July 8, 2014 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Basement Suites, Featured, Garage Suites, New Basement Suite Construction
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Last few months we been very busy for me. I wasn’t able to keep up with the political progress of allowing suites city wide. Here is summary of media articles concerning secondary suites;   Calgary mayor says bring on the secondary suites plebiscite, but it’s not his first choice – Calgary Sun June 10 2014…

April 21, 2014 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Featured
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As the founder of secondarysuitescalgary.com, I am very passionate about and invested in this issue. In the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to hear all sides of the argument and have directly experienced the real need for secondary suites in Calgary. I have personally participated in over eight secondary suite legalizations and new…

December 11, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Basement Suites, Featured
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There are a number reasons why having two homes under the same roof makes sense. An accessory suite can be a great option for grandparents, a nanny or a grown child; they can be at the same address, but with plenty of elbow room. The Elevate by Innovations by Jayman offers a one-bedroom accessory suite…

December 11, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Basement Suites
poverty

The City of Calgary’s efforts to reduce poverty are mostly ineffective and should be left to other levels of government, says a right-wing think-tank. The noble intentions behind the nearly two-year-old Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative can’t be realized by initiatives that are counterproductive, said Angela MacLeod Irons, a researcher with the Manning Foundation. “There are…

December 11, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Basement Suites, Featured
New Homes

The young don’t always leave the nest when they gain adulthood. Sometimes, the family just moves to a bigger nest. “Our first home in Canada right now is our first home, but we cannot fit all the bedrooms on one floor, so my son and my daughter-in-law are taking the basement,” says Harmohan Singh Dhillon,…

October 22, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Calgary Election 2013, Featured
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Elections are over.  We have 5 strong “yes” votes, 7 conditional for “yes”, and 3 “no” notes.  City council needs 8 “yes” votes to pass a new bylaw for the city.  One thing can be said, change is on the horizon. The majority of elected candidates support the Secondary Suites at some level.  With 5…

October 22, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Calgary Election 2013

Mayoralty  Naheed Nenshi –74% confirmed vote percentage YES – “legalize secondary suites across the city” Official Statement on Secondary Suites: Housing Comprehensive action among all orders of government is urgently needed to increase housing affordability in Calgary.  We must provide incentives for construction of rental and entry-level housing, update City policies to allow more forms…

October 22, 2013 · by miki@mikisomos.com · Calgary Election 2013, Featured
Election Results

The 2013 Election was just concluded. The votes are in and counted. We are just waiting for the official announcements of the winners. Below is the unofficial list of the winning candidates and their expressed opinion on secondary suites. Summary Yes = 5 Conditional = 7 No = 3 Mayoralty  Naheed Nenshi –74% confirmed vote…