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Strathcona County’s priority funding lacks accountability

By Carla Howatt YegNews.com Hundreds of thousands of dollars – $306,252.68, $429,577, $3,375,000, to be exact – these are the types of numbers you start hearing when you are digging into the issue of priority funding for Strathcona County Council. First, what is priority funding? The fund, which was first established in 1999, is money [...]

By Alain Saffel YegNews.com Billed as “Canada’s most trusted contractor” Mike Holmes was in Edmonton promoting sustainable design in phase two of the Boyle Renaissance project and is here to help “make it right.” The project is a partnership between the City of Edmonton, Metis Capital Housing Corporation, Canadian Paraplegic Association and Boyle Street community [...]

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By Dave S. Clark YegNews.com Mayor Stephen Mandel said today work on the Quesnel Bridge, Scona Road and 99 Street and the 23 Avenue interchange will all be completed by the end of the construction season. Mandel also said he has been told by the province that the Anthony Henday overpasses at Yellowhead Trail on [...]

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By Dave S. Clark YegNews.com Complaining about road construction… it’s about as original as complaining about taxes, the weather or your annoying neighbours. It’s cliché and probably pointless, especially in a city with Edmonton’s climate. Most of the year the roads are freezing then thawing then freezing again and continuously crumbling. For the few months [...]

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By Carla Howatt YegNews.com For 14-year-old Blake Tourangeau, the 2011 NHRDA Canadian Nationals Diesel Drag Race at Castrol Raceway will be a day to look back on with excitement and awe. It was there he had an opportunity few people get – to ride in the passenger seat of Smokin Gun, a 1968 Canadian Kenworth [...]

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By Alain Saffel The Walterdale Bridge. I don’t know why everyone is so ga-ga about the metal monstrosity. Until recently I hadn’t realized where it was. Once I did, my thought was “that death trap has got to go.” It’s the price of progress. I grew up in BC and there were many of these [...]

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By Myron Belej YegNews.com For the eighth year in a row, the Summer Latin Festival held adjacent to Edmonton’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, served up authentic Latin American food, dancing, and music for another very well-attended fundraising and community building event. The weather co-operated for the festival, which ran from 10 a.m. to 6 [...]

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By Dave S. Clark YegNews Street lights across the city will be greener this year, as the city has announced it will start replacing traditional street lights with new, more efficient LED street lights. The city conducted a pilot project in two neighbourhoods to test the lights, which led the city to decide to move [...]

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Dave S. Clark YegNews Police are now investigating a Tuesday morning fire on the city’s south side that killed two people and displaced 59 others. The blaze started around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Bethany Senior Citizens Home on 99 Street and 83 Avenue. Fire crews determined that the fire was deliberately set, [...]

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By Dave S. Clark YegNews.com Provincial NDP leader Brian Mason said Friday that if Premier Ed Stelmach is to go ahead with funding for Edmonton’s downtown arena, his party will be severely punished by voters. Earlier this week, Stelmach said he was looking at using money from the Municipality Sustainability Initiative (MSI), which is a [...]

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