Edmonton Notes for January 19, 2020

Let’s hope the cold snap is now over! It was so cold that two LRT rails cracked.

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Overlooking Rossdale
Overlooking Rossdale, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #372

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

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Edmonton Notes for January 12, 2020

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • "More than 2,300 people filled the Saville Community Sports Centre at the University of Alberta to cherish the lives of 13 Edmonton community members and 163 others killed last Wednesday when Ukrainian Airlines International Flight PS752 was shot down by a missile shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s airport," reports the Edmonton Journal. The memorial service held today at the University of Alberta can be watched online.
  • It’s going to be cold all week, so bundle up and stay safe! There were nearly 200 collisions over the weekend and numerous complaints about pets being left out in the cold. The temporary emergency overnight shelter at Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre had to expand its capacity to accommodate demand.
  • Edmonton finished 2019 with the highest unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in Canada at 8%, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. That’s in contrast to the national trend of increasing employment. “We still see this as us being on the road to recovery,” said City of Edmonton senior economist Felicia Mutheardy.
  • Holt Renfrew has closed its Edmonton store, ending a 70-year run amid a shift in strategy for the large-format retailer, reports Retail Insider. Here’s a photo essay of the store’s final days.
  • Edmonton’s NextGen is taking over "sole management of the Make Something Edmonton platform," according to a statement posted to the site. The website will be "repurposed" and the social media accounts will "transition into sunset and no longer be active" so it’s not clear what NextGen is going to have in the end.
  • In hiring Tom Anselmi, "the Oilers hope to bring a little MLSE to Alberta," reports The Globe and Mail. His mandate is to see through construction of the $2.5 billion Ice District which covers 25 acres on Edmonton’s downtown.
  • This year "will be a year of significant change for Edmonton, where we will receive both long awaited answers to lingering issues along with new challenges," writes Keith Gerein at the Edmonton Journal. He mentions the economy, winter roads, election politics, and transit overhaul among the major issues Edmonton will face in 2020.
  • Earlier this week Mayor Don Iveson met with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss the new NAFTA, but also homelessness. “The minister had seen some of the social disorder in the city and was curious about what actions we’re taking to deal with addictions and mental health issues here and homelessness and social disorder here,” the mayor said.
  • Joan Hertz has been named interim president and CEO of NorQuest.
  • Sweet Convenience, a candy store in west Edmonton, is offering a cold-weather discount on all bulk candy. “Whatever the temperature is outside — including the wind chill — you get that discount on your candy,” owner Laurie Radostits said.
  • Edmonton’s Christmas Market plans to return this year after about 20,000 people attended the first one.
  • ETS fare changes start Feb. 1. The single cash fare remains the same with most changes made to seniors passes.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, the Region, Music, Arts, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

Hoth Survey 2020
Hoth Survey 2020, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #371

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • CJR has confirmed more than 3,160 newsroom layoffs in 2019, 800 of which came from Verizon a year ago.
  • "Internet media over the past decade surpassed TV, radio, magazines and newspapers to become the biggest employment sector in media," reports Ad Age. Not surprisingly, the biggest losses came in print media. "The media jobs pie is shrinking. But the internet’s slice is only getting bigger."
  • From The Atlantic, here are the 50 best podcasts of 2019. So much to listen to, so little time.
  • Netflix picked up just one Golden Globe for TV at last night’s awards, fewer than both Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
  • Margaret Sullivan (The Washington Post), Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed News), Kara Swisher (Recode), and other American media figures "describe their fears about covering this year’s election – and ideas on how to get it right" in The Guardian.

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for January 5, 2020

Happy New Year! I had a wonderful break, and am feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2020.

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

This great photo of the NYE fireworks was shared on Instagram by Subrata Patra:

New Year's Eve fireworks
Awesome photo by Subrata Patra via Instagram

Upcoming Events

  • The Ice Castles are now open at Hawrelak Park!
  • Three of the City’s five public events to solicit input on the ward boundaries take place this week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
  • YEG Fitness is hosting its 2020 launch party on Tuesday evening at Browns Socialhouse (West Henday).
  • Deep Freeze Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday along Alberta Avenue. One of my favorite festivals of the year!
  • There’s a protest planned for 11am on Saturday at the Legislature to "demand that Premier Jason Kenney and the governing United Conservative Party legislate a bill to hold a referendum on the lawful secession of the Province of Alberta from the Confederation of Canada."
  • The Wedding Fair takes place at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon.
  • Swing ‘n’ Skate is on at City Hall every Sunday until Feb. 23.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #370

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • We can’t fight fake news without saving local journalism, says Emily Bell.
  • LION Publishers has received a $1 million grant to help it do more for local, independent, online news sites.
  • Netflix had about 6.5 million subscribers in Canada as of the end of Q3 2019.
  • Axios is looking to raise at least $20 million in a funding round that would value the company at about $200 million.
  • "Those who care about the vitality of journalism should here take a pause and ask why they don’t feel disturbed," writes Marc Ambinder in the New York Times about the House Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of John Solomon’s phone records.

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Edmonton Notes for December 15, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Glow Festival 4
Glow Festival, photo by Dale C

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #369

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by me this week while Linda is on vacation:

  • 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) continues to lead the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
  • Greg Schmaltz, founding member of the Edmonton Broadcasters Club, died on Thursday, Nov. 28 at the age of 85. He joined CITV-TV in 1974 for the station’s founding and retired in 1997. Schmaltz was inducted in to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club in 2007.
  • Publicity Room has joined Calgary-based marketing and PR agency Press + Post, effective immediately. "Publicity Room has rebranded as Press + Post Edmonton becoming the first-of-its-kind contemporary lifestyle marketing agency in Western Canada," wrote Publicity Room founder Janis Galloway.
  • Bashir Mohamed co-hosted Episode 241 of CANADALAND to discuss what happened with the Edmonton Catholic Schools and his interview on 630 CHED (see last week’s Media Roundup for more on this).
  • The first two episodes of the new podcast A Tale of Two Weeklies have been released. Episode 1 focuses on how SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly got started in the early 90s, and Episode 2 looks at the early days of their rivalry.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for December 8, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton Downtown Farmers' Market
The second floor was open at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #368

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • 630 CHED was warned last week that it could be named in a defamation lawsuit by Edmonton Catholic Schools if host Ryan Jespersen went ahead with a planned radio interview featuring Bashir Mohamed. Jespersen went ahead with the interview despite the threat, and in a podcast following the on-air interview, Jespersen called out Edmonton Catholic Schools for its "heavy-handed mismanagement of this sensitive story."
  • After announcing it is shutting down print papers and laying off journalists across Canada, Torstar Corp., which owns Star Metro, has now shared job postings for Edmonton-based journalists and an assistant managing editor for Alberta.
  • Forty-four staff at the Edmonton Sun’s printing plant will be laid off in the new year as the paper moves to outsource its printing to Great West Newspapers’ St. Albert facility.
  • Lauren Boothby will be starting as a reporter for the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun in January. She is currently a reporter and web editor for NEWS 1130 in Vancouver.
  • A new Edmonton podcast called A Tale of Two Weeklies has launched, digging into the history of two former, local papers: SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.