Edmonton Notes for October 20, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • Activist Greta Thunberg was in Edmonton on Friday and spoke at a rally at the Alberta Legislature. "We need to start treating this crisis as a crisis," she said. "Because you cannot solve an emergency without treating it as one."
  • A mural of Thunberg painted by local artist AJA Louden was defaced over the weekend. So disappointing.
  • City Council asked Administration to come up with an annual funding plan to help pay for the restorations of Brighton Block and the Strathcona Hotel. "These are the places where Edmontonians want to be," said David Ridley, executive director of the Edmonton Heritage Council. "So it really has a community and larger economic value."
  • The 18th anniversary of the provincial historic designation of the Rossdale Power Plant was celebrated on Thursday with a new lighting installation "that highlights the architecture and history of the structure." The City says there are 35 light stands in the mezzanine floor and 28 lights on the smoke stacks, and that the project cost $200,000.
  • City Council’s Executive Committee denounced Quebec’s Bill 21, signalling a willingness to back legal challenges against the bill.
  • Cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals are coming soon and the City says that "licensed cannabis retailers in Edmonton will be able to sell these products as soon as they are legally available from manufacturers and distributed by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC)."
  • A new road and pedestrian crossing is now open just south of Stadium LRT Station. I wish they’d change the name – Muttart Crossing is confusing.
  • The proposed Nordic Spa at Fort Edmonton Park was abruptly cancelled on Friday. "Both organizations worked hard to find commercially viable common ground, but in the end we could not make it work," said Darren Dalgleish president and CEO of Fort Edmonton Management Company in a release.
  • Mayfield Toyota has announced it is moving to West Edmonton Mall with the new dealership slated to open in April 2021 primarily located in the old Sears part of the mall.
  • Campio Brewing officially opened in the former Characters space this past week. I’m looking forward to checking it out!
  • Michael Kalmanovitch was running for the Green Party in Edmonton Strathcona but on Wednesday ended his campaign and encouraged supporters to vote strategically to keep the Conservatives out of power.
  • Taste of Edmonton has announced it will return to Churchill Square next summer with more vendors and more food trucks. “We’re thrilled, we’re excited,” said Donovan Vienneau, Taste of Edmonton’s general manager.
  • In the latest episode of Speaking Municipally we got a little distracted, but still managed to talk about heritage buildings, regional waste, and pumpkin spiced lattes.
  • ICYMI: The Belvedere Transit Centre reopened on Oct. 2 with a new modern building and improved amenities and safety features.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, the Region, Music, Arts, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #363

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

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Edmonton Notes for October 6, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Fall for Edmonton
Fall for Edmonton, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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  • Edmonton Design Week is underway and runs until Friday!
  • This week is also Fire Prevention Week.
  • The Edmonton Social Planning Council is hosting a Vital Signs lunch & learn on Tuesday at the EPL Enterprise Square branch.
  • The Alberta Podcasting Network is hosting the Edmonton Podcasting Get-Together on Tuesday evening at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre.
  • Green Drinks: Climate Politics takes place on Wednesday evening at Yellowhead Brewery.
  • Alberta Blue Cross is hosting the Wellness Summit on Thursday at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.
  • The iTech Conference takes place on Thursday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
  • The Downtown Business Association is hosting its 2019 Fall Lunch on building innovation on Thursday at the JW Marriott Edmonton.
  • Unrealized: Edmonton’s Unbuilt Heritage runs until Oct. 25 at Edmonton City Centre with the opening reception taking place Thursday night. The exhibit "examines the projects that would have shaped Edmonton, and the reasons they did not become a reality."
  • Edmonton is hosting a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships on Thursday night at the Edmonton Convention Centre, part of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party.
  • Robert Saik will talk about how we feed the future and "how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer" in the next Lougheed College Lectures event on Thursday evening at the TELUS Centre.
  • The 2019 RISE Awards will be celebrated on Thursday evening at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
  • The Edmonton Fall Rock n Gem Show runs Thursday to Sunday at the Alberta Aviation Museum.
  • Luke Combs performs on Friday night at Rogers Place.
  • Shinedown performs with Papa Roach on Friday night at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
  • The Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market moves away from 104 Street on Saturday for the first market inside the GWG building on 97 Street in The Quarters.
  • The Edmonton Eskimos will host the BC Lions on Saturday evening at Commonwealth Stadium.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #362

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • Sen. Paula Simons is being sued for defamation in a $500,000 lawsuit. The suit against the former Edmonton Journal columnist was launched by the caregivers of a four-year-old girl named Serenity who died in September 2014.
  • Jacquie Tam, the University of Alberta’s vice president of university relations, has resigned after criticism of a controversial billboard ad that promoted the benefits of climate change.
  • Digital marketing agency Top Draw has announced they are rebranding. "This November, we’ll begin our 26th year in business. We’re gearing up to step into this next era with an invigorated, purpose-led brand," the agency said in a release.
  • A recent episode of the Jim Jefferies Show featured a segment about the Edmonton Eskimos team name. The clip, where Jefferies describes Canadians as being ‘so reasonable,’ includes interviews with Esks fans and the Inuit community.
  • Vintage Edmonton shared this throwback air check from The Bill and Bill Show, which ran from 1976 to 1993, and was co-hosted by Edmonton broadcasters Bill Matheson and Bill Jackson.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • "In an era in which trust in news is fractured and employment is precarious, we need to look more closely at the ways that journalists’ sense of their own professional value — or lack thereof — influences the work they do and the environment in which they do it," writes Mark Coddington.
  • Joe Biden’s team has written to TV news channels asking them to keep Rudy Giuliani off the air. “By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” the letter reads.
  • Maybe I should figure out what this TikTok thing is all about. The company has earned more than $7 billion USD in revenue through the first half of the year. "Analysts have called ByteDance a strong threat to other Chinese tech industry firms including social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine leader Baidu Inc."
  • Food52, the recipe site co-founded by former New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser, has been sold for more than $80 million USD to The Chernin Group. "That’s a nice and somewhat surprising outcome for Food52, which faced competition from around the internet over the course of its lifetime."
  • From CJR: Five tips for journalists on covering trans and nonbinary people

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Edmonton Notes for September 29, 2019

I am thrilled to share that Taproot has been selected to participate in the first Edmonton cohort of ATB X, the business accelerator from ATB Financial!

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Autumn Edmonton, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #361

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • Should media (including bloggers) covering a Fringe show be obligated to write a review of every show they see? This question was posed by Globe and Mail western arts correspondent Marsha Lederman after she was denied press access to the Vancouver Fringe, citing "controversy over media passes at the Edmonton Fringe."
  • Congratulations to Ryan Jackson, who is joining the City of Edmonton’s Communications and Engagement Department as their new staff video storyteller.
  • Global Edmonton graphic designer Tonia Gloweski was profiled at the NAIT Nugget. "[Graphics are] another tool to use to get our point across and help the viewers digest the story a bit more," she says.
  • Former A-Channel news personality Rob Hislop is featured in Marty Forbes’ latest Edmonton Sun column. Hislop has ventured into photography and his photos from two trips to Africa can be seen at a Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts exhibit.
  • Allarco Entertainment, an Edmonton-based company that operates Super Channel, has filed a lawsuit against Best Buy, Staples, London Drugs and Canada Computers for alleged complicity "in promoting content piracy by selling Internet streaming devices."


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • The 2019 Emmy’s were broadcast on Sunday night with viewership plummeting to an all-time low, reaching just 6.9 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. "That also represents a 33% rating decline on last year’s Monday night show on NBC and roughly the same on the 2017 ceremony which also aired on a Sunday night on CBS."
  • A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, says in a new op-ed there is "a worldwide assault on journalists and journalism" and that "I do not believe President Trump has any intention of changing course or muting his attacks on journalists."
  • The US-based Institute for Nonprofit News’ annual INN Index says that "nonprofit news outlets brought in $450 million in annual revenue — $100 million more than the previous year." Just 12% of that comes from earned sources.
  • After raising $2.6 million to launch an English-language office, The Correspondent will have just one full-time journalist based in the US. The site is aiming to launch next week.
  • From Nieman Reports: What Happens When Weekly Newspapers Disappear? "No one at city council and school board meetings, politicians rarely held accountable—and fewer stories for farmers to read and decide whether they need to get mad."

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Edmonton Notes for September 22, 2019

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Mini LRT
Mini LRT, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #360

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for September 15, 2019

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Cyan Memories, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #359

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • According to new radio ratings released by Numeris, 102.3 NOW! continues to lead in listenership. The recently rebranded POWER 107 (formerly HOT 107) is hovering near the bottom of the ratings.
  • Congratulations to CISN Country’s Chris Scheetz, Matt DeBeurs and Jacqueline Sweeney, who were named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Major Market Personalities of the Year for the fourth time in five years.
  • Chris Chacon joins Global Edmonton as digital journalist. Chacon was previously a video journalist at Global Lethbridge.
  • Postmedia legislative reporter Clare Clancy is leaving the paper to travel. "I am a restless person and Edmonton is the longest I’ve stayed in one place," she tweeted. "I’m grateful for the last three years."
  • According to a full-page ad in the September issue of Avenue Edmonton, Global Edmonton’s Carole Anne Devaney will be returning to News Hour at 6 on Sept. 16.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • A new US-focused study has found that "despite the economic hardships that local newspapers have endured, they remain, by far, the most significant providers of journalism in their communities." The researchers say that "the long hoped for emergence of online-only outlets as comparable providers of local journalism still appears to be a long way off."
  • Google is now under antitrust investigation by 50 attorneys general for its dominance in the advertising and search businesses. The company is also being investigated along with Facebook by the Justice Department and FTC "out of concerns they may be stifling competition in the industry."
  • Nielsen says it will start including people viewing programs "out of home" in its ratings. That includes places like restaurants and hotel rooms.
  • The Verge says that YouTube creators are turning the site into a podcast network. "These creators have figured out how to make podcasts work on a platform that wasn’t designed for them, leveraging YouTube’s search algorithm to meet new audiences, make more money, and expand into a medium that’s expected to grow rapidly in the coming years."
  • Joichi Ito, who led the M.I.T. Media Lab, has stepped down after "the disclosure of his efforts to conceal his financial connections to" Jeffrey Epstein. "Mr. Ito’s resignation came less than a day after an article in The New Yorker described the measures that he and other media lab officials took to conceal its relationship with Mr. Epstein."

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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