Episode 42: Summer Food & Festivals

In our forty-second episode, we discuss some of the latest food news and also chat about Edmonton’s summer festival scene.

With exciting new additions to the local food scene like District, Burrow, Rostizado, Jacek, and many others, we’re really enjoying Edmonton’s restaurant renaissance. It seems others are too, as Edmonton is increasingly mentioned in the national media. Should we be surprised at the recognition or can we leave our modest selves in the past and embrace the new Edmonton wholeheartedly?

We also discuss Edmonton’s summer festivals, with the Heritage Festival taking place over the long weekend the Fringe on the way. Should we be concerned that K-Days attendance was down again this year? Is the Fringe our Stampede? Do we even need a Stampede? We discuss those questions and more.

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Episode 41: High Level Bridge Lights, 104 Street Closures, Digital Parking Meters, Touch the Water

In our forty-first episode, we talk about the new lights on the High Level Bridge, businesses closing on 104 Street, an update on the Commonwealth Games bid, the end of coin-operated parking meters, and the touch the water project.

Do you like the lights on the High Level Bridge? They’re here to stay either way! There have been a few closures on 104 Street recently, such as Sobeys and Corona Shoes. Is there an issue there? Are they closures something we should be concerned about? Now that the bid committee has been named for the effort to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, should we be optimistic? Edmonton is getting rid of coin-operated parking meters, replacing them with digital ones as they have in Calgary. Is there an opportunity to do something more, or should we just take this progress and build on it? Finally, what are the prospects for the touch the water project? We discuss those questions and more.

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Episode 40: Urban Beach, Fort Edmonton Park upgrades, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Innovation Infrastructure

In our fortieth episode, we discuss the urban beach or sand park being considered for Louise McKinney Park, Fort Edmonton Park upgrades, the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place this year and the FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place next year, and innovation infrastructure here in Edmonton and Alberta.

Why are we talking about the Urban Beach now? Should we really be spending $150 million to upgrade Fort Edmonton Park? Could we really build a more exciting attraction with the proposed upgrades? Does any of that cost include improving access to Fort Edmonton Park? How do we create the necessary excitement around the FIFA Women’s World Cup? What does the Province’s push for improve innovation infrastructure tell us about Premier Dave Hancock? What can we expect from the Innovation Council? We discuss these questions and more.

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Episode 39: Enerkem, Blatchford, Bike Lanes, Telus Field

In our thirty-ninth episode, we discuss Enerkem and the new waste-to-biofuels facility, once again we discuss Blatchford and the latest decisions made by City Council, bike lanes and public consultation, and Telus Field and rumors of its demolition. And we finish with a few thoughts on Oilers Captain Andrew Ference.

Edmonton is well on its way to achieving the goal of having 90% of our waste diverted from landfill with the new facility. Can we do more, such as licensing the technology to other cities? City Council has approved the Blatchford redevelopment plan, but many criticized their decision for “watering down” the original design. Did Council make the right call? On the topic of bike lanes, has Council found a happy middle ground to keep things moving forward? And finally on Telus Field, is the building at risk? Should it be torn down to make way for condos? We discuss those questions and more.

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Episode 38: 90 Ways to 90, the U of A’s Land Trust, Blatchford, High Speed Rail

In our thirty-eighth episode, we discuss the City’s new 90 Ways to 90% campaign, the proposed land trust for the University of Alberta, plans and costs for the Blatchford redevelopment project, and a new report on high speed rail between Edmonton and Calgary.

Do campaigns like 90 Ways to 90% actually achieve anything? Should we be spending taxpayer money on them? Would the proposed land trust benefit the University of Alberta? Are they doing enough to engage the public on their plans? Should we be concerned about costs for Blatchford? How does it impact our civic debt? We discuss all of those questions and more.

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Episode 37: Eat Alberta, Opening the Potential, VenturePrize, The Yeggies, yegTreeMap

In our thirty-seventh episode, we discuss Eat Alberta, Opening the Potential, TEC Edmonton’s VenturePrize, the Yeggies, and the City of Edmonton’s yegTreeMap.

Graham attended Eat Alberta once again this year, and had a great experience. Mack has been on the organizing committee for the last four years and is now stepping away. Here’s the episode we did last year on Eat Alberta!

Mack thinks the new Opening the Potential program is a worthwhile endeavor, while Graham thinks it is sexist. Are enough women getting involved in municipal politics? Can programs like this help? We also discuss the VenturePrize business plan competition, the 2013 Yeggies, and the City’s new online tree map.

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Episode 36: Construction Season, Harbin Gate, Rexall vs. Rogers Place, Food Trucks

In our thirty-sixth episode, we discuss construction season, the underpass on 97 Street just north of 103A Avenue, Rexall Place vs. Rogers Place, and the return of food trucks! This episode was recorded at the end of April.

As you have no doubt noticed, there’s a bunch of road construction taking place all around the city (did it ever stop?). That’s part of the $404 million being spent on 125 arterial road, bridge, interchange, and neighbourhood projects. Are we investing enough in our roads? Why do they seem to be deteriorating so quickly?

What should happen with the underpass that currently serves as the LIVINGbridge? Should we move the Harbin gate from “old” Chinatown to “new” Chinatown? Can both Rogers Place and Rexall Place survive? Are we big enough to support two large arenas? Finally, spring is here, and we’ve got food trucks out and about! We discuss all of those topics and more.

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Episode 34: Smyth & the Rush, Galleria, Great Divide Waterfall, Zombie Apocalypse

In our thirty-fourth episode, we change the format up a little and discuss four topics!

  1. Ryan Smyth’s retirement &  the success of the Edmonton Rush
  2. The Galleria Project
  3. The end of the Great Divide Waterfall, the start of Light the Bridge
  4. Edmonton would fare well in the zombie apocalypse

In the first topic, we talk about Ryan Smyth’s retirement, a positive note to end a negative season on for the Oilers (even though we’re sad to see him go). We also talk about the Edmonton Rush and the amazing season they’re having! Moving on to the Galleria, we talk about the latest developments in the project. Mack is still opposed, Graham is now onside with the project. In our third topic we applaud the end of the Great Divide Waterfall, and look ahead to LEDs on the High Level Bridge. Finally, we talk about the popular post on how Edmonton would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse (spoiler: we’d do well!).

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Episode 33: Should Edmonton go after the Commonwealth Games in 2022?

In our thirty-third episode, we talk about Edmonton’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Mack is a fan of the bid, while Graham has some reservations.

Edmonton hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1978, resulting in some big benefits for the city, including Commonwealth Stadium. The bid for the 2022 games is between us and Durban, South Africa. Formal bids are due next March, with the winner being selected in September 2015.

Is this the kind of thing Edmonton should be pursuing? Will it result in any positives for the City? Should we count on an increase in tourism? What about new infrastructure? We discuss those questions and more.

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