Last Edmonton Headlines

Good morning, Edmonton. This is indeed the last time you and I will discuss the news of the day here in Headlines at the edmontonian. Let’s hope there’s some juicy news to dig into.

It’s almost always funny, in a sad kind of way, that when governments announce they are going to tackle a problem or get tough on something, it’s a problem that’s had previous attempts to do just that. Edmonton’s recent worries over violent crime is just one of those issues. So, hopefully this is the time everyone follows through on plans and recommendations.

Meanwhile…Edmonton Police are teaming up with other agencies for a new kind of patrol…an action team!

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an Edmonton firefighter who went to New York with the Red Cross is trying to remember the triumph of the human spirit he saw in the days after the Word Trade Centre towers fell.

The City of Edmonton is trying to entice filmmakers to shoot here. Though, not with a grant or tax break, or deals if they are locals or use local crews. I don’t think it’s a great idea to move $5-million from the financial stabilization fund when you’re running a deficit.

“Are people supposed to park on the next block? It’s insanity.” Really? Parking one block away is the end of the world?

It’s interesting that talk about snow removal shows what a lot of people think about our transportation network. And that the car must be the central vehicle to get people around Edmonton. Too bad people feel that way.

Let’s contrast that with capital region leaders who want to spend $10-billion on LRT and transit connections.

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I joked yesterday about using a Hotmail address to communicate official Alberta government business, but I guess that kind of stuff just won’t fly with the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Now, the Premier and others say they also have two email addresses for their government work. I’d be interested to know what those ones are. If it’s Premier.Stelmach@… I think Ted Morton’s run for PC leader/Premier just took a big hit. If it’s Steve Johnson@…I guess Morton’s OK.

The provincial government announced more money for affordable housing, with about $11-million coming Edmonton’s way.

There is an Amber Alert for a B.C. boy, though not issued in Alberta. Even though the disappearance happened very close to the Alberta border. Actually, when I saw the coverage of this on Twitter and in Edmonton news, I thought an Amber Alert HAD been issued in Alberta.

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Want to learn an old skill?

If you’ve got a poem, a sketch, a couple of artistic thoughts, you can add them to the “poem catcher” at City Hall. It’s an idea of our new Poet Laureate.

We never got to link to a story from MacEwan’s newly re-named The Griff. Good luck this year!

Thanks for all of your thoughtful takes on the news of the day the last couple of years. Let’s keep the discussion going on Twitter with hashtags like #yeg (Edmonton) #yegcc (City Council) #ableg (Alberta Legislature) #abgov (Alberta government) #yegtransit and #yegtraffic (Edmonton transit and traffic) and #yegarena (the downtown arena). I’m @journalistjeff on there.

 

 

5 Responses to “Last Edmonton Headlines”

  1. Marilyn says:

    I am going to miss these headlines so much. Now I’ll have to keep my rants about stupid car-centric policies to 140 characters!

    That being said, here’s my last one in long-form: I think it’s hilarious that people freak out about our “lack of good snow removal policy” and suggest we look at what other cities are doing, then when the transportation department FOLLOWS THE ADVICE OF A PEER REVIEW FROM OTHER CITIES, people lose their shit even more.

    No one has the right to on-street parking. We’re used to it here, but it’s actually not a homeowner’s right. If this parking ban was implemented as proposed, people would figure out other options for parking that really wouldn’t impact them too much. More importantly, if the parking ban goes forward, bus routes would be cleared on time meaning EVERYONE WHO DRIVES HAS CLEARED ROUTES TO DRIVE ON!

    Seriously, people need to get over themselves for a few minutes and city councillors need to educate about why this solution was proposed and why it will help everyone. Council needs to stop bowing to the complainers all the time…especially when it’s the same people complaining on both sides of an issue.

    (Damn I’m going to miss this, Jeff & Sally!)

  2. Jeff says:

    Fantastic point that people are trying to have it both ways! Either you want snow removed or you want your car parked in a snow drift.

    I’ll miss it too, Marilyn, but we can always start spamming the comments on Unknown Studio or something. :)

  3. Derjis says:

    *sigh*
    I was a good run, gang! Looking forward to seeing what else you’ve got up your sleeves!

    To re-iterate my point from a couple of days ago: people are stupid and have no idea what’s in their own best interests. The only thing that would make the public happy is if NOTHING EVER CHANGED.

  4. Derjis says:

    p.s. Do you suppose Ted Morton is related to The Hardy Boys’ portly friend Chet? I wonder what the Hardys would have to say about all of this “secret email account” business…

  5. Jeff says:

    I am kind of glad such a ridiculous (yet terrible for government transparency) story broke before we wrapped up Headlines.

    The Hardy Boys would never stand for this. And would have cracked the case before the CBC could have even scanned their first document.