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Edmonton Alberta News For July 28th, 2017

CFL’s Top Spot Belongs To Edmonton

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28th of July 2017 – Local news – Tonight’s game was an epic one if I do say so myself. We needed to have a better start, which we got. We needed to try and stay healthy, we didn’t achieve that. We lost not only our starting kicker, but the back-up kicker as well. Did this effect Mike Reilly or the team? No, they stepped up and did what was needed to win the game and stay undefeated. If you didn’t see or listen to the game friday night, than feel free to watch the highlights here. Some of the best highlights include a 108 YD TD pass, and a few 3rd down gambles.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 27th, 2017

Wage Increases In Alberta A Good Sign

27th of July 2017 – Local news – It would seem that the average hourly income for your average Albertan has increased almost 2%. This is an encouraging sign to the head economist for the city of Edmonton. However if the Oil prices dip, it won’t last for long. For you average Albertan that’s about 1,100 a week, and I’m not talking energy sector average which is almost double. How many people actually make $1,100 per week and is this after taxes? these can’t be minimum wage jobs as add another $100 and that’s a two week check before taxes for most Albertan’s so the energy sector wages really skew the average.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 26th, 2017

Despite A Running Deficit The Economy Is Rebounding

26th of July 2017 – Local news – If we still have a deficit, is there actually a rebound? I didn’t realize that the economy was a rubber band. The conference board of Canada suggests that Alberta will have a hard time balancing the budget. Despite the fact of the increase of Oil royalties and Corporate tax revenues.

We are growing but wont reach the same level before the recession. Not sure how this is actually a rebound than, maybe a patch job. The biggest turn around is expected to be investment from the energy sector. Which sounds the same as increased oil royalties doesn’t it… could be mistaken. The projected deficit will still be large over the next 2 years, and our net debt is increasing.

My knowledge of economics might be limited, but simple math I’d like to think i can do. All jokes aside, it would seem the increase in royalties might not be as high as expected. Considering the rather low price on oil we are currently seeing. That added with a strong Canadian dollar and what does that give you? Trouble, according to Trevor Tombe a Calgary economist. Back to my simple math comment, the news article provided us with some numbers.

The conference board of Canada suggests the defict to stay at 6.8 Billion.. which would push our net debt from 9.5 billion to 44.2 Billion by 2019-2020. Therefore 6.8 Billion x 2 + 3.4 Billion (Rest of 2017) = 17 Billion + 9.5 Billion = 26.5 Billion WAIT What? That is 17.7 Billion short of 44.2 Billion. Where did that money go? No clue, your guess is as good as mine or any of these economists for that matter. I’ll like an article below that would suggest that economists don’t really know what they’re talking about.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 25th, 2017

Knowledge Retention Over Summer Vacation

25th of July 2017 – Local news – Lower income students not showing major signs of knowledge lost over the summer break. Seems like a rather asinine statement doesn’t it. However it would also seem accurate. Being poor is a huge motivation factor to bettering yourself. Just from personal observations the more money you had at your disposal the less people seemed to care to learn from their mistakes. If you’re poor you can’t afford to be stupid, and if you’re rich you can afford to be stupid. Well only for so long than otherwise you’d just become poor.

In all seriousness though, the article does literally say that the lower income families can’t afford vacations. And perhaps that’s a reason they don’t get dumb’d down by time off. Guess it truly isn’t just what or who you know, it’s also how much can you afford. Call me crazy; but I’m pretty sure the spoiled rich kids would still come back from summer break, and not give a crap about grades (Especially if their grades where already poor.)


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 24, 2017

Local Game Developers Start A Kickstarter Campaign

24th of July 2017 – Local news – Quantum Integrity Software Inc is a local gaming company based in Calgary. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to ask for help in getting there product to market. Which they have already surpassed their original goal, and in a short period of time. The Game in question for those curious, is called “Dead Matter” and looks like a zombie apocalypse survival style game. If that’s not cool enough for you, then perhaps you’d be interested to know the game map is said to going to be a model of Alberta itself.

The opinion of the gaming community that I talked to seem excited, but remain speculative. The game is still in development, and their ideas seem quite large. However if they get the funding and don’t drop the ball on release, I think this game could be hours of fun. You can learn more about the game itself here, on their kickstarter page. Perhaps even make a contribution of your own.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 21st, 2017

The Internet Gets It Right!

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21st of July 2017 – Local news – The douche bag that started the GoFundMe page because he needed money, I mean was attacked and could of lost his head. Nope it turns out the internet called this guy out correctly and his actions now see him facing charges. The internet might not always be correct, however it would appear to get things right from time to time. You can read my article from July 12 about the incident in Calgary here.

This type of stuff doesn’t really deter me from wanting to use something like this to raise money. All great things that are meant to better a situation can always be taken advantage of. Just use caution and judgement when thinking about contributing to someone’s cause. If you haven’t checked out their website, click the link above and go give some of the stories a read. Stories of real people that need help for this or that.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 20th, 2017

Mike Reilly and his cannon of an arm launched the Esks to a 4-0 start to the season

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20th of July 2017 – Local news – The Eskimos are off to a hot start to the season. Despite not having the best starts to a game. The coach will tell you though, a win is a win no matter how ugly. And the win against the Tiger Cats was just that UGLY. At no point during the game, with the exception of the final seconds did the Eskimos’ lead.
Skip ahead to the 5:25 mark of the video to watch Mike Reilly Shine! In just over 45 seconds, Mike Reilly made 5 clutch plays. 4 throws and 1 running play. Capped off by a 2 point coversion to make it a 3 point lead. Watch the recap here. Going into next weeks match up against B.C is going to be the biggest test for our green and gold. Winner will take the top spot in the league. More importantly can we stay undefeated and go to 5-0.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 19th, 2017

Legal weed

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19th of July 2017 – Local news – It’s going to happen, whether the Provinces in Canada are ready for it or not. Here’s why the country’s in debt, our dollar is crap and Trudeau needs something he can tax. That’s not just thin air. The government is tired of watching cartels get rich off a plant, well not really. The government wants to be the cartel, and it’s up to the provinces to deal with the weed they’re going to be pushing. Sorry taxing, so the government can continue to go on spending money how they feel. Our dollar hasn’t been on par since 2010. Why even call it a dollar? probably because you can’t call it three quarters on average.

The provinces still have the same 5 questions they’ve had from day one, and want Ottawa to answer them. Ottawa says it’s not our problem you handle it.  sound like a while lot of finger pointing and not enough actual problem solving. Aren’t these people supposed to be good problem solvers? Oh and in case you missed it, our local mayor is still running unopposed. Is that not odd?


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 18th, 2017

Get Over Yourself Manitoba

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18th of July 2017 – Local news – Yeah I said it, relax it’s not a shot at the entire province. It’s a shot at their PM Brian Pallister. Trying to delay the inevitable, with tired excuses. Yes I think it should be legal to everyone. Now before I take some major heat, hold on. Let me be more clear, when I say everyone I MEAN EVERYONE that needs it for health benefits. The U.S government has knows the benefits of marijuana and the uses of hemp going back to the late 1800’s. But big pharma couldn’t put it in a “pill” form to sell you so it remains illegal.

Our federal gov’t wants to be the the cannabis kingpin of the country. Which pushes the drug cartels out. Well at least out of the weed business, they still have their other illegal dealings. I suggest our federal government uses our resources to stop this fentanyl issue we are having. And leave the growing of hemp and weed to local growers already trying to work within the system.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 17th, 2017

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The Edmonton Radial Society

17th of July 2017 – Local news – An application has been put forward to extend the Highlevel Streetcar line. The line currently ends north of the Old Strathcona Farmers Market. Edmonton’s Radial Society wants to extend the line across Gateway Blvd to Whyte Ave. All for the cost of $700,000 – $800,000 which the society would be on the hook for half of that.

If you’re not familiar with this history of the line, here’s a little background info. Service started back in 1908 and officially ended in 1951. However the ordinance to empower the town of Edmonton came back in 1893, yup just a town back then. The original bylaw put forth in March of 1907 was to raise $224,000 to complete the street railway. Little over 1/4 the cost to extend the line 110 years later. Yes, Edmonton Transit Service is what remains of the original service still in full operation today. See the full historical timeline here.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 14th, 2017

50/50 $350K and Rising!

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14th of July 2017 – Local news – The Edmonton Eskimos are taking on the Ottawa Red Blacks at Brick field tonight. The 50/50 was unclaimed at the last home game, and they carried it over. This is the 2nd time this has happened now, and it brings all kinds out of the wood works. This also set a CFL record for 50/50. Therefore someone is going home extremely happy and a lot richer. The real winner is the charity itself though, and I think that gets lost in all of this. Final total $436 thousand dollars total!

Anglers: Don’t Fish In Warm Waters

Alberta Environmental asks anglers to limit fishing in Alberta waters to early mourning hours. As the rise in temperature lowers the level of oxygen in the water. This causes added stress to the fish, and some might not survive the additional stress from being caught and released.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 13th, 2017

Lots of Jobs In Alberta

13th of July 2017 – Local news – According to stats Canada, there are close to 44 thousand unfilled jobs in Alberta. Since the start of last year to the start of this year, the increase is 9.3%. Job wages are also on the rise with the “average” hourly rate being $21.40 an hour. I’m going to go with the fact that most jobs require “x” amount of years of related experience as to why there are so many unfilled jobs. Any job that requires little experience doesn’t pay anywhere near that provincial “average”. With all these jobs, why is the unemployment rate still rising as well. No wonder people can’t get ahead, or even started for that matter.

How To: Speed Cutting Wooden Posts

When you have over a dozen total 45 degree angle cuts to make, how do you speed that up? Simple, A Chainsaw and a template. Watch the video below to see 10+ 6×6 wooden posts cut in under 2 mins.

Speed Cutting Wooden Posts


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 12, 2017

GoFundMe Fraud

12th of July 2017 – Local news – A Calgary man made claims of someone booby trapping a section of a bike path. When national Parks investigators went to check the scene, they found no evidence of the incident. His claim was that someone had strung barbed-wire across the trial, striking him in the neck area. He then started a GoFundMe page to raise money for cameras for the park, and to pay his bills. However this is when the internet called the guy out as fake. The man then tried to remove the GoFundMe page, but GoFundMe had already put a hold on the funds raised. They reached out to the man, no comments back as of yet. It does seem that he could have set the entire thing up, as you’d think more damage would be done with barbed wire to the neck.

Seriously, we can do this?

A Newfoundland man has found himself banished from the province. After an incident where he dragged a cop behind his car, and smashed into another cops car. The legality of this issue raises questions about the charter rights of Canada. If the ruling isn’t appealed, it will stand and the man is likely heading for Ft. McMurry AB. I sure can’t speak for anyone else, but I sure as hell don’t want this guy cruising around Alberta.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 11, 2017

Yup, this happened!

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11th of July 2017 – Local news – The City Of Edmonton decided today to post the locations of photo radar. NO that is not a typo. Councilor Dyck said “he wants to see if you’re paying attention.” Click Here and see all the locations for yourself. Dyck also went on to something like he wants there to be a sign for when the enforcement officer is at the spot. Pretty sure we already have photo radar signs, whether in these locations or not. Let’s not be Dyck. If you need an alternative sign to slow the **** down, than you’re probably going to miss that one too.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 10th, 2017

Speeding Fines Down In School Zones

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10th of July 2017 – Local news – Good job Edmonton, people still drive like idiots elsewhere’s but speeding fines are down. Since the city implemented slower speeds in school zones back in 2015, the city has written 30,000 less tickets. Which is a lot of lives saved from just not paying attention. Some photo radar is annoying I will give you that, however I fully support it in school zones. Residential areas are not speed-ways to get you around traffic, they’re communities where families live and play.

Campaign For Underwear For The Homeless

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The Bissell Centre has launched the “Drop your Gonch” campaign. The goal is to raise 3000 pairs of underwear for the homeless in Edmonton. Anyone who has even had to go a few days in the same underwear. Would have to agree that going a month or longer isn’t good at all. So guys and gals let’s chip in if we can, either head to the Bissell Centre yourself or get in touch with us here and we can talk about a group donation.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 7th, 2017

Power Outage In Calgary

7th of July 2017 – Local news – There was a large scale power outage in Calgary today. Affecting a good portion of the region, but what happened? Well, good ol nature got in the way again. As it was reported the power outage was due to a bird flying into a transformer. So what’s the solution, continue to try and “keep nature out”. And put up some giant nets? Nah, doesn’t seem like a wise choice. Solar energy is an option, another would be wind. We go more into detail on that last thought in another blog post, find that article here.

Let The Eastern Pilgrimage Begin?

How things have changed in 20 years, as once upon a time the eastern provinces migrated west. In search of jobs in the Oil Sands of Alberta or perhaps in the forestry industry. Shoes on the other foot as the economy here in the west struggles to gain traction again. With the largest increase in employment being in Quebec.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 6th, 2017

Connor McDavid Inked To Big Money

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6th of July 2017 – Local news – This was the “huge” topic of debate yesterday, I wanted to wait and let it all $100M dollars sink in. The city seems to be in support of the deal, and the media analysts suggest the contract is on par with the Crosby/Ovechkin deals respectively. I think we as fans need to take away from this the following; Connor is here to win, and not make money. In this case going full term means we’ve locked up the league’s next superstar for just shy of the decade. Saving roughly $8-10 million over that stretch of time, as we aren’t exactly sure on what the top price could have been. And still have some room to sign Leon going forward, let’s hope he feels the same way.

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We are quite literally on the verge of something special, in a day and age where it doesn’t happen for too long. Our window is open, and the time to win is now. Inking McDavid cements the movement of the team going forward, and with him leading the way. I really wish players would take more “hometown” pay cuts if they see a team has championship potential. With some of these HIGH paying contracts, I think some players perhaps lose site of why they started playing hockey in the first place. Which should be for the love of the game, and the fans. After all would there even be “pro” sports if no one watched them? Perhaps, but I bet those individuals would do it for the love of it though.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 5th, 2017

Feeling The Heat!

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5th of July 2017 – Local news – Environment Canada warns of the upcoming heat wave, and say it could reach Edmonton by Thursday. Personally I don’t mind the heat, however, you, do still need to take care. Please don’t leave your furry friends in any locked vehicles either. We do not get too many consecutive days of plus 30+ weather in Alberta, It does happen. And when it does Environment Canada wants everyone to say safe. Be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke, such as dehydration, fainting, and unconsciousness.


Update To A Story From The End of June

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In our blog post from June 30th, we mentioned an oil spill near Winfield AB. It was reported today that some fish and animals in the area of the spills have died. The company involved is Journey Energy and their spokesperson is saying the spill is contained and animal deterrents have been put in place. It would seem that some damage to the environment has been done, but they’re doing everything they can to clean and resolve the issue.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 4th, 2017

A Celebration Of Life For Dave Semenko

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4th of July 2017 – Local news – Today details were released on the upcoming funeral arrangements for Edmonton’s toughest teddy bear. Kevin Lowe was on Global News tonight to announce those details. The celebration of life is to take place at Rogers Place, on Thursday, July 6th. It’s free to attend the celebration for all those wishing to, however you need a ticket to get it. You can do so by going here.


In Case You Missed It

Justin Trudeau Snubs Alberta Video

Apparently, there are only 12 provinces or territories in Canada. Oh, wait, no there is 13 and Justin Trudeau snubs Alberta. Either that or he just can’t count, which coincidently is kind of needed to run a country… The entire country, now to be fair he probably didn’t write that speech. If that’s the case, can our prime minister read? Also, something required to lead the nation. Maybe perhaps he’d had one too many adult beverages, after all, it’s the celebration of 150 years of Canada. All “shots” aside, Justin isn’t helping his public image in Alberta or across the rest of our country.


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Edmonton Alberta News For July 3rd, 2017

The Affordable Electric Car Is Coming

July 3rd 2017 – Local news – It was a big day for Tesla owner, Elon Musk. As he announced that Tesla Motors is set to release its new Model 3, yup that’s the name. Moreover, the price tag is reasonably low, under 30 thousand with a federal tax cut. A nice little incentive to go green, However, they’re saying now we could get to Calgary on a single charge (215 miles or 346 Kilometres) Which is pretty impressive. Now if only we could charge them.

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Thank’s Billy, I got this one. He’s not wrong though, back in September of 2016 city council announced plans for charging stations. The $1.2 million dollar contingency plan would put charging stations around the city, also four units to service highway traffic. 30 charging stations from the city; also 140 coming from private investment, and from local businesses.

The Edmonton Youth Council wanted to build solar panels in downtown Edmonton, but the equipment required to comply with Epcor regulations have made that idea “unfeasible”. Part of me wonders if it might have something to do with the privatization of the Canadian power industry.

Meanwhile back in 2017, we do have a lot to look forward too. And as communities, we need to work together to make these green energy ideas that are feasible, but not yet profitable for “big business” ideas work. Which is probably why some of this core infrastructure should’ve been left in the hands of the people. Wouldn’t that inspire lots of people to get out there and create something?


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 30th, 2017

Oil Pipeline Has 2 Leaks

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30th of June 2017 – Local news – 120 kilometres southwest of Edmonton near Winfield AB, there were two reports of a crude oil leaks. The pipeline belongs to Journey energy Inc. Alberta Energy Regulators (AER) was notified on Wednesday of the initial leak believed to just be small. Thursday the company reported a second leak that reportedly got into an unnamed creek, home to fish and other eco systems. Therefore the company is stating there were no impacts to public safety.

While the pipeline debate rages on in the face of incidents like this, what is the public to do? Accidents happen, we all get that, however with the billions these companies make in profits. Why can’t they spend the money when building these to have fail safes in place? How hard would it be to construct a strong durable inner tube to transfer oil through a pipeline? Than have containment tanks along the stretch of pipeline to catch and store any such leaks? These solutions are not “hard” to come up with, it’s paying for them that is.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 29th, 2017

The Passing Of An Oilers Legend #27

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Today the 29th of June 2017 – Local news – It’s a very sad day for any die-hard Edmonton Oilers fan, with the passing of Dave Semenko. Moreover, his death comes as a shock to many. As not many people actually knew about it, and those who knew thought it was treatable. Therefore the news of his passing is truly sad, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I never actually got to meet the man in person, but all the stories about him are amazing. Back in the hay-days of the 80’s his on-ice presence was nasty. Never one to back down from a fight on the ice, off it, he was and I’ll quote Gretzky on this one; “A giant teddy bear”.

He only won 2 Stanley Cups with the Oilers, but he was a BIG part of those wins. It’s not easy writing about someone you never met personally, but as a fan, it’s like losing a member of the family. He was always giving back to the community, and his presence can’t be replaced. With him recently becoming an ambassador I was looking forward to hopefully meeting him someday. Sadly that moment will never happen now and that’s sad, I’m sure though I’m not the only one.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 28th, 2017

McMillions For McMagicMan

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It’s the 28th of June 2017 – Local news – While it hasn’t been made official, the rumor mill is spinning. Edmonton Oilers young phenom Connor McDavid is set to cash in BIG time. It’s being reported that his potential contract extension would be for $106 Million US Dollars. An annual cap hit of $13.25 Million, making him the highest paid hockey player to date. Notice I said hockey and not an athlete, European soccer stars are the highest paid professional athletes.

Whether you agree with how much these people are paid, they do dedicate their lives to the sport. Body, mind, and soul they give it all to raise the Stanley Cup. Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) and the Katz group are spending a ton of money on and will make a ton of money off of Connor McDavid. I got nothing against Daryl Katz (except the Yakupov decision, I mean W.T.F). He’s completely turned around the Oilers organization from top to bottom; he’s rebuilding our downtown core for the better of the city.

Whether or not he succeeds or fails is still to be seen, all I hope is that his intentions are pure and that he truly does care about the community more than just making money. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman explains how the deal is actually a win/win for the Oilers organization Video Courtesy Sportsnet – Elliotte Friedman. For once I don’t disagree with the guy, he has a point. If you missed my previous article covering the NHL Awards than go read it and remember this… It was only Connor’s second year in the league and his FIRST full 82 game season.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 27th, 2017

City Council Looking Into Bridge Over Yellowhead

27th of June 2017 – Local news – Back on the 13th of the month, city council was urged to look into a transit-friendly bridge over Yellowhead. Well, today they decided to look into it further and see if it’s a viable concept going forward.

“Instead of doing one thing and then having to go tear something up to do another – which we’ve had to do at times – perhaps if this works out and it’s feasible, we could be doing a lot of things in conjunction,” Coun. Dave Loken said. “That would save us not only money but time.”

It would be nice if they were reading my articles, however, it’s nice to see some councilors are trying to get that message across. A part of the metro line being proposed to connect northwest Edmonton with downtown. Eventually, the line would connect with the one to St. Albert and it will be tied into the Yellowhead expansion project.

It’s Not New But Still Disgusting

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Prior to starting the new football season last Friday, residents near the stadium were reminded not to allow parking on their property. Common until the early 2000’s, now you face $1450 in fines. I seriously doubt people were selling spots for $1000’s of dollars; so what’s the harm? Not like there is a lot of parking in the area. Oh right, they’d rather you use public transit or pay for their parking.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 26th, 2017

A Giant THANK YOU!

26th of June 2017 – Local news – This past week was pretty big for us here at ABFTM; thanks to one generous member of the community. While the laptop I use to write all my articles on works fine, it doesn’t meet the expectations for some of the video aspects. Alex felt that we here at ABFTM needed a laptop that would be able to produce the video ideas we have easier than we currently are able too. Therefore he reached out to us and offered up an ASUS ROG G75VW gaming laptop. WOW, this thing is amazing! It’ll definitely go to good use here making quality videos and perhaps a live stream or two. So thank you, Alex, for your rather generous contribution towards helping the online community grow.

With your guys continued help and support, I will continue to build our online community. Also to make strides toward building in our local community and helping raise awareness for many different charities and community efforts for growth and sustainability. But let’s get on with today’s news stories.

Affordable Housing Budget

Money might not grow on trees, but it can certainly be created out of thin air. Our Alberta gov’t announced a 1.2 Billion dollar affordable housing strategy today. It’ll help over 100,000 people that are currently living in gov’t assisted affordable housing. It’ll allow for people to try and break the poverty cycle, by increasing the asset limits they can hold. Seems rather confusing when some of these people are trying to actually better themselves. Doesn’t seem like there should be a limit to what you can save as long as you disclose the legal paperwork. Housing should be affordable for everyone it’s a need not a want.

JC Sherrit Ruptured His Achilles

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Not exactly how we planned the start of the season with two of our main guys gone for the season. Oh, by the way, its only week one. Really sad to see this happen, guys been an absolute beast for us he’ll be sorely missed. Sat with his parents one time at a game a few years back, very nice family and I wish them all the best. I know he’ll be back, and we can’t wait however please be healthy for the 2018 season… for obvious reasons.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 23rd, 2017

Strathcona County Residents Feeling Frozen Out

23rd of June 2017 – Local news – Despite the economic downturn in Alberta, people are still moving to Edmonton and its surrounding areas. This has residents in strathcona county a little uneasy with the proposed plans to develop north of Sherwood Park. Residents feel they have no say and have been waiting to here the county’s plans since 2001, when the freeze began on development. Now the county wants to rezone the area as small agriculture and 80% of the residents are against the idea.


NHL Entry Draft 2017 Oilers 22nd Pick Overall

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On the heels of the Jordan Eberle trade, The Edmonton Oilers went into day one of the draft with a particular player in mind. at 22nd overall the Edmonton Oilers picked Kailer Yamamoto, from the Spokane Chiefs. Moreover if you’re unaware of who this kid is than checkout this YouTube video. But the only knock against the kid seems to be his size, he more than makes up for that. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog. While size and strength are important virtues of the league so is skill. The Oilers have taken steps to getting bigger and protecting its smaller skilled athletes. Also our defense depth is starting to get bigger and stronger as well. If this kid develops properly he will end up having a solid career, plus he could still add a few pounds.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 22nd, 2017

Oilers Trade Jordan Eberle To N.Y.I

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22nd of June 2017 – Local news – The Oilers Brass parted ways with its young star forward today. After 7 seasons in blue and orange the trade to the New York Islanders brings Ryan Strome to Edmonton. Moreover this pleases a large portion of oil country that wanted to see him go. However at what cost? Jordan is a perennial 50 point guy, with his goal totals dropping as he worked on his defense end of the game. But the change of scenery might do Jordan some good, and it’ll give him a chance to catch up with his buddy Hallys just across the river.

While I could continue to voice my displeasure of the move, I do understand financially why it was needed. This ISN’T a rebuild of the rebuild, it’s different. The Oilers brass we have now is making the moves since day 1 our previous GM’s couldn’t. Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and now Jordan Eberle all moved to better our team. We didn’t see the changes for what they were at the time; necessary to improve our team. But I would say falling one game short of the conference finals is proof of the changes being for the better. In conclusion we said the same things about Larsson, so with Ryan Stomes numbers being what they are maybe he too just needs a change of scenery.

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Edmonton Alberta News For June 21st, 2017

McDavid Has Huge Night At N.H.L Awards

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 The 21st of June 2017 – Local news – Tonight’s N.H.L awards held in Las Vegas, Nevada; was a huge moment for Edmonton Oilers young phenom Connor Mcdavid. The young superstar won three of the leagues top awards, in only his 2nd year. Moreover we knew the young superstar would win the Art Ross Trophy (Scoring Leader) for his 100 point regular season. But we didn’t see the Ted Lindsay or the Hart trophies coming this soon, beating out the likes  of Sidney Crosby.

Meanwhile the above article has 97 words, and that just seemingly feels right. The young Oilers captain is only just beginning to bring home the hardware; in what was a very successful 2nd year in the league. One can only wonder if not due to his injury in his rookie season, would he have more hardware? Seemingly the answer is yes, but I’m looking forward more to what the young phenom will win in the future.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 20th, 2017

Ubber Changes Coming In Edmonton

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Its the 20th of June 2017 – Local news – With the changes made at the local and provincial level last year, the city now wants both to work together. Why not just do that when setting up the original guidelines to begin with. That would makes sense though. Aside from wasting tax dollars to discuss how to fix the issue created from lack of common sense. Costs per ride are going up 30 cents, at Ubbers expense. Doesn’t make sense to me, as they didn’t want the regulations to begin with. Why doesn’t the gov’t cover… oh right that would be our tax dollars. I’m not saying that regulations shouldn’t be in place, the situation should have been dealt with better.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 19th, 2017

Pot Taxes

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Weed to be legal July 1, 2018

The 19th of June 2017 – Local news – With upcoming marijuana legalization, pot taxation became the topic of debate over the weekend. But what will they do with all that money? We know what they’re going to do with it; abuse and misappropriate funds. The gov’t wants to muscle out illegal drug dealers and become the drug dealers themselves. Moreover if it’s legal, why does it need to be regulated? So they can control supply and demand that’s why. If it’s going to become a business than regulate accordingly, but don’t take away someones right to cultivate their own. The attached article talks about money going to each province, so in theory it could be beneficial. However the feds in Ottawa want their cut, and if you ask me that makes them drug dealers.


Edmonton reveals “protect” list

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While I was happy to see Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins there was no McDavid. Relax as it turns out due to his missed games from the collar bone injury be was below the required games played limit. Moreover that also applied to Mathew Benning and Darnell Nurse. Figures the Oilers would have a dynamite season just before the expansion draft. Common I mean it really could have been worse, its still going to cost us. Who cares though at least we aren’t picking first again!


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 16th, 2017

New Cannabis Facility Near Airport

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Weed to be legal July 1st 2018

16th of June 2017 – Local news – No, it’s not a typo! But a ground breaking ceremony held today South of Edmonton, for an 800,000 square-foot facility. Said to be the largest of its kind in the world. Most noteworthy is the 300+ jobs it will create and the 100,000 kilograms of weed per year. But legalization isn’t what we are waiting for, its regulation and control. The revenue this venture can generate is huge, perhaps a replacement to oil as  the main driver of the economy.

Scrap the pipeline idea! funnel that money combined with a portion of the marijuana revenues, into green energy ideas. Moreover this project is breaking down the stigma that surrounds marijuana use. As a result the new facility is set to be completed mid 2018, but will also start growing medicinal marijuana come years end. Finally seems there is light at the end of the tunnel.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 15th, 2017

Centrists Unite In Alberta Together Party?

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15th of June 2017 – Local news – Because we don’t have enough political parties already. Meanwhile on this mornings Ryan Jespersen show, they announced the new Alberta Together party. A new centrist group formed to support The Alberta Party; I think this party is an attempt to get “Little Business” to the plate with Big Business; while saying its going to be the voice of communities. BS! We hear from every new political party, I’ve linked the website you can have a look for yourself. Ironic my last news article was asking what happened to the N.D.P and today I’m writing about a new political party movement. Want to voice your opinion for the future of our country, than attend the meeting.

One question I’d like to ask; if the website went live today (June 15th, 2017) than how is it possible for new members to have a say in this meeting; If you are required to pay membership fees a full 10 days before said meeting, but the public isn’t made aware of this until 5 days before the meeting? Seemingly not the best way, to gain public trust. Their intentions might very well be true at this time, however in time that changes. Just look at the N.D.P could argue they started the same way. Alberta together is more a movement to strengthen an existing party; but to me it seems like just more inter-party seat hopping and cheer-leading.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 14th, 2017

What Happened To The N.D.P?

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It’s the 14th of June 2017 – Local news – Because it’s not the party it once was; when lead by Jack Layton. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know jack about politics. However it seemingly doesn’t matter what party is in charge, the agenda stays the same. Common I can’t be the only one to see this. The Oil sands debate has raged for decades, environmental issue after another. While I wont argue the infrastructure it creates, at what price though? And I’m not referring to dollars and cents, but instead I mean water, trees, soil and air. The amount of money spent to contain spills, and clean up the environment aren’t strong deterrence’s. They’re a slap on the wrist, at best. Which is why they continually happen, because it would cost more to prevent the issue. And heaven forbid anything from preventing big oils profits.

Perhaps C.N and the Gov’t should come together on an overhaul to our national railway. You want to put people across this country to work? That’s how, not some B.S pipeline that benefits only a few. Doesn’t Ontario have a hydro electric surplus? Couldn’t that be used to power a national electric train? I agree we need to start living as one with nature, just tired of being told how it can’t be done. It can and will, but only if we stand together and demand for it. I’m not looking to our N.D.P, Liberals or Conservatives to solve our problems. Because they created them in the first place. Image what hemp could do to better the world, and what marijuana could do for the health of our nation.


For MY Foodie Friends

Two new food apps recently launched in Edmonton. Clickdishes and Nomme are the latest way companies are trying to enhance your pick-up or eat in experience. Not sure how these stack up against what’s already available. Nor have I even used such an app, call me old school but restaurants aren’t what they use to be either. In conclusion it’s not about me, some of you may enjoy these apps and I’d like to hear your thoughts on them.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 13th, 2017

City Council Proposed Northwest Bus Lane

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It’s the 13th of June 2017 – Local news – While the city is ready to proceed with the Northwest LRT. Two city councilors however expressed the a need for a bus lane. For this a bridge is required, adding $100-200 millions dollars. The bridge connects Northwest Edmonton through the C.N yard, furthermore we’ve become a city of two seasons. Hockey season and construction season, but I do see a point to trying to incorporate this idea. Build it all at once; and take longer rather than completing the project and coming back later. We’re a growing city with infrastructure that needs improving, therefore I personally want the city to stop cutting corners. We built the Trans-Canada highway people, and didn’t break the bank.

If our Federal government gets their way, and face it they will. We will get another debt machine err infrastructure bank. As a tax payer backing private investors failures isn’t economically responsible.  – Side note if you are unaware of what I’m talking about see the video i put together here. But back to my point; we do need some way to fund these massive projects publicly and at no interest to private benefactors. Our current central bank (The Bank Of Canada) has the ability to issue said loans at no interest. However hasn’t done so since Trudeau senior handed it over to private regulators. I’m sure Alberta has enough unemployed skilled labor that could take on these projects.


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 12, 2017

North Saskatchewan River Hits Peak

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Its the 12th of June 2017 – Local news – Meanwhile over the weekend the North Saskatchewan river peaked. Due to the higher level of rainfall the river flow has increased by 4 times its usual rate. The provincial advisers aren’t concerned about flooding at this time, therefore its up to city officials to close boat launches or trails. Use caution or and around the river, until flow rate and water level return to normal.


C.N Fined Over Diesel Spill in 2015

Back in April of 2015 a C.N yard in Northwest Edmonton, spilled a diesel hydrocarbon into the river. Due to the incident going unreported for 3 months, its also unknown how much diesel hydrocarbon made it into the river. It took 2 years to slap them with a $125K fine; but I’m guessing the cost to the taxpayers for the inquiry was more than the fine  itself. C.N still faces federal charges on the matter, wonder how many more years they need?


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 9th, 2017

Better Late Than Never

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9th of June 2017 – Local news – Therefore I was doing my typical web surfing for interesting news and entertainment. Well to make a long story short, I decided to try my hand at making a video. Hence the article being 3 days late, sorry to those that care. It is my first video in years, took me few tries and several hours. Most of which was due to my laptop, but here is the link hope you enjoy.

Alberta Free Thought Media’s First Video On YouTube


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Edmonton Alberta News For June 8th, 2017

Oilers Announce Preseason Schedule

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8th of June 2017 – Local news – With just over 3 months until hockey season picks back up for some teams; However the Oilers released their preseason schedule today. 8 games in the month of September. Half of the games played at Rogers arena, 3 away games and also one in Saskatoon against the Hurricanes. Preseason starts Sept 18th, and concludes Sept 30th, No date set for tickets at this time.


  Trudeau Dodging Constitutional Negotiations With Quebec

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Since 1982 Quebec has not been apart of the Canadian constitution, but now want to renegotiate their position. Since it was Trudeau’s father and Jean Chretien that lost the support of Quebec supporters. It’s only fitting  he’s the one to re-establish it. Justin made it quite clear he’s willing to work with Quebec’s premier, furthermore any discussions about the unity of Canada and I quote; “Need not take the form of official constitutional negotiations”. But what does that mean then?

Canada, most noteworthy Quebec is to host the G7 leaders summit in 2018. These meetings seemingly promote “free” trade through Canada/US/Mexico so maybe that is what Justin meant. Why give Quebec rights you’d just be stripping away a year later? Of course this is just speculation, but I’m not a fan of coincidences either.


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Edmonton Alberta News for June 7th, 2017

Another Issue With The City L.R.T

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7th of June 2017 – Local news – Transit users left stranded today, E.T.S scrambled to dispatch shuttles and extra transit staff. Furthermore, L.R.T service is down indefinitely. Also the city is asking people to avoid the L.R.T for the time being. I won’t speculate what the underlying causes are, as I’m not an electrical engineer but here are my thoughts. When plans for future expansion to the L.R.T line was budgeted out, why was there no money allocated to upgrade the existing infrastructure? The service seemingly wasn’t this unreliable 10 years ago, so what happened? Did the city cut corners to try to save costs in the long run? what are the repair costs?


Historical Landmark or No?

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The Transit hotel opened its doors for service on Sept 11, 1908. Due to the economic decline owners are left with no option but to close the doors. If the city isn’t willing to save the building, the public should step up. While nothing in the article says it’s going to be torn down, it is listed for sale. What are your thoughts – should the community step up?


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Edmonton Alberta News for June 6th, 2017

City to Spend $2.6 Billion Dollars On Flood Prevention Infrastructure

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The 6th of June 2017 – Our Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau spent the weekend at the Bilderberg Group Meetings, while our city rolled out its proposal for flood prevention. While i know what you’re thinking, the point is coming. First of all our federal government wants to implement a second C.I.B, which raises issues on its own. I’ve also talked about our seemingly never ending federal debt. Furthermore to the point and our city wanting to spend $2.6 Billion dollars over the next 45 years. While the money is for a justified matter of importance. I’d be in my mid 70’s by the time its completed. (If it stays on time and budget) most noteworthy is the fact we’ll still be paying it off.

If our Government has their way though, this will just fall in the laps of our grandchildren to payoff. This wouldn’t be the case if we didn’t borrow money from private investors or pension plan holders. A CCPIB Chair member Heather Munroe-Blum attended the Bilderberg Group meetings back in 2015. I wouldn’t have a problem with Canadian Pension Plan money being used for Canadian infrastructure, If it worked that way and we paid no interest to private investors. The Billions we spend on interest, could fund many infrastructure projects and not just in our city.

In closing with the newly appointed liberal leader David Khan, eager to rebuild a new liberal party. I’d like to know his thoughts on the above matter not only concerning flood infrastructure, but also how he feels about about another pointless bank. Ryan Jespersen had him on his show this morning and of course chimed in (CrazyOilerFan), you can listen here.  I love when one of my comments derails talk radio. Shots fired at the end of the show.


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Edmonton Alberta News for June 5th, 2017

84-85 Oilers Named Greatest NHL Team

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The 5th of June 2017 – Local news – While this isn’t really “news” for most Oilers fans. It’s further evidence to the greatness they achieved, as a result of hard work, sacrifice and team work. 3.6 Million votes cast to determine which team, out of the 96 Cup winning teams would receive the nod. Moreover the 84-85 team produced 7 hall of famers.

In other related hockey news, the N.H.L/N.H.L.P.A announced two rule change recommendations. One change would see rule 87 For Time-outs on an icing. The second change would see a change to rule 80.4 which would see neutral zone face-off’s awarded if the puck is touched with a high-stick while that teams on a power-play. The recommendations still have to be passed by the N.H.L.P.A Executive board and the N.H.L’s board of governors.


Edmonton Confirmed to Host Grey Cup 2018

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To follow up the news from Friday: The C.F.L announced today from Common Wealth Stadium, that our bid to host the 2018 Grey Cup was in fact successful. Most important is the boost this will give to tourism Alberta, and the local economy. Fan Day was a wild experience, With this lucky writer receiving a pass from Grey Cup winning QB Mike Reilly. The experience at field level was quite a unique one. Training Camp wraps up this week, with the preseason starting Sunday Jun 11 against Calgary. Kick off @ 5pm get tickets here.


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Edmonton Alberta News for June 2nd, 2017

Edmonton to Host Grey Cup in 2018?

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The 2nd of June 2017 – Local news – It was unofficially released today our beautiful city will host its 5th grey cup. Therefore we’ll have to wait until Monday for the official word from the C.F.L. We can however look forward to having a strong team to represent our city to its fullest. We do still have to deal with this years season first, and we’ll be looking for a dominant d-line to protect our QB. With Mike Reilly leading our offense once again, our teams better now then the last time we hosted the grey cup back in 2010. Our rivals to the south will make the next couple of seasons a heated battle for sure, and really make those labor day games all the more important.


The Edmonton Oilers Gear Up For Entry Draft

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Well its June, and for hockey fans that means two things – N.H.L Combine showcasing the upcoming young talent & The Entry Draft. With another years N.H.L combine wrapping up on Saturday with fitness testing, scouts evaluation time is almost up. Therefore we the fans need to wait however for another three more weeks, as the Entry Draft is scheduled for June 23/24. However from this point its only a few days until Jul 1st and free agent frenzy, also only four months until next season. In conclusion I’d rather be talking hockey, can you blame me?


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Edmonton Alberta News for June 1st, 2017

Climate Change and Donald Trump?

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The 1st of June 2017 – Local news – Donald Trump withdrew the United States of America, from the Paris climate agreement today. What does this mean for our city going forward? Normally you’d think not much and therefore just move on to something else. What you would be missing however is back in the beginning of May, Mayor Don Iveson announced Edmonton would be host to a Climate change conference. The climate conference is set for March/2018, to discuss alternative methods to local and international problems. Our fair mayor is also the Chair of the “Big City Mayor Caucus” for the next two years. So it would seem our city could play a major role, if we play our cards right in Canada’s climate change efforts.

What is the “Big City Mayor Caucus”?

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It’s essentially a Canadian mayoral think tank, which together form the F.C.M (Federation of Canadian Municipalities). The group discusses issues or challenges relating to what their city is facing, and incorporate how other cities solved similar issues or challenges. The B.C.M.C meets 2 or 3 times a year, so in closing is this think tank a bad idea? Probably not, let’s hope however the voice of the people doesn’t go unheard.  Moreover let me know your thoughts on this.


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Edmonton Alberta News for May 31st, 2017

Edmonton Eskimo Training Camp Underway

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It’s the 31st of May 2017 – Local news – Wow! Where does the time go, it’s almost June. And in this city that’s kind of a big deal for some. It’s the start of the Football season! Our Edmonton Eskimo’s are gearing for another Grey Cup run, after coming so close last season. Amid the GM changes made prior to starting camp, the team is staying positive. Hence the slogan of “One Empire” is a solid one. With training camp gearing up in preparation for the first preseason game against the Calgary Stampeders on June 11th. Furthermore would you like to check out training camp for yourself. Well you can and are encouraged to come out and take part, additional information can be found below.


Uber Causing Problems Again?

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Just when you thought the Uber debate was over, Edmonton transit union is fighting back. The transit union is upset with upcoming changes to the vehicle for hire bylaw – therefore companies like Uber and Tappcar would benefit from the city cutting back under performing us routes. While I understand the position of the union, it would just make sense to cut back routes. Money saved from doing this could go to improving route efficiency elsewhere in the city. Giving way to for companies like Uber to be a useful tool in the community. I’ve personally never called for an Uber, I do know quite a few that have therefore its not shocking they would rather do this then wait for the bus. The transit union better think long and hard, because their main concern should be community satisfaction.


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Edmonton Alberta News for May 30th, 2017

Media Conglomerate Corus Entertainment Merges With Shaw

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CHED integrates with Global News.

It’s the 30th of May 2017 – Local news – And back in the spring of 2016, 630Cheds parent company Corus Entertainment, bought Shaw media. Plans where then set in motion to integrate the news and talk radio in with global news. Therefore it would seem that our only 3 options in the city for news media, are Rogers, Bell and Corus. We learned in school how monopoly’s are bad for the economy, it takes away from a free market. While this isn’t a monopoly yet, however it’s only a matter of time before three become one. Independent views, and opinions will disappear under a giant media umbrella.


Northlands Coliseum Project is “Up In The Air”

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Coliseum still awaiting it’s fate.

Who else is annoyed with this news? We didn’t want to spend the money to upgrade it for the Oilers, We argued and fought resulting in a new arena downtown. So to come full circle and still having the same debate over the same issues, as to what the conclusion to the Coliseum story will be. My thought’s on the topic, the community should try raising money publicly. We saved the building and the team once with public and private sector money therefore we could do it again.


 We’re The City Of Champion’s DAMMIT!

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Bring it back!

City councilors voted 7/5 rejecting the motion to bring back “The City Of Champions” slogan. Making a mockery of the slogan, given to the city for its dominance in sports and community. However the issue isn’t settled, the people of this city will continue to voice their displeasure. Hence the billboard campaign launched in the city.

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Edmonton Alberta News for May 29th, 2017

Time to Overhaul the School Curriculum!

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It’s the 29th of May 2017 – Local news – And here we go again, Our government wants to shell out $64 Million dollars. However it’s for education so that’s okay or is it? This is something that our kids are going to need going forward. Therefore who cares, let’s just spend the money. Doesn’t send a very responsible message to children, unless you spend that money wisely. And when I read comments in articles like a quote from an article out of the Edmonton journal; that reads “I guess we’ll find out if there’s a difference between ambitious and foolish.” I really hope that whoever said this, isn’t waiting for the new curriculum for an answer.

Jane Rooney, the Financial literacy leader with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada was on The Ryan Jespersen Show this mourning. She said and I quote “This is the first generation of kids in Canada to learn about money in school.” and in fact because we’ve been teaching our kids to be smart with money from a young age, it puts them among the world leaders in the terms of financial literacy. I found it odd, that its the first generation of kids to learn about money in school. Hence my comment to the show “We’ve been in debt since 1974, and we’re only now telling people how to pay it off? Over 40 years later, doesn’t seem right does it”.

In conclusion, I do agree that we need to update our education curriculum. and that first nations should have more input. However I disagree with gender equality and consent being taught in the classroom. This is something parents should be teaching to their kids themselves.


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Edmonton Alberta Local News for May 26th, 2017.

University of Alberta Goes To Space!

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It’s the 26th of May 2017. Local University of Alberta team that spent 7 years developing a satellite that was (Launched back in April), seen their hard work payoff today. The satellite known as EX-ALTA 1 was designed to study the effect of the suns energy on the earth’s magnetic field and will be launched into low earth orbit from the ISS. Ex-Alta 1 could remain in earth’s lower orbit for the next 2 years.


E.P.S Needs the public’s help.

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Edmonton Police Services

Meanwhile, back here on earth some unidentified individuals pulled off the epitome of drunken chicanery. Edmonton police are looking for the person or persons responsible for stealing, two semi-trucks of beer. Yes you read that correctly, police are saying the thieves made off with an estimated $160,000 in beer.

If you have any information that could help, call police @ 780-423-4567 OR #377 from a mobile phone. You can also call Crime Stoppers @ 1-800-222-8477 or submit your tip online here.


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Edmonton, AB Local News for May 25th, 2017.

It’s the 25th of May 2017. It appears to be a “slow” local news day in Alberta’s capital; everyone’s talking about the big storm from yesterday. I also don’t feel like talking about murder; or a happy go lucky story either. Well those are nice; I’d still rather talk about something relevant.

Is Edmonton’s Mayor A Slam Dunk For Re-Election?

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Mayor Don Iveson (Picture credit 630 Ched)

Our current mayor of Edmonton, Mr. Don Iveson has elected to run for another 4 yr term. So do you want Don Iveson to be your mayor again? I think he has done some good things for the city, with one of his major challenges being the LRT expansion project.

He handled the situation well all things considered, for a “young” man he’s holding his own quite well. I can honestly say I’m “green” when it comes to local politics. Trying to pay more attention to what’s actually going on though, instead of just “voting” for a consensus choice.

If you feel he’s not been the “right” man for the job, it would appear that at this time your only other option is a man named Charles Laing. Who I know nothing about, and it would appear he’s not on social media at this time. The mayor made this announcement to run again, at his annual-state-of-the-city address. More on that in a Metro News article linked below.


Has The Playoff Benchmark Been Set?

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Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club

Let’s talk Edmonton Oilers hockey for the 25th of may, it has been a couple weeks since the teams heartbreaking elimination. First off let me start by saying this, INCREDIBLE! I’m probably one of the few people that before the season even started, called the Oilers making the playoffs. I really thought that if McDavid didn’t break his collar bone we’d have made the playoffs in his first year. Now unlike some in this city, I’m not about to sell Jordan Eberle or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins down the North Saskatchewan river. Sure they struggled, but what do you expect? they have been on “crap” teams with poor leadership and direction that’s also all before Todd McLellan showed up too. I’m aware they had one season with him where they didn’t make the playoffs (McDavids injury season), however both players have worked on their defensive game and that shows.

Offense however is everyone’s issue, and boy for some of these people complaining – You give it a shot. I mean it’s the NHL, the best of the best in the world. If you don’t bring an A game on a nightly basis, than it’s safe to say you wont be in the league for long. That being said, Eberle and RNH have been 2 solid young players on some of our worst teams. And I’m talking franchise history. They both need to work on strength along the boards, and driving the net again and the goals will start to come back.


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Edmonton, AB Local News for May 24th, 2017.

Proposed 0.12% Property Increase In West Edmonton

I plan on writing a local news article covering one or more topics per day, starting today May 24th/2017. However I am only one man, and can’t “catch” everything. I will provide links to the sources on the topics being covered.  I was listening to the radio (630 CHED), the morning news was talking about an increase to the property taxes in West Edmonton. In relation to the new LRT project. The proposed property tax would take effect in 2018 as part of the “community renewal” project. From what I have been able to find online related to the renewal project, is it’s proposed to happen over the next 10 years across Alberta not just specifically in Edmonton. (More details linked below)

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City Of Edmonton Council Member Andrew Knack

I can see the “benefit” of injecting money into our own community. These Renewal projects just mean more federal debt, and if the money is coming from private investors than how does any of this money go back into the community. All this does is leave the taxpayers to foot the bill for these upgrades. Than have to pay for the use and maintenance of these ETS buildings and services. We are being asked to foot the bill on buying the land, according to the article. Something tells me there’s more to it, than just being on the hook for the land. I won’t speculate as to what other costs could be covered by this property tax increase.

My thought’s are if we are being “forced” into paying for this. (Yes if you own property in West Edmonton you are paying for this, not sure if that just means residential property owners, or if it would include commercial property owners as well.) Why borrow this money from a Federal Government? They’re going to borrow that money from our central bank of Canada. which charges us, not the government interest on that loan. Instead I propose that we fund these infrastructure projects ourselves interest free, and have the people of the community/city prosper instead of going further into debt.

My final thought is this. Who owns the land, if the city needs to buy it?

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