Happy Mother’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Mayor Iveson directed his State of the City address at the provincial government, saying that “Edmonton’s success is integral to Alberta’s success.” Here’s the full text and the video recording.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Edmonton on Friday and he promised that “we’re going to ensure is that nowhere across the country will it be free to pollute.” He also spoke with Mayor Iveson about funding for permanent supportive housing.
- Police chief Dale McFee apologized to the LGBTQ community this week. “To the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit community — both across the public and within our service — on behalf of the Edmonton Police Service, I am sorry and we are sorry,” he said.
- Council is demanding quicker action on housing for homeless people with chronic addictions and mental health issues. “I just have no patience for these delays on an issue that we’ve identified so many times as critical and as a priority,” said Councillor Michael Walters.
- Health City and AltaML have partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. to “develop a frailty index which clinicians can use to predict chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and mental health conditions.”
- The Mayor’s Awards were presented last week recognizing individuals, groups and businesses making significant contributions and a difference for persons with disabilities in Edmonton.
- The City has released a new Pesticide Public Notification Map to show where crews plan to apply pesticides and where crews have already treated for mosquitoes.
- Councillor Michael Walters will be making a motion this week to “explore what 5G implementation would mean for Edmonton.”
- It’s that time of year again, when motorcycles are revving their engines and making tons of noise. Motorcyclists can get a $250 fine for making too much noise, but that doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent.
- The Edmonton Stingers, our city’s new basketball team, won their debut game on Friday night in overtime. “The 1,500 or so in the stands at the Edmonton Expo Centre on opening day were treated to the first professional basketball game in the city since the now-defunct Edmonton Energy last took to the floor in the summer of 2012, with what was the International Basketball League.”
- The CitiesIPCC Legacy Grant, sponsored by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust, will provide up to $50,000 for climate-focused research projects. Applications are due by June 15.
- A study conducted by Sportcal suggests that hosting the 2018 Grey Cup had a total economic impact of over $81 million for Edmonton.
- Troy and I discussed parking regulations and the mayor’s State of the City address on the latest episode of Speaking Municipally.
- Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.
- MacEwan’s Social Innovation Institute is hosting the Enlightened Economy Summit on Tuesday at Roundhouse.
- The 2019 AWE Awards Reception takes place on Tuesday evening at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- IDEA (Infill Development in Edmonton Association) is hosting its 2019 AGM on Tuesday evening at Homestead Coworking.
- Junior Achievement Alberta’s Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner takes place on Wednesday evening at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- Twenty One Pilots is performing at Rogers Place on Wednesday evening.
- Startup Canada is in town hosting the Canadian Export Challenge and Startup Canada Awards, both on Thursday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- Check out the Faculty of Extension’s 2019 Research Showcase on Thursday afternoon at City Hall.
- Dark Matters takes place on Thursday evening at the TELUS World of Science with the theme of “Game On”.
- The Downtown Business Association is hosting its 2019 Spring Luncheon on Thursday at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.
- Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum Society is hosting a lecture on Thursday evening – International Museum Day – about Discovering Our Country.
- The 124 Grand Market is back! Check it out on Thursday evening at 108 Avenue and 124 Street.
- The St. Albert Amplify Festival presents Amplifying Ideas on Friday evening at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
- The City Market is moving to the street outside the GWG Building at 103 Avenue and 96 Street starting Saturday, May 18. The market will be open Saturday and Sunday this season!
- Save the date: Nerd Nite Edmonton’s 50th show is coming up on May 28.
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