Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The City of Edmonton has submitted an application to annex 16 hectares (40 acres) of land in Sturgeon County to support the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park. Sturgeon County is supporting the application, which will be reviewed by the Municipal Review Board. If approved, it would take effect January 1, 2019.
- Council discussed a new target for affordable housing at Executive Committee, recommending the “long-term and aspirational” 16% figure. “Out of more than 200 neighbourhoods in Edmonton, roughly one dozen currently have 16 per cent or more subsidized units.”
- The southside bike grid was also discussed at Council this week, with a recommendation to avoid 109 Street.
- Check out Episode 2 of Speaking Municipally for more on the bike grid and some of the other things that Council discussed. And for the week ahead, here’s your guide to what Council will be discussing.
- The latest Climate Change & Energy Perecptions Survey found that “7 out of 10 Edmontonians are concerned about climate change and agree that action needs to be taken now.”
- Edmonton was left off a global ranking of the most livable cities that had Calgary fourth, Vancouver sixth, and Toronto seventh. “Mayor Don Iveson said Edmonton was unfairly snubbed by experts who fail to understand there is a big difference between Edmonton and Calgary.”
- The City has installed new monitoring equipment to track loud vehicles and motorcycles. I really hope this pilot works and they can start ticketing people – sometimes the noise downtown is just ridiculous.
- Derek Hudson spoke with the Edmonton Journal about his new role as CEO of EEDC. “My main goal is to develop a more resilient economy,” he said.
- Edmonton celebrated the sixth annual Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day on Friday. “This event acknowledges the historic signing of Treaty No. 6 between the Plains and Wood Cree people and the Crown on August 23, 1879 and also commemorates the signing of Treaty No. 6 by Cree, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux Chiefs at Edmonton, on August 21, 1877.”
- Thick smoke on Saturday led to a number of event cancellations.
- This is a pretty neat photo of the new Stantec Tower peeking out above the clouds and thick fog that covered the city on Monday.
If you blink you may miss it – but squint and you’ll see the Stantec Tower peeking out above the clouds and thick fog that covered Edmonton this morning. Great shot, many thanks to Chad Brennand from @JLLCanada for the pic. #yeg #yegdt #skyscraper #yeggers @icedistrict pic.twitter.com/5rVvObqjvW
— Stantec (@Stantec) August 13, 2018
- The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival continues until Sunday! Check out the Fringe Roundup for all the latest buzz and reviews.
- The Edmonton Career Fair & Training Expo takes place on Tuesday at the Shaw Conference Centre.
- The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network is celebrating World Entrepreneurs’ Day on Tuesday at Café Bicyclette.
- Muttart Full Moon Party: Adult Only Evening takes place Wednesday evening at the Muttart Conservatory.
- Feast on the Field takes place on Wednesday evening at Commonwealth Stadium.
- Zoobrew 2018 takes place Friday night at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
- The 20th annual Edmonton Blues Festival runs Friday to Sunday at Hawrelak Park.
- The 89th Canadian Derby takes place Saturday at Northlands Park.
- What the Truck?!’s final event of the season takes place Sunday at RE/MAX Field from 11am to 4pm. Here are the menus.
- Also Sunday is Viva Italia Viva Edmonton at Giovanni Caboto Park.
- The Fall Alberta Gift Fair starts Sunday at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- Plan your calendar with Taproot Edmonton’s 2018 guide to summer festivals and events! It includes 75+ happenings you can look forward to this summer in and around the city.
Animethon 25, photo by IQRemix
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