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    What would be the, say 25 - 50 most important or critical non-people names / entities / things that every Edmontonian should really know, in order to talk about Edmonton, describe Edmonton, understand Edmonton, etc? What should top a lot of lists in terms of importance in one way or another?

    For example everyone here in the city would say Oilers, WEM, river valley and the like. Maybe Stollery.

    Until Stantec built its tower I bet many Edmontonians knew little of it. For instance I mention Poole, Aimco and the like and often get a a sense that people may not have a clue as to what they are. So I imagine I have no clue to a lot of things-Edmonton that I should really know a lot more about.

    So what should be every kid on up be able to recognize as important to Edmonton, important in Edmonton, etc.

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    • #3
      ^ Dickylicker.
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      • #4
        "if god exists and he allowed that to happen, then its better that he doesn't exist"


        • #5
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          • #6
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            • #7
              kc, i think your request for a list of noteworthy edmontonians deserves more respect than it's received so far. i think there might have been an earlier attempt to create one years ago but i can't find it at the moment so here goes...

              these are from the list that alberta venture came up with for alberta's centennial. i'm not sure it's fair to remove some - like grant macewan or ralph klein or ralph scurfield or wayne gretzky - who were from elsewhere but are still important in understanding edmonton's history and psyche. i'm also pretty sure there are some - like rachel notley and harry hole or don stanley and peter hemingway or even daryl katz or tommy banks in particular - who aren't on this list (and maybe should be) but should certainly be on the one you're looking for.

              The 50 Greatest Albertans
              1. Grant MacEwan served as mayor of Calgary and lieutenant governor and wrote more than 50 books on agriculture, politics, and literature. He was the first person to receive the Premier’s Award of Excellence in 1985 and was awarded five honorary doctor of laws degrees as well as the Order of Canada. In recognition of the impact he had on the province, Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton and Grant MacEwan Elementary School in Calgary bear his name
              2. Ralph T. Scurfield was a pioneering businessman in the Calgary area, having built Nu-West Homes into the biggest home-building company in Alberta’s history. He, along with several other business partners, took ownership of the Calgary Flames in 1981 as a show of his support and dedication to the city he loved.
              3. Lois Hole was a wife and mother,a grandmother, an au-thor, a savvy businesswoman and a -prominant literacy advocate. In 1995, the “Queen of Hugs” was Edmonton’s Business and Professional Woman of the year and was appointed in 1999 both a member of the Order of Canada and lieutenant governor, a position held until her death in 2005.
              4. Peter Lougheed was premier from 1971 to 1985. He introduced Alberta’s Heritage Fund and is considered to be one of Alberta’s most dynamic and influential leaders of the century. He was named a companion of the Order of Canada in 1986 and remains active in Canadian private enterprise.
              5. Emily Murphy was the British Empire’s first police magistrate who successfully led the Famous Five in the 1929 “Person’s Case,” which saw women recognized under the British North America Act, Canada’s then de facto constitution. A women’s rights activist, author and journalist, Murphy is considered by many to be Canada’s most prominent feminist.
              6. Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta since 1992, has led the province to record oil and gas revenues while retaining a firm hand on excess spending. The former mayor of Calgary brought the 1988 Winter Olympics to the city and plans to lead the province until 2007.
              7. Joseph Gurba served Alberta Agriculture for 36 years in many capacities, most notably as head of the provincial crop protection branch. As the first employee of the rat control program, Gurba is one of the biggest reasons the province has been rat-free for more than 50 years.
              8. Thelma Chalifoux is known as a driving force in the Canadian Métis community as a senator,- a land claims negotiator, a child -welfare advocate and a consultant. In 1995, she was the first aboriginal female in Canada to be honoured with a coveted Na-tional Aboriginal Achievement Award and is a devoted activist who works tirelessly for the underprivileged.
              9. Ernest Manning started his political career under William Aberhart and, upon his death in 1943, Manning became premier; a position he held until his own death in 1969. Manning provided low taxes and increased social services, while working to increase the prosperity of the -province’s oil and gas industry.
              10. Nellie McClung, a member of the Famous Five, helped in the landmark”Persons Case” which saw women recognized under the British North America Act. Her teachings are still applied in provincial schools and her name embodies passion, commitment and politics to young women.
              11. Kurt Browning is a popular three-time Olympian and world figure skating champion who was honoured twice as Canada’s Athlete of the Year.
              12. Stockwell Day was elected as the MLA for Red Deer in 1986 and became leader of the federal Canadian Alliance Party in 2000.
              13. Anne McLellan is a well-known lawyer and federal politician who in 2003 was appointed deputy prime minister under Paul Martin.
              14. Asael Exile (A.E.) Palmer is an Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame member who was superintendent of the Lethbridge Experimental Station.
              15. Wayne Gretzky is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer and was instrumental in four of the Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup wins.
              16. Karl Clark patented the hot-water extraction process for separating bitumen from oil sands and was one of the founding scientists for the Alberta Research Council.
              17. Ron Southern guided his father’s dream of corporate instant housing into a multi-billion dollar dream by creating Atco Ltd.
              18. Charles Stewart was a life-long politician; premier from 1917-21, the first minister of municipal affairs and Canadian representative to the League of Nations.
              19. Jamie Salé is a Red Deer native and the 2002 Olympic gold medallist in pairs figure skating with partner David Pelletier.
              20. Senator Pat Burns was the chairman of numerous companies, a rancher, and member of the Alberta Business Hall of Fame.
              21. Ron “Buckshot” Barge hosted Buckshot, the children’s television show, which aired on CFCN from 1967 to 1992.
              22. George Blondheim is a noted composer, conductor, musician and director who has received the Queen’s Canada 125 medal for his provincial and national contributions.
              23. Nicola Murphy, the manager of the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (CWRS), is an educator who also works tirelessly to treat and release injured animals back into the wild.
              24. Thomas Riley built the home, Houns-field Lodge, where Hounsfield Heights, a popular escarpment that overlooks Calgary’s downtown and the distant Rocky Mountains, now stands.
              25. John Ware was Alberta’s original black pioneer who figures prominently- in many of the last century’s legends of Western Canada.
              26. Joe Clark was born in High River and became our sixteenth prime minister. He remained a prominent Canadian politician until his retirement in 2004.
              27. Dr. Ray Rajotte is one of the founders of the Islet Transplantation Group and is responsible for revolutionizing diabetes research around the world.
              28. Samuel Livingston is often called “Calgary’s first citizen” and settled near Fort Calgary, at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, in 1875.
              29. Irene Lewis is the dynamic president of Calgary’s South-ern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), a position to which she brings more than 30 years of educational experience.
              30. Doug Mitchell committed himself to successful business practices as past president of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
              31. Martin Cohos is the founder of the architectural firm Cohos Evamy Partners and is a committed volunteer to various local and national causes.
              32. W.O. Mitchell remains one of our most beloved writers, a member of the Order of Canada and an honourary Member of the Privy Council.
              33. Eric Harvie was a Calgary-based philanthropist and benefactor to the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Zoo and the Banff Centre, among many others.
              34. Clayton Carroll has always played a significant role in Calgary, from his paving company to his gift of $1 million to SAIT’s automotive program.
              35. Alexander Rutherford was Alberta’s premier between 1905 and 1910. He and his government were instrumental in promoting Alberta’s railway and road expansion, as well as a well-received public telephone- system.
              36. Stu Hart was father of wrestlers Owen and Bret “The Hitman” Hart and was instrumental in the popularity of the Stampede Wrestling promotion.
              37. William Aberhart was premier of the first Social Credit government in Alberta. The party went on to govern for more than 35 years (1935-71).
              38. Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party, is author of The New Canada and Think Big: My adventures in life and democracy.
              39. John Forzani expanded his athletic shoe store in Calgary into Forzani Group Ltd., a conglomerate with over $1 billion in annual corporate and franchise sales.
              40. Tom Jackson received the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2002 and Time Magazine named him one of Canada’s best activists.
              41. Max Ward built Wardair, a company that became Canada’s largest airline charter service and the fifth largest of its kind in Canada.
              42. Clive Beddoe founded WestJet in 1996. The airline has grown to operate- 18 Boeing 737 jet aircrafts out of more than 20 North American cities.
              43. Dr. Francis Winspear helped found the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 1952 and donated $6 million to what is now the Winspear Centre for Music.
              44. Delwin Vriend won his landmark case of wrongful dismissal based on his sexual orientation before the Supreme Court of Canada in 1998.
              45. Jarome Iginla played right wing for the Calgary Flames and was first pick by the Dallas Stars in 1995, which was his first season in the NHL.
              46. Louise McKinney was the first female elected to a legislature in the British Empire in 1917 and was a member of the Famous Five.
              47. Grant Notley is known as a poli-tical stalwart for Alberta’s New Democratic Party and was leader of the opposition in the early 1980s.
              48. Ernest Poole launched a family-led construction company in the 1920s which became PCL Construction Ltd. and is now 100% employee-owned.
              49. Ian Tyson is the Canadian folk music legend responsible for penning “Four Strong Winds” and is a recipient of the Order of Canada.
              50. Jann Arden is a multiple Juno winner and mainstay of the Canadian music scene. She is also an ambassador for World Vision Canada.
              "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee


              • #8
                The list you reference is from 2005

                I don't know what the above criteria is. Did they have to be born in Alberta because Alexander Rutherford was born in Ontario, Grant MacEwan was born in Brandon Manitoba and both Lois Hole & Ernest Manning were born in Saskatchewan.

                The following were all born in Alberta
                K.D. Lang, Tommy Chong, Kenneth Douglas "Ken" Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Tricia Helfer, William Patrick “W.P.” Kinsella (Field of Dreams), Michael J. Fox, Bill Matheson, Todd McFarlane and Corb Lund are notably missing

                This is a list of notable people who are from Alberta, Canada, or have spent a large part or formative part of their career in the province.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
                  The list you reference is from 2005

                  which is why i said "these are from the list that alberta venture came up with for alberta's centennial."

                  although re-reading kc's post, i see he was after "non-people names/entities/things" so it's probably moot anyway.

                  to get the thread back on track, places and things and entities every edmontonian should know:

                  edmonton municipal airport
                  jasper place
                  stathcona (not the county)
                  diabetes research (insulin to the edmonton protocol)
                  principal group
                  coronation pool
                  legislature (and related) buildings
                  legislature annex
                  muttart conservatory
                  university of alberta
                  macewan university
                  city hall
                  hotel macdonald
                  refinery row
                  glenrose rehabilitation hospital
                  canadian encyclopedia
                  edmonton community foundation
                  church street
                  high level bridge
                  traffic circles
                  clark/commonwealth stadiums
                  coliseum/rogers place
                  "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee


                  • #10
                    Excellent start!