Happy long weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Edmonton’s population is now 877,926. In case you missed it, here’s my overview of the 2014 Municipal Census results.
- There have been so many athletes in Edmonton this week for the World Triathlon! Hometown favorite Paula Findlay finished 15th in the Elite Women’s final, a strong finish considering she has been dealing with injuries.
- It was another big week for downtown! Stantec unveiled its new headquarters, a 62-story building to be located in the heart of the new arena district. And then we finally got some additional details on what else will be in the district. Be sure to check out the website for more.
- I’ll have more on this soon, but a perception survey conducted by the Downtown Business Association found that 62% of respondents have a positive outlook for downtown.
- Congratulations to the Fringe on another record-breaking year! The festival sold 118,280 tickets to 211 indoor shows, with attendance to the site dropping a bit to 665,750.
- Here’s an awesome feature from the Journal: 40 things made or invented in Edmonton.
- I was very disappointed to hear that the province has initially rejected a proposal for a regional transit smart card. “I’m quite hopeful that they’re going to reconsider,” said Mayor Iveson. The project wouldn’t be able to move forward without the Green Trip funding.
- From Spacing Edmonton, here are the latest urbanism headlines for August 25-31.
- Heads up! ETS fall service changes take effect today. Basically that means kids are back in school and regular service on all routes has been restored.
- And speaking of back to school, school zones around elementary schools come into effect on September 2. You’ll need to slow to 30 km/h between 8am and 4:30pm. You can learn more about the change here. There’s even a Transforming Edmonton post about it.
- Okay, lots of back to school news. Kids are being encouraged to BYOD – bring your own device. Elementary schools now have video surveillance cameras installed. Be prepared for long bus rides!
- The Oilers have agreed to terms with Justin Schultz on a one-year contract.
- Should Council take another look at the proposal to save the old Walterdale Bridge?
- Will Edmonton welcome Uber? Omar takes a look at the complicated issue.
- The closing ceremonies for the 2014 World Triathlon Grand Final take place at the Shaw Conference Centre on Monday evening!
- It’s Country Music Week in Edmonton! The festivities run from September 4 through 7, with the awards show taking place at Rexall Place on Sunday!
- The Open Government Tour makes a stop in Edmonton on Wednesday evening at the Union Bank Inn.
- The Tour of Alberta comes to Edmonton this week! Stages 3, 4, and 5 take place in and around Edmonton. The finish line on Sunday will be at Churchill Square.
- Saturday is CornFest at Beaver Hills park!
- It’s battle of Alberta time on Saturday as the Eskimos host the Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium.
- Have some large materials to get rid of? The City’s next Big Bin Event takes place on Saturday and Sunday in Kennedale.
- Heads up: the next Make Something Mondays event is scheduled for the 8th and is focused on food.
- We hope to see you on Friday, September 12 in Churchill Square for our final What the Truck?! of the season!
- The date for the annual Oilers rookies vs. Golden Bears game has been set: September 17 at Clare Drake Arena.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
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