After three great weeks away, Sharon and I are back in Edmonton! We had a wonderful time and will be sharing many photos and blog posts in the weeks ahead.
Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am on Sunday, November 2 – your clocks go back an hour that night!
Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Raise a paper cup to Edmonton’s coffee shops. I’m so excited to go try all the new cafes this week – Burrow, Transcend Mercer, and Credo on 124th Street!
- Tuesday marked one year since Council was elected. CBC talked to the first-time councillors for their thoughts on how things have gone..
- Six years ago, making BrightNights environmentally friendly was a big deal. This year, the City is going to ask Edmontonians to keep the lights on longer, to help celebrate winter. Is it better to be green or well-lit?
- A new report recommends a $106 million upgrade for the Kinsmen Sports Centre. The upgrade would include a new lobby, expanded fitness center, a widened pool, and more parking.
- Council has approved a motion for a full smoking ban on Churchill Square. The fine will be $250 for smoking in the square when the bylaw has passed.
- DHL has invested $2.1 million in a new facility at the Edmonton International Airport which “will help DHL Express meet the growing demands of international shipping customers.”
- Make Something Edmonton has launched the Project Accelerator Grant, which will award up to $1500 to worthy ideas. They are accepting applications until 5pm on Monday, November 3.
- Have you checked out the recently updated Edmonton 311 app? It now offers 28 reporting options, including the ability to take a photo of a service issue to report geocoordinates.
- Don’t forget there’s also the Edmonton Insight Community, if you want to provide feedback to the City on a wide variety of surveys.
- The proposed drainage and waste utilities budgets have been released. Utility rates are proposed to increase 6.4%.
- According to a new police commission report, the Edmonton Police Service wants to add 400 employees over the next five years in order to keep up with increased population.
- Congratulations to the winners of the City of Edmonton’s Small Business Eco Challenge Awards. Manasc Isaac Architects took home the prize for businesses with 51-100 employees.
- Via Linda, I learned about GozAround, a new social network for volunteering that was started right here in Edmonton.
- Sensors are being installed along Anthony Henday Drive as part of smart city transportation system being tested here in Edmonton.
- Congratulations to chef Blair Lebsack and everyone at RGE RD on making the enRoute list of top new restaurants for 2014! Chef Lebsack took second place at the Gold Medal Plates on Thursday – Westin chef Ryan O’Flynn took first.
The first of two beautiful shots by Jeff Wallace that I wanted to share
- The Oilers host the Canadiens on Monday night, the Predators on Wednesday, and the Canucks on Saturday.
- We’ll find out who the Top 40 Under 40 for 2014 are on Thursday at the big celebration taking place at the TELUS World of Science.
- Friday is the day for costumes and candy! Happy Halloween!
- This looks interesting: there’s a Steampunk Monster Ball taking place on Saturday evening!
- The Eskimos host the BC Lions on Saturday night.
- On Sunday, FC Edmonton hosts the Atlanta Silverbacks at Clarke Stadium.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
In this photo, Jeff Wallace captures the local tribute to WO Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo