Edmonton Notes for August 11, 2019

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Asleep At The Wheel
Asleep At The Wheel at Interstellar Rodeo, photo by Levi Manchak

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Edmonton Notes for July 28, 2019

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  • Edmonton-based Fire & Flower announced a $380 million strategic investment by Couche-Tard this week. Fire & Flower plans to significantly accelerate its growth and expansion with the funds. With such exciting news for our city, it was really disheartening to hear CEO Trevor Fencott on Ryan Jespersen’s show saying that Edmonton has been the most difficult municipality to work with.
  • The City’s credit rating has been downgraded to AA, the first drop in 15 years. "The downgrade was as a result of the city’s growing debt burden to fund more infrastructure spending, S&P analysts said, pointing to the Valley Line LRT extension to west Edmonton."
  • Two of the three shortlisted teams to build the Valley Line West LRT have backed out, prompting the City to reopen bidding. "We’re impacted by other people’s corporate decisions in this case," said Bruce Ferguson, branch manager of LRT expansion and renewal. The city initially planned to move into the next stage of the proposal process next week.
  • I’m not holding my breath, but Elise Stolte writes that we might have a growth boundary for the Edmonton region. "A task force of local mayors and councillors with the 13-member Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board have been working on the challenge for almost a year. In June, they approved, in concept, the first fuzzy line on the map for Edmonton’s agriculture or growth boundary."
  • With plenty of arena discussion taking place down in Calgary right now, CBC wonders if Rogers Place was worth it. "Tony Caterina, one of three councillors who voted against the deal in 2013, cautions against giving the arena undue credit for downtown development."
  • I really enjoyed Taste of Edmonton at Capital Plaza again this year. Count me among the Edmontonians who aren’t looking forward to a return to Churchill Square, even though as an event organizer I completely understand how much better Churchill Square is.
  • Apparently sneaker culture is growing in Edmonton. "Shane Breau, owner of The Shoe Shine Shack, discovered the city’s growing sneaker communities on local Facebook and Instagram groups, and at Edmonton’s annual sneaker and streetwear trade show Sole Good."
  • On This Spot is a new app that lets you peer into Edmonton’s past with walking tours, historic photos, and geolocation features to highlight historic areas of the city.
  • The leaky Law Courts building should have repairs finished this year. But we might still need a new building anyway.
  • Edmonton led the province with 40 finalists for the 2019 BILD Alberta Awards, ahead of Calgary which had 24. The awards will be presented September 13.
  • The Holowach tree downtown is about to turn 100 years old and Dan Rose is gathering support to recognize the tree’s historical significance. "Around 1920, Walter Holowach came home from Vienna with a horse chestnut seed in his violin case and planted it in the family’s downtown Edmonton yard."
  • In Episode 48 of Speaking Municipally we discuss affordable housing with special guest Duncan Kinney. The show is now on break until August 16!
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

2018-01-06 MBB |  UofA Golden Bears vs UofC Dinos
UofA Golden Bears vs UofC Dinos, photo by Sangudo

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Edmonton Notes for July 21, 2019

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Edmonton is nothing of not beautiful
Edmonton is nothing if not beautiful, photo by Sarah

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Edmonton Notes for July 14, 2019

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Summer at Federal Building Plaza

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Edmonton Notes for July 7, 2019

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

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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.

Walterdale Bridge, Edmonton, Alberta
Walterdale Bridge, photo by Jim Hoffman

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Edmonton Notes for June 9, 2019

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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.

After
After, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Encore Encore
Encore Encore, photo by Dave Sutherland

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Edmonton Notes for June 2, 2019

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Smoky Downtown
It looked apocalyptic in Edmonton this week!

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Edmonton booth at Collision 2019 in Toronto recently

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Edmonton Notes for May 26, 2019

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Valley Line LRT Construction

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City Market in The Quarters

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Edmonton Notes for May 12, 2019

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

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GWG Building
GWG Building

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