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25.

1982 
THE GOOD OLD BOYS’ CLUB 

Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave SW

National Energy Minister Pat Carney is denied entry to an industry meeting at the all-male Petroleum Club due to her gender. Understandably, the Minister takes great offense (the next such meeting was held at her club, the YWCA) and ignites a heated, years-long debate about whether women should be allowed into the Petroleum Club after four decades. In 1989, the membership votes to allow women as full members.


26.

1977
BIRDS OF THE BOOM 

Bow Valley Square Parkade, Corner of 5 Ave + 2 St SW

Look up and imagine a growing city. In honour of the hundreds of cranes employed to build dozens of skyscrapers, including Bow Valley Square, Calgary’s unofficial bird of 1977 is declared cranus constructus.


27.

1996
RAISING THE ROOF 

Bow Valley Square, Corner of 5 Ave + 2 St SW

After the building booms of the 1970’s and 80’s Calgary experiences a new boom – SUVs. The vehicle was popular with the city’s oilmen who waited months for the arrival of their new auto­mobiles. Unfortunately the 70’s era parkades were unable to accommodate their height and rumour has it more than one oilman got his vehicle stuck by the low ceilings. By the late 90’s most parkades (like the ones you see around you) were forced to keep up with the popularity of SUVs by increasing the maximum headroom by mere inches.