Edmonton Notes for July 17, 2016

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • Have you been frustrated by the barriers on the High Level Bridge? Mayor Iveson has heard you, and blogged about it this weekend. “What I should have done was to ask for compassion for the emotionally difficult position Council has been in with respect to the barriers, and to ask for patience as we examine options to mitigate the conditions we’ve created.”
  • The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society, frustrated with the poor implementation of the barriers, suggested exploring the use of the top deck for a new pathway to ease congestion.
  • There was a lot of frustration at Council this week. “I think that’s what Edmontonians expect of their councillors is rigorous agreement or disagreement on the issues but not that any member of council be disagreeable with one another or city staff or the public,” the mayor said. Sounds like the summer break couldn’t have come at a better time.
  • Council did unanimously approve a review “that will look at Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy requests, closed-door council debates, and contracts kept secret for the benefit of third parties.” Councillor Mike Nickel made the motion and I really like his suggestion of sunset clauses so that information can be released after it is no longer sensitive. The report should come back in October.
  • On Friday, the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada announced funding to construction the southwest portion of the Calgary Ring Road. Mayor Don Iveson made a statement in response: “We are pleased that Calgary received the funding they needed for their ring road today and we’re hopeful Edmonton will soon see similar funding for top priority projects like upgrades to the Yellowhead Trail.”
  • Also Friday, the 102 Avenue Bridge over Groat Road finally reopened! There’s still some work to be done that will result in lane reductions during off-peak hours and on the weekends, but it should be all finished by the end of September. “The City of Edmonton thanks the local businesses on 102 Avenue and 124 Street, residents, motorists and trail users for their patience during bridge construction.”
  • The City has released a series of nine “Guiding Perspectives” reports as part of the new Transit Strategy development. They cover topics like “why people do or don’t take transit”, “how Edmonton’s transit system is performing”, and “how Bus Rapid Transit can be included in Edmonton’s transit system”.
  • Paula Simons wrote about the Edmonton Public Library’s temporary relocation to Enterprise Square while the Stanley Milner renovations take place. They’re leasing about 17,200 square feet of space. The Stanley Milner is slated to close in late December for three years. Here’s more on the move from EPL.
  • Startup Edmonton has released its Summer 2016 Update. They now have more than 120 members working in the space and more than 440 currently enrolled in programs.
  • The Edmonton Oilers signed winger Jesse Puljujarvi to a three-year entry level contract this week.
  • Dave Mulcair has some suggestions for improving the ePark app. “If you live in Edmonton and have used this app then you understand how painful it is to park a car with this app.”
  • The City of Edmonton will host the Canadian Open Data Summit in May 2017. The event will bring ” approximately 500 national leaders representing the public sector, non-profit, and private sector” to our city to discuss best practices and learnings around open data.
  • July’s big ticket event saw 3,449 violations handed out, including 3,030 for speeding.
  • Here’s a look at some of Edmonton’s power history from the Edmonton Power Historical Foundation.
  • For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.

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