Edmonton Election 2017: Nomination Day Recap

Nomination Day took place on Monday, September 18. A total of 132 Edmontonians filed their nomination papers and paid their deposits to run in the 2017 municipal election. Michelle Draper was the only candidate acclaimed on Nomination Day, so she’ll continue serving as the public school board trustee for Ward B. Barry Koperski had filed his paperwork to run for council in Ward 4, but withdrew his nomination by the deadline on September 19.

So that leaves us with 131 candidates in this election:

  • 13 mayoral candidates
  • 70 city council candidates
  • 20 Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee candidates
  • 28 Edmonton Public School Board trustee candidates (including one acclamation)

A total of 131 candidates is a new record for municipal elections in Edmonton. The previous high was 120 in the 1986 election. The 2013 election came close, with 119 candidates filing their paperwork.

Linda Sahli
Returning Office Linda Sahli

“This morning ran very smoothly – now it’s the voters’ turn,” said Edmonton Elections Returning Officer Linda Sahli.

Andrew Knack, councillor for Ward 1, was running unopposed until Nomination Day, when three challengers came forward. “Thankfully people will have a choice in Ward 1,” he tweeted. It’s actually Ward 2 that has the fewest candidates for council, with just three, a significant decline from 2013’s seven. In the 2013 election, Wards 4 and 9 had just two candidates each.

There are 24 female candidates for mayor or council, which is about 29%, and that’s up from 17% in 2013. Counting all the races, 36.6% of the field is female (48 candidates), which is up from 32.7% in 2013 (39 candidates).

Election Candidates by Year

Edmonton Elections has made the full candidate list available on its website and in the open data catalogue.

You can see more photos from Nomination Day courtesy of Dave Cournoyer. Here’s my recap of Nomination Day for the 2013 election.

Your Guide to the 2017 Municipal Election

We’ve combined open data from the City with other data that we’ve collected to build an election microsite at Taproot Edmonton. You can browse the full list of candidates, all the wards and voting stations, and a list of election-related events. On Election Night, you can watch the results dashboard to see who your new elected officials are.

For a more personalized experience, try our Election Guide feature. Simply put in your home address and we’ll tell you everything you need to know – which wards you’re in, who your candidates are, where to vote, and more.

We’re also publishing a weekly roundup of election news and other links. Here’s our latest edition and here’s the archive. You can sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox each week.

If you find the election microsite and/or newsletter updates useful, spread the word! Maybe we can bump the voter turnout numbers up a bit. And if you want to support the work we’re doing at Taproot Edmonton, become a member. It’s just $10/month.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #269

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Vigil for victims of Edmonton terror attacks, photo by Premier of Alberta

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 October 1, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • I don’t have much to say about the events of Saturday night, now being investigated as “acts of terrorism,” that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. Here’s the Journal article and here’s the CBC article. Here is Mayor Don Iveson’s statement and here is Premier Rachel Notley’s statement. There are more useful links in this megathread on /r/Edmonton. Sharon and I were home all night on 104 Street, having dinner with friends. We heard the fireworks at Commonwealth Stadium, presumably for Military Appreciation Night as the Esks lost their sixth straight game, and the usual sirens and revelers all night long. We hear sirens all the time downtown so most of the time I just tune them out, and Saturday night was no different. We didn’t realize anything had happened until we looked at Twitter late in the evening and read about the high-speed chase that took place down Jasper Avenue and ended just a few blocks away. I was up until about 3am watching the F1 race, and heard the usual random groups of revelers all night long, so evidently they didn’t know or care about the events of the evening either. And today? Just another day, as Omar has perfectly captured.
  • Hundreds of Edmontonians gathered outside City Hall this evening to show support for victims of the attacks. “We stand together,” Iveson told the crowd. “All faiths, all cultures. We will not be divided.”
  • The City has submitted an annexation application to the Municipal Government Board for land in Leduc County and Beaumont. “It is expected that a recommendation will be made by the end of 2018. The City and Leduc County have requested an annexation effective date of January 1, 2019.”
  • On Monday, the shareholder group of Edmonton Global announced the company’s inaugural board of directors and board chair. John Day will serve as the organization’s first board chair. The first meeting is taking place on Monday, October 2.
  • We received our Where to Vote notice in the mail on Friday.
  • Check out Taproot Edmonton’s election microsite to find your wards, candidates, voting stations, and more all with just one click. Here is our latest Edmonton Election Update, a roundup of election-related news and events delivered to your inbox.
  • Alberta’s minimum wage increased from $12.20/hr to $13.60/hr today, another step forward in the plan to raise Alberta’s minimum wage to $15.00/hr by October 1, 2018. According to the government, more than 292,000 Albertans earn less than $15 per hour.
  • A new petition aims to give “Accidental Beach” an Indigenous name. “If Edmonton ends up keeping, maintaining and investing in the Accidental Beach, let’s create space for Edmonton’s Indigenous community to name it in accordance with local ceremony & protocol.” The goal is to get 500 signatures to take to City Council.
  • All three lanes of traffic are now open on the new Walterdale Bridge, as is the west sidewalk. “Ahead of schedule” is a definite stretch, though. Quality spin indeed.
  • Transforming Edmonton has a look at the River Crossing Heritage Interpretive Plan. “The River Crossing area in Rossdale is at the heart of our city and has borne witness to Edmonton’s evolution over the course of thousands of years.”
  • ATB Financial and Boyle Street Community Services partnered last year to launch Four Directions Financial, which uses biometric identification technology to serve the underbanked. The community agency now has more than 500 clients.
  • The [first edition of Gifted](https://www.edmontonmade.com/catalogue/, an annual collection of Edmonton Made products, is now available.
  • Here is the updated listing for Cecil Place, home of the former Sobeys on 104 Street and Jasper Avenue. The space has been subdivided into five different units ranging in size from 715 sq ft all the way up to 5,450 sq ft.
  • Yes, this really happened: “An Alberta judge has refereed a dispute over a pair of Edmonton Oilers season tickets.”
  • Alberta Health Services has announced the 2017/2018 Influenza Immunization Program will begin on October 23. All Albertans six months of age and older can receive a free flu shot.
  • For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.

Biking in Yellow
Biking in Yellow, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Upcoming Events

  • Wills Week from the Edmonton Community Foundation, “a series of free presentations that help Edmonton and area residents learn the value of creating and maintaining an up-to-date will,” takes place at various locations around Edmonton all week.
  • The Weeknd is playing Rogers Place on Monday night!
  • Advance Voting starts on Wednesday and runs daily from 1-7pm through October 13.
  • There are plenty of election events taking place throughout the city this week! Get informed about your candidates and ask them your questions! If you don’t want to go to a forum, consider one of Edmonton NextGen’s pre-forum events.
  • Leadercast Women, “a unique women’s leadership experience featuring top female leaders who are powered by purpose,” is coming up on Thursday at the Shaw Conference Centre.
  • The Oilers kickoff the regular season on Wednesday evening at Rogers Place as they host the Flames. Game time is 8pm.
  • What Comes Next? Political Afterlives of the TRC takes place on Wednesday at the Myer Horowitz Theatre. “This facilitated roundtable discussion brings together three outstanding scholars to engage with political challenges and possibilities emerging from the TRC calls to action.”
  • The Bloom Festival takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre from Thursday through Sunday.
  • The Oil Kings host the Wheat Kings on Friday and the Silvertips on Sunday.
  • Earth’s General Store is closing its downtown location on Sunday with a Thank You Sale.
  • I hope to see you at Green Drinks: The Election on Thursday, October 12 at Yellowhead Brewery. The event is always popular, so be sure to get your tickets early!
  • For more upcoming events, check out ShareEdmonton.

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The End of The World Panorama HDR, photo by ALLEN QIAO乔谦之

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #268

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Global News has announced that Jim Haskins is Global Edmonton’s new News Director and Station Manager. “Replacing Tim Spelliscy who retired last month, Jim joins the Edmonton team from Global News Halifax where he worked as a News Director and Station Manager for the last five years.” He started last week.
  • The usual local media suspects are all well-represented in the 2017 Best of Edmonton from Vue Weekly. Sonic 102.9 FM’s Garner Andrews won Best Radio Host (AM), Now 102.3 FM won Best Radio Station, Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke won Best TV News Anchor, Global Edmonton won Best TV Station, and CTV Edmonton’s Josh Classen won Best TV Meteorologist. On the social media side, The Borchelli Brothers won Best Podcast, Lisa Evans won Best Tweeter, Daveberta.ca won Best Local Affairs Blog, and Linda Hoang won Best Food Blog.
  • LitFest runs October 12-22. Writing (on the web) While Female takes place on October 15 and features Alex Zabjek, Paula Simons, Jana Pruden, and Kathleen Smith.
  • Keep up-to-date on the municipal election with the latest Edmonton Election Update from Taproot Edmonton. Each week we roundup the news and send it to your inbox.
  • The Alberta Podcast Network‘s launch party is sold out for Wednesday evening, but you can catch some of the show on Facebook Live courtesy of CKUA starting at about 7:35pm.
  • Glass Buffalo Magazine is hosting a writing prize reception on Wednesday evening at Yellowhead Brewery. “As you mingle over libations with fellow writers and literature lovers, you’ll hear engaging stories and poetry from Edmonton’s best emerging creative-writing talent, including the finalists for our 2017 writing contests and our Fall 2017 issue contributors!”
  • Episode 75 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Caleb Caswell, “who combines his background in journalism and music to have sincere conversations about Edmonton’s music scene on The Tear Down.”
  • A reminder that the Edmonton Broadcasters Club Fall Luncheon is coming up on October 11 with guest speaker Terry Jones.
  • Speaking of Terry Jones, he wrote recently about the CFL’s efforts to improve viewership. “Early evidence is that the league’s effort to draw new fans and especially younger fans is working.”
  • CBC Edmonton is looking for a temporary Associate Producer for Radio. The position will run until November 2018.
  • Tickets are on sale now for The Media Challenge at the Edmonton Comedy Festival which takes place on Thursday, October 12.
  • This is neat: some local bloggers are taking part in the Canadian Bloggers Fall Home Tour. “All week we will welcome you into our homes for some seasonal home decor inspiration.”

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Travel Alberta filming on Urban Pedal Tours

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 September 24, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Walter Dale Bridge - Edmonton
Walterdale Bridge, photo by IQRemix

Upcoming Events

New Walterdale Bridge, Edmonton
New Walterdale Bridge, photo by Jeff Wallace

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #267

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Members of the media covering Nomination Day at City Hall today

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 September 17, 2017

Fall is in the air – get out and enjoy the colors! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Edmonton, photo by Paul

Upcoming Events

Giovanni Caboto Park

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #266

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Helping more Albertans get good jobs, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • From Politico: The Rise of the Twitter Thread, “The compelling, incendiary literary form of the Trump era.”
  • With all the hurricane news on TV right now, the debate about dangerous stand-ups is raging. “Some critics wondered whether they are unnecessary and overly sensational spectacles” but others “insist that the visuals from the storms are essential in persuading people to take hurricane threats seriously and getting them to leave the area.” I’m not so sure.
  • Plenty of video coverage of Hurricane Irma came not from cable news, but from sites like the Washington Post. They’re staffing up and expanding their video capabilities.
  • The Guardian has a feature on The Wall Street Journal’s Trump problem. “Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump.”

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 September 10, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Moon Scoop
Moon Scoop, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

Alex Decoteau Park
Alex Decoteau Park is now open!

What the Truck?! at Capital Boulevard on September 9, 2017

As you can tell by the beautiful weather we’ve been having this week, summer isn’t done quite yet! There’s still time to enjoy tasty food truck eats at our final What the Truck?! event of the season:

WHAT: What the Truck?! 2017 Season Wrap-up
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 12pm to 7pm
WHERE: Capital Boulevard (108 Street & 99 Avenue)
RSVP: On Facebook

If this is your first time attending one of our events, be sure to read our tips & tricks. Here is the line-up and here are the menus.

What the Truck?! at Capital Boulevard

I think 2017 has been a great year for food trucks in Edmonton. With around 100 trucks and no shortage of opportunities to patronize them, our city’s food truck scene has continued the momentum built over the last few years. For What the Truck?!, it has been a year of transition. After Saturday we will have run just two of our own events this season. In many ways we have accomplished what we originally set out to, so the way we can best support food trucks in Edmonton is changing. We do that behind-the-scenes with our Book the Trucks form and we’re working on how best to use our network to grow the scene further. To that end, I’m excited that Cindy and Diane have joined our team in recent months to help with social media and communications! I’ll write more about that on the What the Truck?! site soon.

Keep up-to-date on food trucks in Edmonton by following What the Truck?! on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And to see where the trucks are, be sure to download the Street Food App.

See you on Saturday at Capital Boulevard!