Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Big election-related news this week! Councillor Linda Sloan announced on Friday that she will not seek re-election in Ward 1. No word on her plans yet. Within hours of the news, Ward 6 candidate Sharon Maclise decided to switch her candidacy to Ward 1. The frontrunner is Andrew Knack.
— Andrew Knack (@AndrewKnack) August 16, 2013
- The Fringe is on! Sharon and I will finally be taking in some performances this week. Do you think the Fringe Festival is Edmonton’s Stampede?
- Have you met Brittney Le Blanc? If not, make sure you do in the next 28 days!
- From the what-a-waste-of-money department: a report requested by Councillor Ed Gibbons says a pedway connecting the Coliseum LRT Station with the Edmonton Expo Centre could cost $30 million.
- An EPS news release says the number of calls for police originating from Capital Towers has decreased 98%. They credit the community partnership with organizations in McCauley for the reduction. Is there a difference between calls to police and actual crime though? Because the news release says nothing about actual crime numbers.
- Mayor Mandel thinks the speed limit on the Whitemud should be increased, despite a report recommending that the current limit of 80 km/h be kept.
- There’s a lot of good news coming out of TEC Edmonton lately. Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk attended the press conference on Thursday and said, “TEC Edmonton’s success is really a glimpse of what can happen across the province.”
- The City reported it is midway through bike route installation for 2013.
- The Boyle Street Community Services outreach team reports there are more people living in the river valley this year than last.
- Congratulations to all the winners in the 2013 Edmonton in Bloom Awards!
- Bad news for the arts faculty at the U of A: the dean has recommended suspending admission into 20 programs to deal with budget cuts.
- Are the downtown pedways too hard to navigate? We know the answer is yes, but still CBC sent out a new reporter to see if she could make her way across downtown.
- EPS has charged three people in connection with the BASE jumping that took place a couple weeks ago.
- There’s a new addition in the Alberta Aviation Museum’s collection of airplanes! They now have a CF-104 Starfighter.
- Bob Green has joined the Oilers as Director of Amateur Free Agent Scouting. He has been the GM of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the past six seasons.
- Want to be featured in the Journal? Tell Capital Ideas how you launch a new venture.
- This pretty much made my week:
— Adam Rozenhart (@bingofuel) August 18, 2013
Here are some upcoming events:
- From Fringe with Love continues all week!
- The CN Canadian Women’s Open runs all week at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.
- Dragonette, Tyler Shaw, and The Oducado Twins are performing on Thursday at WemFest.
- Head over to the Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park on Thursday for Singing in the Rain.
- The Mercer Collective is back on Saturday!
- Ready for a picnic? The next Social Media Breakfast is an IRL Potluck Picnic.
- The Eskimos host the Roughriders on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
- I hope to see you down at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park on Saturday from 5-9pm for What the Truck?!.
- Check out the French Quarter Farmers’ Market on Sunday at La Cite Francophone.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
The 97 Street Night Market went really well yesterday! The freak afternoon hailstorm was a bit concerning, but as you can see in the photo below, it turned out to be a lovely evening. Congrats to all involved but especially to Sharon, who put in a ton of work to make it happen!