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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?

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July 22 Edmonton Headlines

Welcome to a rainy Friday, Edmonton.

A bunch of new apartments to be built in Edmonton, and the region, will include homes available for less than market value.

The Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidates began a tour of debates last night in Vermilion. Nothing crazy or outlandish happened, so take a peek through the story to start getting a sense of the people that would be premier.

Strange that I would mention that here, right off the top, where I usually have Edmonton news. Maybe there’s something in this story about the downtown arena and its snowball’s chances of provincial money. Speaking of paying for fancy things

Police are trying to work with the Somali community to solve all of the homicides that population has suffered in recent years, including four this year.

Two Edmonton Police officers are under investigation after drunk driving charges were dismissed because a suspect was badly beaten during the arrest and police testimony left the judge feeling like there was a “circle of silence” from the arresting officers.

It’s the Indy weekend (I’m sure that you didn’t need a reminder), but what does the race say to the world about Edmonton? Does it say anything at all?

A man with Edmonton connections, and alleged tied to war crimes, is among the most wanted immigration fugitives in Canada.

Edmonton author Gloria Sawai – an award-winning author – has died.

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Are Ottawa and Alberta on the same page when it comes to environmental monitoring, particularly of the oil industry? Yes? Yes. Maybe?

As the newest Alberta oil spill is being cleaned up, National Geographic is setting its sites on pipelines that will run from the capital region to the B.C. coast. (I got the link to the National Geographic story after seeing a story in the Journal.)

A legal case about Metis and Status Indian registration, and living on a Metis settlement, went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Basically, you can only register for benefits once.

All of this rain has meant a rise in river and lake levels across Alberta.

A Sherwood Park man is fighting hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud allegations. Here’s a quote that stood out to me: “…his latest business was legal.”

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As mentioned yesterday, crime is down. In Edmonton. In Alberta. In Canada (there are some crimes that saw an increase last year though, but overall things are getting better). So, I’m sure you’re glad the federal Conservative government is getting tough on crime.

And I’m sure tonight’s news will have lotsa crime stories. But crime is down.

Hold on a second…I know my soapbox is around here somewhere…Ah, here it is.

This story and at least one more has begun with lines like “You might not believe it…” but crime stories in the news is THE reason people wouldn’t believe it. So, aren’t you saying you’re getting it wrong?

Here’s a better opening: “It might contradict everything we put in the news every day, but crime is continually dropping…”

This is the biggest reason I don’t link out to a lot of crime stories. They lack context. Homicides are about the only story that include references to how many have happened overall, if that’s up or down for this time of year, or over a period of years. That doesn’t happen with sex crimes, robberies, or many other crimes. That lack of context is what leaves people with a feeling things aren’t safe.

That’s not to say everything is perfect and I’d feel perfectly happy counting stacks of money out on every street corner or wandering around every neighbourhood at 3am, but without context people in charge – in neighbourhoods, in community groups, in government, in policing – don’t get to focus on real problems and prevention because they’re reacting to front pages and 6 o’clock news reports.

Jumps off soapbox.

Let’s end on an up-note: dinosaurs and celebrities!

 


July 5 Edmonton Headlines

There is a fist joke here. But I'm taking the high road.

Good morning Edmonton. All caught up after the long weekend, are we?

Canada Post’s strike and lockout can be blamed for delaying at least one hearing at City Hall. Though, the councillors and staff who put the matter over should be thanked for doing so, since they probably could have gone ahead.

MacEwan’s got a neat summer program. They run a “get ready for post-secondary school” week for aboriginal students making the transition to college and university.

More bike lanes! (And paths. And connections.)

Edmonton’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Boys & Girls Club are all the same organization now.

The U of A’s first chair of Islamic Studies has died while overseas.

An Edmonton school, and a Beaumont one, is off to England for some Shakespeare.

Triathletes heading down to Hawrelak Park this weekend might not be swimming in bird poop. Well, not as much bird poop.

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For the public healthcare supporters (which is most of us, I presume) you can’t get a better example of private healthcare than a bunch of seniors being evicted.

The province’s top cancer doctor (top as in head the head of administration) is retiring after four decades in medicine.

Yeah, an oil spill would probably hurt support of an oil pipeline. Speaking of spills…Alberta’s got a nice big role in the ones that happened on federally-regulated lines

A new deal between the federal government and the provinces should bring more than $150-million to Alberta to build affordable housing.

While a couple of the Progressive Conservative leadership candidates (Alison Redford and Gary Mar) are stacking up the money, Doug Horner is showing off his Tory MLA supporters.

If you don’t want to get hit by lightning, stay out of Thorsby.

Long weekend…driving blitz…lots of tickets… You’d think that since it’s always the same story on long weekends police would just enforce the rules of the road in full-force all of the time. Instead of every couple of weekends.

There’s a shortlist for the team to build the new Royal Alberta Museum.

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Edmonton’s got some serious tacos going on now.


Cinco de Headlines

Hey there, Edmonton, let’s do this news thing. I know you like it.

You’ve only got a few more days to let the City know what you think of The Way We Green. That’s the environmental plan for the next number of years.

The Edmonton Catholic School District may be facing tough budget decisions without a lot of money coming from the Alberta government, but it is looking at expanding its French immersion school.

While arson is down this year, so far, May 4 was declared “Arson Awareness Day,” in the hope of bringing more light to what is not in fact a victimless crime.

Edmonton Police have charged a man after three women alleged to have been sexually assaulted when heading to a home for a job interview. Even if a business is in a home, I think it’s probably still a good idea to meet people from the Internet in a public space.

The second annual Victims of Homicide Conference begins today in Edmonton.

Edmonton’s industrial real estate market is picking up steam.

The Valley Zoo begins a new chapter today, trying to re-brand when zoos sometimes feel like relics of a different place, a world where information about any animal is readily available at the click of a mouse. (The computer kind of mouse.)

If you take a buzz by the Kingsway area, you’ll notice construction on the LRT line to NAIT, and also on the new Indy racetrack.

Edmonton’s urban landscape could be improved by small things like a little more lighting here, more open space there, art on more walls.

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Alberta’s largest oil spill in a generation may be affecting people living in a nearby community.

Your health information will, one day soonish, be at your fingertips. Right now, the Alberta government has simply launched a website full of general health information. There’s also a new wait time website.

Alberta’s Workers Compensation Board is providing coverage for four more cancers for firefighters.

The workplace safety blitzes continue to turn up lots of violations, and next on the inspection list is places young people will be found in larger numbers over the summer months.

Partners are being sought to help the provincial government build up to $100-million in affordable housing.

We are more likely here, in Alberta, to default on our mortgage payments than anywhere else in Canada.

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There’s nothing wrong with admiring someone’s great pair of short-shorts, but let’s remember that they are actual people. And let’s remind the Badminton World Federation of that.

Happy Masturbation Month!


April 11 Edmonton Headlines

Welcome to a new week, Edmonton. I am starting to get my hopes up that spring is really, truly here.

Edmonton’s new police chief is now officially known. While he’s currently the top uniformed RCMP officer in the country Rod Knecht does have Edmonton, and Alberta, connections.

A city council committee will look at the LRT expansion plans this week, considering building it in six stages.

Beyond the new Royal Alberta Museum, how much of downtown’s redevelopment has to come from tax dollars? While Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto are larger cities, they did see new arenas go up without public money.

The City of Edmonton is weighing in on a controversial powerline to built outside the city. Like a lot of others, the City wants to see power lines goes underground.

Edmonton is the site of an interesting study on the cost of eating healthy, and when money doesn’t necessarily mean the best diet.

A big mortgage fraud bust has been made here by the RCMP.

After hearing the hockey program at Concordia would be canceled an Edmonton businessman is throwing some money to the school to keep players on the ice.

Edmonton’s Rwandan community is remembering the genocide that destroyed their homeland.

Women, and their children, leaving abusive situations will soon have a new, affordable place to live.

Let’s take a peek deeper into the news bag to see what’s happening… (more…)