Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:
- The City of Edmonton Youth Council presented a cheque for $110,000 to Boyle Street Community Services. The money will be used to provide transitional housing for homeless people.
- Mayor Mandel is in China until Wednesday as part of an effort to gain support for Edmonton’s bid for the 2015 Universiade Games.
- I had an interesting chat about technology with ETS this week. Watch for an announcement on Wednesday related to Google Transit.
- Jim Gurnett, executive director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, is leaving the job in May after almost 8 years of service. Under his watch, the organization’s budget increased from $2 million to $4 million.
- One of the more controversial stories of the week: Councillor Tony Caterina would rather see the LRT expand to Mill Woods than to NAIT. There’s a very large “rant” thread about Caterina at C2E.
- The Sun reported yesterday that The City will be expanding its wireless service to four new locations this year: Central Lions Senior Recreation Centre, Dr. Wilbur McIntyre Gazebo, ACT Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Rundle Park, and City Arts Centre.
- Edmonton Twestival was a major success – we raised at least $1000 for charity:water. Thanks everyone for your support!
- Epcor is building the drinking water and wastewater facilities in Whistler for the 2010 Olympics. Kinda cool.
- Looking for something to do on Family Day? There are a bunch of Winter Light activities taking place on Monday from noon until 4pm at City Hall.
- Here are a couple new Twitter accounts you might want to follow: @CityOfEdmonton, @ctvedmonton, @EPLdotCA, @SteveTambellini (not real of course, but hilarious)
UPDATE: Forgot to mention the Agile Edmonton social, taking place on Tuesday evening at Hudson’s downtown. More information here.