s not easy for industry to do, so many aren’t willing to take the risk.

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“There’s an over-demand and a very shallow supply of this type of housing in the marketplace, and if we can’t bring in more supply, then demand will continue to be high and it will continue to be difficult to access these neighbourhoods.”

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Many speakers brought forward several concerns with the proposed changes and new zoning regulations, including parking requirements, the distance rules in the proposed bylaw and how the different build forms will fit in with the character of existing communities.

Chris Davis, a resident of North Glenmore, spoke in opposition. Davis said while the city needs to find ways to attract more density in the inner city, it has to be done in a “respectful and sensitive way” for the people who already live there.

“The challenge is to find a build form that fits in nicely with the people who are already living there so that everybody can find a more harmonious way of moving forward,” Davis told Global News.

“What was challenging with council today is that the rules haven’t really been clearly defined.”

Another concern brought up by several speakers was the consultation process for the zoning changes.

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City administration only consulted with development industry experts and not the general public. In a report it said that was due to a short time frame of four months to conduct the engagement.

A city report also suggested public consultation would not be helpful.

“Citizens would not have the technical expertise to contribute to the writing of land-use districts,” the report said.

It’s a concern shared by Ward 10 councillor Andre Chabot, who initiated the request to administration to create the new zoning category.

“What’s here is the gold standard for development,” he said. “It’s not the gold standard for the general public.

“Somehow we need to find some middle ground here, something the general public can buy into and that the developers can live with, because right now this is just exactly what the developers want.”

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Many similar types of developments have been approved in the past during lengthy rezoning application debates until what’s called direct control zoning.

Gondek told reporters that approving these types of medium-density developments under direct control zoning creates “a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability” for the community.

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A city report said the changes to the zoning categories aims to reduce the number of direct control applications and associated costs, while bringing in a consistent set of criteria to address concerns from neighbours.

Council is expected to debate and make a decision on the proposed changes and new zoning category on Wednesday.

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Tanya Tucker Emotionally Reflects On Passing Of ‘Hero’ Loretta Lynn


By Mona Khalifeh, ETOnline.com.

Tanya Tucker is looking back on her friendship with Loretta Lynn, as she bids farewell to the country music icon. In a press release Tuesday, Tucker called Lynn her “hero” in an emotional statement penned following the news of Lynn’s death.

“Today, my world changed, and it will never be the same again. My hero got her wings last night, and it’s been a day filled with tears. Many memories, so much gratitude and thanking my God above for blessing me first with her music and her guidance through the perils of the music world way before we ever met. I looked up to Loretta always. Then when we became friends, she brought me flowers always, and I brought flowers to her,” the “Delta Dawn” singer recounted.

“Time has let me share many special moments with her, but now time has taken her from me forever! But she’s left me with so much to remember and cling on to. I thank God above that I got to sing with her on her latest record. I’ve been waiting a long time for that to come to pass,” she continued.

Tucker said she was planning a “much-needed” trip to Mexico when she learned of Lynn’s passing.

“I was busy planning a much-needed trip to Mexico when I got the news, but for now, Mexico will have to wait because my childhood hero Loretta Lynn has caught the train and she’s ‘On Her Way to Heaven,’” she added. “Mexico will always be there, but my friend has gone on to glory. I will see her there someday! I miss you so Retti! I think you know how I feel! Your girl always.”

Tucker, 63, also shared some photos of her and Lynn from the late singer’s birthday celebration in April 2019. The photos saw the pink-haired musician singing alongside Lynn as she, and a room full of country greats and celebs, including Keith Urban, Brandi Carlile and Dennis Quaid, helped ring in Lynn’s 87th birthday.

Lynn died on Tuesday from natural causes at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, where she was “surrounded by her loving family.” The “You Ain’t Woman Enough” singer was 90.

Lynn, whose success transcended generations after spanning six monumentally successful decades that included over a dozen no. 1 hit singles and more than 45 million albums sold, left an indelible mark in the music industry with those she inspired with her relentless pursuit of justice and equality.

Lynn was born on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Her father, Ted Webb, was a coal miner, and growing up as his eldest daughter inspired her iconic 1969 tune, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and her 1976 autobiography of the same name. The book was later adapted into the acclaimed 1980 biographical film, in which Lynn was portrayed by Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for her performance.

Tributes have been flooding in since the news of Lynn’s passing, with Spacek, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride and many more sharing their sadness over the news.

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Lynn died on Tuesday from natural causes at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, where she was “surrounded by her loving family.” The “You Ain’t Woman Enough” singer was 90.

Lynn, whose success transcended generations after spanning six monumentally successful decades that included over a dozen no. 1 hit singles and more than 45 million albums sold, left an indelible mark in the music industry with those she inspired with her relentless pursuit of justice and equality.

Lynn was born on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Her father, Ted Webb, was a coal miner, and growing up as his eldest daughter inspired her iconic 1969 tune, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and her 1976 autobiography of the same name. The book was later adapted into the acclaimed 1980 biographical film, in which Lynn was portrayed by Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for her performance.

Tributes have been flooding in since the news of Lynn’s passing, with Spacek, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride and many more sharing their sadness over the news.

See more in the video below.

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Telangana’s KCR To Launch National Party Today, Take BJP Head-On


The party is likely to contest assembly elections in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi.

New Delhi:
After months of positioning himself as a national player and touring states to meet anti-BJP leaders, Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti President K Chandrasekhar Rao is on Mission 2024. He is all set to launch his national party.

Here’s your 10-point guide to this big story:

  1. The muhurat (auspicious time) has been set for 1:19 pm today for the launch of the party, likely to be called Bharatiya Rashtra Samiti. A general council meeting was held this morning. It was attended, among others, by Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. 

  2. On Sunday, the Chief Minister, also known as KCR, held a luncheon meeting with his cabinet colleagues and all 33 district presidents of the party. KCR is said to have discussed the roadmap for the launch of the national party.

  3. KCR has been nursing national ambitions since 2018 with a standard attack point that both the BJP and the Congress have failed the country.

  4. At various platforms, KCR had reiterated that “very soon, the formation of a national party and formulation of its policies will take place”. He is now gearing up for a straight fight with the BJP.

  5. BJP Telangana spokesperson NV Subhash said that the foray into national politics is just a tactic by KCR to divert the failures of his government. “A 12-seater aircraft worth Rs 100 crores was bought for the new party. This is a famous illustration of how public money has been stolen. This will not be tolerated by the BJP,” he said.

  6. The first election to be fought under the party is possibly going to be the Munugode bypoll that is expected to happen on November 4. The party is likely to contest assembly elections in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Delhi.

  7. Mocking KCR’s national plans, Minister of Tourism G Kishan Reddy said, “There is nothing new in parties coming and fading away. KCR once said that the apocalypse is about to come and this is it”.

  8. KCR is also expected to reveal the agenda of his party after the meeting in Hyderabad. Elected members of parliament and assembly, legislative council members, zilla parishad chairpersons, mayors and municipal chairpersons, adding up to 283, are expected to attend.

  9. The party wants to retain its election symbol of the car and also its pink colour, but it is still a long way from officially becoming a national party.

  10. KCR has told party leaders they must tour different states to talk about the “highly successful” welfare schemes in Telangana over the last eight years to increase the political influence of the party.



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Indonesia Stadium Stampede: “Will Never Watch Football Again”: Fan Who Lost Family


'Won't Watch Football Again': Fan Who Lost Family In Indonesia Stampede

Andi Hariyanto and his son got separated from his wife and daughters when chaos ensued.

Malang:

Andi Hariyanto says he will never watch a football match again after his wife, two teenage daughters and a cousin were crushed to death in a stampede at an Indonesian stadium last week.

Watching local team Arema FC play on Saturday was a special outing for football fan Andi’s family, including his two-year-old son.

The overcrowded stadium in Malang in Indonesia’s East Java province descended into chaos after police fired tear gas to disperse agitated fans who had poured on to the pitch at the end of the match. It was one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Authorities have put the latest death count at 131.

Though they stayed in the stands, Andi, holding his son in his arms, got separated from his wife and daughters. Sputtering and stumbling through the tear gas, they managed to get to medics for help.

“They should never have fired (tear gas) into the stands because all the chaos was down on the field,” the 36-year-old farmer said.

Football’s world governing body FIFA bans the use of “crowd control gas” at matches and an Indonesian police watchdog has said some officers wrongly used tear gas inside the stadium when there were no orders to do so.

When the smoke cleared, Andi began searching for his wife and daughters, turning over victims who had been trampled or suffocated as they tried to flee through exits, some of which turned out to be locked.

“I kept searching through all the dead bodies, then I found my daughters Natasya and Naila. I was struggling to find their mother,” he said, adding that his 34-year-old wife was injured and succumbed later in hospital. Both daughters, 16 and 13 respectively, were adopted, he said.

Authorities have said 33 of the victims were children between 4 and 17.

“I will never watch (football matches) anymore. Now I can only think of my son and I have no time for anything else. Now what is important is how to get food tomorrow,” Andi said.

The government is handing out 50 million rupiah ($3,287) in compensation to the families of each of the victims and President Joko Widodo was expected to visit Malang later on Wednesday.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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You Can Try Out These 7 Apple-Based Desserts Treat At Home


Do you also crave desserts very often? Well, you are not alone. Desserts are special, and they make you feel good no matter what. From chocolate delight to the creamy texture, we love to relish them in any form. And, it won’t be wrong to say that apple desserts have a separate fanbase of their own. Right from preparing apple tart, and apple pie, to putting the apples in desi traditional recipes like kheer or rabri, there’s so much that can be done with this fruit. Besides all this, the apple is one highly nutritious fruit so, it also adds a healthy twist to your sweet delights. On this note, we have some interesting recipes to share. Here, we have listed about seven recipes for sumptuous apple-based desserts that can impress your tastebuds.

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1)No bake apple pie

Now, you don’t have to go to your favourite bakery or cafe for this sumptuous treat. This is because you can prepare a delicious apple pie at home only. Some of the main ingredients required to make this include whole wheat crackers, coconut oil, apple, cinnamon stick, stevia, lemon and star anise.

2) Apple kheer

Kheer is one of the most popular desi desserts. However, if you are open to enjoying it with a little twist, try this out. This recipe gives the regular kheer a fruity makeover.

3) Apple crumble

Apples can be boring, at times. Don’t you agree? Presenting, apple crumble for you. All you need is castor sugar, almond meal and vanilla essence. For toppings, take flour, butter, almond flakes and brown sugar.

Apple Crumble

4) Apple toffee

Ever heard of apple toffee before? Oh yes, there is a recipe for this. Best part? Kids will love it. Apple toffee basically consists of apple chunks covered in a flour-based batter and deep fried. Just be careful and patient while preparing the glaze for this dessert since it’s an important aspect overall.

5) Apple cinnamon muffins

These muffins, apart from being tasty and healthy, can be a great breakfast option along with your steaming chai or coffee. Just make a fresh batch of apple cinnamon muffins for yourself and your family and enjoy.

6) Apple cake

We love cakes, do you? This fruit cake is not going to disappoint you ever. It’s flavourful, lip-smacking and something you wouldn’t want to stop digging in. You can either bake it for your friends on their birthday to make them feel special or simply have this apple cake as a dessert. Anyway, it will tingle your tastebuds.

7) Apple tart

This drool-worthy homemade apple tart is an ideal snack to have at work or even at home. Yes, it does take some time to prepare this yummy delicacy. But the results are always loved by all. So, trust us, when we tell you to try your hands at it.

Apple Tart

You can make these desserts on weekends or during festive times. So, what is the first thing you will prepare from the list?



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In Sena vs Sena, Mumbai’s Big Battle Of Dussehra Rallies Today


In Sena vs Sena, Mumbai's Big Battle Of Dussehra Rallies Today

Mumbai:

For the first time since the Shiv Sena’s inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies will be held in Mumbai on Wednesday evening by the party’s rival factions — led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray — in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June.

Anticipating huge turnouts at the rallies of the Sena factions, the Mumbai Police have tightened security at the Shivaji Park and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), an official said on Tuesday.

More than 5,000 buses, a number of small tourist vehicles and cars, and a special train have been roped in to ferry supporters of the two rival Shiv Sena factions for their respective Dussehra rallies, sources said.

The rallies have generated intense interest in political circles and also among common citizens and there will be more than just speeches by the two friends-turned-foes as the rival factions seek to present themselves as the ‘real’ Shiv Sena and try to claim the legacy of the party founder late Bal Thackeray.

While the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at BKC in the suburbs.

The sprawling MMRDA ground is located close to ‘Matoshree’, the private residence of the Thackeray family in Bandra.

Both the camps have claimed they are taking forward the ideals of Bal Thackeray, who was known to make fiery speeches at the Dussehra rallies at Shivaji Park year after year till his death in 2012.

Since then, his son Uddhav Thackeray, a former CM who lost power in June following rebellion by his once trusted aide Eknath Shinde, had been addressing the annual event.

The Dussehra rally is being held at the Shivaji Park after a gap of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Both sides have claimed their rallies will be a grand success with top leaders giving last minute touches to the preparations for the mega shows. On the ground, the areas in and around the two venues are awashed in saffron flags and banners.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is expected to launch attacks on the Shinde faction and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his former ally which is now part of the government in the state.

In his address, the chief minister is likely to target Uddhav Thackeray for “deviating” from the path of Hindutva and joining hands with his once rivals Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019.

Rebellion by Mr Shinde against Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership brought down the MVA government in June this year.

A senior Mumbai Police official said 3,200 officers,15,200 personnel, 1,500 personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 1,000 jawans of Home Guard, 20 Quick Response Teams (QRTs), 15 Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads (BDDS) have been deployed for the two rallies.

At BKC, 2,000 personnel of the Mumbai Police and traffic branch, 5 to 6 DCPs and 15 to 16 ACPs, will be on duty.

Sheetal Mhatre, a spokesperson for the Shinde camp, said 3.5 to 4 lakh people are expected to attend the rally at the MMRDA ground.

Arrangements for food and vehicle parking for those coming from outside the city have been made.

A railway official said a train has been booked for the Dussehra rally from Nanded city in central Maharashtra.

The train, booked by the Shinde faction, will arrive in Mumbai (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) on Wednesday afternoon.

According to bus operators, the Shinde-led faction has hired at least 3,000 private buses from different districts of Maharashtra to ferry its supporters.

Besides, around 4,000 tourist cabs will bring supporters to the MMRDA ground, the sources said.

The Thackeray faction has booked 700 buses to bring rally participants to the Shivaji Park.

A bus operator said the buses booked by the Thackeray group will bring Sena workers and supporters mainly from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

On the other hand, buses and other vehicles hired by the Shinde faction will arrive from various parts of Maharashtra.

Many activists of the rebel camp are using their personal vehicles to travel to the event site.

At least 1,700 state-run buses have been booked in various regions in Maharashtra, an official of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) told PTI, adding this will generate additional revenue for the cash-strapped corporation.

A large number of vehicles heading towards Mumbai led to traffic congestion at some locations on state highways.

The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses and other vehicles that will bring workers to the rallies.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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