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City hopes to win $50 million in Smart Cities Challenge with new ‘Healthy City’ proposal


Folllowing more than a year of research and community consultation, the City of Edmonton has submitted its proposal for the $50-million top prize in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. Using the theme ‘Healthy City,’ Edmonton’s proposal aims to help to city become a healthier, more connected place to live.
“Edmonton’s innovative Smart City approach to improve health addresses the true needs of the community through a collaboration between public sector organizations, private sector organizations and residents,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “This approach, enabled by technology, analytics and data, will bring Edmonton back to its roots — a place where all residents have equal opportunity to lead healthy lives.”
Incorporating feedback from Edmonton residents and partners, the proposal details the development and phased implementation of a Healthy City program, where the quality of life and well-being of residents will improve through changes to programs, policies and services at a municipal level.
In the fall of 2017, Infrastructure Canada announced the Smart Cities Challenge – an open competition to communities across the country to use data and connected technology to improve the lives of residents. In the spring of 2018, Edmonton was announced as one of five finalists in the competition’s $50-million category, competing against Vancouver/Surrey, Montreal, Quebec City and the Region of Waterloo.
Edmonton’s Smart Cities Challenge final proposal will be reviewed by a 13-person jury and members of the team will participate in a Finalist Showcase in Ottawa in May. Winners of the Smart Cities Challenge are expected to be announced later this spring.
The final proposal and finalist video are available at


Take to the streets and celebrate Park(ing) Day tomorrow (Friday)



The City of Edmonton encourages people to “take to the streets” for PARK(ing) Day. Celebrated worldwide, PARK(ing) Day asks people, artists and designers to temporarily transform public parking stalls into artistic displays, design installations or other creative activations.
Date: Friday, September 20
Time: Noon – 6 p.m.
Location: 107 Street between Jasper Avenue and 102 Avenue
More than 20 existing parking stalls will be temporarily transformed into parklets to explore. Attendees can expect to see many creative parklets, including Instagrammable walls, kid-friendly urban park installations and interactive sites featuring fun activities and amenities.
“PARK(ing) Day is a powerful way for us to re-imagine how we use our public space,” said David Holdsworth, Senior Planner, Urban Renewal. “As we densify and grow our city toward two million people, the way we use public space becomes increasingly important. Initiatives such as PARK(ing) Day, combined with the new parks and more walkable sidewalks we’re building, show how downtown is transforming into a great community.”
PARK(ing) Day began as a grassroots movement in San Francisco in 2005. It is now an annual global event that empowers the community to re-imagine the public realm and enhance the street for pedestrians.
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Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary.



Homes by 3Leafs showcases the first single family, shipping container home built in Calgary. The Alberta based company is changing how homes are constructed by transforming recycled steel containers into high performance, energy efficient homes with net zero capabilities.

September 19, 2019, Calgary, AB ​Homes by 3Leafs gave media an exclusive inside look into the sleek, elegant modern two-storey home made from four recycled shipping containers. The home is nestled in the eco-friendly community, Echohaven, in northwest Calgary.

Som Sourachit, C.E.O. of Homes by 3Leafs describes this moment as pivotal. “Our high performance, energy efficient houses reduce waste in landfills by repurposing steel shipping containers into dream homes. The houses have net zero capabilities and are the new blueprint for how we should build while protecting our environment. “

It’s estimated there are millions of shipping containers piling up in landfills worldwide. The repurposed containers make the perfect envelope for a home, and reduce the heavy reliance on trees used for construction. The steel means shipping container homes are sturdier and will last for generations with fewer repairs than traditional stick builds over time.

The homeowner, Jaime Turner, added “This is a teaching moment for my young daughter. We wanted to build a legacy for her. This is our forever home and we know because it’s made of steel it will last for generations, and an added bonus is, we are being good to our environment!”

Homes by 3Leafs is proud to be leading the way in new home construction. Currently, 6 building projects are underway.

About Homes by 3Leafs

Homes by 3Leafs is a global company based in Edmonton and is comprised of a team of architects, construction experts, designers, and engineers with years of experience developing stunning homes. By using shipping containers to build, Homes by 3Leafs is committed to saving the environment. Thousands of containers pile up in landfills unused while forests can’t be cut down fast enough to support the robust construction industry. The company leads the way with cutting edge technology and new innovations to help the world build beautiful sustainable homes to last hundreds of years.

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