Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Edmonton’s economy “took a hit in the third quarter of 2016” says the City’s latest Economic Update report. Our city’s unemployment rate is expected to be in the range of 7.5-8.0% in the coming month, but economic growth is expected to pick up next year.
- Thanks to Elise Stolte‘s work, the City has released preliminary neighbourhood flood risk maps. Here is Elise’s latest story based on the data. The Journal argued in an editorial that releasing the maps was good policy.
- It was a bit too close for comfort but the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today 24-21 to advance to the East Division final against Ottawa next weekend.
- EEDC is getting $3 million total from the Provincial and Federal governments to support a “major investment attraction strategy.” The funding will be used over two years to encourage companies to locate in the Metro Edmonton region.
- Our city’s municipal flag turns 50 in 2017 and there’s a push on to redesign it. Mayor Iveson made a motion asking the City to collect public input on the current flag. And here are 11 reasons that Edmonton is a magpie, from Dustin Bajer who designed a magpie-flag for the city.
- Make Something Edmonton has won the City Nation Place Award for Best Expression of a Place Identity. Congrats!
- Northlands is teaming up with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association to host the K-Days Summer Rodeo in July 2017.
- The City has won the Communities in Bloom International Challenge in the very large community category.
- At the 2016 GTEC Conference & Exhibition, the City received a Medal of Distinction for its work on Open City. Congrats! Edmonton will host the 2017 Canadian Open Data Summit.
- What will happen to the Legislature annex building? The previous provincial government wanted to tear it down and now the Notley government has retained architects and planners to come up with a feasibility study for the property.
- The Journal reports that MacEwan is finalizing a $3.5 million deal to guarantee its sports teams preferential ice time at the new community rink.
- The Shop-Easy Grocery building, built in 1948 in Calder, has been formally designated as a Municipal Historic Resource.
- ICYMI: Here is Premier Rachel Notley’s statement on the U.S. election.
- There have been some absolutely stunning sunrises in Edmonton over the last week! Unfortunately, the weather looks to be headed downward now.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
Supermoon, St. Albert, photo by Jeff Wallace
- You can learn about the Circular Economy Business Toolkit at City Hall on Tuesday during lunch.
- The next Capital Ideas event takes place on Wednesday. The theme this edition is marketing.
- The City is looking for input on transforming Northlands Coliseum on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
- MADE and the Edmonton Arts Council are hosting the Indigenous Art Park Panel Discussion on Wednesday evening at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
- The next Dark Matters event, themed around DIY, takes place Thursday at the TELUS World of Science.
- The Green Industry Show & Conference takes place at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Thursday and Friday.
- The Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show takes place at the Edmonton Expo Centre from Thursday through Sunday.
- A discussion on “rethinking the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society” is being hosted by The Walrus on Friday at the Royal Alberta Museum.
- The Fine Art of Schmoozy takes place at Latitude 53 on Saturday.
- Head over to La Cite Francophone on Saturday for the Make it Awkward Concert in support of the Centre for Race and Culture.
- All is Bright on 124 takes place on Saturday from 4pm-9pm.
- The family friendly I Heart YEG Winter takes place on Sunday at the Alfred H. Savage Centre.
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Remembrance Day, photo by Premier of Alberta