Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- ICYMI: A fire ban has been declared for Edmonton. “The ban prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs that use fuels such as wood and briquettes. Propane and gas barbecues are still permitted.” Learn more here.
- Mike Flannigan, professor of Wildland Fire with Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta, says about the wildfires “people don’t like to hear this but we have to learn to live with fire — it’s not going to disappear.”
- The Goodweather by Part & Parcel, Studio North, and Gravity Architecture was selected as the winning entry in the ‘Missing Middle Infill Design competition. “The winning team acquires the right to purchase five parcels of City-owned land in Spruce Avenue and build their winning design, subject to rezoning approval.”
- The City announced last week that it has shut down the Edmonton Composting Facility due to “structural issues” that make it “no longer safe to continue to operate the facility.”
- It’s official: the Oilers have hired Dave Tippet as the new head coach.
- You can own a piece of local history if you want: seats from the Coliseum are being sold in pairs for $230. “All proceeds from selling surplus assets will be used to offset costs associated with maintaining the Exhibition Lands site.”
- According to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, Edmonton’s bankruptcy rate hit a nine-year high last year.
- The team behind the Kananaskis Nordic Spa plans to launch “a world-class, four-season, destination-worthy facility” here in Edmonton by 2020. The location is currently a secret.
- Despite the UCP’s plan to rollback the minimum wage, some Alberta businesses have pledged to keep paying a minimum wage of at least $15/hour, including Edmonton’s Northern Chicken, Variant Edition Comics + Culture, Earth’s General Store, Meuwly’s, Cartago, and LOVEPIZZA.
- Ice District should be able to announce plans for the old Baccarat Casino site by the end of the year, though a demolition permit issued in 2016 has expired.
- Troy and I were joined by Mel Priestley to discuss the City Market 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.
It looked apocalyptic in Edmonton this week!
- Nextfest is on at various locations until Sunday!
- An information session on the Warehouse Campus Neighbourhood Central Park is being held Tuesday at NorQuest College.
- The Western Manufacturing Technology Show runs Tuesday to Thursday at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- The Edmonton Prospects host Medicine Hat on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Okotoks on Saturday and Sunday.
- LitFest presents Dave Meslin on Wednesday evening at Metro Cinema. He’ll be discussing his new book TEARDOWN: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up.
- The City is hosting Bike Plan workshops on Thursday at Commonwealth Recreation Centre and Saturday at McKernan Community League.
- REACH Edmonton is hosting its 2019 AGM on Thursday evening at the Central Lions Recreation Centre.
- The Summer Alberta Beer Guide Launch takes place Thursday evening at Yellowhead Brewery.
- Edmonton Sustainival runs Thursday to Sunday at Kingsway Mall.
- The Edmonton Stingers host the Fraser Valley Bandits on Friday night at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- Jurassic Quest runs Friday to Sunday at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
- Evolution Wonderlounge is hosting Pride on 103 on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
- Curling Alberta will hand out the 2019 Curling Alberta Awards on Saturday night at the Leduc Recreation Centre.
- The 124 Grand Market has returned to 102 Avenue for the summer season!
Edmonton booth at Collision 2019 in Toronto recently
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