Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:
- City Manager Linda Cochrane announced her retirement from the City of Edmonton this week. “I’m grateful to the Mayor and Council for giving me the opportunity to serve Council, the people of Edmonton and our employees,” she said. Cochrane has worked at the City for more than three decades. Her last day will be Dec. 31, 2019.
- The Conservatives nearly swept Alberta in Monday’s federal election, leaving Edmonton without a seat in the federal government for the first time since 1980.
- The UCP government unveiled its first budget this week which will scrap the city charters with Edmonton and Calgary. The budget cuts will take a toll on Edmonton and the public sector, which means Council is being forced to take a hard look at how to deal with the impacts.
- Local cloud migration startup Mover was acquired by Microsoft on Monday. Separately, Microsoft announced a collaboration with Startup Edmonton to help local startups scale.
- Thanks again to Councillor Sarah Hamilton and Councillor Andrew Knack for joining us for the Speaking Municipally live show on Thursday! We discussed the intersection of tech and politics.
- The downtown farmers market opened inside the GWG Building this weekend. "We’re open and awestruck. Absolutely wonderful. It’s better than I ever expected," said market board member Sherry Horvath.
- Two Sergeants Brewery has announced it is permanently shutting down, blaming "zoning and bureaucratic delays" for making it financially impossible to continue operating.
- According to the City, "the draft network map for the Edmonton Bike Plan is almost complete." They’re hosting a series of workshops to gather feedback starting on Saturday.
- The new Marvel exhibit at the TELUS World of Science has already set a record for ticket sales, with just under 11,000 in presales and more than 2,300 visitors on opening day.
- You probably saw the crazy video – a worker had to be rescued from the Stantec Tower on Friday when the wind got out of control.
- Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, the Region, Music, Arts, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.
- It’s Halloween this week! There are tons of spooky events taking place around the city. From Raising Edmonton, here are ten places you can go trick or treating indoors.
- DARK 2019 continues at Fort Edmonton Park until Friday.
- Emissions Reduction Alberta presents Spark 2019 from Monday to Wednesday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- The Future of Leadership Summit is on Tuesday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
- The next Indigenous Business Panel takes place on Wednesday evening at the ATB Branch for Arts & Culture.
- Pecha Kucha Night 35 is on Wednesday night at the Timms Centre for the Arts.
- Let’s Find Out Book Club: Crow Planet takes place Wednesday evening at Mill Creek Cafe.
- The Edmonton Rum Festival takes place on Friday evening at the Delta Edmonton South.
- Extra Life Edmonton Game Day starts on Saturday afternoon at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall.
- The Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market has moved indoors at the GWG Building on Saturdays (not Sunday until further notice).
- Green MEAET takes place on Saturday at noon.
- Heads up: Green Drinks: Carbon Neutral City is on Nov. 13 at Yellowhead Brewery.
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