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Calgarians are invited to attend presentations and meet with representatives from The City and the Province of Alberta to learn how they are currently prepared for potential flood events. The City of Calgary is hosting two flood readiness information sessions. TransAlta Utilities will be in attendance for the May 27 session to talk about their operations on the Bow River. 

Bow River Flood Readiness Information Session 
Wednesday, May 27
Foothills Academy (745 37 Street N.W.) 
Presentation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Open House: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Elbow River Flood Readiness Information Session
Thursday, May 28
B'nai Tikvah Temple Social Hall (900 47 Avenue S.W.)
Presentation: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 
Open House: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Calgary Chinatown: April 2014: After The June Flood of 2013

By Ron Lee

Last June all of Chinatown was flooded in Calgary's worst flood. You can look at my postings last year that show the damage. Today is April 5, Saturday and it is only two months away from the anniversary of the flood. Some businesses along Center street in the Canton Block have not returned such as the Gee Gong noodle house and a new contemporary art studio has taken over part of the space.

Calgary's Chinatown is small in comparison to the Chinatown in Vancouver and Toronto. Chinatown Calgary is three square blocks at base of the Centre Street Bridge on the Southside of the Bow River in Calgary's downtown core.

One can walk around each block in a systematic fashion and complete a tour of Chinatown in a leisurely stroll that would be completed in an hour. One could end the tour by having lunch in Chinatown and then visiting Sien Lok Park and sit and enjoy nature on the benches that surround the Return to Golden Mountain monument that is a 15 ton granite rock that was brought from Hoiping China and sculpted into a story that portrays the hardships encountered by the first Chinese pioneers during the gold rush to the Fraser Valley and the building of the railroad.

I decided to walk around Chinatown and see how the community has recovered. The actual number of residents who live in Chinatown is just over 1300 people who comprise of Senior citizens who live in the different retirement apartments. The people who own the businesses live in the suburbs.

There are 100,000 Asians who comprise 10% of Calgary's population. There are many businesses that serve the Asian community for their shopping needs in terms of Oriental foods and goods. From the Centre Street bridge north of the Bow River to 16th. Ave. North there are Chinese supermarkets, restaurants, herbalists and acupuncture.

In Marlborough in southeast Calgary there is the Pacific Plaza Mall. Also in southeast Calgary in Forest Lawn along 17th avenue known as International avenue, there are over 400 businesses that service the Asian community. Finally, in the northeast community of Harvest Hills is the TNT supermarket, and the T-Pot in a giant shopping center that services the large Asian community in this area.

The old Chinatown in the downtown core has been in existence for over 100 years and in reality the Asians have extended beyond that small enclave and is now mainstream in every quadrant of the city. I have created a 30 minute video in which I simply walk around the three blocks of the old core in downtown Chinatown.