Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- According to a new report, “Edmonton faces a $3.8 billion funding gap for capital projects when the province’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) runs out in 2021.” The City estimates it’ll need $18.8 billion between 2019 and 2028 for a range of infrastructure projects.
- The City has announced it will begin street sweeping “near the end of April, weather permitting”.
- Back in December, City Council set a deadline of April 30 for all of the Metro Line LRT issues to be sorted. That date is fast approaching “but everyone from the politicians, to city administration, to Thales – the signals contractor – is not saying much.”
- Former City Councillor Ron Hayter died on Saturday at the age of 81. He served from 1971 to 2010, minus a short break from 1995 to 2001 to service on the National Parole Board.
- FC Edmonton, which suspended operations in November and left the NASL, says it could join the Canadian Premier League if the City was willing to invest in Clarke Stadium. Apparently so many people showed up at City Hall to speak in support of professional soccer that the committee meeting was moved to Council chambers.
- Speed limits on all local, residential roads in Edmonton could soon be reduced to 30 km/h. “City officials said 72 per cent of residents they surveyed want speeds reduced on local roads, and support for that reduction was consistent, from mature neighbourhoods to suburbs.”
- Starting May 1, a single fare on bus Route 747 (which travels from Century Park to the Edmonton International Airport) will revert to $5 thanks to $333,000 in funding from Leduc County. The route will also extend service to the new outlet mall.
- AHS is expanding its investigation into the source of a recent E. coli outbreak in Edmonton after 1 person died and 11 others were sent to hospital.
- Will Edmonton become the hub of a cannabis industry worth up to $100 million annually? Probably not.
- The Muttart Conservatory will close for up to 18 months starting in July 2019 to undergo extensive renovations.
- Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht says he expects to confirm “any day” if he will stay on past the expiration of his current contract on October 31, 2018.
- From the Edmonton Public Library, here are 13 things you didn’t know you could do with a library card.
- The Edmonton Food Council is looking for new members! The deadline to apply is April 30.
105th, photo by Kurt Bauschardt
- The Edmonton Poetry Festival started today and runs through Sunday.
- I will be at the Shaw Conference Centre on Tuesday for AccelerateAB, Alberta’s “annual flagship event that brings together leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s fast-growing startup community.”
- Head over to the Shaw Conference Centre on Wednesday afternoon for the next Edmonton Job Fair hosted by Jobs Canada.
- The City is hosting a River Crossing Business Plan Workshop on Wednesday evening at the Old Timers Cabin.
- Alberta Women Entrepreneurs is hosting its AWE Awards Reception on Wednesday at the Sutton Place Hotel.
- Rapid Fire Theatre is hosting Mean Tweets with Mayor Don Iveson on Wednesday evening at the Citadel Theatre.
- The Roast of Jason Strudwick in support of KidSport takes place on Thursday evening at The Westin Edmonton.
- It seems like there’s an awful lot of cannabis/smoking events lately. Canada’s Vape Expo runs Friday to Sunday at the Edmonton Expo Centre, while the Cannabis & Hemp Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday.
- The YESS Gala for Youth takes place in Hall D at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday evening.
- The Edmonton Tattoo & Arts Festival takes place at the Edmonton EXPO Centre from Friday to Sunday.
- Also taking place all weekend long at the Edmonton EXPO Centre is the Edmonton Gem & Mineral Show.
- Eat Alberta takes place on Sunday at NAIT.
- Homeless Connect takes place on Sunday at the Shaw Conference Centre.
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