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CBC Calgary

Nelson Terroba, Calgary Surge's first head coach, steps down after one season with the team

The Surge's bench boss led the team to a finals appearance in its inaugural season where they came up a few buckets short of a title. ...
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The Surge's bench boss led the team to a finals appearance in its inaugural season where they came up a few buckets short of a title.

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CBC Edmonton

Animal control had 'no lawful basis' to seize dogs before fatal Edmonton attack, city review finds

The City of Edmonton says animal control officers took “appropriate action” when investigating two previous dog attacks at the south Edmonton home where an 11-year-old boy was later killed. ...
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The City of Edmonton says animal control officers took “appropriate action” when investigating two previous dog attacks at the south Edmonton home where an 11-year-old boy was later killed.

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CBC Calgary

Danielle Smith says Alberta's proposed transgender rules won't include public change rooms, jails

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith attended the annual Canada Strong and Free Network conference (CSFN24) in Ottawa on Friday, where she appeared as a keynote speaker and discussed a variety of provincial ...
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith attended the annual Canada Strong and Free Network conference (CSFN24) in Ottawa on Friday, where she appeared as a keynote speaker and discussed a variety of provincial policies, including energy, the economy, health care and more.

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CBC Calgary

Alberta premier says she expects Poilievre to work with provinces to give cities housing cash

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said Friday she has no problem with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's proposal to give municipalities a building bonus to incentivize housing construction — so lo ...
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said Friday she has no problem with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's proposal to give municipalities a building bonus to incentivize housing construction — so long as he goes through her provincial government.

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CBC Edmonton

Charges laid in 2022 death of Alberta contractor at Suncor mine

Two years after a contractor was fatally struck by a piece of equipment at Suncor’s Base Mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., a total of 18 charges have been laid against Suncor and two other companies. ...
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Two years after a contractor was fatally struck by a piece of equipment at Suncor’s Base Mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., a total of 18 charges have been laid against Suncor and two other companies.

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CBC Calgary

U of C standout Noah Wharton to tip-off professional career with Calgary Surge

The Calgary Surge had a total of three picks during Thursday’s draft, snapping up University of Calgary's Noah Wharton along the way. ...
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The Calgary Surge had a total of three picks during Thursday’s draft, snapping up University of Calgary's Noah Wharton along the way.

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CBC Calgary

Walmart Canada says robots coming to two Ontario warehouses after Calgary success

In a Calgary warehouse almost as big as eight football fields, an army of robots whir about, carrying massive quantities of merchandise bound for Walmart Canada customers. ...
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In a Calgary warehouse almost as big as eight football fields, an army of robots whir about, carrying massive quantities of merchandise bound for Walmart Canada customers.

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CBC Calgary

Canada broke its treaty promise, but Blood Tribe is barred from suing, Supreme Court rules

Canada acted dishonourably by breaching its treaty obligations to the Blood Tribe in Alberta, but the band is barred from suing by the province’s statute of limitations, the Supreme Court of Canada ...
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Canada acted dishonourably by breaching its treaty obligations to the Blood Tribe in Alberta, but the band is barred from suing by the province’s statute of limitations, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

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CBC Edmonton

Alberta bill requiring provincial approval of federal funding risks political meddling, academics say

Some Alberta academic leaders say a provincial government bill that proposes to vet all federal funding to post-secondary institutions poses a risk to academic freedom. ...
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Some Alberta academic leaders say a provincial government bill that proposes to vet all federal funding to post-secondary institutions poses a risk to academic freedom.

8 hours ago

CBC Calgary

'Smoke and mirrors:' Calgarians underwhelmed by national mortgage change

A change to Canada’s mortgage policy aimed at spurring development and driving down payments is falling flat in some Calgary real estate circles.  ...
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A change to Canada’s mortgage policy aimed at spurring development and driving down payments is falling flat in some Calgary real estate circles. 

9 hours ago

CBC Calgary

Enmax sets dividend payment to the City of Calgary at $95M

In its annual financial report, Enmax stated that its consolidated earnings hit $829 million last year. That's up from $737 million the previous year. ...
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In its annual financial report, Enmax stated that its consolidated earnings hit $829 million last year. That's up from $737 million the previous year.

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CBC Calgary

Date of fluoride reintroduction in Calgary's water supply pushed back a second time

Calgary's water supply will be without fluoridation for almost another year after a second delay to a construction project needed to reintroduce the mineral. ...
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Calgary's water supply will be without fluoridation for almost another year after a second delay to a construction project needed to reintroduce the mineral.

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CBC Edmonton

City of Edmonton spent more than $9M in 2023 responding to drug poisonings, overdoses

The City of Edmonton spent just over $9 million addressing the drug-poisoning crisis in 2023 — including nearly 16,000 calls to overdose or drug poisoning incidents — costs municipal leaders say ...
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The City of Edmonton spent just over $9 million addressing the drug-poisoning crisis in 2023 — including nearly 16,000 calls to overdose or drug poisoning incidents — costs municipal leaders say shouldn’t be theirs to carry.  

9 hours ago

Edmonton food legend hits another kind of green
Taproot Edmonton

Edmonton food legend hits another kind of green

Siu To, the man credited with bringing the iconic green onion cake to Edmonton in 1980, and known to many as the Green Onion Cake Man, has invented his own golf club out of sheer love for the sport. N ...
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Siu To, the man credited with bringing the iconic green onion cake to Edmonton in 1980, and known to many as the Green Onion Cake Man, has invented his own golf club out of sheer love for the sport.

Nomess Golf's driver is "almost revolutionary," To told Taproot. It's for sale at Victoria Golf Course and Driving Range for $350, far less than Today's Golfer's picks, which run around $600 U.S. each.

"Your mind is always wanting to be improving something, to make it better," To said. "I think I should share this idea with public. I don't want to be a big manufacturer."

A toolmaker in Hong Kong before moving to Edmonton in 1975, To created the club's design. His driver is different from the average club. With a curved, convergent face, the club makes swings cut at a right angle, while most drivers are divergent faced or straight. His design aims to cut down on slices.

To spent two years working with an agent and manufacturer, and playing golf with a prototype before putting the club on sale.

He contrasted golf skills to driving a car, saying that unlike driving, which is habitual, in golf one needs to reorient themselves every season. To thinks that is "unacceptable," and said his Nomess driver addresses the issue.

"You have to retrain your body," To said of the annual golf season. He said his driver reduces that burden because its geometrical design lends a Gaudi-esque naturalism to gameplay.

He also said reading is fundamental. It's the act of assessing your environment to optimize your performance.

At 84, To isn't much concerned with making a buck on golf — even though he suggested he may launch a wider array of clubs in the future. He just wants to share his pet project with fellow players.

But To did offer thoughts on what may happen to Green Onion Cake Man, the business, after he is gone.

A person holding a golf cub poses in a restaurant in golf attire.

Siu To, better known as the Green Onion Cake Man, developed his own golf club — not out of a desire for profit, but simply for the love of the sport. (Supplied)

"I'm not gonna worry about that," he said. "I'm not appointing anyone to follow my steps."

To's adult children live in Ontario and the U.S. He said they have "very good" jobs and families, and they will not follow him into the restaurant business.

For now, it's all about golf and making the most of his time on Earth.

"I am still alive. I'm still healthy. I'm capable. My mind is still OK," he said. "So, why not try to do something?"

Green Onion Cake Man is located at 9132 118 Avenue NW. The Nomess Golf driver is for sale at Victoria Golf Course and Driving Range, located at 12130 River Valley Road NW.

9 hours ago

CBC Calgary

'Different to back home': Newcomers navigate what feels odd, undisciplined in Western education

Less hands-on discipline, no homework books — newcomers to Calgary say adjusting to Western schools is about much more than learning English and a new curriculum. ...
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Less hands-on discipline, no homework books — newcomers to Calgary say adjusting to Western schools is about much more than learning English and a new curriculum.

11 hours ago

CBC Edmonton

Edmonton hot tub company facing 49 charges under Consumer Protection Act

An Edmonton company is facing dozens of charges under the province’s Consumer Protection Act after nine customers complained to Service Alberta’s consumer investigations unit. ...
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An Edmonton company is facing dozens of charges under the province’s Consumer Protection Act after nine customers complained to Service Alberta’s consumer investigations unit.

13 hours ago

CBC Edmonton

Alleged Edmonton City Hall shooter denied bail

A security guard facing multiple terrorism-related charges, in connection to a January shooting inside Edmonton's City Hall, was denied bail Thursday. ...
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A security guard facing multiple terrorism-related charges, in connection to a January shooting inside Edmonton's City Hall, was denied bail Thursday.

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CBC Edmonton

Alberta's 2023 wildfire season was a record breaker - but another hectic one is forecasted

A lack of snowfall has Alberta Wildfire preparing for a swift wildfire season. Dry conditions around the Edmonton area have already led to early grassfires blowing in that direction. ...
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A lack of snowfall has Alberta Wildfire preparing for a swift wildfire season. Dry conditions around the Edmonton area have already led to early grassfires blowing in that direction.

21 hours ago

CBC Edmonton

Province signs deals with private ambulances for patient transfers in Edmonton, Calgary

The Opposition NDP and a health-care advocate are worried the Alberta government is trying to privatize paramedics, after it announced Thursday that two private ambulance services in Edmonton and Calg ...
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The Opposition NDP and a health-care advocate are worried the Alberta government is trying to privatize paramedics, after it announced Thursday that two private ambulance services in Edmonton and Calgary are on contract.

21 hours ago

CBC Calgary

'He was a messenger': Defence disputes accused was leader at Coutts border blockade

A lawyer for one of three men on trial for their roles in the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., argued Thursday his client was nothing more than a messenger. ...
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A lawyer for one of three men on trial for their roles in the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., argued Thursday his client was nothing more than a messenger.

22 hours ago

CBC Edmonton

Inspections show high rate of non-compliance in Alberta seniors' facilities, NDP says

The compliance rates in Alberta’s continuing care and supportive living facilities shows the province shouldn’t relax standards to give operators flexibility, the Alberta NDP says.  ...
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The compliance rates in Alberta’s continuing care and supportive living facilities shows the province shouldn’t relax standards to give operators flexibility, the Alberta NDP says. 

22 hours ago

CBC Calgary

Danielle Smith takes UCP fundraising to new heights, while Alberta NDP strikes red ink

Alberta NDP had became the superior money-making party while Jason Kenney was premier. That's over now. ...
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Alberta NDP had became the superior money-making party while Jason Kenney was premier. That's over now.

22 hours ago

CBC Calgary

IN PHOTOS | Exhibit showcases mug shots and stories from Calgary's 'wild west' criminal history

A new exhibit that examines the stories behind hundreds of historical mug shots is in town, and Calgarians will have a chance to explore the past century of policing and crime in the wild west. ...
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A new exhibit that examines the stories behind hundreds of historical mug shots is in town, and Calgarians will have a chance to explore the past century of policing and crime in the wild west.

23 hours ago

CBC Calgary

MP rebukes top housing official for chronic underfunding of Prairie First Nations

A New Democrat member of Parliament rebuked a federal housing executive on Thursday after an audit found his organization shortchanged Prairie First Nations out of more than a quarter-billion dollars ...
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A New Democrat member of Parliament rebuked a federal housing executive on Thursday after an audit found his organization shortchanged Prairie First Nations out of more than a quarter-billion dollars in housing cash.

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CBC Calgary

Calgary terrorism case should go to trial, says Crown after defence alleges Charter breach due to delay

A Calgary man accused of committing acts of terrorism overseas more than a decade ago should go on trial, say prosecutors, despite an application by defence to have all charges stayed because of delay ...
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A Calgary man accused of committing acts of terrorism overseas more than a decade ago should go on trial, say prosecutors, despite an application by defence to have all charges stayed because of delays in the case.

11 Apr 2024 20:55:18

CBC Edmonton

Edmonton homeowners now face proposed 8.7 per cent property tax hike for 2024

Spring budget adjustment documents released Thursday detail the higher numbers ahead of council's final sign-off on the 2024 tax levy. The latest numbers aren't final — council will debate the prop ...
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Spring budget adjustment documents released Thursday detail the higher numbers ahead of council's final sign-off on the 2024 tax levy. The latest numbers aren't final — council will debate the proposed changes in two weeks.

11 Apr 2024 19:19:52

CBC Calgary

Spring street cleaning in Calgary to begin April 15

The annual spring cleaning for Calgary’s streets is set to begin on Monday. ...
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The annual spring cleaning for Calgary’s streets is set to begin on Monday.

11 Apr 2024 17:27:11

CBC Edmonton

Strathcona County council approves zoning, clears way for controversial $86M multiplex

A controversial multiplex project is one step closer to becoming a reality after Strathcona County council voted in favour of a rezoning bylaw for a parcel of land beside the 143-year-old Jackson Home ...
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A controversial multiplex project is one step closer to becoming a reality after Strathcona County council voted in favour of a rezoning bylaw for a parcel of land beside the 143-year-old Jackson Homesteaders farm. The motion passed during a public hearing on Tuesday that saw over 50 residents come to the community centre to voice their support and opposition.

11 Apr 2024 14:00:00

CBC Edmonton

The White Stetson Hat by Dennis Allen

The Edmonton writer is on the 2024 CBC Short Story Prize longlist. ...
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The Edmonton writer is on the 2024 CBC Short Story Prize longlist.

11 Apr 2024 13:30:00

CBC Edmonton

How a 4-litre jug of vodka fuelled debate on Alberta craft spirit regulations

Some craft distillers say the province's burgeoning spirits scene still doesn't have the right mix of regulations. ...
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Some craft distillers say the province's burgeoning spirits scene still doesn't have the right mix of regulations.

11 Apr 2024 13:00:00

CBC Calgary

Endangered hawk nest stirs up debate over proposed urban solar farm

Among the concerns raised by opponents of the 1,600-acre solar farm are potential impacts on threatened raptors and migrating pronghorns. ...
More ...An active Ferruginous Hawk nest was discovered on the site of the proposed Saamis Solar Park power plant. The developer has since adjusted its plans, in response.

Among the concerns raised by opponents of the 1,600-acre solar farm are potential impacts on threatened raptors and migrating pronghorns.

11 Apr 2024 12:57:39

CBC Edmonton

Bad driving or poor design? A downtown Edmonton intersection is a case study

Edmonton was designed to get around by car, so making it less car-centric is a slow and expensive process. But even newer road designs may not be as safe for non-drivers as advertised. CBC News put on ...
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Edmonton was designed to get around by car, so making it less car-centric is a slow and expensive process. But even newer road designs may not be as safe for non-drivers as advertised. CBC News put one downtown intersection to the test.

11 Apr 2024 12:00:00

Reed Clarke charts new course for rebranded Sport Edmonton
Taproot Edmonton

Reed Clarke charts new course for rebranded Sport Edmonton

Sport Edmonton, the rebranded version of the city-funded Edmonton Sports Council, is working to create community legacies from major sporting events that come to town, and to empower grassroots play. ...
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Sport Edmonton, the rebranded version of the city-funded Edmonton Sports Council, is working to create community legacies from major sporting events that come to town, and to empower grassroots play.

"It starts with a seat at the table when the City of Edmonton, or Explore Edmonton, or (the Oilers Entertainment Group), or some of the other groups are actually going to pitch for these large sporting events," Reed Clarke, the newly minted CEO of Sport Edmonton, told Taproot. "Part of them coming to Edmonton is leaving a legacy behind for the community."

One example of how Clarke and Sport Edmonton are doing that is by creating a Women's National Basketball Association (better known as the WNBA) themed court at wîhkwêntôwin School, formerly known as Oliver School. It will be ready ahead of when the league makes a much-anticipated appearance on May 5 at Rogers Place, with the Los Angeles Sparks taking on the Seattle Storm.

"We're more connecting people (for the court). We don't have a huge budget or funding for it, but we know there are groups who want to be a part of this, and we're putting all those pieces together," Clarke said.

Other legacy projects will be created in conjunction with the IFAF World Junior Championship football tournament (June 20 to 30) and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup hockey tournament (Aug. 5 to 10).

Using connections to make things happen is a theme throughout Clarke's work. He's the former CEO and owner of the Edmonton Stingers, the brain behind that team's Fresh Nets non-profit program (in which new nets are installed at under-maintained basketball courts), and the owner of the retro-sports clothing line Ross Flats, which recently merged with compatriot clothing company City of Champs.

A desire to give more to the community is why Clarke has taken his new role at Sport Edmonton, as well as leading the rebranding and changed focus of the organization.

"I realized the power of sports in community," Clarke said about his decision to leave the Stingers. "I wanted to make that community side even more impressive, and I think for something like the Stingers, there's so much you can do there, but it is kind of a short season."

Another new focus for Sport Edmonton is to help communities organize grassroots-level sports events. Clarke said his organization can connect communities with grants, permits, and other elements that make hyper-local events possible.

"There's a lot of bigger sports organizations that know how to apply for these grants," Clarke said. "There's a whole 'nother sector of local communities who want to run a soccer tournament or want to run a 5K fun run. They might have no clue on actually how to get that off the ground. So, how do they run it operationally? How do they market it? How do they sell it?"

Three people gathered in a bar hold up a Sport Edmonton t-shirt and an Edmonton Oilers jersey for a player called Skinner.

Reed Clarke (left), is the new CEO of Sport Edmonton, the evolution of the Edmonton Sports Council. Here, Clarke holds up a branded t-shirt during an April 4 event for KidSport. (Supplied)

Sport Edmonton is almost entirely city-funded. The organization recently lobbied council to increase its budget for attracting large sporting events.

Every city-serving agency can do more with more money, Clarke said, but his focus now is creating a proof-of-concept for the organization's new direction.

"Is more funding needed? Of course it is. I don't think that's a shock to anybody," Clarke said. "With the operating budget I currently have, what I've said to city council and to the City of Edmonton, is that I'll make the most of this, and prove the value of what Sport Edmonton can be … There'll be an ask for increased funding (in the future)."

One of Sport Edmonton's goals is to increase inclusivity in sports. While Clarke did not have a direct response about the province's proposed legislation to mandate gender essentialism in sports, he said he feels everyone should be welcome to participate in the way that feels comfortable for them.

"We're all about inclusion — the more people participating in sports and recreation, the better for everybody," Clarke said. "A lot of times, people grow up in areas they don't really get to interact with different cultures and people until they get into sports."

Sport Edmonton is also working on a basketball court at the John A. McDougall School based on a design by artist Pete Nguyen. The organization will run Basketball 101 programs at the site this summer.

11 Apr 2024 12:00:00

Taproot Edmonton

Calls for public engagement: downtown entertainment, Meyonohk, wetlands

Here are opportunities to help shape the City of Edmonton's plans to establish an entertainment district and renew the Meyonohk area, plus a chance to contribute to discussions on Alberta's wetlands. ...
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Here are opportunities to help shape the City of Edmonton's plans to establish an entertainment district and renew the Meyonohk area, plus a chance to contribute to discussions on Alberta's wetlands.

  • Entertainment District in Downtown — The City of Edmonton seeks feedback on designating Rice Howard Way between 100 Street and 100A Street as an entertainment district. The designation would restrict the street to only pedestrians and allow outdoor entertainment, food service, and alcohol service during summer weekends in an effort to improve vibrancy. Anyone who works, lives, or pursues recreation downtown can complete a short survey before April 16.
  • Meyonohk Neighbourhood Renewal (explore) — The City of Edmonton has started engagement about neighbourhood and alley renewal in the Meyonohk area of Mill Woods, with construction expected to start in 2026. Residents can share thoughts about driving, biking, walking, alleys, and parks and gathering spaces in Meyonohk until April 17.
  • New Wetland Opportunities — Parkland County is holding a public information session for residents to learn about wetlands in Alberta, ask questions, and to provide input to the county's administration. The session is happening at the Clymont Community Hall in Spruce Grove at 6pm on April 17.

More input opportunities

Photo: The City of Edmonton says an entertainment district along Rice Howard Way would bring "an abundance of cultural vibrancy" and boost economic activity downtown. (City of Edmonton)

11 Apr 2024 12:00:00

CBC Calgary

Submitted for her approval: Danielle Smith's new jab at Trudeau hits cities, universities too

Alberta's premier loathes red tape. She also doesn't think it will be bureaucratically burdensome to start requiring its stamp of approval on any federal deals with municipalities or other entities. ...
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Alberta's premier loathes red tape. She also doesn't think it will be bureaucratically burdensome to start requiring its stamp of approval on any federal deals with municipalities or other entities.

11 Apr 2024 08:00:00

CBC Calgary

Alberta used to have the highest minimum wage in the country. Now it's the second lowest

When Alberta hiked the province's minimum wage to $15 an hour in the fall of 2018, it was the highest rate in the country. But nearly six years and a pandemic later, the minimum wage hasn't budged � ...
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When Alberta hiked the province's minimum wage to $15 an hour in the fall of 2018, it was the highest rate in the country. But nearly six years and a pandemic later, the minimum wage hasn't budged — even as Albertans face the highest inflation rate in Canada.

11 Apr 2024 00:55:57

CBC Calgary

Mayor says proposed provincial oversight bill not in Calgary's best interest

If passed, the Provincial Priorities Act would require that any agreement between the federal government and an Alberta town, school board, university or other provincial entity be vetted by the provi ...
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If passed, the Provincial Priorities Act would require that any agreement between the federal government and an Alberta town, school board, university or other provincial entity be vetted by the provincial government

11 Apr 2024 00:55:28

CBC Calgary

Don't shut Line 5: Biden administration issues long-awaited position on Canada-U.S. pipeline

The Biden administration has weighed in for the first time on a major cross-border legal dispute that could shut down portions of Enbridge's Line 5 Canada-U.S. oil pipeline. It was contained in a nuan ...
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The Biden administration has weighed in for the first time on a major cross-border legal dispute that could shut down portions of Enbridge's Line 5 Canada-U.S. oil pipeline. It was contained in a nuanced legal filing, but its bottom line was that Line 5 should stay open.

10 Apr 2024 23:44:54

CBC Calgary

Calgary golfers poised for spring tee-off as city prepares 2 courses for Friday opening

The City of Calgary announced Wednesday they'll be opening the full 18 holes at two city-owned courses of McCall Lake and Maple Ridge on Friday. ...
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The City of Calgary announced Wednesday they'll be opening the full 18 holes at two city-owned courses of McCall Lake and Maple Ridge on Friday.

10 Apr 2024 21:50:30

CBC Calgary

NDP backs Conservative demand for 'emergency meeting' between PM and premiers on carbon pricing

The federal New Democrats backed Conservative calls Wednesday for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take part in a televised "emergency meeting" on carbon pricing with Canada's premiers. ...
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The federal New Democrats backed Conservative calls Wednesday for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take part in a televised "emergency meeting" on carbon pricing with Canada's premiers.

10 Apr 2024 21:10:45

CBC Edmonton

Municipal-federal deals to face provincial oversight under proposed new bill

Any agreement between the federal government and an Alberta town, school board, university or other provincial entity will need to be vetted by the provincial government, should the legislature pass a ...
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Any agreement between the federal government and an Alberta town, school board, university or other provincial entity will need to be vetted by the provincial government, should the legislature pass a new bill.

10 Apr 2024 20:11:24

CBC Calgary

Eid-al-Fitr is a reminder of humanity for Calgary's Muslim community

Eid Al Fitr, one of two major festivals in the Islamic faith, is the first day after the holy month of Ramadan. ...
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Eid Al Fitr, one of two major festivals in the Islamic faith, is the first day after the holy month of Ramadan.

10 Apr 2024 15:48:55

Shootin’ The Breeze

Shootin’ the Breeze Pincher Creek – April 10, 2024

That’s a wrap The vibes were good and a bit of fresh snow was welcomed as Castle Mountain Resort wrapped up its season over the weekend with a retro theme. “It was a tale of two seasons,” sa ...
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That’s a wrap

The vibes were good and a bit of fresh snow was welcomed as Castle Mountain Resort wrapped up its season over the weekend with a retro theme. “It was a tale of two seasons,” says Cole Fawcett, sales and marketing manager for CMR. “The first half of the year was challenging with low snow and high temperatures, but the back half was exceptional and we had the busiest March in history.” He also noted that the resort’s recent investment in snowmaking equipment paid off as it prevented prolonged closures in December and January when the weather didn’t co-operate. The hill is now closed but season pass holders have until the end of the month to renew at this year’s rates. | Photos courtesy of Castle Mountain Resort

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10 Apr 2024 14:36:23

CBC Edmonton

Support your local DJs: Edmonton's EDM scene

CBC’s local podcast looks at the history of Edmonton's electronic dance music community, and how the culture has expanded. ...
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CBC’s local podcast looks at the history of Edmonton's electronic dance music community, and how the culture has expanded.

10 Apr 2024 14:00:00

CBC Edmonton

How two Canadians fought to survive the Taiwan earthquake

A week after an earthquake in Taiwan killed 13 people and injured more than 1,000, a Canadian couple are nursing their injuries and recounting their own tale of survival. ...
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A week after an earthquake in Taiwan killed 13 people and injured more than 1,000, a Canadian couple are nursing their injuries and recounting their own tale of survival.

10 Apr 2024 13:37:51

CBC Calgary

RCMP officer testifies on conversations with accused at Coutts border blockade trial

Sgt. Greg Tulloch was called as a witness at the trial of Alex Van Herk, Marco Van Huigenbos and Gerhard (George) Janzen. The three men have pleaded not guilty to mischief over $5,000. ...
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Sgt. Greg Tulloch was called as a witness at the trial of Alex Van Herk, Marco Van Huigenbos and Gerhard (George) Janzen. The three men have pleaded not guilty to mischief over $5,000.

10 Apr 2024 12:00:00

CBC Edmonton

Review of Yellowhead County wildfire response calls for more planning, provincial support

A new reports makes dozens of reccomendations in the wake of Yellowhead County's unprecendented fire and flood emergency response in spring 2023. ...
More ...An out-of-control wildfire blazes near the hamlet of Evansburg, in west-central Alberta. Thousands of people have evacuated their homes because of wildfires, but many are trying to save their animals.

A new reports makes dozens of reccomendations in the wake of Yellowhead County's unprecendented fire and flood emergency response in spring 2023.

10 Apr 2024 12:00:00

Land sales signal change could be coming to The Quarters
Taproot Edmonton

Land sales signal change could be coming to The Quarters

Several city-owned lots in The Quarters are in the process of being sold to developers, giving at least one city councillor a glimmer of hope that there is legitimate progress to revitalize the 106-ac ...
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Several city-owned lots in The Quarters are in the process of being sold to developers, giving at least one city councillor a glimmer of hope that there is legitimate progress to revitalize the 106-acre neighbourhood.

"There are some active land sales and I know (of some) solicitation of proposals," Coun. Anne Stevenson told Taproot. "So, that's certainly something that I think is important."

Two land parcels the city owns in The Quarters — the Koermann Block and lots close to Rowland Road — are now up for sale, and they carry incentives for developers of up to $1.5 million in city money to service the site into a state that can allow redevelopment. The city specifies it wants affordable housing on the listing.

A spokesperson in Stevenson's office confirmed the city will use the incentive money to "de-risk the investment and support the intent of having affordable housing on these sites."

Work to revitalize The Quarters, an expanse of land that's largely being used as surface parking across 18 city blocks, began with a community visioning exercise in 2006. The area was formerly Edmonton's residential and commercial hub before that activity shifted westward, leaving many of the original buildings to fall into disrepair. The announcement of Canada Place in the late 1970s is often cited as a significant change that pushed much of the remaining vibrancy (and buildings) out.

The city first started work on a plan for The Quarters in 2009. It anticipated that, once fully built, between 18,000 to 20,000 people would call the neighbourhood home, up from the current 2,500 or so residents. The plan roughly coincided with several other plans the city started at the time for redevelopment in the core, including Blatchford (2010), West Rossdale (2014), and the Exhibition Lands (2017).

Like many of those planned redevelopment sites, the amount of new housing added in The Quarters has been incremental. But unlike those sites, Stevenson said, The Quarters is unique because the city does not own all or most of the land — an important distinction. "I think that's a unique challenge to The Quarters and one that I think is at the heart of where we're at right now."

Beyond the incentives that offer public money to spur development in The Quarters, Stevenson said she hopes the city can change any specific zoning to cut potential barriers and continue conversations with existing landowners "to understand what barriers they see (and) what, from their perspective, are the pieces that need to be in place to help get them to a point of developing."

Finally, Stevenson said the city's new approach to parking-lot permits could offer a significant boost. The policy will allow existing lot owners to apply for temporary permits but also require improvements before those permits are issued. "Those (owners) who choose to not take that approach will be prioritized for enforcement," Stevenson said. "Either we're improving the streetscape or improving the look and feel of the area through enhancements, (or) conversely (we're) shutting them down and potentially creating a situation where the holding cost of those parcels, when they don't have active parking on them, maybe incentivizes property owners to develop or to sell on to someone who's more focused."

An LRT rolls eastbound into The Quarters, past several surface parking lots.

A Valley Line LRT rolls eastbound into The Quarters from downtown. The line, which saw $1.8 billion in public investment, is just one of many city investments that were hoped to catalyze redevelopment in the 106-acre neighbourhood immediately east of downtown. (Tim Querengesser)

But even Stevenson suggests there are limits to what the city can do, and these could become more central given the city's current financial situation.

The first challenge is the base amount of housing units built each year in Edmonton, which in 2023 was less than 15,000. Spread that number across several greenfield suburbs, infill in redeveloping core neighbourhoods, and several large redevelopment sites like Blatchford, and you start to thin out the change in all rather than concentrating it in one.

Stevenson said there is recognition at city hall that fewer than 15,000 new units of housing is "not going to cut it anymore" given the city's huge influx of new residents.

But a worrying data point on this front, which Stevenson confirmed, is that despite an increase of more than 100,000 new residents since 2021, there has not been a single new housing unit that started construction downtown in more than two years. Many factors are behind this, Stevenson said, including the end of the Economic Incentive Construction Grant, as well as interest rates, rent costs, and material cost. "Those are other things that may shift as well in the coming months that, again, may edge these projects into viability," she said.

A recent report on The Quarters in The Globe and Mail quoted developer Gene Dub, who owns the City Market apartments and the former home of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market in the neighbourhood. Dub said attracting new residents will be difficult due to social disorder, and that losing the market "was a very big blow" for the overall neighbourhood.

Edmonton has applied a community revitalization levy to fund $101 million in public infrastructure in The Quarters, including new drains, Kinistinâw Park, and the Armature.

The idea of spreading energy and money too thin may seem to make sense but does not apply to The Quarters, Stevenson said. "I think that we do see better returns when our investments are focused," she said. "(But) I don't know that that's necessarily the case with our larger redevelopment sites. They are each catering to very different markets, very different areas of the city. I really see with our land enterprise team a sharpening of the focus and really tangible, concrete steps being advanced in each of those larger (areas) — so Northlands, Blatchford, Rossdale, taking those really serious steps to enable development."

Stevenson said a municipality providing financial incentives to spur redevelopment is often viewed as outside its "core function," and noted rising costs mixed with falling support from other governments is forcing harder conversations about return on investment. Still, Edmonton has successful examples of using public money to incentivize redevelopment, such as at Railtown (just west of 109 Street at Jasper Avenue). These have resulted in positive returns to the tax base, she added.

"So, that's where I feel that it does fit within our mandate," Stevenson said. "It fits within our interest, certainly. But, you know, I appreciate my colleagues' cautions around our financial position and ensuring that we're not overstretching ourselves."

10 Apr 2024 12:00:00

Taproot Edmonton

A moment in history: April 10, 1950

On this day in 1950, Edmonton was looking at new ways to span the North Saskatchewan River. The effort was kicked off by a report recommending five new bridges, issued by P.L. Pratley, who was serving ...
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On this day in 1950, Edmonton was looking at new ways to span the North Saskatchewan River.

The effort was kicked off by a report recommending five new bridges, issued by P.L. Pratley, who was serving as Edmonton's cross-river structural consultant. When it came to bridges, Pratley knew what he was talking about: the Montreal bridge designer was behind some of the country's best-known crossings, including Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge and Halifax's Angus L. Macdonald Bridge.

Most urgent, in Pratley's mind, was a bridge that would cross the river at 123 Street. The bridge at Groat Road would be built in this area and opened five years later. But he also saw the growth of residential neighbourhoods in the city's deep west end (growth that would continue into the next decade), and proposed a bridge at 142 Street to connect the north and south sides of the river.

It would be almost two decades, but construction finally started on what would become the Quesnell Bridge in the late 1960s. The five-lane girder bridge cost about $6 million to construct (which would put it at around $51 million in 2024 dollars.) The new bridge was named after the nearby neighbourhood of Quesnell Heights, which was itself named after … someone. There are several possibilities, but no one is exactly sure who.

The bridge was integrated into the new Whitemud Freeway. The predicted growth of Edmonton's west-end neighbourhoods continued into the 1970s and '80s, with the bridge and the freeway serving as a vital link for local traffic. By the 2000s, it had become the busiest bridge in the city, handling around 120,000 cars each day — far more than it was originally designed for.

It wasn't until 2008 that the first major rehabilitation project was done on the then-40-year-old bridge. The project involved adding more lanes, extending the bridge's lifespan, and assessing how it would weather a changing climate.

The rehabilitation wrapped up in 2011. That was also the year the Quesnell Bridge got its most famous and controversial feature — the Talus Dome. The $600,000 art piece formed of stainless steel orbs is a reference to the shape of rock debris in the area before the bridge's construction. The reception was decidedly mixed, both for the sculpture itself and its location alongside a busy freeway. The city defended the decision, citing the location as the entrance to many river valley paths and expressing a desire to avoid concentrating public art in just a few places. (That said, Edmonton now has a new public art strategy that departs from the regime under which the Talus Dome was commissioned.)

Thirteen years after its introduction to Edmonton, the Talus Dome is still one of the city's best-known pieces of public art: some Edmontonians admire it, others ridicule it, and at least one has become trapped inside it.

This clipping was found on Vintage Edmonton, a daily look at Edmonton's history from armchair archivist @revRecluse of @VintageEdmonton.

10 Apr 2024 12:00:00

Taproot Edmonton

Happenings: April 10, 2024

Here are some events happening today in the Edmonton area. 2024 Eric J. Hanson Lecture starting at 9:30am at the University of Alberta — TELUS International Centre Business Innovation Showcase star ...
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Here are some events happening today in the Edmonton area.

And here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

Visit the beta version of the Taproot Edmonton Calendar for many more events in the Edmonton region.

10 Apr 2024 12:00:00

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