I am in London, UK for the week on business! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- It was a week full of winter, even though it felt like spring for most of it! The Winter Cities Shake-Up conference took place all week, capped off by a big public event in Churchill Square. Here is Sharon’s recap of the market and festival. Edmonton’s Signature Winter Drink was announced – the “Traveling Mercies” by Transcend Coffee and Edmonton AM won. And don’t miss this recap of the Make Something Winter event!
- Councillor Amarjeet Sohi has announced that he will run for the federal Liberal party nomination in Edmonton-Mill Woods. A victory for him would be a big loss for Council.
- For the second year in a row, the City of Edmonton is a finalist in the Earth Hour City Challenge. Citizens are encouraged to show their support for the We Love Cities campaign on social media.
- It was another eventful week in Alberta politics. Dave has all the latest happenings here.
- Politician salaries were in the news this week. City Council received a 3.8% increase (as did Calgary’s City Council) while Premier Jim Prentice announced a 5% cutback for himself and his cabinet (and suggested for all MLAs).
- Capital City Records: Edmonton Local Music is a new initiative from the Edmonton Public Library to celebrate and promote Edmonton-made music, while also building an ongoing historical record of the local music scene (PDF). It is set to launch in the spring – you can learn more here.
- Uber has decided that all rides in Edmonton will be free, the latest tactic to push for legal status in our city (after which the free ride ends, presumably). This follows a petition the company posted online, which currently has a little over 8,000 signatures.
- The Oilers announced that their AHL franchise will be located in Bakersfield, California and will play in the newly created Pacific Division.
- The City and the Edmonton Nordic Ski Club are looking for your input on cross-country skiing.
- What do you think of the Freezeway idea? Crazy? Or crazy enough that it just might work? The concept is attracting attention far and wide.
- Daniel Zalmanowitz, Q.C., was appointed to Edmonton Provincial Court, Family and Youth Division, effective January 30.
- The City of Leduc recorded more than 2000 business licenses in 2014, setting a new record and increasing by 11% over 2013.
- Here’s a piece on the Omniplex at the Edmonton City as Museum Project.
- Apparently Holt Renfrew is looking to expand in Edmonton, but will it stay downtown?
- From Linda, here are 20 things to do in Edmonton for Valentine’s Day.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
Photo by Robert
- There’s another Valley Line Open House taking place on Tuesday evening at the Old Timers’ Cabin.
- There are information sessions on new Edmonton Public School sites taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.
- The Oil Kings host the Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.
- Wednesday is Winter Walk Day – get out and enjoy the fresh air!
- The next Green Drinks takes place on Wednesday evening with the theme of Local Resilience.
- The Oilers host the Penguins on Wednesday evening.
- There’s a neat event taking place on Thursday at the Prince of Wales Armouries called Old Yeg Cafe. It is being hosted by a new group called Heritage Forward!
- The Flying Canoe Adventure returns on Friday evening at Mill Creek Ravine Park!
- The first Edmonton Resilience Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Looks like a great lineup of interesting topics!
- Will the groundhog see his shadow tomorrow?
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.