Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- Edmonton will soon ban conversion therapy after the Community & Public Services Committee ignored the City report that said such a ban would be "largely symbolic." Mayor Iveson called the practice "a violence."
- City Hall was packed on Monday with Edmontonians urging Council and the City to do more on climate change. The City’s current strategy will fall well short of the 1.5 C target that Edmonton committed to last year.
- Council’s Urban Planning Committee voted in favor of creating a business license bylaw for short-term rentals such as those you can find on Airbnb. The proposed license fee is $92.
- The Edmonton Stingers lost 85-83 to the Saskatchewan Rattlers on Saturday, ending their season. "Thank you, fans" read the banner on the team’s website.
- Edmonton celebrated Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day on Friday. “The experience of coming together every year on this day, as partners, is humbling,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “It is important that governments, First Nations, civic partners and Edmontonians, all continue to keep our shared commitment to work positively together in a relationship founded on honour and respect.”
- The new City Plan is "less downtown focused" and "a throw-back to city visions of the 1970s," says Elise Stolte.
- St. Albert has named an arena after NHL star Jarome Iginla who grew up in the city. "Thank you all, St. Albert," he told the crowd. "This is a truly, truly amazing honour."
- A big focus for Council this week will be on the future of waste in Edmonton, with five reports coming before Utility Committee. You can see everything coming up at City Hall in the latest edition of the Council Roundup.
- Edmonton Transit is set to review how it communicates with riders. "We could be doing much, much better," said Councillor Paquette.
- The City is planning to continue using an anti-icing agent to clear streets this winter. A new report says fewer collisions happened in areas where it was used in last year’s pilot.
- In the latest episode of Speaking Municipally (our 50th!) we discussed the latest Fringe drama, the climate emergency, Airbnb licensing, and e-scooters.
- Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, the Region, Music, Arts, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.
- Wolf Pack YEG Talks Mentoring Boys takes place Monday evening at The Pint Downtown. "Wolf Pack aims to build a community of social support by creating space for the conversations that men don’t normally have."
- The City of Edmonton is hosting Indigenous Framework: City as a Witness on Tuesday at the Orange Hub. It’s part of a series of engagement sessions "to learn more about how we can strengthen relationships with urban Indigenous peoples."
- Bike Edmonton’s next Cycling in the City takes place on Tuesday evening at the Forest Heights Community Hall.
- Learn about the art in the Quarters on Wednesday at lunch time with the City’s Urban Renewal Team.
- The Agriculture & Food Council is hosting an information session on navigating the local cannabis industry on Wednesday evening at Dirtbag Cafe.
- The Downtown Business Association is hosting The Impact of Tech on Downtown on Wednesday evening at Yellowhead Brewery.
- The next edition of the Let’s Find Out Book Club is scheduled for Thursday evening at the Mill Creek Cafe.
- Symphony Under the Sky starts on Thursday and runs until Sunday.
- The Falling Walls Venture UAlberta Pitch Competition takes place on Thursday at the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation.
- The next Indigenous Business Panel at the ATB Branch for Arts & Culture is scheduled for Friday evening.
- Head out to St. Albert on Friday evening for The Food Trucks Are Coming!
- The Water Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday at Rundle Park.
- There’s another YEG Chinatown Walking Tour scheduled for Sunday.
- Check out Taproot Edmonton’s summer festival & event guide for 2019 for more upcoming events!
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