Media Monday Edmonton: Update #274

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Notley speaks at AAMDC conference, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • In a recent report, the CRTC said “that last year, almost half of Canadians subscribed to some sort of online video service, such as Netflix, CraveTV and others.” And: “Among those between 18 and 34 years old, almost two-thirds subscribe to such a service.”
  • They say it started before Jeff Bezos came along, but increasingly the Washington Post is a software company, offering its Arc Publishing system to other publications as a service.
  • BuzzFeed writes about podfasters, “a subset of podcast obsessives who listen to upward of 50 episodes a week, by…listening extremely fast.” I like to watch videos and listen to some podcasts at 1.5x, but that’s about my limit. Many of these folks listen at speeds of 2x or higher!

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 19, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton Skyline – Before 6pm, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

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Santa’s Parade of Lights

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #273

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Service of Remembrance at the Alberta Legislature, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 12, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • The City’s 2018 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustment proposes an increase of 3.6% to the average property tax bill, 1.4% lower than expected. “The budget has been offset in part, thanks to more than $47 million identified in greater savings and efficiences — nearly $15 million more than last year.” Council will deliberate the budget starting December 6.
  • Should the Edmonton Eskimos change their name? Mayor Don Iveson and Winnipeg’s first Métis mayor, Brian Bowman, both think so. “We are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans,” the Eskimos said in a statement.
  • BioWare announced it is moving into three floors of Epcor Tower in late 2018 or early 2019. It’ll be great to have them downtown!
  • Mayor Don Iveson says municipalities are not at the table with the provincial and federal governments in discussing marijuana sales. “This is one of those examples where it all runs downhill to us,” he said.
  • The City has launched Change for Climate, “a call to all Edmontonians to take action and work together to reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35% (below 2005 levels) by 2035.”
  • The Edmonton Arts Council has announced the consultants that will work together on Edmonton’s next comprehensive Arts & Heritage Plan 2019-2029: A. Adair & Associates Consulting Inc., Calder Bateman, and Purple Aspen.
  • A collection of artwork from Dawn Marie Marchand, a Cree and Métis visual artist from Cold Lake First Nations, and Edmonton’s first Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, is now on display at City Hall. You can see it until November 20.
  • The 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo has come to a close at Northlands Coliseum. Now the question is, where will it take place next year?
  • Phase one of the Blatchford Redevelopment builder selection process is now underway with the Request for Expression of Interest now open and being accepted until December 8.
  • Starting November 20, the number of parking stalls at Century Park is being reduced from 1,085 to 866 due to more private development taking place. “There will be 221 free stalls and 665 reserved stalls available for commuters.”
  • According to Edmonton Police, 33 idling vehicles have been stolen in just the last nine days. “It’s just happening everyday and we just need people to take the time to secure their vehicles,” Staff Sgt. Ron Smithman said.
  • If you can believe it, new signal malfunctions on the Metro Line LRT caused a train to travel down the wrong track this weekend.
  • Edmonton has made the World’s Best Cities list for the first time in 2018, coming in at number 60.
  • For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.

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Remembrance Day, photo by Premier of Alberta

Upcoming Events

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Atmosphere, photo by Jeff Wallace

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #272

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Rachel Notley participates in the 4th annual radiothon held by RedFM in Calgary, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Linda updated her social media frame Halloween costume again this year, this time paying tribute to Vine.
  • From AudienceInsights, here’s The Canadian Podcast Listener – a Landscape Study. The survey found that “nearly 10 million Canadian adults have listened to podcasts in the past year.”
  • CBC’s revamped The National debuted tonight. Here’s a look behind-the-scenes.
  • Big news today: 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney! My first thought? X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Of course the deal, which is apparently no longer on the table, would really be about Disney gearing up to better compete with Netflix and Amazon.
  • Slate has a nice feature on breaking news push alerts from the New York Times and Washington Post since Trump was elected. “Something happened to the news this year. It wasn’t only Trump. It was the convergence of Trump and technology and the media landscape, with the invigorated news giants and hungry digital outlets duking it out for our bloodshot eyeballs.”

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 5, 2017

I hope you made the most of your extra hour this weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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102 Avenue Bike Lane Edmonton, photo by More Bike Lanes Please

Upcoming Events

  • World Town Planning Day is being celebrated Monday evening at the Garneau Theatre with a screening of two short films.
  • Homeward Trust is providing a community update on A Place to Call Home: Edmonton’s Updated Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness on Tuesday at the old Royal Alberta Museum.
  • An open house for the Queen Elizabeth School Park and Glengarry District Park Master Plans is taking place on Tuesday at the Glengarry Community Hall.
  • Open Minds 2017 takes place at the TELUS Centre on Tuesday and is “a celebration of Humanities and Social Sciences research at the University of Alberta.”
  • Linda Hoang is hosting an event with ATB Financial on Tuesday called How to Adult: Investing at MKT. Tickets are $20.
  • The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) is hosting Ale-Beer-Ta on Tuesday at Yellowhead Brewery.
  • The City is hosting a workshop “exploring options for how amenities and facilities, that were identified as priorities based on public feedback, could be arranged and fit on the Rollie Miles park site” on Wednesday at Strathcona Composite High School.
  • Farm Fair International kicks off on Wednesday at Northlands! Canadian Finals Rodeo is also underway from the 8th through the 12th.
  • National Philanthropy Day is coming up and there’s an awards luncheon taking place on Thursday at the Shaw Conference Centre to celebrate.
  • On Thursday at the TELUS Centre, the United Way is hosting a screening of Us & Them, a documentary that “follows the lives of four individuals struggling with homelessness over a 10 year period.”
  • The PBR Global Cup takes place at Rogers Place from Thursday through Sunday. The event “will feature the world’s best bull riders from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, all competing for their country and a Canadian-record purse of $1,000,000.”
  • AFC is hosting its second Foodovation Summit on Thursday and Friday at NAIT.
  • The Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival is on at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday and Saturday.
  • Saturday is Remembrance Day with many events happening throughout the city. The service at City Hall kicks off at 10:15am and the big Butterdome ceremony takes place from 10am until noon.

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Morning to School, photo by ALLEN QIAO乔谦之

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #271

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Rachel Notley addresses her caucus on the first day of the fall session, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for October 29, 2017

I took a break after the election and spent a week on Vancouver Island with Sharon, so I skipped my notes last weekend. We had a great time, despite a few fairly wet days! Back in Alberta now, ready to tackle the rest of 2017. Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton, Meet Sky, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

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View north side river, photo by Brian Davidson

Edmonton Election 2017: A mandate to keep moving forward

Monday’s election resulted in very few surprises for City Council. Don Iveson easily won re-election as mayor, all but one of the incumbent councillors is returning, and while it is still early, the winners of the three open races seem like they’ll fit in just fine with the mostly progressive Council they are joining. Voter turnout wasn’t great, but it was far from the disaster many were predicting with such a boring mayoral race. So why does it seem like the overwhelming narrative is that citizens are unhappy?

Consider what Paula Simons wrote in her first column after the election. “Sure, incumbent mayor Iveson cruised to easy re-election, with support from almost three-quarters of those who cast ballots. But don’t misread that,” she warned. “Iveson faced no legitimate challengers, so voters who were unhappy with his leadership had nowhere to channel their frustrations.”

Her colleague David Staples seemed to agree. “Iveson will likely have majority support for his agenda on council, but on a host of issues where he has taken a strong stand, from LRT and bike lanes to photo radar and social housing, Edmontonians appear increasingly less inclined to go along with his progressive vision.”

Or consider what the Edmonton Journal’s editorial board had to say. “If letters to the editor, media comment boards, call-in shows and candidate forums are any indication, much of the electorate is in no mood for business as usual,” they wrote. “Many may have expressed their frustration by staying home Monday, which along with the lack of a high-profile challenger for the mayor’s chair, could help explain a disappointing voter turnout.”

I look at Monday’s results and I see something very different. I see a clear endorsement of the decisions that Iveson and the previous Council made and a mandate for this new Council to build on that work.

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Bumped into all four new members of #yegcc on the media circuit just now. Congrats! – @doniveson

Yes, there are citizens who are annoyed about bike lanes and photo radar. Some are opposed to infill, at least in their own neighbourhood. There are plenty of citizens who love to complain about how it isn’t as easy to park downtown as it once was. But these are just squeaky wheels and we shouldn’t let them speak for the majority. There’s a big difference between being annoyed that a traffic lane now belongs to bicycles and being upset about the overall direction the city is headed. This is what people really mean when they say they want to vote for something rather than against something.

I see no credible evidence that Edmontonians are unhappy with the direction our city is going.

“They wrote letters to the editor! They called the call-in shows! They tweeted their discontent!”

Then why not show up to express that anger where it matters, at the ballot box? Voter turnout was 31.5% in this election, which is down 3% from the 2013 election. Considering that voter turnout went from 41.79% when Stephen Mandel was first elected to just 27.24% when he won re-election the first time, I’d say a 3% drop isn’t too bad at all.

“Voter turnout would have been higher but people stayed home to express their frustration!”

If citizens were really expressing frustration by staying home, I would have expected much lower turnout. Don Iveson received 141,182 votes on Monday, up from the record-setting 132,162 he received in 2013. Only four times has an Edmonton candidate cracked the 100,000 vote mark and Iveson has done it twice in a row (the other two were Jan Reimer in 1992 and Stephen Mandel in 2010). A record number of Edmontonians voted for our mayor rather than staying home.

“They only voted for Iveson because there were no credible challengers!”

Why is that? In a city of roughly 900,000 people not one credible person was willing to step forward to run against Iveson. Could it be that no one was miffed enough to go to the trouble? The 2010 election, in which the City Centre Airport was the big issue and the downtown arena debate was starting to heat up, saw a challenger step forward in David Dorward. It has happened before.

“Incumbents never lose and Dave Loken lost! Ben Henderson barely scraped by! Tony Caterina nearly lost!”

Loken won his seat in 2010 by just 507 votes and won re-election in 2013 by just 501 votes. Is it really that unbelievable that he might lose this time around by 464 votes? Both he and Henderson were pretty quiet in this election. As Dave wrote, Henderson ran “what appeared to be a stealth re-election campaign in Ward 8.” It’s not at all surprising that the results reflect that. Caterina has never been seen as one of Iveson’s sure votes, so I don’t see how his narrow victory is any indication that people are unhappy with the progressive agenda. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“The polls say people have doubts about everything!”

Don Iveson and Ryan Jespersen talked about polls on Tuesday morning. “It’s not accurate, it’s not a true thing,” Iveson said. “I would enourage all media outlets as a matter of ethics and integrity to stop reporting that.” There are definite flaws with many of these polling methodologies. Trust them at your own risk.


I have no doubt there are some people who truly are upset about certain decisions, whether it’s bike lanes or infill or whatever. There’s always going to be someone who is upset about something. And yes, Iveson and Council should take what they heard on the doorsteps to heart and they should always strive to truly listen to citizens in order to make the best decisions possible. But they should also see the outcome of Monday’s election for what it is: an endorsement of the trajectory our city is on and a mandate to keep moving forward.

Edmonton Notes for October 15, 2017

Monday, October 16 is Election Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday is Election Day! The polls are open from 9am until 8pm. Then check out our dashboard to see the results as they come in.
  • LitFest is underway! There are events taking plce throughout the city all week. The festival wraps up on Sunday.
  • Edmonton Startup Week takes place all week with events at various locations. Check out the schedule.
  • Also taking place this week is Small Business Week.
  • An event called Connect is taking place on Tuesday at the Shaw Conference Centre. It’s “a timely discussion on trade, investment and our future in the global economy.”
  • John Rose, Chief Economist for the City of Edmonton, is speaking at the Economics Society of Northern Alberta’s next luncheon on Wednesday at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
  • Launch Party 8 takes place on Thursday evening inside Ford Hall at Rogers Place.
  • AUPE is hosting its 41st annual convention at the Shaw Conference Centre from Thursday through Saturday.
  • The Edmonton Rock & Gem Show is taking place at the Alberta Aviation Museum from Thursday through Sunday.
  • If you hate networking but reocgnize the benefits of building social capital, check out this workshop featuring Nadine Riopel which takes place on Friday.
  • DECL’s Urban Kids group is hosting its next event on Friday night “where kids can play, explore and make friends in their neighbourhood.”
  • UX Edmonton’s UX Camp 2017 takes place on Friday and Saturday at MacEwan’s brand new Allard Hall.
  • Leftovers for Dinner takes place on Saturday evening at Ernest’s at NAIT. “Student chefs will be cooking using only leftover food and event attendees will have a chance to tour the kitchens and watch the entire process.”
  • For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.

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Giant Arches, photo by Kurt Bauschardt