Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The Municipal Development Plan, known as The Way We Grow, was approved by City Council this week. It comes into effect immediately, replacing Plan Edmonton which has been in effect since 1998.
- I really like the City of Edmonton’s new public involvement website for The Way We Green.
- Effective June 1 rates for parking meters throughout the city are increasing 50 cents.
- Edmonton’s Timothy Dalby won first place in the coding competition at the Make Web Not War conference with his app Find-A-Home.
- The lineup for Edmonton’s Folk Fest was announced this week. Sort of related – Capital EX is dropping Ed Fest.
- Former Edmonton Sun columnist Kerry Diotte has sued the paper for $2.28 million, claiming he was demoted, humiliated, and pushed into depression. Oh and he’s also assembling a team to run for City Council.
- The newest exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta, TIMELAND: 2010 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, features works by 24 emerging and established Albertan artists. It runs until August 29.
- A new temporary skateboard park opened in Churchill Square this week. It’ll remain until June 18, when it’ll be relocated to the McCauley Community League outdoor skating rink.
- The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is holding a foodie picnic contest.
- Construction is underway on an interchange at Rabbit Hill Road and Anthony Henday Drive. Here’s the news release from the province, which says it should be open to traffic by fall 2011.
- Don’t miss this letter from the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues to the Edmonton Public School Board, relaying concerns about school closures.
- Both the iPad and a second Apple Store (at Southgate) landed in Edmonton yesterday – it was iPad-demonium!
- Time is running out to nominate someone for Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 list.
- Good piece on local food bloggers in today’s St. Albert Gazette.
- The U2 concert that was going to take place on June 23 has been postponed to 2011.
- For more headlines from the week, check out theedmontonian.com.
- Next week is National Environment Week, and the City of Edmonton wants you to give sustainable transportation a try by taking the Commuter Challenge.
- If you couldn’t make it to Make It today, don’t worry, it runs all day tomorrow too!
- Also tomorrow – Michael Janz’s kickoff BBQ! He’s running for Public School Trustee in Ward F.
- Pecha Kucha Night 7 is coming up on Thursday! I’m one of the ten speakers, so I encourage you to come! You can get tickets here. And I put a list of the speakers on Twitter here.
- Also Thursday – the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (on ShareEdmonton).
- Movies on the Square is back! You can see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Friday, and Alvin & the Chipmunks the Squeakquel on Saturday.
- The summer festival season is about to get busy. The International Children’s Festival (on ShareEdmonton) kicks off on Tuesday. On Wednesday the Dreamspeakers Film Festival starts (on ShareEdmonton). And on Thursday, Nextfest starts (on ShareEdmonton).
It has been another very wet weekend in Edmonton. Here are a couple of photos of today’s City Market Downtown and the Highlands Street Festival:
You can see more photos here.