Edmonton Notes for July 21, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton is nothing of not beautiful
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Edmonton Notes for July 14, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Summer at Federal Building Plaza

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #353

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:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

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 July 7, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Happy Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day! photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #352

A reminder about last week’s announcement: Linda Hoang has taken over writing the Media Roundup at Taproot Edmonton. She’s going to do a great job of covering this beat! Here’s her second edition.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

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


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #351

Big news this week! I’m thrilled to announce that Linda Hoang has taken over writing the Media Roundup at Taproot Edmonton. She’s going to do a great job of covering this beat. Here’s her first edition.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

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


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Here’s a great long read from The Ringer on the rise of the online recommendation site. I’ve spent far too much time on the Wirecutter over the last couple of years!
  • Nicholas Diakopoulos argues that "the future of AI-enabled journalism will still have plenty of people around" just in different roles where human work is "blended together with algorithms."
  • The Atlantic has introduced a new skill for Amazon Echo and Google Home that offers "a single, illuminating idea" every weekday. Sounds interesting, I’ve added this to my flash briefing!
  • The New Yorker profiles Doris Burke who has been called "the LeBron James of sportscasters".
  • Amazon is renaming its ad-supported video service from Freedive to IMDb TV with plans to launch in Europe later this year. No word yet on whether it’ll come to Canada.

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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • Fixing just one fifth of Edmonton’s missing sidewalks is expected to cost $10 million over the 2019-2022 budget cycle. "For literally billions we spend on roadways, we should be allocating some small percentage of that to make sure that people can actually walk," said Councillor Aaron Paquette.
  • The City says that ridership on transit to the airport has doubled from 12,000 per month to more than 25,000 per month thanks to service changes made a year ago.
  • Executive Committee recommended lifting the moratorium on non-market housing in five core neighbourhoods. Council will discuss and make it official on Tuesday. It’s private owners’ “badly run slums” that are the epicentre of crime and disorder in the city, Mayor Don Iveson said.
  • EEDC has launched The Future of YEG to solicit input for Edmonton’s next economic growth & resiliency strategy. They’re asking what Edmonton’s economy needs to growth and thrive, and what Edmonton’s ideal economy should look like a generation from now.
  • From CBC Edmonton: How Edmonton’s most uber Uber drive lost his perfect score. I hope I get this guy one day!
  • Twelve Edmontonians were named to the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame last week "for their dedication to making Edmonton a better place to live."
  • If approved, the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa would be located near Fort Edmonton Park on what is currently an overflow parking lot. "It’s not exactly pristine river valley land," said Coun. Tim Cartmell, who is in favour of the spa and sits as the council representative on the Fort Edmonton board.
  • What a great tweet from the City of Edmonton: "400 goats arrived in Rundle Park today to weed the north!"
  • A reminder that the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue is closed which means buses are being re-routed, either down 101 Street or down 97 Street.
  • The drainage work being done along 105 Street downtown is expected to be complete by the end of September. It was supposed to be done by April 2018.
  • In Episode 42 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the nordic spa, West Edmonton Mall footbridge, and sidewalks.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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Walterdale Bridge, photo by Jim Hoffman

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #350

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:

  • 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) leads the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
  • Sunday, June 9 was Albert Delitala’s last day with Global Edmonton. He is joining Global News Toronto. "It’s bittersweet leaving the stellar team at @GlobalEdmonton, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge – and telling the stories back home in Toronto," he tweeted. Delitala joined Global in March 2018 after a short stint at CTV Saskatoon.
  • Adrienne Pan is celebrating 10 years of service with CBC.
  • Retail sales manager Leo Pilon has announced he is retiring after 32 years with CFCW. "I have had the opportunity to learn from so many amazing people and hall of fame broadcasters," he tweeted. His last day will be June 28.
  • The provincial government has announced its "energy war room" will be based in Calgary. "That’s where the industry is and that’s where the punchy communication experts are," Energy Minister Sonya Savage said.

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Andrew Scheer was in Edmonton on June 4, speaking at the Royal Glenora Club

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • Jeff Jarvis says that "the efforts of lobbyists for my industry are causing irreparable harm to the internet." He argues that news industry trade organizations "are corruptly cashing in their political capital…in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies."
  • New research conducted for the Medill Local News Initiative found that desktop visitors to three news websites spent more than 99% of their screen time elsewhere. The study "suggests that news outlets would be wise to broaden their view of their competition, and to analyze those competitors to learn more about what their own audiences want."
  • Bleacher Report is on track to make more than $200 million in revenue this year, says Digiday. "The company, which has roughly 500 employees, plans to continue to invest in more long-form video programming, commerce, events and other business areas."
  • Bell Media is "calling for the criminalization of those who are even slightly associated with unauthorized online video streaming" and also suggests regulating U.S. providers like Netflix and Amazon.
  • From Vox – The war to free science: How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.

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 June 9, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • Council approved three large mixed-use development projects at public hearing on Thursday. The old Edmonton Motors site in Oliver will have two 48 storey towers, the South Scona Parking Lot redevelopment will have three towers ranging from 15 to 20 storeys, and The Shift is a two-tower project on 106 Street at 36 and 40 storeys.
  • I can’t wait for the sea of parking lots around 107 Street downtown to be turned into a new 1.25-hectare park. "It’s not often you get to build a major park in a major city," says David Holdsworth, a senior planner with the city’s urban renewal department. Though I’m not sure about the petition proposing "The Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion" for the park.
  • The City has unveiled a shortlist of construction teams selected to participate in the RFP stage of the Valley Line West LRT project. One of them is SNC-Lavalin!
  • The location of the proposed Edmonton Nordic Spa has been revealed: Fort Edmonton Park. Council will discuss the request to lease land this week.
  • A parking stall at the Ultima Tower has sold for $45,000 according to real estate consultant Ryan Gillen.
  • Pride Week in Edmonton runs June 7-16 and to mark the occasion, ETS has unveiled a colourful Pride bus. “This bus symbolizes the inclusive and welcoming culture we’re building at the City of Edmonton,” said Gord Cebryk, Deputy City Manager, City Operations.
  • "We believed a fairy tale for decades, virtuously filling blue bags and setting them by the curb," says Elise Stolte. "We need a better solution, one that recognizes how much work recycling really is."
  • No surprise here given the weather lately: Edmonton Fire Rescue Services lifted the fire ban on Thursday.
  • Valley Line LRT construction will cause the intersection at 100 Street and 102 Avenue to be closed from June 10 until July 20. Buses will detour to 101 Street.
  • In Episode 41 of Speaking Municipally we discuss the supplemental capital budget adjustment, crosswalks, waste management, and enterprise software projects.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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After, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #349

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:

  • Breanna Karstens-Smith is joining Global Edmonton at the end of June “as the weekend 6pm/11pm anchor and a weekday reporter.”
  • Don Metz is officially ending his 40-year association with the Edmonton Oilers. “After having serviced many multi-year contracts in which I held the various roles of game presentation, event and broadcast director and, during the last five years in the full-time employee position of senior advisor and vice-president, we have mutually agreed to part ways allowing me to pursue new opportunities,” he said.
  • The Globe and Mail’s Jana Pruden won gold for Best Feature Article: Long in the 2019 Digital Publishing Awards for her story Murder on the Prairies. Also for the Globe, Marty Klinkenberg and Amber Bracken won gold in Best Arts & Culture Storytelling for Alex Janvier’s colourful life.
  • The latest edition of CBC’s The Ledge podcast focuses on the UCP government’s communication challenges.
  • A documentary called “Our Peggy” pays tribute to the life and work of Peggy Miller-Day, “a Canadian pioneer in radio and broadcasting” who worked at CJCA in Edmonton from the 1940s to the late 1960s. “Aside from broadcasting, she was responsible for writing the lyrics to both the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions cheer songs, which continue to be sung to this day during home games.”


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.