Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- One of the bigger stories this week was the entrance to the Stanley Milner library downtown and its safety. I agree with EPL CEO Linda Cook – moving the doors is not the solution.
- Public urinals and toilets will be installed at seven locations on Jasper Avenue between 107 and 118 streets as part of a pilot that will run until mid-October.
- Local software company Matrikon Inc. is being sold to Honeywell International for $145 million.
- The City will reimburse property owners in “main street” commercial areas who revitalize their property to make them more attractive and pedestrian-friendly.
- Councillor Dave Thiele says he won’t be running again in October’s municipal election.
- Wednesday was the 3rd annual Festival Volunteer Fair, and it was a big success!
- Transportation GM Bob Boutilier says the City should create a separate board to run LRT construction.
- Congratulations to all of the Good Neighbour Award recipients for 2010!
- The province announced three new projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime, focusing on youth mentoring and community integration for new Canadians.
- Here’s the Edmonton Startup Index for May.
- The Edmonton Indy received a boost in funding this week from the provincial government. The money-losing event will get another $800,000.
- Here’s a write-up on the City’s plans to build part of Edmonton inside Second Life.
- It was the “best of” this week: here are Vue’s Golden Fork Awards, and SEE’s Best of Edmonton 2010.
- The latest information about the requirements for disclosure of campaign funds is now available.
- Here’s a great list of things to do in Edmonton this summer.
- For more headlines from the past week, check out theedmontonian.com.
- The next Emerging Business Leaders event is Monday evening at Accent Lounge (at ShareEdmonton).
- Tuesday is the launch of the CommuniTEA Infusion Van, at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
- On Wednesday evening, the City of Edmonton is hosting a public meeting on the proposed arena and entertainment district (on ShareEdmonton).
- The Edmonton Public Schools Foundation is hosting a fundraising breakfast on Thursday morning (on ShareEdmonton).
Demolition of the old Mayfair hotel started this week. It’ll make way for the Mayfair Village:
Today marked the start of the City Market Downtown for 2010! More than 13,000 people had walked through by 12:30pm. You can see more photos here.
UPDATE: Completely forgot to mention this: the provincial government has publicly endorsed Edmonton’s bid to host EXPO 2017.
4 thoughts on “Edmonton Notes for 5/15/2010”
Beautiful first day of the market this year – lovely to see you both – and great photos – especially the hands up one. Thanks for the update!
Anyone know what the Second Life project is costing the city?
Part of the problem with the library (in my eyes) is it’s hours. I was really surprised that it doesn’t open until 1pm on Sundays. There’s always a line up outside the main doors at lunchtime on Sundays, people waiting to get in. I didn’t feel amazingly comfortable hanging around there.
Moving the doors is stupid and a complete waste of money (just like the City paying anyone to do anything to do with Second Life).
These summary blogs of yours are always my favorite.