Happy Father’s Day!
Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Wednesday was a scary weather day here in Edmonton, with lots of thunder, lightning, rain, and even a tornado warning! I curated some of the best visuals here. The City has additional information on the impact of the storm here.
- There’s apparently a $515 million shortfall for the southeast LRT extension. Unacceptable. We have to get this done! This is a vital and hugely transformative project for our city.
- Councillor Karen Leibovici launched her mayoral campaign this week, making her the first serious challenger to come forward against Kerry Diotte. Councillor Iveson is expected to launch his campaign in the days ahead.
- The City has finalized its giant list of 177 roadworks projects for 2013. The total bill comes to $441.8 million!
- Utility rates could rise $60 in 2014 and keep going up for two more years, according to a new City report.
- The Oilers made it official on Monday, announcing that Dallas Eakins is the 12th head coach in club history.
- Congratulations to EPCOR, named one of Canada’s 50 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Nights magazine.
- Four lucky EPSB students got to be “Minister for the Day” recently. Probably wise to have them play Minister of the Environment rather than of Education! Also: EPSB won first place in the red division of Corporate Challenge for the second straight year.
- Pre-construction is underway for the new Walterdale Bridge, so stay alert for impacts on your travels. Actual construction will commence in July.
- Here’s a scary stat: there have been more than 125 arsons reported since January. On top of that, arson has been the leading cause of fires in Edmonton for the last 12 years.
- The Eskimos are being forced to take their training camp on the road in 2015 as Edmonton hosts the women’s world cup of soccer, and they’ve found their temporary home in Spruce Grove!
- Here’s an update on the Molson/Crosstown situation from the Oliver Community League.
- A young Oilers prospect named Kristians Pelss had gone missing recently and has now been confirmed dead. Here’s the Oilers comment.
- The 7th annual Underwear Affair in Edmonton raised over $625,00 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation!
- This is pretty neat: TEDxEdmonton has been TechCrunched!
- Tickets are now on sale for K-Days, which got its official launch this week.
- Want more from the past week? The Wanderer Online has you covered.
Whyte Avenue by Luc Therrien
Here are some upcoming events:
- I’ll be at Citizen Edmonton on Tuesday evening, the next interVivos event.
- This week is your final opportunity to see Amaluna!
- Improvaganza 2013 gets underway on Wednesday evening at the Citadel Theatre!
- The following day is the official start of The Works, located in Churchill Square until July 2.
- Friday is National Aboriginal Day.
- This year’s edition of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday!
- Don’t make plans for lunch on Friday – it’s the Downtown Block Party!
- The Hershey’s Track & Field Games take place on Saturday at Foote Field.
- I’ll be at the Stanley Milner library on Saturday for Stand Up For Edmonton, a conference about the U of A’s place in our city.
- All weekend long at Convocation Hall is the Summer Solstice Festival, put on by the Edmonton Chamber Music Society.
- Also this weekend is the Edmonton Turkish Festival at McIntyre Park.
- Check out ShareEdmonton for more upcoming events!
Quintessentially calm! by ishwar_v_h
I previously mentioned Edmonton’s 30 Most Interesting People, a Make Something Edmonton project. Well the Q&A’s are taking place this week, and somehow I’ve been nominated by more than one of you! My AMA (ask me anything) will take place on Thursday, so get the PressMoi app to participate.