Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- The Government of Canada has committed $948 million for the Valley Line West LRT which means the entire line is now fully funded. The federal government is also contributing $131 million for the first phase of the Metro Line Northwest LRT.
- Taproot broke the story this week that the City Market Downtown will not be returning to 104 Street this summer. It looks all but certain the market will call the Great Western Garment building on 97 Street its new year-round home.
- David Turpin has announced that he will not be seeking reappointment as President of the University of Alberta when his term ends on June 30, 2020.
- Councillor Michael Walters says the new federal-provincial funding announcement for affordable housing isn’t good enough. “I don’t think there’s a true recognition of the need in Edmonton,” Walters said after the announcement. “Provincial and federal dollars are not even close, anywhere in the ballpark right now.”
- The Terwillegar Heights District Park has been renamed the Bryan Anderson Athletic Grounds in honour of the long-time City Councillor.
- Real-time closed captioning is now available for all Council & Committee meetings! Now if only we could get transcripts…
- Mayor Don Iveson wants Edmontonians to ask provincial parties and candidates about Edmonton with the Ask About Edmonton campaign. “This election will have a big impact on our city, no matter which party wins, and it’s important for the next government to know that Edmonton is essential to Alberta’s economy,” he said.
- A planned upgrade to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald’s Confederation Lounge has not been well-received online.
- Earth Hour 2019 is coming up on March 30 and the City is highlighting restaurants that will be participating this year with climate-friendly menus.
- The Edmonton Public Library has announced the Stanley A. Milner Library will reopen on February 14, 2020.
- Troy and I tackle the market move, residential speed limits, and more in Episode 29 of Speaking Municipally.
- “There is no more time to debate it, no more time to shuffle paperwork, and no more time to figure out where the funds are coming from,” reads a letter written by Trisha Kasawski calling for speed limit reductions and other changes to improve safety.
- Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.
CN Tower, photo by rjbeeswax
- The next Edmonton Job Fair takes place Monday afternoon at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- Avenue Edmonton will celebrate its 2019 Best Restaurants list at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on Monday night.
- The U of A’s Faculty of Extension is hosting We Are All Related: Augmented reality as a learning resource for Indigenous-settler relations on Tuesday at lunch at Enterprise Square.
- Nerd Nite Edmonton #48 takes place Tuesday evening at the ATB Financial Arts Barn.
- The City is hosting The City Plan Student Workshop on Wednesday evening at the University of Alberta.
- Edmonton Opera presents Opera 101: Count Ory on Wednesday evening at CKUA.
- Reconciliation In Solidarity Edmonton (RISE) is hosting Understanding the TRC on Wednesday evening at the St. Albert Public Library.
- The Edmonton Home + Garden Show runs Thursday to Sunday at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- The Edmonton RV Show & Sale runs Thursday to Sunday at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- The Oilers host the Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Senators on Saturday at Rogers Place.
- Make It! Edmonton’s Handmade Market returns at the Edmonton EXPO Centre from Friday to Sunday.
- Michelle Obama is speaking at Rogers Place on Friday evening.
- The Edmonton International Beerfest takes place Friday and Saturday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- Startup Edmonton’s Student DevCon 2019 takes place on Saturday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- Orange 2019 is a student-run design conference taking place at MacEwan’s Roundhouse on Saturday.
- AlbertaAI is hosting its 2019 Annual Conference on Saturday at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the U of A.
- The Quarters Arts Society presents GLOW 2019, an illuminated night parade, on Saturday evening in the Boyle Street neighbourhood.
- interVivos presents A Provincial Affair on April 2 at Evolution Wonderlounge.
Hello! Photo by Sarah
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