Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- An estimated 70,000 people filled the river valley on Saturday night for the Red Bull Crashed Ice finals. It was quite the spectacle! Here’s a time-lapse of everyone arriving at the event. The City is hopeful that the big event will return.
- A new loose coalition of businesses calling themselves ‘Celebrate Edmonton’ are looking to share a more positive view of Edmonton. They used the hashtag #yegcitement and hosted a VIP area at the Crashed Ice event.
- The Province has passed an amended Bill 10 that allows students to setup GSAs in their schools. For more, check out Dave’s post.
- Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman announced that she has accepted the nominations to be a candidate for the Liberal Party, Alberta Party, and Green Party. It’s an unusual move that has people talking. We’ll be talking to Laurie during our next #abvote hangout on Monday, March 16, at 7pm MDT.
- Does Edmonton need a new brand? I don’t see why we need a slogan or tagline.
- The City and Pogo are working to agree to a new parking deal based on actual data. I hope they are able to get something fair sorted!
- Do you have an idea on how the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium could be used? The City is inviting all kinds of groups to apply to use the space.
- Here are the latest urbanism headlines from Spacing Edmonton. They’ve also got the scoop on a project by planning students at the U of A on re-imagining downtown.
- Here is the Edmonton Police Commission’s 4th Quarter Report to the Community.
- Congratulations to the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team on winning their 15th CIS University Cup!
- The Venue at the River Cree Resort & Casino has been shut down due to building codes. I’m surprised it has stayed open this long!
- Edmonton loves their dogs, says the Edmonton City as Museum Project.
- Heads up if you’re in Leduc: the new traffic bylaw goes into effect on April 1, 2015.
- Apparently three men have been charged by police after they were caught base jumping off a construction crane downtown.
- Here’s an update on CITYlab, a new initiative of Sustainable Development focused on placemaking.
- Did you know Edmonton is going to have its very own board game festival? Learn more in the latest episode of The Unknown Studio about GOBFest, coming up on March 28 and 29.
- If you were planning to take Groat Road on Monday morning, you’ll have to find another route: it’ll remain closed until Tuesday morning.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
Red Bull Crashed Ice in Edmonton, photo by Jeff Wallace
- The AAMDC Convention takes place this week at the Shaw Conference Centre.
- The Oilers host the Maple Leafs on Monday evening, the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, and the Flyers on Saturday.
- Capital Ideas Edmonton is hosting its next event on Wednesday at the Edmonton Journal.
- The next interVivos event takes place on Thursday evening about the economic benefits and environmental concerns of pipelines.
- Also Thursday is the next #YegIdeaXchange event as well as the next Dark Matters at the Telus World of Science.
- The Global Woman of Vision celebrates 20 years at its luncheon on Friday.
- Downtown Dining Week kicks off on Friday!
- The Home & Garden Show runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
- Looks like there’ll be great weather on Saturday for The Downtown Defrost, an outdoor, winter music and dance event in Churchill Square.
- Saturday night is the Back to the Future Refinery at the AGA.
- Don’t miss the spring Edmonton Pop Culture Fair at the Alberta Aviation Museum on Sunday.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
70,000 Strong, photo by Kurt Bauschardt
Red Bull Crashed Ice, photo by IQRemix