Don’t count out businessman and philanthropist Irv Kipnes, the project’s champion. Kipnes isn’t going to give up on this $1 billion downtown arts and university campus.
Regrettably, a large portion of the discussion around the Galleria has occurred in private. I think I speak for all members of council when I say it drives us nuts when we have to go into private, but we simply have no choice. Last night, we were discussing third party financial information (i.e. the proponent’s business case), and we are bound to privacy by provincial FOIP (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy) legislation.
The city of Edmonton spent $351,000 on hiring a Vancouver lobbyist to promote LRT expansion, CBC News has learned. That’s on top of the $275,000 Mayor Don Iveson said the city was spending in February. Everything else was supposed to be done “in house”.
The frequent freeze/thaw cycles we get in Edmonton certainly play a role in the number of potholes that form over the course of the winter, but the bottom line is that if our road network was in better condition, there would be far fewer potholes.
If the zombies come, looks like Edmonton might just make it!
Edmonton has been fortunate to have so many civic-minded philanthropists who have helped build important public spaces — the Art Gallery of Alberta, Winspear Centre, the Citadel and ongoing support for a network of theatres. The Kipneses, devoted supporters of the arts and determined community builders, stand in that honourable tradition. Now it’s council’s job to have an open public debate: Is this the right project, and what are the costs?
"Fueled by caffeine and cookies, an app created by a group of Edmonton programmers has been named in the top 15 out of 110 submissions during a recent national coding competition. Calling their creation Charity Pie, the local team from Nobis Studios will be taking their submission to the 2014 Canadian Open Data Experience in Toronto Friday for a chance to pitch in front of possible investors."
"The City is developing a plan to define actions required to create systems that would allow people to easily and efficiently find their way around the city when walking. Wayfinding encompasses all of the ways in which people orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place. This includes maps, signage, web applications, etc. "
Edmonton is rapidly building its reputation as “Tracktown Canada”: It now hosts more international athletics events than any other Canadian city, and is among the top five host cities in the Americas.
Edmonton’s downtown skyline will be radically transformed over the next few years. With a forest of new highrise condo and office towers springing up, and the sprawling new downtown arena project underway, Edmonton is about to finally ditch its dreary Deadmonton reputation for good.
Edmonton’s 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) is in the process of implementing the new Text with 911 service that allows the deaf, deafened, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired (DHHSI) communities to use their mobile phones to send text to 911 operators in emergencies.
Investors don’t put tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars into a 40-storey condo tower because they hope Oilers fans will want to buy where they can walk to their team’s home rink. Something else, not the arena, is driving this construction surge.