Here’s where to find the latest Edmonton Election news for 2017

During the 2013 election, I got into the habit of writing a regular series of posts to collect all the election-related news I could find in one place. It was useful for me, to keep tabs on what everyone was doing, and I think others found it useful too. This year I’m doing the series again, but at Taproot Edmonton! Currently we’re publishing the roundup every two weeks, but we anticipate increasing the frequency as we get closer to the election.

This is a bit of an experiment for us, just like our #YEGFringe Daily Digest that Ryan Stephens has been writing for the past couple of weeks. Like some other future-of-media entrepreneurs, we think email has a big role to play. For all the talk about spam, there’s actually quite a bit of evidence that people like email newsletters!

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Edmonton Election Update

The format we’re using at the moment is 2-3 “feature” items, followed by a list of other news items and events. If you read and enjoy my regular Edmonton Notes or Media Monday Edmonton posts, the election roundups should feel very familiar. Here are the three I have written so far:

  • Aug. 23 — Helping Edmonton’s homeless community vote, Taz Bouchier is running for mayor, Work the election on Oct. 16
  • Jul. 27 — More than three dozen female candidates already, Campaign finance reform, Fahad Mughal to challenge Iveson for mayoralty
  • Jul. 13 — Iveson remains uncontested, Ward 5 heats up

If email isn’t your thing, watch our Twitter and Facebook — we’ll be sharing each roundup on social media as well. We’re still working on the rest of our election coverage, and will have more to share on that in the weeks ahead.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #263

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Partial Solar Eclipse – Edmonton, Canada – August 21, 2017, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • BBC World Service is adding 12 new language services to the 28 it already publishes in around the world, its biggest expansion in more than 70 years.
  • Axios reports that Steve Bannon “sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he’s going to start a network.” For now he’s back at Breitbart.
  • GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare have dropped the Daily Stormer, a move which the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls “dangerous” while noting the situation is “deeply fraught with emotional, logistical, and legal twists and turns”. They’re worried about the precedent it will set, writing that “every time a company throws a vile neo-Nazi site off the Net, thousands of less visible decisions are made by companies with little oversight or transparency.”
  • Reddit has rolled out the ability to upload and view videos of up to 15 minutes in length directly on the site.

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

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You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for August 20, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Stantec/Mariott, photo by Darren Kirby

Upcoming Events

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Northside, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #262

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Cropping the Truth Panel
Cropping the Truth Panel on Fake News

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for August 13, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Edmonton Bike Lane Construction, photo by More Bike Lanes Please

Upcoming Events

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Flow and Boundaries, photo by Jeff Wallace

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #261

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Edmonton Heritage Festival
Shaw was promoting its new Blue Sky TV at the Heritage Festival

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for August 6, 2017

Happy long weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Alberta Legislature

Upcoming Events

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Smoke Midway at K-Days, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #260

I was in London a couple of weeks ago and then last week the jetlag wiped me out so it has been a little while since my last media update! Let’s take a look at what’s been happening throughout July:

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Premiers meet with National Indigenous Organization leaders, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Andree Lau, who wrote the very popular food blog are you gonna eat that?, is the new editor-in-chief at Huffington Post Canada. Congrats!
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’ll be possible in the very near future. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “fake news”.
  • The Conversation Canada published its first POINT/COUNTERPOINT articles recently, and they chose the issue of “fake news” and licensing journalists. Here are the arguments for and against.
  • Now that TV networks are expanding their local news offers in response to CRTC requirements, the question remains, will they be successful? “It’s a good thing, I just don’t understand how it makes money,” said Richard Stursberg, a former CBC executive who heads the writers’ group Pen Canada.
  • Speaking of the CRTC, Ian Scott will take over as chair of the regulator starting in September.
  • “The Mooch” was in and out of the White House faster than I could blog about it!

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for July 30, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • After a number of heat warnings this week it’s no surprise that Alberta has set a new summer record for power consumption, at 10,852 megawatts. The previous record, 10,520 megawatts, was set just a few weeks ago on July 9.
  • The Hope Mission’s Herb Jamieson Centre has been given the green light to be torn down and rebuilt in the same location at a cost of $16 million. “Instead of saturating one neighbourhood, we should be building transitional housing and long-term supportive housing throughout the city,” wrote Paula Simons. I agree, but that’s not what the Herb Jamieson Centre is – it’s an emergency shelter. There’s no easy answer here, but I think rebuilding in the same location is probably the right thing to do.
  • Andrew Small writing for CityLab on Edmonton: “I wandered around Edmonton feeling there was something missing from my experience in the city: people.” Also: “People in Edmonton still clearly love their cars, and the city has the sprawl to prove it.”
  • The federal government has delivered the first of two annual $109.5 million federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Alberta. Of the $220 million allotted to our province for 2017, Edmonton will receive nearly $49 million.
  • According to a new Bloomberg survey of economists, Alberta’s GDP will rise by 2.9% this year, faster than any other region in Canada. “It’s a huge comeback from Alberta’s last place finish in each of the last two years when oil prices plummeted below $50 a barrel, triggering layoffs and an investment freeze that shrank GDP by about 4 percent.”
  • The Eskimos are having a great season so far – they’re 5-0 after another win on Friday evening! In fact, the Eskimos have “now won 10-1 in the last 11 regular season games.”
  • Let’s hope the Esks’ success isn’t a season too soon as the 2018 Grey Cup will be played in Edmonton!
  • The City has recognized employees from five departments for their environmental efforts at the 9th annual Charles Labtiuk Awards. In the news release, City Manager Linda Cochrane said: “Our employees understand the importance of reducing the impact of the City’s work on the environment, and they look for new and creative ways to do that. I’m proud of all of them.”
  • Edmonton Police seized 130,000 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $3.9 million recently, the largest in Canada.
  • Elise has the scoop on Mayor Don Iveson’s re-election campaign launch. “Iveson said next to the economy, transportation and redevelopment will be a key focus for his campaign.”
  • Here’s the City’s statement on safety measures at stormwater ponds: “The City has 183 stormwater ponds which undergo routine inspection and maintenance to ensure they meet all current safety and operating standards. Stormwater ponds on average are inspected 12 times a year. Water levels, quality, bank erosion, operation assets and signage are inspected during these site visits.”
  • Archaeologists are uncovering Edmonton’s hidden industrial history at the former site of Vogel’s Meat Packing Company in the Mill Creek Ravine.
  • It was originally supposed to open this fall but the Premium Outlet Collection near the Edmonton International Airport is now slated for a spring 2018 opening. It will reportedly feature more than 100 stores.
  • Tails of Help, a charity that helps pay for the treatment of pets, is feeling the pinch of a tight economy.
  • Nominations are now open for the 2017 Urban Design Awards. You have until August 15 to nominate an individual, organization, or project. There’s also an online people’s choice award this year, and voting for that will open in September.
  • For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.

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Ice District Construction, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Upcoming Events

Edmonton Triathlon July 28 2017
Edmonton Triathlon, photo by Stephen Maunder

Recap: Political Pub Night

In the 2013 municipal election here in Edmonton, just 39 of the 119 candidates who ran for office were women. And of the 79 candidates who ran for City Council specifically, just 17 were women. Nomination Day for the 2017 municipal election isn’t until September 18, but already there are more than three dozen female candidates who intend to run!

Political Pub Night

Many of them were in attendance earlier this evening at Political Pub Night, an informal mixer organized by Ward 5 candidate Miranda Jimmy. “I went to an Equal Voice event last month and everyone said ‘we need to get more women elected’,” she told me. “I thought, the way to do that is to support each other.” She organized the event to give people an opportunity to meet the women running in this election in a more casual environment.

Political Pub Night

There were about two dozen candidates who confirmed their attendance and the free event “sold out” in just four days. “Obviously, there’s a need for this,” Miranda said after I remarked how impressive it was that so many people gave up a beautiful July evening to talk politics.

Political Pub Night
Miranda Jimmy and Amanda Nielsen

Amanda Nielsen, past chair of Equal Voice’s Northern Alberta chapter, said events like tonight’s mixer are important to help candidates build confidence. “Being a candidate is tough, so you need to build support for what you’re doing,” she told me. Equal Voice has been holding training schools for candidates on door knocking, organized the Fundraise-HER event last month, and is paying attention to Twitter to proactively respond to gendered attacks.

In addition to meeting potential voters, the event was an opportunity for candidates to meet one another. “There’s a lot we can learn from one another,” Miranda said.

Here’s the list of candidates that was shared at the event:

You can see more photos from tonight’s event here.

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