Edmonton Notes for June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • Fixing just one fifth of Edmonton’s missing sidewalks is expected to cost $10 million over the 2019-2022 budget cycle. "For literally billions we spend on roadways, we should be allocating some small percentage of that to make sure that people can actually walk," said Councillor Aaron Paquette.
  • The City says that ridership on transit to the airport has doubled from 12,000 per month to more than 25,000 per month thanks to service changes made a year ago.
  • Executive Committee recommended lifting the moratorium on non-market housing in five core neighbourhoods. Council will discuss and make it official on Tuesday. It’s private owners’ “badly run slums” that are the epicentre of crime and disorder in the city, Mayor Don Iveson said.
  • EEDC has launched The Future of YEG to solicit input for Edmonton’s next economic growth & resiliency strategy. They’re asking what Edmonton’s economy needs to growth and thrive, and what Edmonton’s ideal economy should look like a generation from now.
  • From CBC Edmonton: How Edmonton’s most uber Uber drive lost his perfect score. I hope I get this guy one day!
  • Twelve Edmontonians were named to the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame last week "for their dedication to making Edmonton a better place to live."
  • If approved, the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa would be located near Fort Edmonton Park on what is currently an overflow parking lot. "It’s not exactly pristine river valley land," said Coun. Tim Cartmell, who is in favour of the spa and sits as the council representative on the Fort Edmonton board.
  • What a great tweet from the City of Edmonton: "400 goats arrived in Rundle Park today to weed the north!"
  • A reminder that the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue is closed which means buses are being re-routed, either down 101 Street or down 97 Street.
  • The drainage work being done along 105 Street downtown is expected to be complete by the end of September. It was supposed to be done by April 2018.
  • In Episode 42 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the nordic spa, West Edmonton Mall footbridge, and sidewalks.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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Walterdale Bridge, photo by Jim Hoffman

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #350

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) leads the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
  • Sunday, June 9 was Albert Delitala’s last day with Global Edmonton. He is joining Global News Toronto. "It’s bittersweet leaving the stellar team at @GlobalEdmonton, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge – and telling the stories back home in Toronto," he tweeted. Delitala joined Global in March 2018 after a short stint at CTV Saskatoon.
  • Adrienne Pan is celebrating 10 years of service with CBC.
  • Retail sales manager Leo Pilon has announced he is retiring after 32 years with CFCW. "I have had the opportunity to learn from so many amazing people and hall of fame broadcasters," he tweeted. His last day will be June 28.
  • The provincial government has announced its "energy war room" will be based in Calgary. "That’s where the industry is and that’s where the punchy communication experts are," Energy Minister Sonya Savage said.

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Andrew Scheer was in Edmonton on June 4, speaking at the Royal Glenora Club

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • Jeff Jarvis says that "the efforts of lobbyists for my industry are causing irreparable harm to the internet." He argues that news industry trade organizations "are corruptly cashing in their political capital…in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies."
  • New research conducted for the Medill Local News Initiative found that desktop visitors to three news websites spent more than 99% of their screen time elsewhere. The study "suggests that news outlets would be wise to broaden their view of their competition, and to analyze those competitors to learn more about what their own audiences want."
  • Bleacher Report is on track to make more than $200 million in revenue this year, says Digiday. "The company, which has roughly 500 employees, plans to continue to invest in more long-form video programming, commerce, events and other business areas."
  • Bell Media is "calling for the criminalization of those who are even slightly associated with unauthorized online video streaming" and also suggests regulating U.S. providers like Netflix and Amazon.
  • From Vox – The war to free science: How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.

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Edmonton Notes for June 9, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • Council approved three large mixed-use development projects at public hearing on Thursday. The old Edmonton Motors site in Oliver will have two 48 storey towers, the South Scona Parking Lot redevelopment will have three towers ranging from 15 to 20 storeys, and The Shift is a two-tower project on 106 Street at 36 and 40 storeys.
  • I can’t wait for the sea of parking lots around 107 Street downtown to be turned into a new 1.25-hectare park. "It’s not often you get to build a major park in a major city," says David Holdsworth, a senior planner with the city’s urban renewal department. Though I’m not sure about the petition proposing "The Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion" for the park.
  • The City has unveiled a shortlist of construction teams selected to participate in the RFP stage of the Valley Line West LRT project. One of them is SNC-Lavalin!
  • The location of the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa has been revealed: Fort Edmonton Park. Council will discuss the request to lease land this week.
  • A parking stall at the Ultima Tower has sold for $45,000 according to real estate consultant Ryan Gillen.
  • Pride Week in Edmonton runs June 7-16 and to mark the occasion, ETS has unveiled a colourful Pride bus. “This bus symbolizes the inclusive and welcoming culture we’re building at the City of Edmonton,” said Gord Cebryk, Deputy City Manager, City Operations.
  • "We believed a fairy tale for decades, virtuously filling blue bags and setting them by the curb," says Elise Stolte. "We need a better solution, one that recognizes how much work recycling really is."
  • No surprise here given the weather lately: Edmonton Fire Rescue Services lifted the fire ban on Thursday.
  • Valley Line LRT construction will cause the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue to be closed from June 10 until July 20. Buses will detour to 101 Street.
  • In Episode 41 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the supplemental capital budget adjustment, crosswalks, waste management, and enterprise software projects.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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After, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Encore Encore, photo by Dave Sutherland

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #349

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • Breanna Karstens-Smith is joining Global Edmonton at the end of June “as the weekend 6pm/11pm anchor and a weekday reporter.”
  • Don Metz is officially ending his 40-year association with the Edmonton Oilers. “After having serviced many multi-year contracts in which I held the various roles of game presentation, event and broadcast director and, during the last five years in the full-time employee position of senior advisor and vice-president, we have mutually agreed to part ways allowing me to pursue new opportunities,” he said.
  • The Globe and Mail’s Jana Pruden won gold for Best Feature Article: Long in the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards for her story Murder on the Prairies. Also for the Globe, Marty Klinkenberg and Amber Bracken won gold in Best Arts & Culture Storytelling for Alex Janvier’s colourful life.
  • The latest edition of CBC’s The Ledge podcast focuses on the UCP government’s communication challenges.
  • A documentary called “Our Peggy” pays tribute to the life and work of Peggy Miller-Day, “a Canadian pioneer in radio and broadcasting” who worked at CJCA in Edmonton from the 1940s to the late 1960s. “Aside from broadcasting, she was responsible for writing the lyrics to both the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions cheer songs, which continue to be sung to this day during home games.”


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for June 2, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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It looked apocalyptic in Edmonton this week!

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Edmonton booth at Collision 2019 in Toronto recently

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #348

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • IABC Edmonton announced the winners of the 2019 Capital Awards on Friday, May 24. A total of 58 awards of excellence and 27 awards of merit were recognized. DDB Edmonton led with seven awards.
  • Joel Gotlib, who “parted ways” with CTV Edmonton last year, has revealed a seven-year battle with prescription painkillers. “Gotlib sometimes suffered panic attacks while he was live on the CTV Edmonton anchor desk. In the newsroom, the pill bottle was never far away.”
  • J.J. Hebert has been dismissed by the Edmonton Oilers. He had served as Senior Director of Hockey Communications and Media Relations since 2003.
  • “I suppose we should never attribute to mischief what can be explained by incompetence,” says David Climenhaga about the Edmonton Journal’s recent editorial arguing in favor of keeping the carbon tax.
  • Senator Paula Simons spoke with CBC about what Postmedia’s efforts to work for Alberta premier Jason Kenney’s “energy war room” means for journalism. “It is very difficult for hardworking, really strong journalists to do their work with credibility when in the public mind people say, ‘Yeah, but your paper is helping the premier produce propaganda,'” Simons said.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • VC firm Andreessen Horowitz has shared a detailed post called investing in the podcast ecosystem in 2019. “We’re interested in investing in the next wave of consumer products and startups coming into the ecosystem, and that includes the audio ecosystem.”
  • In a new interview on the Recode Decode podcast, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams says: “I think there is a better version of social media to be invented and I don’t know if that will happen incrementally, because there’s lots of smart people trying to evolve these systems at these massive companies, or if it will happen with just completely new paradigms and new ideas that come along.”
  • Comcast has agreed to sell its 33% stake in Hulu to Disney in 2024 for at least $27.5 billion. Vox explains the Hulu/Disney/Comcast divorce.
  • At USA Today, Todd Gitlin argues that “journalism that ducks the climate emergency withers into a distraction machine.” He highlights The Guardian’s daily CO2 count as climate news you can use.
  • A new study from the Pew Research Center found that men are overrepresented in the images U.S. news organizations use in news tories posted to Facebook.

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for May 26, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Valley Line LRT Construction

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #347

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • Postmedia has hired Nick Koolsbergen “to lobby the new United Conservative government on how it could be involved with the new “energy war room” promised by Kenney during the recent Alberta election campaign.” Koolsbergen served as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s chief of staff from fall 2017 until August 2018 and as the UCP’s campaign manager during the election earlier this year. He announced the formation of Wellington Advocacy following the UCP victory.
  • Chris Henderson has announced that after 8 years at Calder Bateman (and later ZGM Marketing) he is leaving the organization. His last day was Wednesday, May 15. In his farewell post, he called it “the best place I have ever worked.” ZGM tweeted in response, “we can’t thank @ChrisHenderson enough for the immeasurable contributes he made..over the past 8 years.”
  • A new TV show called The Moment is currently filming at Union Hall here in Edmonton. The show features Alberta musicians and will broadcast on a new cable channel called Channel M.
  • Last Wednesday’s edition of Edmonton AM, scheduled to be broadcast live from the streets, turned out to be a wet one. “On a particularly rainy spring morning in Edmonton, there was nothing to do but dance, and make a little radio in the rain.”
  • Vintage Edmonton has dug up a number of ITV News at 10 clips from 1995.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #346

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

Mayor Don Iveson
Mayor Don Iveson speaks with the media following his State of the City address

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • It seems that old media companies are flourishing while new media ventures are struggling. Why? One reason, argues Alex Sherman at CNBC, is that “nothing has been disrupted about media except the distribution model. Consumers want the same content as always.”
  • Quartz is now putting all of its articles behind a metered paywall. “The number of free Quartz articles you’ll get varies based on what the site perceives to be your likelihood of becoming a member, among other factors.”
  • A new guide from the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin says that journalism should aim to be “morally justifiable and not purely extractive or voyeuristic.”
  • Cleveland.com is experimenting with text messages from reporters. “Almost 1,200 people have signed up for the free trial in addition to a few hundred paying customers.”
  • Lots of money is still going into TV advertising, even as consumers switch to streaming services. “Despite significant viewer shortfalls for traditional TV, the nation’s broadcast and cable networks saw advance ad commitments increase 5.2% to more than $20.7 billion in 2018, according to Media Dynamics, a media consultancy.”

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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GWG Building

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