Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The final meeting of the current City Council took place on Wednesday at City Hall. It was an emotional affair, filled with tributes to Mayor Mandel. Here’s the letter to citizens that Mayor Mandel published that day.
- City Council this week directed Administration to proceed with a full closure of the City Centre Airport at 11:59pm on November 30, 2013.
- Edmonton was the first major city in Canada to implement curbside recycling way back in 1988. The City is celebrating 25 years of recycling!
- Here is President Indira Samarasekera’s State of the University address.
- From Gig City: Does public art improve life for Edmonton’s homeless?
- Here’s the latest update on the Walterdale Bridge project. Queen Elizabeth Park Road is slated to reopen to traffic in early October.
- Have you been using the on-street bike parking corrals this year? Let the City know your feedback by taking this online survey.
- Speaking of surveys, the City is also doing a survey on 107 Avenue.
- Here’s another blow for supporters of the Cloverdale footbridge: Council accepted an environmental impact study that allows the southeast LRT to be built as planned.
- At the same time, the City is exploring a new, multi-million dollar footbridge near Terwillegar Park.
- New data shows what you probably already suspected: class sizes at Edmonton area schools are really large.
- A new report suggests that police use-of-force incidents have dropped considerably in recent years. This is despite the number of police calls going up.
- Well this sucks. Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw on Saturday night against the Canucks and is out of the lineup indefinitely. The Oilers won 5-2.
- Here are the latest urbanism headlines from Spacing Edmonton.
- There is of course a lot of election-related news, but I have a separate update for that!
Bay/Enterprise Square LRT Station, by Michael Chu
Here are some upcoming events:
- Tomorrow is Nomination Day! Candidates will be posted on the Edmonton Elections site sometime in the afternoon (and I understand, will also be available in the open data catalogue).
- Alberta Culture Days take place throughout the province from the 27th through the 29th. The kickoff takes place on 104 Street on Friday night.
- Come on down to the 124 Street Market on Thursday to see me and other media personalities compete in a cookie-eating contest!
- The Bloom YEG event taking place at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Friday night sounds pretty cool.
- Love LEGO? Then don’t miss the Edmonton 50 Years From Now competition taking place at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
- Sunday is the 2013 edition of Free Admission Day at City of Edmonton attractions!
- Also taking place this weekend is the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo!
- There’s another Mercer Collective Makers Market on Saturday.
- The Eskimos host Toronto on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
- The Edmonton International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday and runs through October 5. In case you missed it, the 24/One Challenge kicked off yesterday at the City Market!
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
To help kick-off EIFF, I have a prize package to give away! To have a shot at winning two all-access passes and a gift basket, a prize valued at more than $260, simply leave a comment below with your favorite movie by 11:59 PM on Tuesday. I will randomly choose a winner and contact you on Wednesday. Good luck!