Episode 46: Edmonton Hospitals, New Chamber CEO, Northlands Arena Strategy Committee, Winter Events

In our forty-sixth episode, we discuss the state of hospitals in Edmonton, the ongoing saga of the Oilers, Janet Riopel’s new role as President and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber, the Northlands Arena Strategy Committee (which Mack is part of), the cancelled Santa Claus Parade, the 104 Street business situation with Earth’s General Store, and more.

Why are our hospitals falling apart? Why haven’t we planned properly to maintain them? Are we doing a better job with other things, like neighbourhood renewal? Why can’t the Oilers seem to turn things around when other teams have been able to? Are fans finally starting to stay away from games as a result? What’s going on with the Northlands Arena Strategy Committee? Is the cancelled Santa Claus Parade a bad thing or an opportunity? Are we tough enough to get outside? Why hasn’t Earth’s General Store found success on 104 Street?

We discuss those questions and more!

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Episode 45: Oilers, New Restaurants, Economic Development in the Region, Health Accelerator, Public Washrooms

In our forty-fifth episode, we discuss the ongoing plight of the Edmonton Oilers, some new restaurants around town that have caught our eye, the new Sexy Men of YEG Food calendar, the latest CRB report on coordinated economic development, the new Health Accelerator at TEC Edmonton, and public washrooms.

There are lots of new restaurants to try, including Ampersand, a revamped North 53, and a bunch of lunch spots all around Central LRT Station. It’s a great time to enjoy downtown eats! On the topic of food, have you seen the Sexy Men of YEG Food calendar? All proceeds go to support the Edmonton Food Bank.

What can be done in the region to ensure we have positive economic development in the future? There’s an opportunity here, so how can we seize it? How does the City Charter fit into this opportunity, if at all?

Thanks to some funding from TEC Edmonton, we have a new Health Accelerator moving forward in Edmonton. Will we see 50 new health-related companies created as a result? How will this be different than previous efforts to succeed in the health-commercialization space?

Finally, we have a beautiful new public washroom in Borden Park. Have you checked it out?

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Episode 44: UAlberta Leadership Changes, Power 30, Top 40 Under 40

In our forty-forth episode, we discuss some major changes that took place recently at the University of Alberta, and we share our thoughts on the Edmonton Journal’s Power 30 and Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 lists.

With a new President and the secondment of Provost Dr. Carl Amrhein to Alberta Health Services, there are big changes ahead for the University of Alberta. How will new President David Turpin put his stamp on the organization? What’s the impact of losing Dr. Amrhein?

We also take a look at the Edmonton Journal’s Power 30. How did the list come together? Do we agree with the people who made the list? Who are the most surprising individuals? What about the Titans? How many of the people recognized on the Top 40 Under 40 might make the Power 30 list in the future?

We discuss those questions and more!

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Episode 43: KLM to Amsterdam, EPS Helictopter, CFR/Farmfair, Northlands & Rexall Place

We are back after a long hiatus! In our forty-third episode, we discuss a variety of current topics, including the new KLM flight, the proposed helicopter for EPS, CFR/Farmfair and the future of Northlands, the future of Rexall Place, Wi-Fi on the LRT, and more.

Edmonton now has a direct flight to continental Europe, so what’s Air Canada’s problem? Do the police really need a $7.2 million helicopter? What’s the future of the rodeo? Can Northlands find a future in agriculture? What about Rexall Place, what’s going to happen with that building now that the new arena is under construction? We discuss those questions and more.

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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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