Edmonton blog roundup: Oct. 18, 2016

Publication 7

My kids are into Halloween right now, and I am doing a lot of thinking about media right now, so this skeleton made of newspaper just seems… apt. Let us begin the roundup, then, with media and communications before we swoop into current events and social justice, weather and fashion, eating in and eating out, parenting, music, hockey, and various other pursuits.
My Taproot Edmonton partner Mack Male has a jam-packed Media Monday, Grant Ainsley has a followup to his popular post on his divorce from the Edmonton Journal, and Troy Pavlek recaps the recent open data summit.
Media Monday Edmonton: Update #224 - MasterMaq.ca Blog
Here’s my latest update on local media stuff: CKUA CEO Ken Regan shared some thoughts on his upcoming retirement (and the station’s new fundraising drive) in the latest CKUA newsletter….
My Marriage to Digital Journalism
It was sometime last Wednesday afternoon when I realized something was happening. Like every Wednesday morning, my blog had been sent to my email list, but for a reason I didn’t understand…
The Alberta Open Data Summit: Recap and Thoughts
This weekend, I attended and presented at the Alberta Open Data Summit hosted by EPL at the Stanley Milner Library downtown. I’d never been to an “open data” conference before and…
Dave Cournoyer looks at an effort to get more women into politics, David Climenhaga remembers Jim Prentice, and Make Something Edmonton does a Q&A with Anna Ho of Paths for People.
Stephanie McLean wants more women to run in next year's...
Alberta’s Minister for the Status of Women Stephanie McLean is heading on a four-city tour to convince more women to run for elected office in next year’s municipal elections. The tour…
Death of former premier Jim Prentice resonates painfully...
PHOTOS: Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, who perished in an airplane crash in British Columbia Thursday night, in a characteristic pose. Below: More shots of Mr. Prentice doing what he…
Change Maker: Anna Ho | Make Something Edmonton
We’re a fairly young organization. Before, we were informally known as the Edmonton Bike Coalition. When we re-branded into Paths for People, we wanted to broaden our focus so that we were…
John Richardson and Anna Marie Sewell have takes on two different aspects of settler attitudes towards Indigenous people, and Shayne Woodsmith concludes his Faces of HIV series with a tribute to Ross Armstrong.
What We Mean When We Say "We have bigger problems than that"
This evening somebody on teh Twotter said something like “Da City gots bigger issues than da unPC name of da sports team!” Let’s unpack dat. Yes. The…
A Rant for Rick Mercer: The Problem With Gord Downie
Hey, Rick, Been listening in on your rants for years, as we all do. Now I’ve got one for you, coming from a place of Cantankerous Love, on the problem with Gord Downie. The problem isn’t…
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In 1984, Ross Armstrong was diagnosed with AIDS, the first AIDS diagnosis in Edmonton.
The weather took a sharp turn towards winter, as Edmonton Weather Nerdery notes, which had quite an effect on the fashion bloggers. Adina J show her Thanksgiving outfit in the snow, while Megan, Justine and Kristina hold onto fall, and Lindsey holds fast to summer.
136 Years of Snow
We’ve now had our second major snowfall of the year, and so I guess that it really is time to take a look at Edmonton’s history of snow. As usual when dealing with precipitation, this is…
Snow Day Dress
Yup, it snowed (again) on Thanksgiving. Nothing could deter me, however, from wearing the dress I had originally picked out for the occasion. This Maeve number was – what else – a lucky…
Fall Essentials - With Love, Meg
Every fall I feel the need to add some essentials to my closet. Maybe it is because fall is kind of like a new year (aka the start of a long academic year) or a fresh start. I need to make…
Cozy pieces to update your fall+winter wardrobe.
If you regularly follow my blog, you will know that I am a huge supporter of my local YEG community. I grew up in an uber small town & with this came the virtue of supporting your…
Fall Fashion Flare - Kristina Lynne
About a week ago, fall was all around us. The leaves were turning their bright oranges & yellows and falling, crispy underfoot, and the air had that perfect tinge of cold. My favourite….
Not Letting Go Of Summer: Black Bodysuit & Red Midi
I hope everyone is enjoying their October. Our fall was very short, at this moment there is a blizzard right outside my window. I suppose we were so lucky with the last two winters bring…
Let’s get down to business:  Ashley Janssen outlines how to get the most out of networking; Kendall Barber issues an open letter to her fellow members of the Canadian fashion industry; and Claire Theaker-Brown explores her thoughts after visiting the Chinese factories behind Flatter:Me Belts.
8 Approaches to Intentional Networking
Networking has become kind of a dirty word in many business circles. It is this strange social ritual that business people are expected to engage in but few really enjoy. Everyone cringes a…
An Open Letter to the Canadian Fashion Industry | Poppy Barley
After a week in the air, travelling from Edmonton to Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, my mind is on the state of fashion in Canada. The headlines tell part of the story – the end of Toronto…
What the heck does handmade mean?... and other questions from...
If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that I (Claire here) just got back from China, where Flatter:Me Belts were born and are still made. We’ve got a really close…
Lori Godin and Carole Anne Devaney are adjusting to newborns. Lucky for Lori, her eldest is getting big enough to help.
Things You Forget in Parenting: The Newborn Fog
This weekend, we welcome Stella. On her own schedule, she came into our lives quick, as the nurse assured us third babies tend to do – dragging their heels until the last second, and born…
I'm Grateful For... - Carole Anne Devaney / Business on Top,...
a lot of things in my life but tonight, I’m particularly grateful for the incredible day I had with my two little girls. ‘I’…. just had a day without bedlam! I still can’t quite…
Teaching Kids to be Independent, One Bagel at a Time
As I sit here writing this, Olivia has served up brunch for her and Violet, and Violet’s emptying the dishwasher, using a chair to climb up on the counter and put the dishes away.
The hockey blogs are prolific at this time of year, and are often superseded by events by the time I get to the roundup. But I will draw your attention to Ryan Batty’s take on how he’ll react to various Oilers scenarios this season, and Rev Recluse’s unearthed treasure featuring Wayne Gretzky.
What Happens if the Oilers Finish With [insert number here]...
How I’ll react and what I will expect from the Oilers depending on where the team finishes.
Feel like cooking? Stephanie, Karlynn, Jacquie, Julie and Phil have some recipes for you to try.
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Well, it turns out that starting your own business can leave one a little frazzled and forgetful. I could tell you all about leaving the locker key on the bench in the change room at the…
Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Pork Tenderloin - The Kitchen Magpie
A confession: while writing this recipe, I kept typing prok instead of pork. Sure, it could be the wine that I was drinking while I was writing this recipe up, but sometimes I find that…
Cheesy Tater Tots
For last weekend’s Thanksgiving dinner, I prepared the mashed potatoes. I went all out and made roasted garlic red skinned mashed potatoes, and they were a huge hit. With a decent amount…
Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)
Hi everyone, Here in Edmonton, Alberta, we are currently experiencing some unfortunate weather. Yes, we get long winters here, but it is unusual for us to have snow this early in October….
Community Table Project: Sugar-Pumpkin Pie
The Community Table Project is about sharing signature recipes from everyday folks, and creating a sense of community around food. If you make a signature dish you think is great, send me…
Community Table Project: Marinated Grilled Chicken
The Community Table Project is about sharing signature recipes from everyday folks, and creating a sense of community around food. If you make a signature dish you think is great, send me…
Prefer to eat out? Here are some suggestions from Let’s Om Nom, Argenplath and Cherry Bob-Ombs.
Preview: Rostizado by Tres Carnales Menu Launch 2017 * LET'S OM...
The new arena and Ice District may have a majority of Edmontonians celebrating concerts, games, and events, but I’m looking forward to all the possible dining options the area has to…
Living La Vida Local: Canova Pasticceria
Hey friends! I am still here and kind of around… Even though we all know that I am not one of the most consistent bloggers out there (ha!), I do try to keep up on social media and I am…
Chartier
Chartier has been on my radar ever since the beginning of their successful Kickstarter campaign. Rustic, French-Canadian food in Edmonton, er, Beaumount is a pretty hard thing to find in…
Some musical adventures: The Northern Sessions features Billie Zizi; Sharon Yeo enjoys a sweet set with Martin Kerr aboard the High Level Streetcar, and Dave Von Bieker launches his EP.
Billie Zizi - The Northern Sessions
Billi Zizi was born on April 4th 1989 in dusty Edmonton, Alberta to a fiddle player (Cam Neufeld) and an abstract painter (Marianne Watchel). Taught to live and breathe art from a young…
Recap: A Streetcar Named Dessert with Sugared and Spiced
For the past few years, enterprising groups such as Streetcar Shows have been organizing gigs that take place on the High Level Streetcar. It’s a unique and intimate venue to be sure, and…
Coming Down from Where The Air Is Thin
It’s hard to believe, but October 15 has come and gone. Where The Air Is Thin, my first EP, is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and of course this website…
There’s more art to admire in Devin Bruce’s pop culture picks, the video of the making of Alex Janvier’s Tsa tsa ke k’e, and Jenna Marynowski’s take on Red.
This Column Has Seven Days #099 // Electric Boots & A Mohair Suit
Full disclosure: All-New Doop is a strange, strange book. And I really like strange. I sometimes like things just because they are strange and for no other reason. Even for me: this is a…
Courtesy of Mosaika, take a behind the s...
Courtesy of Mosaika, take a behind the scenes look at the making of Alex Janvier’s intricate and expansive floor mosaic for Edmonton’s new Rogers Place Stadium.
Revisiting Red and finding the beauty and truth in its thesis
I didn’t particularly enjoy the first time I saw John Logan’s Red. And while that was four years ago, I was a little nervous about seeing it again. But I shouldn’t have been. This second…
I couldn’t resist putting Mike Ross’s post on Guitar Face and Ana Pejkanovic’s rumination on Resting Bitch Face together.
The Science of Guitar Face
Guys make the funniest faces. We gnash our teeth, knit our brows, purse our lips, let our mouths hang open, contort our jaws, scrunch our eyes shut, stick out our tongues, breathe heavily,…
Living With The Resting Bitch Face - March and May
Have you ever been asked these questions: “What is wrong?”, “Why are you mad?” or even “You should smile more”? Probably you did, but are you asked those questions almost everyday? If…
And finally, some lessons about life and love from Kendyl Lauzon, about curiosity and inquiry from Sandy VanRiper, and about the costs of buying a house from Sarah at Smile & Conquer.
this truth of mine
I feel I’ve become so different in the past year, because I learned how to offer myself exactly what I needed. I write about this so often because it’s really a massive discovery that I…
Backpack for a classroom - #yegdtkids
George Couros has been encouraging me to get back to my blog today (via Twitter – he and I have never met) and I am shocked to discover, not for the first time, that much time has past…
Home Buying Series - Closing Costs
So how much money are we actually talking? On average, closing costs will end up being between 2% and 4% of the purchase price of your new home. If you buy a $400,000 house you could end up…

That’s what I could fit in this time around. Find more at ShareEdmonton. You can also find these picks and previous ones on my Flipboard magazine and in past roundups.

If you want to hear me and Mack talk more about the future of local journalism and what we’re doing about it, come to Launch Party 7 on Oct. 20! (Update: Here’s Mack’s progress report on Taproot thus far.

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