Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:
- Edmonton was named the most sustainable city in Canada in the third-annual ranking published this week. We’re also the first city in the world to implement an ecoMobility project with the Global Alliance for EcoMobility.
- NAIT hosted a pretty cool event this week featuring Chef Rob Feenie. Here’s a video showing a behind-the-scenes view of the media blitz. Feenie will be back late in February for the chef-in-residence program at NAIT, and again in the spring to open a new Cactus Club Cafe location at West Edmonton Mall.
- On Monday, CBC reported that some panhandlers in the city make as much as $400 per day. This set off a ton of discussion and prompted a number of follow-up articles, including this interview with Newf, a former panhandler who now lives on welfare. He calls Edmontonians “the most kind-hearted in the world”.
- Three new LRT cars went into service early Tuesday morning! I previously wrote about the new LRT cars here and you can see some photos here. In a related story, Bay LRT station was renamed Bay/Enterprise Square this week. The U of A is spending about $25,000 to replace the old signage.
- On Friday, city council approved plans for cooperation on GIS and transit with other local municipalities. Could a regional transit commission be in our future?
- From February 2nd until the 6th, Mayor Stephen Mandel will be answering questions on Connect2Edmonton. This is apparently the first of many “Ask” forums the site is working on.
- On Thursday, Mayor Mandel’s hand-picked Committee to End Homelessness released its report, A Place to Call Home. The Journal has a good overview of the plan.
- Finally, a couple plugs for things I’m involved in. Help us grow Edmonton’s Free WiFi Project by purchasing and hosting a router! Curious about Twitter? Already a user? Join us on February 12th for Edmonton Twestival!