This week included some in-real-life encounters with people I more often see online, which is always nice. So this will be a mix of traditional roundup and “what I was up to.”
I chatted with Mayor Don Iveson about the city budget on Nov. 24, along with Andrew Leach, Dave Cournoyer, Alex Abboud, Blue Knox, Andrew Jeffrey and Mack Male, who captured the discussion. (Photo by Mack, used under Creative Commons). The budget is a huge, complex undertaking, and the city is working on making it more understandable and interactive at yegcitybudget.ca.
- Speaking of Dave, I recommend his excoriation of the PC government’s approach to whether students can start gay-straight alliances.
- On the subject of LGBTQ rights, Claire Edwards interviews Melinda McNie of the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services.
- That interview is part of the Education Visionaries series on The Wanderer, edited by the aforementioned Blue. Nominate a visionary you admire.
- On the topic of learning, I liked Sally Poulsen’s review of The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast.
- The Kitchen Magpie’s Karlynn Johnson and Baconhound’s Phil Wilson have started a podcast about food called Where I Ate Wednesday.
- Back to civic issues, Spacing’s Paul Giang wonders if “pulse scheduling” would make transit work better.
- Remember when the railway was downtown? Lawrence Herzog reminds us on the Edmonton City as Museum Project.
- Speaking of history, Vintage Edmonton has a delightful collection of old ads for clothing and shoe stores. “Good underwear means good health,” we are reminded.
- Want more? Woodward Design has started a Tumblr of ads from the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s yearbook archives.
- The CFL season ended Sunday with the Grey Cup. Maurice Tougas has suggestions to keep the league alive, Watch for Dana DiTomaso’s final social media report card on the teams next week.
- The Oilers remain terrible, laments Wanye Gretz.
- And it’s cold and snowy, but Randy Talbot makes it look pretty on Yegmonton.
Hey, there I am again, this time at Social Media Breakfast on Nov. 28, along with CBC reporter Laura Osman, City TV producer Jason Halbauer, iNews 880 and 630 CHED anchor Brenton Driedger, and SMBYEG host Steven Hodges. (Photo by Mack, again.)
Nice of Mack to be my personal photographer this week. Let me repay him by throwing you to his highly useful and comprehensive ShareEdmonton, where I find most of the posts I link to.