Once again I have been curating articles, blog posts, and news releases on my ShareEdmonton page. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter with a free account here. Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- What a week for provincial politics, especially from an Edmonton perspective. Former mayor Stephen Mandel, his chief of staff Patricia Misutka, and former Liberal MLA Mike Percy all took on roles for premier-designate Jim Prentice. Mandel is involved in the transition team, while Percy will chief of staff and Misutka will be principal secretary. Prentice will be sworn in as premier tomorrow, but he’ll still need to win a by-election to become an MLA.
- As if that wasn’t enough, Premier Dave Hancock announced he’s resigning, not just as premier, but from his post as MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud too.
- Jim Prentice and Mayor Don Iveson met at City Hall on Tuesday to have “the first round of a very grown up conversation,” according to Iveson.
- In case you missed it, here’s my recap of a business event that took place this week called Edmonton in a New Light. Are we as a city finally starting to shed some of our humble nature?
- There’s an awful lot of “unknown” and “in planning” in this list, but it’s still a good preview of some of the great things to come for Edmonton over the next six years.
- City Council on Wednesday approved a multi-year budget policy, which means annual operating budgets will become a thing of the past. A new three-year budget will start next year.
- We had our first taste of winter with some snow on Monday! It’s the snow’s fault that the City is projecting an $11 million deficit too.
- All City of Edmonton outdoor pools are now closed for the season. Worst opening to a public service announcement ever: “It is time to say goodbye to summer.”
- Looking to become an urban beekeeper in Edmonton? Look no further than Dustin Bajer’s list of six things to get started!
- The Capital Region Board has committed to finding a strategy to preserve agricultural land around Edmonton.
- Here are the latest urbanism headlines from Spacing Edmonton.
- From AEG’s David MacLean, why Edmonton should embrace services like Uber.
- In order to provide adequate flood protection for at-risk neighbourhoods, Edmonton may need to pay up to $50 million per year for the next 50 to 100 years. Yikes.
- Local game developer Rocketfuel Games has created a “modern political cartoon” called Aura of Power. In the game, a red-headed character named Alison tries to get to the Skypalace while wasting taxpayer money. Funny!
- You can now nominate businesses and individuals for the Edmonton Journal Readers’ Choice Awards.
- Edmonton’s growing population has home builders working “flat out” to try to meet demand. There’s a lot of demand for trades workers too.
- Are the Oilers losing because there’s too much focus placed on prospects? OilersNation digs into that question.
I haven’t seen this bumper sticker yet, though it has been around for years. Photo by Grempz.
- The next YEGRB Meetup takes place at Startup Edmonton on Tuesday evening.
- Head over to the Edmonton Journal on Wednesday at lunch for the next Capital Ideas Edmonton event, called Family matters: How to run a business with loved ones.
- On Wednesday evening there’s a hackathon taking place at Startup Edmonton for the EPL’s digital local music project.
- Also Wednesday evening, the City is hosting an open house on three alternative concepts for the 104 Avenue corridor.
- Nerd Nite #15 takes place at the Citadel Theatre on Thursday evening.
- The next CreativeMornings Edmonton event takes place on Friday morning.
- I’m looking forward to checking out Park(ing) Day on Friday. Parking stalls along 101A Avenue and 97 Street will be transformed into temporary art installations!
- Saturday is Community League Day in Edmonton! There are events taking place all over the city, so get out and meet your neighbours!
- All weekend long the University of Alberta is celebrating Alumni Weekend 2014. Don’t miss Green & Gold Day on Friday!
- Sunday is the UN’s International Day of Peace. The local celebration is taking place at City Hall.
- Also Sunday, FC Edmonton hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Clark Stadium.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.