Calgary news, weather and traffic for Jan. 8

Here's what you need to know as you head out for your morning commute in Calgary.

You might want to put on an extra layer this morning, because it's cold in Calgary

Good morning, Calgary! Environment Canada is reporting ice crystals at the airport and a temperature of –18 C at 8 a.m. Here's what's happening in the city today. 


Bundle up – it's a chilly, foggy morning here in Calgary. It's –16 C right now, and that's roughly where the temperature is expected to stay throughout the day with a high of –15 C in the forecast. 

We're expecting increasing cloudiness through the day with a 60 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. 

Tomorrow, we're expecting clear skies and a high of –9 C. 


We're hearing reports of very icy conditions on area roads and highways this morning. 

If you see anything happening on Calgary roads or southern Alberta highways, you can give Calgary Eyeopener traffic reporter Angela Knight a call at #1010, *1010 or 403-521-1010. You can also send a tweet to @CalgaryCommute.

News headlines

Calgary's unemployment rate has risen to 7 per cent, up from 6.6 per cent in August, according to figures just released from Statistics Canada. It's better than the provincial average of 8, and just barely better than the national average of 7.1 per cent. In Alberta, declines in full-time employment were offset by gains in part-time work. The numbers show full-time jobs are losing out to part-time positions. 

The MLA who sparked an investigation of document shredding by the former PC government says he wants more work done on the matter. Alberta Party leader Greg Clark filed a complaint last spring when documents in the environment department were being shredded before the NDP government was sworn in. The privacy commissioner found 344 boxes of documents were destroyed – but no one will be held responsible because no one intended to break the law and the rules were confusing. Clark wants the NDP government to bring in new rules and penalties. Service Alberta minister Danielle Larivee says the previous PC government rules were "a mess" and the new government will change procedures.

Rent prices continue to drop in Calgary.  According to, a website that advertises rental properties, rent is down 12 to 18 per cent compared to this time last year. 

On your radio

David Gray and Angela Knight host the Friday morning edition of the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. They'll have all your news, weather, traffic, sports and business throughout the morning — you can tune in at 1010 AM, 99.1 FM, online at or through the CBC Radio app.

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