Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Pretty hard to ignore all the provincial news lately. Former premier Alison Redford resigned her post as MLA for Calgary-Elbow just one day before the auditor general’s report found her government misused taxpayer money. For more, check out episode 50 of The Press Gallery.
- The City has shortlisted the three teams that will participate in the next phase of the Valley Line LRT project. The winning team will be selected by the end of 2015 with construction beginning in 2016.
- For the third year in a row, Strathcona was named top neighbourhood on Avenue Edmonton’s list of our city’s top 10.
- According to Pollstar’s Mid-Year Ranking for 2014, Rexall Place was the 2nd busiest arena in Canada, 5th busiest in North America, and 23rd busiest in the world!
- The Edmonton Heritage Council has launched a new walking tour of Churchill Square in a new app called Soundwalk Edmonton. If it is well received, they may expand it to other areas too.
- Residents in Queen Alexandra have formed a group called QA Crossroads, which aims to change 76 Avenue and 106 Street, major roads in the area. As the City is renewing the road, residents want to see more changes incorporated.
- In case you missed it, Leduc’s latest census results show the population is now 28,583, an increase of 4.9% over 2013. Edmonton’s latest municipal census results are expected by the end of the month.
- The conversation about infill housing and density continues, and Councillor Michael Walters wants it to apply to all neighbourhoods.
- The latest city report on the matter suggests that 62 new neighbourhoods approved on the fringes of Edmonton are expected to cost $3 billion in new infrastructure over the next 30 years.
- It sounds like the University of Alberta is interested in supporting Edmonton’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. They could provide facilities, as well as people trained in coaching, training, physiotherapy, and more.
- Have you checked out the Edmonton City As Museum Project? It “tells the stories of the People, Places, Things, and Moments that make the city of Edmonton what it is.” Here’s one about Edmonton Folk Fest.
- There still isn’t anything there, but the Edmonton Arena District has a placeholder website.
- Corso 32 chef Daniel Costa has launched Tavola, an app featuring recipes, wine pairings, and playlists. Think of it as a modern take on the cookbook.
- If you’re looking for more food news, check out Sharon’s latest food notes. We also talked about some of the exciting food news of the summer in the latest episode of Mack & Cheese.
- The Oilers are planning a 30th anniversary celebration of the 1984 championship team, to take place for a few days in October.
- Check out Karen’s latest blog roundup for some great local reads.
Morning Commute by Dave Sutherland
- This week’s Make Something Monday event is focused on YEG Fashion.
- Head down to Churchill Square on Tuesday evening for The Lego Movie, one of the Movies on the Square screenings.
- Have you been enjoying the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada? There are another two games in Edmonton this week, plus a quarterfinal game.
- It’s finally here! The 33rd Edmonton International Fringe Festival starts on Thursday and runs through August 24. Get ready for Fringed and Confused!
- The Edmonton Blues Festival takes place at Hawrelak Park this weekend.
- Over in Louise McKinney, the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival will be delighting spectators.
- Doing some summer cleaning? The City is hosting another Big Bin event this weekend at Bill Hunter Arena.
- The fifth annual Edmonton Latin Festival takes place on Saturday at Churchill Square.
- Please join us in Borden Park on Saturday from 4-8pm for our third big What the Truck?! event of the season!
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Some of the cosplay at Animethon 21, photo by IQRemix