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Calgary Flood Recovery Update For Locals and Travellers

calgary floods

photo by Erin Legere, Where Calgary

To all those affected by flooding in Calgary and southern Alberta, Where Calgary extends sincere condolences and our best wishes in the coming days and weeks. Where will post updated information on volunteer efforts, re-openings and access issues as the week progresses. Enmax has restored power to all affected areas.

While parts of downtown are open, the city urges limited driving and travel to the downtown core. Several roads and bridges have been damaged and there is much scattered debris. Click here for a list of closed roads and bridges. As cleanup continues, some portions of the inner city are operating normally. Click here for closures, detours and restrictions.

We encourage locals and travellers to help out where they can and to be cautious of travel in Southern Alberta while the relief efforts are proceeding, as many venues, services, and attractions have been closed.

If you’re travelling to Alberta, be sure to check Environment Alberta for weather updates and advisories, as well as AMA Road Reports for Alberta for road closures and reports. Visit the City of Calgary for the most up-to-date information of venue and road closures. (more…)

Printing Made Easy at Pearson Airport

St. Joseph Communications' Mark Patenaude explains the inner workings of an ePrintit kiosk

Need to print now? The question that’s plastered all over Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 1 should be followed by a hearty and helpful “Go right ahead!” Somewhere in the midst of all those hurried families pulling their suitcases and the business travellers checking their Blackberries and briefcases stands the newest addition to the airport’s state-of-the-art facilities: the ePrintit kiosk. Eight of these innovative trilingual (English, French, and Spanish) booths have been installed across Terminals 1 and 3, offering airport guests the ability to print documents and photos on the fly.

St. Joseph Communications, in partnership with HP Canada and Toronto Pearson, brought forth this public printing terminal, the world’s first with the capacity to print high-resolution documents and photographs directly from smartphones and tablet computers. (Disclosure: St. Joseph Communications is the parent company of St. Joseph Media, which publishes Where Toronto.) Users with an iPhone, Blackberry or Android device need only to download an app here; after that you can send your media, print and pay within minutes. The ePrintit system uses cloud technology with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to ensure your files remain your files. For guests without smartphones, the kiosks also connect with a variety of storage devices including USB flash drives and memory cards.

It all adds up to extra convenience for busy travellers. Heading straight from the airport to a meeting? Now you can quickly print that revised spreadsheet or slide deck and take care of those last-minute preparations en route. First time visiting the city? Use the kiosk to print maps and directions to local attractions. And if you just feel like passing some time in between connections? Send some images to ePrintit and utilize its photo booth functionality to create instant souvenirs.

—Faiza Siddiqui