I can’t believe it’s nearly June, but I am enjoying how green everything has become around the city! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Fifteen regional municipalities have voted to create a new entity “to promote the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to the world.” The budget for the first year will be $1 million and an organizational meeting is slated for June 8.
- The City has mailed your annual property tax notice. All taxes are due by June 30, 2017. “This year, a typical single-family home, assessed at $397,000, will pay $3,378 in property taxes.”
- If you missed Mayor Don Iveson’s State of the City address, you can read his remarks in PDF here. He officially announced he will seek re-election as mayor in the municipal election in October. “Edmonton is on the verge of something extraordinary and I’m inspired by the opportunity to make change ours,” he wrote.
- New data from Statistics Canada shows the median income plunging 15% in Calgary but surging 13% here in Edmonton to $88,900 (in 2015).
- The latest Taproot story looks at synchronizing traffic lights and why we so often run into red after red, as drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- MacEwan University president David Atkinson is stepping down in June and will take a year off before returning to teach English. “When I arrived here, there was a blue thing out on that wall that just said MacEwan and now it says MacEwan University.”
- An interim report from the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission proposes creating three new urban ridings (one each in Calgary and Edmonton, plus another near Cochrane) by consolidating rural ridings. “We have ridings drawn to disproportionately favour rural voters — and parties with strong rural bases,” wrote Paula Simons. Thing is, nearly 75% of Albertans now live in urban areas. The final report is expected in October.
- Hockey Canada and the City are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to pursue a new Hockey Centre of Excellence where Northlands Coliseum currently stands. But will it require a new building? It may be the most cost-effective option.
- Edmonton Fire Rescue Services installed dual-sensing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in approximately 250 homes this weekend. Last year firefighters responded to 107 fires in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.
- Burrow Cafe in the Central LRT Station is closed for equipment repair and a rethink as business has not been as brisk as other Elm cafes. I only ever make it in the afternoon, and when it’s open, the place is usually deserted. I always thought rush hour would be busier though.
- Sounds like the new Snow Valley Aerial Park is off to a strong start.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
- This week is Reconciliation Week in Edmonton with events taking place all over the city. For instance, learn about the history of the segregated Charles Camsell Hospital on Tuesday at the River Cree Casino & Resort.
- Happy 1st birthday to Situation Brewing! They’re celebrating with brewery tours, dinner & beer pairings, and more on Monday evening.
- The International Children’s Festival runs Tuesday through Sunday.
- There are a series of pop-up events taking place this week to allow citizens to provide feedback on the new 20-year Recreation Facility Master Plan.
- Nextfest kicks off on Thursday and runs through June 11!
- Edmonton’s Foodie Bike Tours return for another year with the first opportunity taking place on Thursday.
- Also taking place Thursday evening is Pecha Kucha Night 28 at the MacLab Theatre.
- Head over to the Edmonton Expo Centre on Friday and Saturday for the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival.
- Park After Dark returns for another season at Northlands on Friday evening!
- Couple of big concerts coming up at Rogers Place: Def Leppard and Poison play Friday night, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill play Saturday night.
- Saturday is going to be an extremely busy day in the city! Here are some of the things taking place: Oliver Community Festival, 100in1Day Edmonton, Bonnie Fest, Root for Trees Fest, Afro Fest, Heart of the City Festival, and the Sprouts New Play Festival for Kids.
- To celebrate Environment Week, the City is offering tours of the Edmonton Waste Management Centre on Saturday and next week on June 6, 7, and 8.
- Be sure to bookmark Taproot’s 2017 guide to summer festivals & events in Edmonton!
- For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.
Lifelines, photo by Jeff Wallace