Linda Duncan and Don Iveson attend climate change conference
Edmonton Strathcona M.P. Linda Duncan (NDP critic for environment and climate change) and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson join the Canadian delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco from Nov. 7 to 18.
Duncan is meeting with delegations from other countries that face similar challenges as Canada. With a focus on moving away from fossil fuels and phasing out of coal-fired power, Duncan hopes to learn more about how others are handling the transition.
Mayor Iveson is representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Annual Parkland Conference
The Parkland Institute’s 20th annual conference is being held at the University of Alberta from Nov. 18 to 20.
The conference will explore the changes taking place in public services, the economy, the environment, and the nature of work (among other things) in Alberta and the world.
Due to health issues, Marilyn Waring has been advised not to fly and will be giving her opening keynote speech via Skype. Waring is a professor of public policy at AUT University, in New Zealand. She is an internationally-renowned feminist, political economist, human rights activist, and was one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Also speaking at the event are Eriel Deranger (Recognizing Indigenous Rights and Creating Climate Solutions), Marjorie Cohen (How Including Gender Can Rev-up the Debates About Climate Change and Counter-Austerity Policies), Ryan Meili (Looking Upstream for a Healthier Society) and Larry Brown (Rethinking Think-tanks).
John Ralston Saul (award-winning Canadian essayist and novelist) will be giving the closing keynote address.
Flood Risk Maps
On Nov. 9 the city released preliminary neighbourhood flood risk maps as part of an ongoing flood mitigation assessment.
According to a municipal news release, the city-wide assessment was created in response to the floods of 2012 and focuses on future planning for changing weather patterns and rainstorms. The assessment looks at 160 mature neighbourhoods within the Anthony Henday ring road that were primarily built before 1989.
“The maps are part of a larger technical review and proposal for infrastructure enhancements that will come forward to city council for consideration,” it reads. “It is anticipated that infrastructure upgrades will be required to ensure neighbourhoods can deal with the increasing needs placed on our existing drainage system.”
Additional information, as well as the maps, can be found at edmonton.ca/floodmitigation.
Métis Week runs from Nov. 13 to 19 in celebration of the contributions and culture of Métis people.
Hosted by the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), there will be a Jamboree at Londonderry Hall (14224 – 74 St NW) from 10 am to 11 pm on Fri., Nov. 18. Beading and jigging workshops will also be on offer, as well as a dinner followed by the Delia Gray Awards from 6:30 pm until 7 pm. The evening will be capped off with a festive jam. Sat., Nov. 19 is Métis Nation of Alberta Family Day from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre.
The day will include fiddle lessons for all levels and ages, as well as activities for kids, an embroidery class, health and wellness table, a genealogy table, and cultural display.
Attracting jobs to Edmonton
The Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) will receive $3 million from the provincial and federal governments. This money is in support of a co-ordinated effort to attract businesses and jobs to the Metro Edmonton region, according to the provincial release.
The province is providing EEDC with $2 million over two years as part of the Alberta Jobs Plan in hopes of encouraging companies to locate in or near the capital. That funding has also leveraged $1 million over two years from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC).