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Alberta Housing CrisisAlberta’s population has grown by more than 184,000 in the last year. This report is from recent data from Statistics Canada, which estimates that 4.7 million people call Alberta home. It is the largest increase in population the province has ever seen. 

According to this report, most of this population growth comes from international migration. However, the number of interprovincial migrants is significantly higher than in previous years. 

Alberta’s net interprovincial migration grew by 896% in the last year. Although there is no direct link to this growth, this growth correlates with the province's “Alberta is Calling” campaign, which launched in the previous year. 

Alberta's Net Interprovincial Migration

Alberta Population Growth from Other Provinces

According to the government’s

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By Justin Havre

alternate textRevelstoke ski patrol administers first aid to Justin Havre

The day started like any other – up early, a big cup of coffee and some light stretching before a breakfast of champions and a shower. It was January 5, 2019, and the day held great promise that a weekend of snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain with good friend and leadership mentor Jon Cheplak would be invigorating, challenging and, most of all, a good laugh.

How that day at “powder paradise” ended changed my life forever.

Under gray skies and on top of a record 70 cm of fresh powder that had fallen during the previous two days on North America’s most vertical elevation, I was feeling invincible and game for anything. That was my first mistake.

We exited the

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Justin Havre on Rising Mortgage Rates in CalgaryIn April 2022, The Bank of Canada boosted its policy interest rate by 50 basis points to compensate for economic inflation experienced across the world. Many global factors drive inflation, and all of us can see the effects right here in Calgary.

The recent rate hike was Canada's most drastic increase in decades, and despite forecasts from expert economists, no one knows for sure how much higher the Bank of Canada will increase rates.

Amidst this uncertainty, Calgary homeowners wonder what this means for their mortgages. To shed some light on the situation, Justin Havre weighed in on rate hikes, estimated monthly payment increases, and whether or not the changes will cool Canada's highest-ever real estate demand.

For informational purposes

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What was the real estate market in Calgary, Alberta like for June and July?The property market trends in Calgary are heading in a more balanced direction of late, with prices beginning to stabilize after new housing trends surged property values at the start of the year.

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), the average price of homes in Calgary sat at $460,100 at the close of July—a figure only a little higher than June but still 10% higher than July 2020. Detached homes have seen the most significant growth, sitting at 11% higher year-on-year.

In total, the city of Calgary saw 2,319 property sales closed, which is higher than the average long-term figures and is also the highest recorded sales ever for July.

The growth in sales figures has slowed somewhat in the last few months, as has the number of

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By Lara Unsworth, Director of Strategic Enrollment Management and Communications at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Relocating to Calgary - Private SchoolsAlberta is fortunate to have an abundance of educational options and school choices with a variety of missions and focuses to meet the needs and interests of families. Whether you’re considering public, charter, home or independent schooling for your child, I’ve created a list of 25 questions to help you decide which school would set your child on the right path.

1. What type of student is the school focused on?

Some schools are known for fostering academic talent, while others have a more balanced approach, blending academics with artistic, athletic, and service pursuits.

2. How does the school help students succeed?

You

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The Best Locations to RV Camp in AlbertaAlberta is a kind of "IMAX" experience; it intrudes on all the senses, capturing one's imagination and fueling dreams of adventure amidst spectacular scenery. The western province is a land of contrasts, with topography that ranges from prairie to forest to towering, snow-covered peaks, sometimes all within just a few miles. Meandering creeks give way to stunning glacial lakes; waving wheat fields morph into Canada's version of "Badlands" with little warning, and Calgary, despite its modern skyscrapers, seems still steeped in the traditions of surrounding farm and ranch land.

Beautiful Regions Around Alberta

The northern Rocky Mountains lie along the western border where Alberta meets British Columbia. In the northeast, the province gives way to

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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in CalgaryWe've always loved going for brunch on the weekend but the clock has moved up a few hours and now breakfast is the new cool thing to do. And not just weekends. Calgarians are meeting people after the early morning jog or before work and the city restaurant scene is responding with as many new eateries as there are ways to crack an egg. Here are just a few of note:

Red's Diner

Go for the original Red's on Fourth Street in Beltline or visit their new location in Ramsay right on 8 Street S.E. You can even have your eggs any-side-up any time you want because breakfast is served all day. They have lunch offerings as well with burgers and gluten-free options plus boozy coffee and a selection of beer. Red's deal is about farm fresh and local with a

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How to Save Money With Different Florists in CalgaryWhen it's time to bring your sweetheart flowers, Calgary offers a number of great florists to choose from. Whether you want to send your mom something special, or you just want to show your spouse you love them, visit one of these local florists and pick out a special bouquet.

Recently Calgary's Avenue Magazine checked out a few local florists that offer special savings and customer perks to keep those new blossoms coming.

Amborella Floral Studio

Some of their best customers live in the communities of Bayview, Pump Hill and Oakridge which are near Glenmore Landing where this lovely flower shop is located. Even since the store opened in this location four years ago, they've been offering flowers left from the week at half price between 3:00

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Volunteering in CalgaryThe settling of today's Calgary in Alberta, Canada relied upon the ability of early homesteaders to support each other and create tight communities. Activities such as donating food or helping build a house are only some of the activities that were done in the past and continue to be volunteer opportunities today. Volunteerism is important to many of those who reside in or visit the city of Calgary.

Many non-profit organizations in Calgary depend on volunteers for events and on a regular basis. Whether you want to volunteer weekly or just once a year, there are plenty of places you can volunteer in Calgary. Here are some of the top choices for this year.

All are welcome to support their neighbors and the community of Calgary. However, those

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 Following the tremendous success of Justin Havre’s widely publicized endorsement by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank comes another distinction – exclusive recommendation from Rascal Flatts’ lead singer Gary LeVox. 

The message provided by LeVox as part of the endorsement encompasses the music and lyrics of the Rascal Flatt’s hit “I’m Moving On”, 2002 Song of the Year at the 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. 

As the only professional real estate agent in Calgary to be awarded this distinction, Justin Havre said he couldn’t believe it when the opportunity presented itself. 

“To be given the chance to have the backing of an individual like Gary LeVox and to be connected with this song written and composed by one of this generation’s

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