What a week! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The Olympic Torch Relay made its way through the capital region this week! It was quite an experience, with Churchill Square completely packed on Wednesday evening. There’s a good story on the planning that went into it here.
- Big news for the tech community: Open Data has arrived in Edmonton! You can check out the catalogue at http://data.edmonton.ca.
- WIND Mobile is gearing up for a February launch here in Edmonton, and is looking to hire dozens of full-time and part-time employees in the city.
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, Edmonton is the 7th most attractive Canadian city for prospective new residents.
- Sounds like last weekend’s Deep Freeze festival was a big success, with nearly 4 times as many people attending as last year!
- Two new directors were appointed to the EEDC board this week: Dr. Roger Palmer and Barry Travers.
- Here’s the latest Edmonton Next Gen weekly newsletter.
- Sharon and I checked out Moriarty’s Bistro & Wine Bar recently. Great to have another option in the core!
- The City of Edmonton is in the process of buying the notorious York Hotel. It’s going to be part of the Boyle Renaissance redevelopment.
- Very cool news from the Art Gallery of Alberta: Executive Director Gilles Hebert will host a private tour for local bloggers!
- Rick Mercer and Danielle Smith were at West Edmonton Mall this week filming a segment. I snapped some photos!
- Have $100 million sitting around? The former ING Building on 103 Street just north of Jasper Avenue is on the market for $108.4 million.
- From The Journal: For the first time in almost 70 years, it appears all city councillors are planning to run again in the next civic election.
- Ice on Whyte (on ShareEdmonton) started this week and runs until the 24th – don’t miss it!
- Fork Fest (on ShareEdmonton) starts today! It’s a great opportunity to sample some really tasty food at independent restaurants throughout the city.
I’ll leave you today with a common sight around the City right now. I hope the ice sculptures at Ice on Whyte are ok!