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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    ^Well the C of E did not stop people from skating on it before 2012-2013, and when they put the signs up it was because of thin ice in places where they did not expect them.
    the city also hasn't given me a ticket for doing 10 over the speed limit in an area where I've sped for the past few years because it's basically vacant and I find it perfectly safe. Doesn't mean it's allowed though.

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    ^Did you actually read the whole Edmonton Journal article on the web-site provided in my post #297 and not just the paragraphs I supplied?. The guy who build the rink got his info from a C of E website saying it was O. K for him to build the rink. The C of E then found out that there were weak spots around the edge of the ice and decided to stop people from making rinks on it until a study was done. The C of E did not update it's website so the guy thought it was O.K. to do this. It had nothing to do with environmental issues. Please try to keep up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini View Post
    ^Did you actually read the whole Edmonton Journal article on the web-site provided in my post #297 and not just the paragraphs I supplied?. The guy who build the rink got his info from a C of E website saying it was O. K for him to build the rink. The C of E then found out that there were weak spots around the edge of the ice and decided to stop people from making rinks on it until a study was done. The C of E did not update it's website so the guy thought it was O.K. to do this. It had nothing to do with environmental issues. Please try to keep up.
    I did read it. Regardless of ALL of the weak spot/closure stuff, he stil should have known it was an ecological preserve.

    I completely understand the argument that the city failed to update their own info. That's the only reason I'd be in favour of the ticket being cancelled.

    Technically they banned skating on stormwater ponds three years ago when they found that the weak spots were more numerous than they were before, and they stopped measuring ice thickness. This did not all occur recently. The only thing that happened recently was some guy jumped a fence, built a rink, got reported, and went to the media.

    Sidenote: I find your 'try to keep up' comment pretty condescending, and would appreciate the conversation sticking to the facts.
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    ^Well as long as you stick with the facts in regards to this matter. Which is the C of E did not stop skating on storm water ponds because of ecology issues, they stopped it in this case because of safety issues.
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    They stopped it on stormwater ponds in all cases 3 years ago.
    They stopped it in this case when they designated Klarvatten Wetland for ecological reasons.
    They ticketed the rink builder for safety reasons,but easily could have/should have fined him more for disturbing the off-limits wetland.

    Either way, this guy should not have been building a rink. The city failed in updating the website, and that is why this ticket should slide.

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    ^Can you supply the source where they specifically stopped rinks being built on Poplar Lake (Klarvatten Wetlands) for ecological reasons only. Reason I am asking is that it was fine up until 3 years ago so what changed in the ecological world since then.
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    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.
    emphasis added...

    i think it might be more accurate to say "more human intervention is prohibited" as we learn that our ongoing intervention is responsible for much of the current life safety concerns. it's also worth noting that those concerns extend to our man-made ponds as well as the natural water bodies like poplar lake that we have chosen to utilize in the same fashion.

    "Laskosky said she thinks the holes are being caused by complicated flow patterns between the 160 interconnected ponds. She didn’t see the same issues when there were only 25 ponds two decades ago.

    "Mark Loewen, the civil engineering professor leading the research project, said preliminary results indicate road salt is also causing some of the issues. His students studied four ponds for two winters, taking photos every 15 minutes and monitoring ice thickness both manually and with ground-penetrating radar.

    "Loewen said ice tends to be thinner near the inlets. Each pond typically has three or four of the inlets submerged about 20 metres off shore, where local residents wouldn’t see or necessarily expect them. Every time Edmonton gets a warm spell, salty run-off from surrounding roads and parks enters the ponds through these submerged pipes and weakens the ice above. The low freezing temperature of salt water accentuates that process."

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    in a similar vein with similar concerns:

    "...

    The Alberta Conservation Association is warning anglers of the potential legal ramifications of drilling holes on a frozen lake and casting a line during Alberta's long winter months.

    "The likelihood of being charged is very low, but the severity of being charged is very high. If you do get charged, then manslaughter is the likely result," said ACA President Todd Zimmerling.

    For years ACA members have aerated Alberta's shallow lakes — systematically drilling holes in the ice to keep fish alive over winter -— but have scaled back the program after a warning from their lawyers.

    Zimmerling says the agency could be held liable too, even charged with manslaughter, if someone were to accidentally fall through ice on a lake that is being aerated.

    "It raised a lot of flags for us," Zimmerling said. "No one has been charged with relation to holes in ice, but people have been charged in relation to holes in the ground. So excavation (and aeration are) under the same section of the code. And that's really been the issue.

    "That's a lot to risk for anybody."

    Zimmerling thought posting signs warning of the potential dangers of drilling was enough to ensure their due diligence under the law, but they have been told otherwise.

    ..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.
    emphasis added...

    i think it might be more accurate to say "more human intervention is prohibited" as we learn that our ongoing intervention is responsible for much of the current life safety concerns. it's also worth noting that those concerns extend to our man-made ponds as well as the natural water bodies like poplar lake that we have chosen to utilize in the same fashion.

    "Laskosky said she thinks the holes are being caused by complicated flow patterns between the 160 interconnected ponds. She didn’t see the same issues when there were only 25 ponds two decades ago.

    "Mark Loewen, the civil engineering professor leading the research project, said preliminary results indicate road salt is also causing some of the issues. His students studied four ponds for two winters, taking photos every 15 minutes and monitoring ice thickness both manually and with ground-penetrating radar.

    "Loewen said ice tends to be thinner near the inlets. Each pond typically has three or four of the inlets submerged about 20 metres off shore, where local residents wouldn’t see or necessarily expect them. Every time Edmonton gets a warm spell, salty run-off from surrounding roads and parks enters the ponds through these submerged pipes and weakens the ice above. The low freezing temperature of salt water accentuates that process."

    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...akes-city-says
    That is more accurate. You are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
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    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.
    emphasis added...

    i think it might be more accurate to say "more human intervention is prohibited" as we learn that our ongoing intervention is responsible for much of the current life safety concerns. it's also worth noting that those concerns extend to our man-made ponds as well as the natural water bodies like poplar lake that we have chosen to utilize in the same fashion.

    "Laskosky said she thinks the holes are being caused by complicated flow patterns between the 160 interconnected ponds. She didn’t see the same issues when there were only 25 ponds two decades ago.

    "Mark Loewen, the civil engineering professor leading the research project, said preliminary results indicate road salt is also causing some of the issues. His students studied four ponds for two winters, taking photos every 15 minutes and monitoring ice thickness both manually and with ground-penetrating radar.

    "Loewen said ice tends to be thinner near the inlets. Each pond typically has three or four of the inlets submerged about 20 metres off shore, where local residents wouldn’t see or necessarily expect them. Every time Edmonton gets a warm spell, salty run-off from surrounding roads and parks enters the ponds through these submerged pipes and weakens the ice above. The low freezing temperature of salt water accentuates that process."

    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...akes-city-says
    That is more accurate. You are correct.
    not that i'm happy to be in this instance... it likely means we are destroying a natural body of water by treating it as just another a storm water pond even if we prohibit adjacent surface access.
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    3rd annual winter drink competition, enter now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcantor View Post
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    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.
    emphasis added...

    i think it might be more accurate to say "more human intervention is prohibited" as we learn that our ongoing intervention is responsible for much of the current life safety concerns. it's also worth noting that those concerns extend to our man-made ponds as well as the natural water bodies like poplar lake that we have chosen to utilize in the same fashion.

    "Laskosky said she thinks the holes are being caused by complicated flow patterns between the 160 interconnected ponds. She didn’t see the same issues when there were only 25 ponds two decades ago.

    "Mark Loewen, the civil engineering professor leading the research project, said preliminary results indicate road salt is also causing some of the issues. His students studied four ponds for two winters, taking photos every 15 minutes and monitoring ice thickness both manually and with ground-penetrating radar.

    "Loewen said ice tends to be thinner near the inlets. Each pond typically has three or four of the inlets submerged about 20 metres off shore, where local residents wouldn’t see or necessarily expect them. Every time Edmonton gets a warm spell, salty run-off from surrounding roads and parks enters the ponds through these submerged pipes and weakens the ice above. The low freezing temperature of salt water accentuates that process."

    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...akes-city-says
    That is more accurate. You are correct.
    not that i'm happy to be in this instance... it likely means we are destroying a natural body of water by treating it as just another a storm water pond even if we prohibit adjacent surface access.
    One has to wonder that if salt is causing these unusual thin ice spots that this same salt can be causing plant death around the edges of these lakes and messing with the water ph balance of what is probably should be a salt free lake. Now, is the C of E going to stop putting salt on the roads?.
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    ^ Ideally the City would stop putting salt on the roads. It is extremely bad for the environment. So bad that highway maintenance sites that store the mixture around the province are considered brownfields worse than the average gas station. Road salt destroys aquatic ecosystems, ruins soil quality, pollutes aquifers, and causes the death of both flora and fauna.

    Unfortunately we don't have a great alternative right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex.L View Post
    Any human intervention is prohibited.

    The open water of this wetland is fenced and access to the wetland edge is not permitted at this site; however, there are two viewing platforms situated along the western edge of the wetland, which include seating, bike racks and interpretive signage. Parking is available along 82 St. along the eastern edge of the wetland.
    - http://www.edmonton.ca/city_governme...plar-lake.aspx

    It wasn't fine up until 3 years ago. It just wasn't enforced, apparently.
    HaHa, started to enforce it about 3 years ago. My, that was the same year the Winter Strategy came about.
    You can't make this stuff up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanO View Post
    X-country at Victoria this weekend, gorgeous Sunday and absolutely packed.
    Were the Eco Warriors on your trail?
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    Don't hibernate, participate!

    Enjoy the crisp air and the sound of snow crunching under your boots as part of Alberta’s Winter Walk Day! Councillor Bev Esslinger will start the walk by bringing greetings from the City. Walk Edmonton, Winter Cities Edmonton and Be Fit For Life will lead participants on a 45-minute walk.
    Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    Time: 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
    Location: City Hall Plaza (South steps), # 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

    The first 100 walkers to arrive will receive free giveaways. Hot chocolate will be available for all participants.

    Winter Walk Day is a province-wide initiative to get Albertans up and moving during the winter months. Every year on the first Wednesday of February, almost a hundred thousand Albertans step outside to celebrate winter while promoting the year-round health benefits of walking.

    Can’t make it to City Hall? Forge your own path with a walk outside your home, school, workplace or favourite pedestrian-friendly area. Share photos via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #WinterWalkDay and #yeg to show Canada how Edmonton embraces winter.

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    Warm weather shuts down Edmonton’s Ice Castle early
    http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/warm-weat...arly-1.2786865

    The warm weather has melted away the Edmonton Ice Castles ahead of schedule.

    Organizers had hoped to stay open until March, but an unseasonably warm stretch of February has meant an early closure.

    The final day for the attraction at Hawrelak Park is Monday, February 22.

    However, for people who were planning on going before it closed, tickets for the popular exhibit are already sold out.

    This was the first year the ice castle exhibit had been built Canada.
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    ^Unfortunate for them... but I will take an early warm spring over some mediocre exhibit any day.

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    Say goodbye to winter at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald's Fire and Ice event

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    Published on: March 10, 2016

    It’s the Mac’s annual push-off winter event, held outside on the patio and garden area, complete with open fire pits and cozy snacks including the Mac’s signature truffle oil popcorn.

    Held on Saturday, April 2, the Fire and Ice Farewell to Winter celebration runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the bulk of the reception-style food served between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. For hockey fans (and isn’t that everybody?) a big screen will project the Battle of Alberta hockey game outside.

    Tickets are available through Eventbrite and cost $35, plus tax, tip and service charge. It’s an outdoor event (with no access to the Confederation Lounge), and goes regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. Fire and Ice is family-friendly, so children are welcome, but you’ll have to show ID to purchase a drink.

    If you have questions about this event, call the catering department at the Mac at 780-429-6416. The hotel is at 10065 100 St.

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    Edmonton Freezeway will be back for a second winter
    City also studying possible expansions
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    Ice Castle returning to Edmonton this winter

    Attraction was super popular last year, but closed early due to warm weather.



    METRO FILE.
    The hugely popular Edmonton Ice Castle was built in Hawrelak Park last year.


    By: Metro Staff Published on Tue Oct 11 2016
    Chill, Edmonton: the Ice Castle is coming back for another season.

    The Utah-based Ice Castles company will once again be journeying north to construct a massive ice palace in Hawrelak Park. They said last year they had an “incredible reception” in their first trip to Edmonton.

    The structure involved 20 to 30 thousand tons of ice and took two months to construct. It drew huge crowds who wandered through the throne room, by the waterfall and through the ice maze.

    Because of unseasonably warm weather it ended up closing in February — a month earlier than anticipated. But according to a press relase, they’re hoping to stay open the full season this year.

    Construction will begin in November, and the ice doors are expected to open in late December.
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    The city announced Monday that a slightly bigger ice path will be back in Victoria Park this winter, but under a different name: the IceWay.

    The reason? Depends on who you ask.

    City spokesperson Gayleen Froese says some people last year associated the name with Gibbs’ original proposal, a network of skating paths through downtown.

    “People were confused because they heard about the Freezeway initially as this skate-to-work concept and this is a different application of this idea, so we thought it’d be better to go with a different name and people will be clearer,” Froese said.

    But Gibbs said the city treated him “appallingly” for months by not answering his emails and using his artwork without credit. Then, he said, they told him his help wouldn’t be needed this year.
    http://www.metronews.ca/news/edmonto...form=hootsuite

    Given that anyone who wants to pursue most landscape/architecture design fields in school is required to leave Edmonton, the city should not be pulling these kinds of stunts with designers who are willing to work with them. Many who leave for school do not tend to come back to Edmonton, and although some do, this type of press does not bode well. The city wants your ideas, but then thinks it knows better and doesn't want you involved. Reminds me of Perkins+Will working with the city on Blatchford, then parting ways.

    Roger Jevne, branch manager of community and recreation facilities for the city, disagrees. “The idea of a linear pathway isn’t unique, they exist in parks all over North America," he said.
    This one gave me a chuckle. If it isn't unique a idea and exists all over North America, why did they bring Gibbs on board in the first place, and why didn't the city implement this decades ago.

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    Thanks for this.

    Apparently a couple of fellas are building a "Freezeway" near Kenilworth community hall this year. A project being paid for by CoE and Kenilworth CL (a substantial sum if what I hear is correct). Perhaps they won't be allowed to call it that anymore.

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    Love this blast from the near past.

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    Upcoming MADE/Latitude exhibition on winter.

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    About the exhibition

    Snow is a defining feature of the landscape in Alberta. In our northern climate, snow and the cold are often implicitly recognized conditions that shape our built environment: the form of buildings and their relationship to the sun; access and circulation in spite of or because of snow; the way snow interacts with a structure; and finally how a building’s envelope addresses the impact of cold, snow and ice.

    Too often, however, the design and presentation of architectural projects are shown in the limited time span of a verdant summer environment. Living with the cold and snow, conditions that encompass more than half of the year, requires a considered approach to thinking about about public space and the built environment. This exhibition will feature projects, both built and unbuilt, that demonstrate a deep understanding of the local climate and conditions.
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    Celebrate winter. Create a winterscape.

    January 9, 2017

    The City of Edmonton’s Front Yards in Bloom: Winterscapes
    program is back! Don’t let a little snow stop you from getting
    creative and adding colour and beauty to your front yard and your neighbourhood.

    Participate by either building and entering your own
    Winterscape, or nominating someone else’s. A Winterscape can include: snow, ice, lights, landscaping, ornaments and winter-themed scenery. Individuals, families and teams can participate by building a Winterscape in the front yard of their home, community hall or school.

    Visit edmonton.ca/winterscapes to learn about the award categories and to nominate or enter a Winterscape for a chance to win prizes. At the end of the season, photos will be posted on the City of Edmonton’s Facebook page for voting. The Winterscape with the most votes in each category wins first prize.

    Entries and nominations will be accepted until February 19, 2017.


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    No excuses not to enjoy our winter wonderland.


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    Deep Freeze is on again today and tomorrow on Alberta Avenue. Not sure if anybody has mentioned it. Fireworks are tonight at 6pm.

    Can't make it out today but we're going to go tomorrow. Great weather out there.
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    Terwillegar teepee

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    One theme being explored at the conference is Winter Design. Sessions you might find interesting include:
    Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle – Karen Lee, Dr. Karen Lee Health + Built Environment + Social Determinants, and Robin Mazumder, University of Waterloo will explore all aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle during winter environments to ensure a vibrant community.

    Winter Design: Placemaking – Hazel Borys, Placemakers, LLC, and Jason Roberts, The Better Block Project will focus on how to adapt placemaking concepts in winter. This session will be relevant to all businesses as it explores the design and management of public spaces during winter.

    Microclimates – Harold Madi, Stantec will present on the importance of designing our cities for comfortable microclimates taking into consideration wind blocking and access to sunshine.

    Use of Lighting in Winter Cities - Darío Nuñez Salazar, Verkis Consulting Engineers, and Sabine De Schutter, Studio De Schutter will propose how cities can be illuminated to improve winter life and embrace the seasonal darkness.
    The Winter Cities Shake‐Up will also feature presentations on winter business and winter culture.

    Importantly – this isn’t a typical conference. There are field trips, a Winter Pecha Kucha Night & Winter Innovation and Culture Showcase, early morning workouts with the November Project, flying canoe races, and the Silver Skate festival in Hawrelak Park.

    For more information on the conference and registration, please visit us at www.wintercitiesconference.com.

    If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 780‐436‐0983 ext. 234.

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    We went to the Southeast winter fun festival on the weekend. What a great event. It was at kenilworth community hall.
    They had a freeze/skate way through the park, curling sheets, horse sleigh rides, bon fires with smores (free), cabane a sucre, live music, cross country ski, and a crap load of inside and outside supervised activities for the kids.
    https://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_...-festival.aspx

    All free. Very thorough and well organized.
    Didn't hurt that the weather was gorgeous.

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    I know some of the festivals already have a bit of this, but I think a great way to get people out for a winter festival is to incorporate fire.

    I'm talking large scale fire installation, artistic pieces. Going every night for a week or so. There's several festivals in N America that already do this. I remember going to one in Paris that was really neat.
    A dozen pieces going at the same time, have a pathway between them all with firepits for sitting and relaxing, vendors with mulled wine, hot choc, bbqs, beaver tails, etc etc. Silverskate seems like the best fit for it as they already have one, but it seems more like a one time show than an ongoing art installation.

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    Upcoming Shake-Up conference showcases how Edmonton has warmed up to winter

    January 30, 2017

    In just two weeks Edmonton will host the 2017 Winter Cities
    Shake-Up Conference. Delegates from 40 winter cities
    around the globe will gather to discuss winter strategies,
    share successes and generate ideas to make winter a
    season to look forward to. The three-day conference
    explores new approaches to winter living in the
    areas of business, urban design, culture and wellness.
    But being a successful winter city is more than just talk.

    There has been a noticeable shift in the way Edmontonians
    approach winters: we don’t just brave the cold, we thrive it in.
    This was the theme when Councillor Ben Henderson was joined
    by other local winter enthusiasts on Cafe Bicyclette’s
    outdoor winter patio to celebrate the city’s changing
    temperament towards winter.

    “In a remarkably short time, the community has shifted their way of thinking and embraced this idea of being a proud winter city” says Councillor Henderson. “It’s not just people who have lived here for a while and are used to the cold, but newcomers and visitors are actively seeking out the incredible things to see and do here during this time”.

    As we look towards celebrating Canada’s 150th winter, the season is also a great way to creatively engage in our rich local history. “The Flying Canoe Races is about as Canadian as it gets” says Daniel Cournoyer, producer of Flying Canoë Volant. This inaugural event, taking place during the Shake-Up conference, is a creative homage to the legend of the Flying Canoe, tapping into our French-Canadian, First Nation and Métis tradition. “Where else but Canada would people join a team to race a full-size canoe down a snow-covered hill, throw an axe or two and bucksaw through a tree stump, just for fun?”

    Winter Cities Shake-Up takes place February 16-18 at the Shaw Conference Centre. If you’re looking to embrace your winter spirit, register now and check out these cool activities around the city:

    Feb 2 - 4, Flying Canoë Volant, La Cite Francophone

    Feb 10 - 20, Silver Skate Festival

    Feb 15 - Mar 31, MADE’s Winter Design Exhibition, Latitude 53

    Feb 16, NextGen Pecha Kucha Night, SHAW Conference Centre

    Feb 17, November Project Workout (@Nov_ProjectCAN)

    Feb 17, Flying Canoe Races, Edmonton Ski Club

    Feb 18, ShakeUp Festival, The Armature

    For more information:

    To see the full program and register, visit wintercitiesconference.com. Full conference and single-day registration options available.

    For a full list of Edmonton winter activities, visit wintercityedmonton.ca

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    Love winter!!!


    Fatbiking in Winter so much fun.

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    'Cadillac of toboggan rides' part of Edmonton's upcoming winter city conference

    ELISE STOLTE

    City officials are hoping this year’s WinterCity Shake-up conference will detail how to design cities to be warmer, healthier and more magical.

    They’re also signing up teams of four to race canoes down Gallagher hill — a race La Cite Francophone’s Daniel Cournoyer promises is both safe and comfortable.

    With a padded canoe following a custom-made luge track, it will be “the Cadillac of toboggan rides,” he said, urging people to get signed up at flyingcanoevolant.ca. “It’s a nice quick sweep down the hill and it follows up with a bucksaw challenge and an axe throw. Best times move forward.”

    The Flying Canoe Volant festival, which runs this weekend out of La Cite Francophone, is adding the additional event to coincide with the Winter Cities Shake-up Conference, which runs Feb. 16-18, building on work from the first conference in 2015. Twenty speakers — and some attendees — from across Canada, Europe and Asia are lined up and conference officials said local residents are welcome, too.


    Experts will detail how to design effective sunny nooks that capture heat while keeping out the wind, how embracing winter in other countries has improved rates of depression, how to create a sense of place in winter from an urban design perspective, and a business case for supporting winter biking, said Sue Holdsworth, leading the winter city effort for the City of Edmonton.

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    Embrace the winter chill at PKN 27
    Presenter lineup announced

    February 2, 2017

    Edmonton’s NextGen is partnering with the 2017 Winter Cities Shake-Up Conference and will showcase 10 unique presentations celebrating all things winter at the next Pecha Kucha Night. PKN 27 will feature these dynamic speakers:

    Michele Perret - Making Minus Positive in a YEG Winter

    Mandy Johnson - #BikeAllWinter

    Darren Proulx - Using Snow to Build a Better City

    Glenn Kubish - Inside Coffee Outside

    Emma Sanborn - Life in Luleå

    Matt Roper - Winter River Pavilions

    Susan Yackulic - Nordic Walking: The Perfect Winter City Outdoor Activity

    Shafraaz Kaba - Re-Imagine the Arts District for Edmonton's Winter Nights

    Michael Glazier - Commuting in Winter: The Experiment

    Kairi Pawlick - Choose Your Winter



    Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: The Shaw Conference Centre, Hall C
    9797 Jasper Ave
    Cost: $10 or two for $15 (Students)

    Tickets are now available online.

    Derived from the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chit chat”, Pecha Kucha Nights are global, fun and informal gatherings where Edmontonians present innovative ideas in a fast-paced, concise and entertaining format.

    For more information:

    edmontonnextgen.ca/

    pechakucha.org

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    Background: The Winter Shake-Up Festival

    Let’s shake up winter together this Family Day weekend at the Shake-Up Festival!


    Join us on Saturday, February 18 for a free family party in the heart of Downtown. This all-ages event will feature:

    * Live entertainment

    * Free hot chocolate

    * Sleigh rides

    * Bannock-making...and much more!


    When: Saturday, February 18 (Family Day Weekend)

    Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Where: The Armature (located on the north side of Jasper Avenue and 96 Street)
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    Sip, slide and dance on skates to celebrate winter

    February 2, 2017

    Fall in love with winter at two separate events that invite you to the toboggan hills and a Valentine’s Day disco skate and dance!

    Sip & Slide Sundays Are Back

    Grab your sleds, slide down the hill and sip a free hot chocolate from WinterCity Edmonton! You'll find our hot chocolate crews at the following three toboggan hills every Sunday this month. We're making it easier to play outside in winter, so come on Edmonton, bundle up and get out in the snow.

    Dates: February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017
    Time: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., or until the hot chocolate runs out.
    Locations: Rundle Park: ACT Hill (2903-113Ave)
    Jackie Parker Park (4540-50 St)
    Gallagher Park (97Ave & 92St)

    Shake Your Groove Thing at the Valentine’s Day Disco Skate & Dance

    Skate or dance around the City Hall rink with your special someone this Valentine's Day. WinterCity Edmonton invites you to our wintry love fest where you can roast bannock over an open fire, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, or play a giant game of checkers.

    Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first come first served basis.

    Date: February 14, 2017
    Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Location: City Hall Plaza Rink

    Events may be cancelled due to severe weather, poor ice conditions or lack of attendance at the toboggan hill. Call 311 for the most up-to-date event information.

    For more information on both events:

    wintercityedmonton.ca/events/sip-slide-sundays/

    wintercityedmonton.ca/events/valentines-disco-skate-dance/

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    Winter Cities Shake-Up kicks off this week

    February 13, 2017

    Media are invited to the 2017 Winter Cities Shake-Up, an international conference shaking up preconceptions of winter. Join leaders and innovators from 40 winter cities around the globe as they share out-of-the-box approaches to urban winter living in the areas of culture, design and business.

    Date: Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 18, 2017
    Time: Morning sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and go throughout the day
    Location: Shaw Conference Centre (with various field trips around the city)

    Media opportunities:

    Opening Ceremonies with opening remarks from Mayor Don Iveson, Elder Gilman Cardinal, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta
    Many speakers are available for live and taped interviews
    Interview room available at Shaw Conference Centre
    Media passes available
    Media can join field trip activities upon request
    Suggested story ideas include:

    Latitude 53 Opening Reception
    Media Architecture Design Edmonton's (MADE) Winter Design Exhibition, a showcase of projects that speak and respond to Alberta’s winter
    The Debaters LIVE!
    A comedy stage show made popular by the hit CBC Radio One program. This edition tackles the question: is winter really is the coolest season?
    Dark + Cold = Depressing? Not in Tromso, Norway
    Keynote speaker Kari Leibowitz speaks on the Norwegian mindset towards winter well-being
    5000 square meters of frozen water makes a great place to sleep
    Learn more about ICEHOTEL, the hugely successful undertaking in a Swedish village 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, from its creative director
    We Bundle Up: Fashion, Function & Flair Fashion Show
    Downtown Fat Bike Tour
    Local organizations, Blitz Conditioning and Revolution Cycle, will take you on a guided tour of downtown
    Flying Canoe Races
    A creative homage to the legend of the Flying Canoe where teams race a full-size canoe down a snow-covered hill
    If we design our cities better, will we be happier?
    Edmonton Top 40 Under 40 recipient, Robin Mazumder, explores the links between urban design and mental health
    For more information
    Find full program schedule and more story ideas at wintercitiesconference.com.
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    Come watch us kick some snow!

    Flying Canoe Races at the Edmonton Ski Club
    Date/Time: Friday February 17, 2017 | Begins 7:00 pm

    Location: Edmonton Ski Club (9613 96 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 2B3)

    Come take part in this “Canadian Triathlon”. All delegates are welcome to watch the race, which consists of racing a canoe down a ski hill, a two person bucksaw, and axe throwing. The top four teams will move on to the final and the fastest team will be Flying Canoe Races champions! There will be a shuttle bus circulating between the Shaw Conference Centre, Hawrelak Park and the Edmonton Ski Club.
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    Reminder:

    Winter Pecha Kucha Night / Winter Culture & Innovation Showcase
    Date/Time: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | Doors open at 6:00pm; presentations begin at 7:00pm.

    Location: Hall C, Shaw Conference Centre

    Come browse new technologies, practices, activities, music, art, fashion and food that contribute to thriving winter cities, winter living and economy. The showcase will feature interactive display from over 20 companies and organizations that are dedicated to making winter life more enjoyable.

    Edmonton's NextGen is excited to present Pecha Kucha Night 27—an evening of winter celebration! Ten exciting presentations that embrace the chill in our winter city are up on the docket. Make sure to come early to check out the Innovation Showcase!
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    Downtown Fat Bike Tour
    Date/Time: Thursday February 16, 2017 | 5:15 - 6:30 pm

    Cost: FREE | Limit of 30 participants
    Location: Departing from the north entrance of the Shaw Conference Centre, on Jasper Avenue

    Local organizations, Blitz Conditioning and Revolution Cycle, will take you on a guided tour of our beautiful downtown. Yes, there will be snow, and it might get a bit chilly. Fear not, we will provide you with some hot chocolate to warm you up to start the ride, and dinner at the Blue Plate Diner on 104 street, family style! If you don’t have a bike, that’s okay! We have 15 bikes that you can borrow, the rest will need to bring their own bike! First come, first serve on our Fat Bikes (through the registration form).
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    Great first day of the Winter Cities Shake-up and today looks to follow that up. Shame about the weather though as it has impacted some of the events/activities.

    Hope to see you all at the Edmonton Ski Club tonight for the canoe races, ESC patio bar and live music!
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    Globe and Mail has a nice story about the Winter City Strategy
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle34065811/
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    Indeed. Plant the seeds, nurture them, voila!
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