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 Posted: Thu Jul 20th, 2006 04:20 pm
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You can also check out sites like

http://www.lowcostrent.org/private.asp

http://homes.canada.com/calgary/browsecategory.aspx?id=3092

Alot of those are shared accomodation, but I do think your best bet is to come here and go through the neighborhoods and phone the places that have vacancy signs.  That gives you a fighting chance to take the place on the spot.  You should check out neighborhoods depending on your mobility as well...you don't want to be riding the bus for and hour and a half a day  - one way (yes, this is how bad the transit system is) just to get to work. 
As well, check out the off campus housing lists at SAIT, Mount Royal & the U of C. 

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 Posted: Mon Jul 31st, 2006 04:37 am
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Yes - rents are higher, but don’t forget, so are wages especially in the trades, even unskilled workers can earn upwards of $30.00 per hour. Although, unfortunately there also employers who are getting away with paying less.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 20th, 2006 02:45 pm
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What I would like to know is where Tintin works as a Customer Service Rep for $32.50 an hour?  I don't know any customer service reps who are making 63 K a year??

For the record, a not-so-unskilled customer service rep makes around $16-$18 dollars per hour working for a large company.

It's postings like that which might tempt those who don't live here to move here for gloriously high wages - which isn't really the case.  I know this because I work for one of those big corporations.

Perhaps in the trades the wages are higher - that's information I don't know.

What Calgary is, is a city that has grown too fast, the infrastructure hasn't kept up - not surprising really.

What I do know is that if you go downtown the place is full of people laying around under the trees, even visiting a cemetery a couple of weeks ago there was a couple and their airbed and belongings camped out - probably a couple who made that move to work in Calgary.

If you have that huge spirit of adventure, then come on out, just be prepared to live in a tent for a while (if you can find a place to camp).

If you don't care what work you do, you can get a job in 1 day, there are help wanted signs in every little take-away, restaurant and store - so if Tim Horton's work is what you are after - no problem.

Again, I can't speak for the trades because I don't know anyone in a trade.

Here is a page with some current stats on homelessness in Calgary.

http://www.homelessawareness.ca/Pages/Understanding%20Homelessness.htm

 

 

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 Posted: Sat Sep 16th, 2006 03:34 pm
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Tintin, I also work for a contractor that provides services to many large companies, I don't want to name who I work for here, but it's a large personnel firm and I work for a large (very large) corporation.

Granted, I get to work from home, so that's a perk, however the wages you make must truly be an exception, not a rule.  I'm a Calgarian and I've worked for several companies, some pay a little better, some not quite as much.

While companies are desperate for employees, I don't think that is really reflected in the wages just yet.  Although I noticed at the mall last night that Cinnabon had a sign mentioning that their staff get free cinnamon buns - not exactly a huge incentive....

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 Posted: Sat Sep 16th, 2006 04:23 pm
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Just heard something interesting from a friend.

He lives in a 1 bedroom apartment - just off Macleod Trail and near Chinook Centre.

He's moving out at the end of the month but noticed a note on an apartment door, down the hall, from the building management.  90 days notice that 2 bedroom apartments are going up from $750 to $1250 per month.

He was also talking to a woman who was coming to see about a new apartment at the building, when the manager wasn't in.  They are tearing down her buildings for condos - she and her boyfriend are looking for a new place - however they can't afford that kind of rent.

The housing shortage and the people it is going to displace has only just begun I think.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 1st, 2006 05:07 pm
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I couldn’t agree more. I am a plumber with twelve years experience. Last year I made 71K only 5K more than this guy apparently got paid for answering the phone. Having said that, the cost of living in Calgary is out of control and employers are going to have to start paying decent wages. 

A few weeks ago I saw a story on TV about a fried chicken shop on 14th who were offering almost $18.00 per hour for counter staff and still couldn’t get people to work for them! 

One thing I would say is if you’re only getting paid $37.00 per hour for a job like yours perhaps you should be having a serious talk with your HR people!

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 Posted: Mon Oct 2nd, 2006 02:36 am
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Cutter, I highly suggest you stop watching TV, just look at what it's doing to your self-esteem.  Could you even imagine puting in time and effort to further your career, only to have some No-Mind with no experience start at a wage higher than yours?  That never happens. 

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