Four days ago Air North announced it will be adding flights between Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Ottawa in 2014. This is fantastic news for our city. Thanks very much, Air North! Now if we could only get that runway of ours extended we would really see our airport traffic pick up. Hopefully a few influential passengers on the new Ottawa to Yellowknife leg will contemplate this as they fly.
Yesterday, Telus hosted a press conference at Stanton Territorial Hospital to announce its arrival in Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories. It will be opening its new retail location in the Center Ice Plaza in a couple weeks. This is wonderful news for Yellowknife wireless customers. To read the full press release, go here.
A huge kudos to the folks at Outcrop Communications for their new Go Mobile initiative. These guys are community leaders and they deserve special recognition for their efforts to improve our city.
Free Bicycles for Yellowknife Visitors, Courtesy of Outcrop Communications
YELLOWKNIFE, JUNE 10, 2013 - First Paris, then London and New York – and now, Yellowknife. What do these great cities all have in common? Free bicycles! True, Paris, London and New York may have slightly more extensive systems, but Yellowknife’s new Go Mobile free bicycles, provided courtesy of Outcrop Communications, the North’s largest marketing and communications firm, have a more focused audience: tourists.
The revitalization of downtown Yellowknife is a complex challenge
- one that we can look at from many angles. Over the course of the
next year I'd like to explore some of those angles. My hope is that
folks who have an interest in this topic will write in with their
thoughts and we can get a dialogue going.
The Center Square Mall Has Made Its Own Bed
Many folks look at the Center Square Mall as a victim of downtown
decline. As a former long-time tenant of the mall I believe this to be
untrue - I think the mall is largely to blame for its own decline. The
reason this misconception is important enough to write about is that the
City has recently spent over a million dollars assembling land on 50th
Street in an effort to reverse the decline of the area. As a city
councillor I'm concerned that unless the mall starts pulling its weight,
these investments of taxpayer dollars will achieve nothing. It does no
good to give yourself a blood transfusion in your left arm if your
right arm is chopped off at the shoulder.
Check this out, folks. Looks like a great way to spend Valentine's Day in Yellowknife. Allison and I will be there with bells on. But be forwarned, if you're hoping to outbid me on the tiramisu, you'd better bring your vacation money.
Please join Kimo Linders, General Manager of Fraserway RV LP, NWT Tourism, and Industry, Tourism and Investment for an information session on opportunities related to a turnaround station in Yellowknife.
Folks, the Long John Jamboree needs your help. We're working harder than ever before to bring you a winter event worthy of Yellowknife, but as you can imagine, it takes a whole lot of people to make it happen. If you're interested in helping out and having a ton of fun down on the ice, then join us this Thursday, January 17th at Javaroma between 7 and 10 pm. There will be music!
Also on the agenda will be the launch of our Beard Growing Contest. Ain't no one-month beards around here! This is a two-monther! Prepare to be uncomfortable...and then to be admired by all the weak beard growers you just crushed!
See you this Thursday and make sure to shave for your "before" picture!
I'm reaching new lows. This is a duplicate post from my city council blog. My apologies for the re-post.
Have you ever wondered how many vehicles drive down Franklin Avenue
during rush hour? You have? Well have I got something for you!
people will find this map boring, but this is exactly the type of thing
people look for when they're contemplating opening a business. It
occurred to me today that the Department of Planning and Lands probably
has all kinds of great traffic study info, so I wrote to the Director
and he sent me a link to the Smart Growth Development Plan. This map
was in Part 1 of the Transportation Improvement Study. There is a pile
more information in the Appendices. And apparently there are many more
studies that have been done on specific intersections that can be
accessed with the permission of the developers who paid the bills.
I know this blog has been pretty inactive for a while now, but I don't want to close it off just yet. I was recently elected to Yellowknife City Council, which means I'm now in the thick of things when it comes to the topics that this blog has explored since I created it. So although I may not post frequently, my posts should be very informative.
In particular, I'm hoping to post about the following topics as soon as I get up to speed on the City's position and direction:
A Business Improvement District for Downtown
Yellowknife Tourism Development
Events and Festivals
So make sure you check back every now and then. It should be interesting.
Also, just a quick word on the Long John Jamboree. The dates are set for 2013, March 14-17. We had our AGM on Saturday and we're poised to make some great improvements on last year's inaugural event. But in order to turn the Jamboree in our City's premier tourism event, we need volunteers, and we need to build partnerships with other local organizations. So please, if you're interested in getting involved, get ahold of our executive director Nancy MacNeill through our website or facebook page.
Well folks, it's Election Day! I would like to thank all those who
have helped with my campaign, as well those who have offered
encouragement and taken the time to discuss their concerns with me. I
have one final favour to ask - please make sure you get out to vote!
Basically, the city has been divided up according to territorial
ridings, so if you know which riding you're in the following list may be
more useful that the map:
Poll 1 (Great Slave) - Ecole Sir John Franklin High School Poll 2 (Weledeh) - Ecole St. Patrick's High School Poll 3 (YK Centre) - Northern United Place Poll 4 (Frame Lake) - William McDonald School Poll 5 (Range Lake) - Range Lake North School Poll 6 (Kam Lake) - Multiplex Arena Poll 7 (YK South) - N.J. Macpherson School
As a final note, I'd like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the
last month. I've made many new friends and I've gained a new
appreciation for Yellowknifers' commitment to this city. I've also been
very impressed with the tone of the campaign, and the hard work of
volunteer groups like Alternatives North who organized a great
Janna Graham is a genius and a hero. She has developed an audio walking tour to educate people about Old Town: its history, its mystery, its abundance of CBC employees (it's not really about that, but this is true and would make a good article). Follow this link to see the latest edition of EDGE YK and check out her article on page 9. You can also pick up paper copies of the mag, for free, at various places around town including Javaroma, the Co-op, the Black Knight, etc.