Sun Media announced on Tuesday that Edmonton Sun editor-in-chief Graham Dalziel is leaving his post and will not be replaced. Instead, Calgarian Jose Rodriguez will be responsible for all of Sun Media’s properties in Alberta.
I suppose it’s not a huge surprise, but the City’s new 311 phone service (which cost $10 million by the way) is being abused. They estimate that up to 40% of calls are from people seeking information the service cannot provide.
Half of Edmonton Police Service employees who responded to a recent survey considered quitting. That’s not good news.
The latest Edmonton Startup Index was posted by Techvibes on Monday. Nexopia (startup?) continues to lead the pack.
The City of Edmonton is looking for volunteers for the EXPO 2017 bid. There are four key areas: community engagement, theme development, sponsorship, and site and infrastructure planning. You can learn more at the official website, or you can check out the information session on Thursday, January 15th at 7:30pm in City Hall.
Our fifth DemoCamp is coming up on Wednesday, January 7th – don’t miss it!
Thursday, January 8th is the start of Winter Light 2009, Edmonton’s new winter festival. The opening ceremonies get underway at 6pm in Churchill Square. The Free WiFi Project is happy to be providing access to Ice on Whyte, which starts January 15th.
ETS is running its popular Christmas Lights Tours starting Monday. Tickets are $3 and tours run until Sunday, December 21st.
Kind of a funny story this week – a cell tower in Calgary was configured incorrectly and thought it was in Edmonton! Can you blame the tower? Haha, just kidding friends to the south. The sad part is that Bell is not automatically refunding long distance charges, customers need to call and request it.
City Council voted on the 2009 budget this week, approving a 7.3 percent increase in property taxes. They also agreed to spend $2 million to prepare for a bid to host Expo 2017, and $2.5 million to operate more buses during peak hours.
I guess Christmas is definitely here now – Shaw started the Yule log channel! It’s available on cable 114 (and on channel 230 in HD, channel 1 in analog) through January 15th. They’ve also got a Christmas tree channel on cable 115 (and channel 5 in analog).
Today, Canwest Global relaunched about ten websites, one of which was the Edmonton Journal site. Sadly, there’s nothing unique about the new look. Every Canwest newspaper site in the country looks the same. Opportunity missed, I think.
The latest Edmonton Radio Ratings were released recently. The Fall 2008 book is probably the most important of the year – 630 CHED and CISN Country top the list.
Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:
The big news this week was the meteor (video is embedded below too). Everyone was talking about it, and Edmonton was mentioned on newscasts throughout North America. Very cool. You can read more about it here.
Local tech firm Nirix announced a new marketing competition for students in Alberta called sparkIT. The deadline to register is January 26th, 2009.
The Olympic torch will be making its way through Edmonton in 2010. The route will include 1020 communities across Canada.
Edmonton has been named a finalist in the 2009 Intelligent Community Forum’s Smartest Community in the World competition. The top 7 will be announced on January 21st, 2009 with the winner named on May 15th, 2009. Last year’s winner was Waterloo, Ontario.
Homeward Trust finally released the report for this year’s Homeless Count to the media. The final number is 3079. Hopefully it’ll be posted to their website next week.
Earlier this evening, Sharon and I went to check out the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up! event. Mayor Mandel and Santa were on hand to help light up the largest Christmas tree we’ve ever had in Edmonton – 83 feet tall, with over 8000 energy efficient lights on it! BrightNights was also launched, and there were choirs, free wagon rides, and a tented version of the 104th Street City Market. Great weather today meant that Churchill Square was absolutely packed!
A marketing/tourism piece from the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation popped up on the news wire this week. It states that there are “more than 3,500 restaurants, bistros and pubs” in Edmonton. Seems rather high to me, I’m going to do some digging.
NAIT announced the novaNAIT Technology Commercialization Challenge recently. Seems like an interesting competition, with up to $10,000 in prizes. The competition closes November 21st. I’ll be writing more about it this week at Techvibes.
The Global Visions Film Festival started on Thursday evening and runs through tomorrow. The festival “celebrates the work of passionate, accomplished documentarians from Canada and around the world.”
Edmonton is the last big city in North America to have wards represented by two councillors. This week, a proposal was put forward to change that. It could go into effect by the 2010 election if approved.