From January 28 through January 30, 2015, industry leaders and professionals from all aspects of urban planning and general business will gather together at the Shaw Conference Centre for the popular Winter Cities Shake-Up 2015 conference. This is an event that is designed to add some excitement to the doldrums of the winter season, and it is designed to explore new ideas and creative approaches to city planning on a broad scale as well as localized business efforts. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an urban designer or even a local artist or cultural performer, you may have ideas and plans for the city that you want to share, and this is the place to go to get your ideas heard.

Who Is Attending

When you attend the Winter Cities Shake-Up 2015…

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In today's business environment, many business professionals and executives must go to great lengths in order to help their business grow and thrive. After all, the marketplace is known for competition, and the state of the economy often complicates the challenges associated with stiff competition in almost every industry. While many professionals take great steps in their jobs, the fact is that some professionals have achieved true greatness in their efforts. Each year in Alberta, top business leaders come together to celebrate the successful achievements of truly great individuals at the Business Person of the Year Luncheon. This is a wonderful networking opportunity that you can make plans to attend.

This Year's Event

The Business Person of the…

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If you are like many career-minded professionals in the Edmonton-area, you may already be making your New Year's resolutions. Many professionals are interested in improving their profitability and in furthering their career, and one of the best steps that almost any professional in any industry can take to achieve these goals is to attend networking events. Through networking, you will be able to meet and establish wonderful relationships with others who can help you in countless ways. The fact is that the most successful individuals network on a regular basis, and the good news is that there are several important networking events planned for January that can help you to kick off the New Year on the right foot.

BNI Alberta North: Leadership Team…

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To paraphrase Daniel Defoe and, to a lesser extent, Benjamin Franklin: there are no certainties in this universe other than death and taxes. Similar to income tax, the amount of property tax a household pays depends on different variables. Geographic location and the value of real estate are some of the issues that must be considered when deciphering how Edmonton's property tax structure affects your finances.

Composition of Property Taxes in Edmonton

The biggest portion of your annual Edmonton property taxes is calculated according to the budget set up by City Council every year. This portion typically makes up 68 percent of your property taxes. Another significant portion of your property tax is determined according to the Alberta government.…

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Do you have an anniversary approaching? Or perhaps you're trying to make up for an insensitive remark made to your spouse? Whatever the case, if you need to plan a big date where you can woo your significant other there are plenty of restaurants in the Edmonton area that will help to set the perfect mood. Between the dishes, the ambiance and the atmosphere, these three locations are sure to impress.

Violino Gastronomia For Fine Italian Dining

If your special someone has a love for Italian dining, Violino Gastronomia is the perfect venue. Located among mansions and flower gardens in a fine classic home on High Street, this restaurant offers an intimate setting that stays true to Italian culture. With two private dining rooms and large verandas, love…

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Moving to a new neighbourhood can be a nerve-wracking and if you have children, a sometimes frightening experience. Arriving into a new area means not knowing any of the individuals and families living around you, and if you're not the most social person, it could be tough to get to know them. The good news is that breaking the ice with those new neighbours is easy enough that even shy people can get to know some new people and make some new friends. With that in mind, here are a few tips that can make the process a bit easier.

Throw a Housewarming Party

Too shy to stop by a neighbour's house and say hello? Consider throwing a simple housewarming party. Whether it's a sit down dinner for those living closest or a friendly backyard barbecue for the…

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When you're living in the fast lane putting in extra hours and burning the midnight oil, you still need to find ways to stay fit and healthy. When duty calls and forces you to work late night after night, it's even more important that you find an outlet for all of your excess energy. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever, and as any 'gym rat' knows, there's nothing like sweating it out while pumping iron. If your schedule doesn't allow you to work out during the day, you'll be pleased to know that the Edmonton area has several 24 hour fitness facilities that will welcome you at any hour of the night.

Snap Fitness

It's a snap to stay fit when you join Snap Fitness, regardless of what time you walk in the door. Located downtown on 109th Street, and…

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Save the date! Saturday, September 20th, 2014 is coming up quickly. This is the date of the annual Community League Day and an event that locals look forward to all year. Whether you are new to the Edmonton area, or you have lived here for decades, Community League Day is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the local community leagues, mingle with your neighbours and celebrate what is going on in your own neighbourhood.

The Perfect Opportunity to Get to Know Your Neighbours

Too many times we get caught up in our everyday lives. We have our jobs, our children and our own families to run. Since this is the case, we sometimes forget that there are so many things going on in the community; and this is why Edmonton's Community League Day…

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Summer is almost over, which means that the kids are getting ready to go back to school in Edmonton. Since the school year is just around the corner, it is time to start preparing the kids for their trip back to school. Follow these five tips to ensure your kids are ready to succeed during the upcoming school year in Edmonton.

Re-Establish a School Schedule

There is no way your children can succeed at the start of the school year if they are not adjusted to the schedule. While your kids are going to want to sleep late every day during the summer, you have to start waking them up early several weeks before school starts. This will allow their bodies to slowly adjust to the change in sleep patterns. By the time the school year starts, they will be…

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Whether it is your sinful indulgence, or you just enjoy a snack that will cool you down as it tantalizes your taste buds, ice cream is a treat of choice all throughout Edmonton. Here are some of the favourites in Edmonton that will make you scream for ice cream. Enjoy!

#1: 80 Flavours Ice Cream

80 Flavours Ice Cream will bring you back to childhood with its stationary take-out food truck setup and outdoor seating. Of course, 80 Flavours isn't just your average ice cream shop as it offers customers dozens of flavours to choose from. From Lemon Pie and Raspberry Cheesecake to the ever popular Pistachio and delectable Triple Chocolate, there is no shortage of options for the ice cream lover who wants to tickle their taste buds. Open until 10:00 pm all…

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