Can you believe it is already June?! Time flies.
Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The Valley Line LRT extension received another big boost of support this week with the announcement that the Government of Canada is adding another $150 million to its contribution. The sooner this project gets started the better!
- Congratulations once again to the Oil Kings on their Memorial Cup win. The City held a celebration for the team on Wednesday during lunch, and the Oil Kings have posted a look back at the season.
- The City of Edmonton has received the Age Friendly Alberta Recognition Award from the Province. Edmonton is the second municipality to receive the award – Strathcona County was recognized last June.
- When it comes to lists, too often Edmonton is left out. Here are some thoughts from Liane on Edmonton being left off a recent list of the 50 best restaurants in Canada.
- Want a recap of what the Edmonton Eskimos were up to in the off-season? Here’s a timeline. Their 2014 training camp kicked off today.
- The minimum wage in Alberta will increase to $10.20 as of September 1. That’s not great, but at least it’s going in the right direction.
- The City has released its four-year Bike Lane Infrastructure Plan. It’ll be discussed this week by the Transportation Committee. Some feel the proposed plan needs further discussion.
- BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk is the first executive director of the new Alberta Small Brewers Association. The organization will advocate for the province’s craft beer industry.
- PSA: If you received a phone call about travel vouchers from EIA, it’s a scam.
- Here’s a recap of the International Responsible Hospitality Conference that took place in Edmonton recently.
- Here are the latest urbanism headlines from Spacing Edmonton.
- If you love Remedy Cafe, you’ll be happy to hear that the southside location on 109 Street will be expanding in August into part of The Movie Studio’s space (I guess that means they are finally going the way of Blockbuster?).
- Here is U of A President Indira Samarasekera’s latest weekly update. She wrote an op-ed in the Globe and Mail this week that has resulted in quite a bit of discussion.
- It’s really ugly and difficult to read but if you’re willing to slog through it, David Staples has posted a seven part series on “The Great Edmonton River Valley Debate”.
- Happy belated birthday to Mayor Don Iveson, who turned 35 on Friday, just a day after taking a selfie with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and Mississauga’s outgoing 93-year-old mayor Hazel McCallion. Here’s an interview he did recently with the Journal’s Gary Lamphier.
- June is Bike Month! The Bikeology Festival has events taking place all month.
- Hundreds of public administrators are in town this week for the IPAC National Conference.
- DECL is holding its AGM on Tuesday night.
- Pecha Kucha Night 19 takes place on Thursday in Churchill Square.
- On Friday, the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival kicks off at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
- Also Friday, it’s the Mercer Summer Super Party! Should be a fun time on 104 Street.
- The Edmonton Pride Festival kicks off on Friday, with the Pride Parade taking place on Saturday.
- If cats are your thing, don’t miss the first ever Edmonton International Cat Festival, taking place at NAIT on Saturday.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Turtle Rock Effigy Labyrinth by Jeff Wallace