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Downtown traffic expected to be messy during climate change march.


October 17, 2019
The City of Edmonton is making preparations to ensure that tomorrow’s climate march and related events are successful for everyone involved. The march is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., moving from Beaver Hills House Park on Jasper Avenue to the Alberta Legislature grounds.
Traffic disruptions are expected to be significant
  • Drivers are encouraged to take routes other than Jasper Avenue to move in and out of downtown
  • Everyone travelling downtown is encouraged to share the road
Transit service may also be affected.
  • Downtown transit riders can expect last-minute route changes along Jasper Avenue
  • Passengers on bus routes 1, 2, 5, 16, 52, 100, 111, 120, 309 and 560 are advised that Stop #1622 at 104 Street/Jasper Avenue westbound is closed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bus stop #1673 at 103 Street/Jasper Avenue and stop #1619 at 106 Street/Jasper Avenue remain open
Information will change as events unfold. The City encourages Edmontonians to follow @CityofEdmonton and @TakeETSAlert on Twitter for the latest information.

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Millions now available for Edmonton TV show, film and game producers



City councillors, film industry, game & mobile app development experts were all present while Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson talked on stage. Left and right of our mayor, 3D video projection mapping on the walls, and behind, a large projection screen was running some of Edmonton’s most creative motion content. Iveson said the city realized there was a need for a rebooted film commission to jumpstart the industry in Edmonton, now branded ESIO.

The Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO) is here to represent creators in our city with funding, education, networking opportunities, and intellectual property protection. Great news as Edmonton looks to diversify its economy in Alberta. The Edmonton Screen Industries Office’s goal is to act as a catalyst, a cultivator, a stimulator for the screen media industries in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

“Now we’ve got the Screen Industries office, they’ve got funding available, they’ve got programs and are bringing together people in the industry.” said Iveson, and commented via Facebook “…announced yesterday is not “new funding.” The money was from an earlier film and TV program that had been discontinued, and had been held in reserve for several years.”

The Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO) was founded in 2017 to replace the existing film commission, which had “fallen by the wayside.” At the head of this commission, veteran filmmaker Josh Miller. Edmonton-born Miller won its board over with his encourage-local vision and resume, which includes degrees in English and drama, film production, and a fellowship at the American Film Institute. This led to writing for TV in Hollywood, being director of development at Super Channel.

The fund is currently supplied almost wholly by the city and could be even more critical after the announcement of the provincial budget, and easier to access for Edmontonians, not only to directly support screen industry projects, but stir a buzz, and conversations around the arts from the private sector as well.

“I think having a holistic approach to supporting the growth of screen industries here in our city is important, regardless of what the tax policies are at the provincial level. That’s beyond our control at City Hall. What we can control is support for the sector, and that’s what we’re launching here today,” said Iveson.

“We saw real growth in the interactive digital media side of things in Edmonton, in gaming specifically, and the elimination of that tax credit is a concern,” said Carman McNary, chair of ESIO. “But it’s not going to kill the industries.”

McNary believes now that funding from the city is in place, they will be able to convince other levels of government this is an effective way to support the industry through measuring the growth of the projects EISO funds and supports.

“We were told consistently that one of the barriers to success by local enterprises was a lack of capital. We know that there is private capital available and willing to invest in this sector, and we think we can be a catalyst to allow that to happen,” said McNary. “This is a multi-billion dollar industry, $4 million is not going to change the map materially today, but $4 million rotated and levered could make a real difference to our sector in Edmonton.”

Looking towards alternative industries to boost our economy rather than relying on one that is struggling itself is an exciting direction by the city. Arts and entertainment have typically gained less support than other industries in Alberta. Attendees of the launch event and people on social media expressed that it’s great that the film, television, and video game industry are given a fighting chance, while others are expressing concerns about spending.

There are a lot of passionate and hardworking Edmontonians who work here as creatives, filmmakers, electricians, grips, riggers, which can now get jobs on larger, locally produced entertainment projects.
Until now, creatives may have had a difficult time in Alberta. And many others have made a move to provinces where there’s support for artists in the screen industry.

I love Edmonton’s dedication to the arts and entertainment industry. It’s the creative minds that warm us up in the long -30 winters.

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Listen: Rod Pedersen joins Dean Millard on the Sports And More Podcast.



This week was the perfect time to bring Rod Pedersen into the Sports And More Podcast. Not only was he the voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 20 years, he’s really plugged in when it comes to the CFL. Rod compared this year’s Riders club to some of the past teams after clinching first in the west for just the 4th time since 1970.

Listen to Rod Pedersen preview the CFL playoffs and discuss his journey to sobriety.

We also discussed the changing landscape in the media world, as both Rod and myself would not be considered ‘main stream media’ with his new show, which includes video and me podcasting and doing online radio, it’s opening up some new avenues, if you can put in the work.

Rod has a tie in with the Dallas Stars and was in Texas when we chatted so I asked him why he thinks the Stars are struggling and he pulled no punches when it comes to a certain star player on the Stars roster. His favourite team is the Oilers and it’s a good time to be a fan.

It’s also a good time to be Rod Pedersen as he’s sober. He’s also helping others with their journey to sobriety and he does it with bluntness. The one thing about Rod Pedersen is he doesn’t get splinters sitting on the fence. He’s open about his life changing moment and recovery and how he continues to push forward, one day at a time.

It’s an open and honest conversation with one of Canada’s most recognizable media personalities.



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