Small-town buyers attracted by prices

Housing demand is on the rise in communities surrounding Calgary after the first two months of 2013, says a federal agency.

From January to February, the combined number of construction starts on homes of all kinds in Airdrie, Cochrane and Chestermere climbed 11 per cent to 420 new homes, says Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

Last year, there were 377 starts during the same month.

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High River schools accommodate ESL students as newcomers swell population

Six months after arriving in Canada from the Philippines, Rowena Bermas has settled contentedly into life in High River, an agricultural services hub south of Calgary well-stocked with farm equipment dealerships and livestock auctions.

Bermas, who got a job at the Dairy Queen, joined her husband here. He came nearly five years ago and works in quality assurance at Cargill, the local meat plant. Their three children attend the nearby Catholic school.

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