I can’t believe August is coming to a close! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- City Council will vote Tuesday on a pay cut for councillors and the mayor. An independent committee recommended reducing the mayor’s salary by nearly $18,000 and councillors’ salaries by about $3,300 annually.
- We’re a long way from Charlottesville but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering at the Legislature to denounce hate and bigotry. Here in Edmonton, some activists are calling on the City to drop Frank Oliver’s name because he “was instrumental in forcing Indigenous people off their traditional lands.”
- According to a new report, EEDC is “willing and able” to take over the Edmonton Expo Centre from Northlands if the City decides that’s what is best. Deloitte Canada’s recommendation was to transfer the Expo Centre to EEDC.
- Have an idea for “a permanent place of attraction” here in Edmonton? Think of a physical structure of some kind that “shows what Edmonton is made of.” Submit it by October 25 to The Edmonton Project.
- The City is accepting member-at-large applications for the Capital Line South LRT Extension Community Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is September 18. The extension would take the existing Capital Line from Century Park south to 41 Avenue SW with four additional stops.
- A recent article in the Globe and Mail referred to Calgary as “Alberta’s capital”. I thought the City’s response on Twitter was great!
- Simons has opened a new store in Edmonton at Londonderry Mall and it features 1,700 solar panels that will produce over 50% of the location’s energy.
- According to a new poll on the public’s perception of safety by Mainstreet Research, Edmonton is the 6th safest city in Canada. “57 per cent of Canadians believed Edmonton was safe while 33 per cent of those surveyed said it was unsafe.”
- The new Edmonton Police Northwest Campus will feature a gun range, the first increase in capacity at EPS firing ranges since 1982.
- A sign has been installed on Whyte Avenue to mark “Spur Line Alley” which is the pedestrian space between 104 Street and 105 Street along Whyte Avenue.
- Feeling musical? Head over to 118 Avenue to play one of the eight pianos that have now been setup!
- Big loss for the Esks on Friday night as they hosted the Roughriders. We’re now 7-2 on the season.
- Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s Edmonton in Bloom Awards. The City received 6,226 nominations for front yards this year.
- For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.
- Mayor Iveson and other special guests are celebrating City Hall’s 25th anniversary on Monday at lunch.
- Learn about starting a business in tourism on Tuesday at the Business Link. The event features Chris Szydlowski, owner of River Valley Adventure Co. and Brad Smoliak, owner of Kitchen by Brad.
- This week’s Movies on the Square film is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Don’t miss it Tuesday evening in Churchill Square.
- Guns N’ Roses are performing at Commonwealth Stadium on Wednesday evening.
- Eats on 118 is taking place on Wednesday evening. It’s the last one of the year but given how popular it has been I’m sure it’ll return!
- The Edmonton Burlesque Festival starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday.
- Symphony Under the Sky is back for another year from Thursday through Sunday in Hawrelak Park.
- The annual Edmonton Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday at Churchill Square.
- This year’s edition of the Tour of Alberta runs September 1-4, with the final two stages taking place here in Edmonton.
- For more great summer events, check out Taproot Edmonton’s summer festival & event listing!
- Save the date! Our final What the Truck?! event of the season is coming up on Saturday, September 9 at Capital Boulevard! Here is the truck line-up.
Edmonton Skyline from McNally, photo by Kurt Bauschardt