Edmonton Minute: Petition Presentation, Sports Radio, and Police Funding Formula
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This Week In Edmonton:
- On Tuesday morning, at the City Council meeting, we’ll be presenting our petition opposing the creation of a National Urban Park in the River Valley. We need to get the final list of signatures to Council later this afternoon, so this is your last chance to sign our petition, if you haven’t done so already. Click here to sign the petition telling Council to Keep Ottawa Out Of Our River Valley - and please share with your friends, family, extended network, and every Edmontonian! And of course, be sure to tune in live to the meeting - we’ll send out the links on our social media tomorrow morning!
As you probably gathered, Council is back after summer vacation. This morning, at 9:30 am, there will be a City Council Public Hearing to deal with a number of zoning amendments. Proposed amendments include allowing for low-rise, multi-unit housing in Pleasantview, and a mix of small-scale housing in Hazeldean.
- On Tuesday, the Agenda Review Committee will meet at 8:30 am, followed by the aforementioned City Council meeting at 9:30 am. The Urban Planning Committee has recommended that Council proceed with the planning phase of turning the River Valley into a National Urban Park. As we said, we’ll be presenting our petition to stop this before it starts. Council will also receive a monthly update on the Transit Safety Plan and the Downtown Core, as well as discuss Terms of Reference for the Edmonton Arts Council. Council will also discuss the police funding formula (again!). We’ll have more information about this for you in the coming weeks.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- In a rather bizarre move, the Alberta NDP publicly called out the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton, demanding that they step up and fight the Alberta government’s pause on renewable energy project permits. Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said he was “at a loss to understand” why a press release was sent out without once talking to him, his office, or the City’s Administration. Sohi added that “the City of Edmonton takes our climate responsibility very seriously.”
- A new sports radio station was announced for Edmonton. TSN 1260 folded earlier this summer, leaving the city without a dedicated sports station, but Stingray plans to launch Sports 1440 on CJKR-AM, which currently carries an Oldies format. The new station will begin broadcasting on September 5th with hosts Kevin Karius, Jason Gregor, and a few others. Now, it will be harder to hide from news of another Elks loss!
- An Edmonton cement plant officially rolled out a pilot carbon capture utilization and storage system. The system, roughly the size of two stacked shipping containers, will pull 300 kg per day of carbon from Heidelberg Materials’ production facility in northwest Edmonton. If successful, there are plans for a full-scale system that could capture one million tonnes of CO2 per year, transport it via pipeline, and permanently sequester it underground. The pilot project is catch and release.
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