Edmonton Notes for 11/8/2008

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

Edmonton Notes for 11/1/2008

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

Edmonton Notes for 10/25/2008

It’s really quite amazing how the Edmonton Twitter community has taken to the #yeg hashtag recently. When I started writing these notes posts, which wasn’t very long ago at all, I could look at a week’s worth of updates on two or three pages. Now I’ve got to go back about seventeen pages! Very cool stuff, I’m really happy to see this growth. Keep it up Edmonton!

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

  • CKUA’s fall fundraising campaign is underway! Their goal is to have 1000 new donors and raise $525,000 in total. They’re about half way there currently. The drive continues until November 2nd.
  • I think the excessive idling bylaw is a waste of good intentions. I can’t imagine how it’ll ever be properly enforced. You can share your thoughts at the final public meeting, taking place on Monday night.
  • The Capital City Clean Up could be turned into a year-round, city-wide program for $3.5 million. No word yet on what councillors decided to do.
  • The 45-year-old Sportex building was demolished on Monday morning in order to make room for 200,000 square feet of new exhibition space.
  • Edmonton Police expect to take in $15 million from photo radar tickets next year. The Journal points out that the amount is roughly equal to $20 for every man, woman, and child in the city. On Tuesday, the police wrote about 1700 speeding tickets during the second Operation 24 Hours. One man was clocked at 203 km/h on the Henday.
  • The city is going to make a bid to host Expo 2017. Hosting the fair could cost as much as $2.3 billion, but would draw more than 1 million tourists to the city. The event would be a “recognized exposition” – you can learn more at Wikipedia.
  • Edmonton ranked second among major Canadian cities with 3.28 homicides per 100,000 people. Winnipeg was first, Calgary third.
  • Epcor has replaced nearly six kilometers of lights and decorations along Jasper Avenue with new LED lights. Also – they’re called “winter lights”, not “Christmas lights”. On November 15th, a 25-metre plus tree will be unveiled in Churchill Square.
  • Finally, I’ve got to mention the manure smell and the AT Plastics explosion/fire. Both events caused quite a stir on Twitter, a topic I’ll be writing more about next week.

Edmonton Notes for 10/18/2008

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

  • Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer finally conceded this week to brand new NDP MP Linda Duncan in Edmonton – Strathcona. She’s the sole non-Conservative MP in Alberta. You can find some video and other news here, via britl.
  • Edmonton businesses that don’t clean up the litter on sidewalks outside their locations could face $250 fines. Bylaw officers started writing tickets today.
  • The City of Edmonton is running budget town hall meetings across the city starting on Wednesday. Various times and locations are available until November 5th. The meetings are hosted by Mayor Mandel and other members of City Council.
  • More than 1250 of Edmonton’s neediest citizens received a warm Thanksgiving meal on Monday, courtesy of the 150 volunteers that helped to make Boyle Street Community Services’ 18th annual dinner a success.
  • On Tuesday, the chair of the police commission asked City Council for a budget increase of $24 million to help keep pace with inflation and to add 86 more officers to the force.
  • Apparently the city could save up to $5 million if it delayed opening the South Campus LRT station by a year. I don’t think that’ll happen however, as things are already in motion.
  • The first public meeting on the proposed excessive idling bylaw will take place on Monday, October 20th at 7pm at the Stanley A. Milner library downtown. Details here.
  • The Oilers defeated the Flames two nights in a row, bringing their record to 4-0. They’re off to a great start this season!

Edmonton Notes for 10/11/2008

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

Edmonton Notes for 10/4/2008

Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:

  • Tomorrow is Homeless Connect Edmonton, an event put on by Homeward Trust to “offer our homeless neighbours kindness, hospitality and resources to assist in their progression to a safe, secure home.” Sort of related is the 2008 Homeless Count, taking place on October 21st. I’ve signed up to volunteer, and they still need more if you’re interested.
  • Initial funding for the winter festival I mentioned last week has been approved by city council.
  • Cineplex Entertainment is building a new theatre in the southwest, but it’s not just any old theatre. It has 12 screens, 6 of which are adult-only, 6 bowling lanes, and a licensed lounge. The adult theatres have “service in your seat” which seems excessive to me.
  • Adam wrote about Edmonton’s $11 House this week. It’s a contest to give away a historic house near Alberta Avenue.
  • For the last few months, Sharon has been posting a list of interesting events taking place in the city. The latest October edition was posted yesterday.
  • Found this one via Raspberry Fox: Project Porchlight will be delivering more than 130,000 free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in Edmonton. They are having a Pizza Party and Bulb Blitz on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Edmonton’s bid for the 2015 University Games just got a little stronger, with the Federal Government agreeing to support the $400-million initiative.
  • The Oilers will be debuting their new third jersey on Tuesday, October 7th at 10 AM on edmontonoilers.com. If you sign up for the mailing list, you could win one of ten autographed third jerseys!

Edmonton Notes for 9/27/2008

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed an increasing amount of Edmonton-focused content. I didn’t wake up one morning and say “self, you need to post more about Edmonton” – it just sort of happened. I’ve always said that I blog for myself first, so I just write about whatever I am interested in. Lately, that seems to be my hometown. I’m still passionate about technology and entrepreneurship and my other favorite topics – I’m just adding some local flavor into the mix!

I’ve been tweeting about Edmonton more too. The Edmonton Twitter community continues to grow and I make an effort to follow all the newcomers. If you’re having trouble grokking Twitter, I’d suggest following people who live near you – you’ll get more out of it that way. Here in Edmonton, many of us make use of the #yeg hashtag. For example, I use it to post links to interesting articles or news related to the city.

The great thing about Twitter is that it’s “almost live”. You can use it to have a conversation. The problem with that is that it doesn’t make for a very good archive. I post lots of things that I find interesting each week, but unless you’re paying attention, it’s very easy to miss them.

To solve that problem and to help me keep track of things, I’ve decided to start doing a regular “Edmonton Notes” post every Saturday. I hope you find it useful!

UPDATE: Sunday, September 28th is Free Admission Day at City of Edmonton attractions and recreation centres. Make sure to bring something for the food bank!