All posts by: Alex Macdonald

More Eyes = Better Weed Control

A brilliant ‘Of Course!’ idea that launched an inventive app for identifying and reporting invasive and noxious weed species has more than proven its worth. The Alberta Weed Spotter app has genera...

Making better use of rain!

Two City of Edmonton drainage branch environmental engineers are engaged in a major challenge that combines large-scale protection of the environment and long-term savings in infrastructure. Xiangfei ...

Filling Potholes: It Boils Down to ‘Gut Feel’

Edmontonians are cursed with hundreds of thousands of potholes every year, and to the folks who fix them, it seems like there are the same number of salespeople hawking the perfect repair product. “...

eServices speed neighbourhood approvals

The adoption of ePlan, an all-electronic system for processing neighbourhood development plan approvals, has brought relief to engineering firms and City employees – but no joy to courier services a...

Vision Zero: Setting sights on superior safety

Edmonton is taking a giant leap – even further than it already has – toward its goal of achieving serious reductions in traffic injury or fatality collisions. In the coming months, you’re going ...

Fleet Services overview group pays dividends

Maintaining a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles – including cars, trucks, street sweepers, tractors, Fire Rescue and EPS riverboats, trailers, ride-on mowers and much more – requires a whole lot o...

Big thinking about small-scale project will warm Edmonton’s heart

Mary Ann Debrinski has a really big pipe dream for Edmonton’s downtown heart. it’s green, brilliant and realistic! As the City of Edmonton’s Director of Urban Renewal, she and her colleagues are...

Office of Energy Management can help reduce energy costs, GHG footprint

In the back corner of Edmonton Community Services’ Wildwood building, a small group of employees have a unique view not only of the sheer magnitude of the City’s operations, but also how it will...

This Old Edmonton House

The City’s heritage planners are giving a second life to an innovative program designed to preserve more of the Edmonton’s old homes. “One of the best ways to ensure the preservation of identif...

Fleet Safety Officers’ goal is to educate

The driver of the small City of Edmonton flatbed utility truck must have had a panic attack when he saw Fleet Safety Officer Steve Pedersen standing in the middle of 95th Street, waving him over. Stev...

City to build 48,000-tonne organics ‘stomach’

Edmonton’s Utility Services Branch is about to take another big step towards diverting 90% of the city’s waste from landfill. This year at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC), construction...

Excel. A click! Presto: a plan!

The combination of Edmonton’s growth and the lessons learned from 2012 flooding have placed the City of Edmonton’s Utility Services capital budget on a consistent upward slope. Our current budget ...

Training helps new lifeguards stay focused

Recent expansion in the number and magnitude of the City’s swimming pools has resulted in a major re-focus in the approach to lifeguard training. “It used to be that pools were all rectangular and...

New bridge is personal to construction project manager

To thousands of people driving on the old Walterdale Bridge past its replacement’s construction site, what they manage to glimpse is merely a complex construction project in progress. And to very ...

Eye-in-sky technology stops staff costs from rising

Were it not for a giant technological leap forward taken two years ago, the City of Edmonton’s Assessment and Taxation Branch’s assessment team would be much larger and more costly to taxpayers....

Simple snow solution $aves

The way that Marcus Boutilier and his Crew Leader Nick Kohler helped the City of Edmonton avoid spending thousands of dollars for sportsfield snow removal equipment was so simple, it was downright ele...

Pool water you could drink? Yep!

Put a visionary, a high-energy steam engineer and a ‘geek’ lifeguard together, give them a few years and a modest budget…and what do you end up with? How about what could be the finest quality s...

Approval logjam-break enabled Pride crosswalks

One might think that painting rainbows on a few City crosswalks to recognize Pride Day might have been a difficult concept to ‘sell’ to upper management. It was, actually. But not for the reasons...

Bylaw group stronger for good neighbour challenge

When a group of Edmonton’s municipal enforcement officers first decided last year to build a stronger, more integrated team, little did they think it would boil down to free hot chocolate and snow...

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