All posts by: Alex Macdonald

Speeding up by slowing down: it works!

A collaborative relationship between the City of Edmonton and one of Canada’s three university smart transportation laboratories continues to pay off for Edmonton drivers. Wai Cheung, Edmonton Tran...

Rooting for trees in neighbourhood renewal

Neighbourhood renewal projects involve machines tearing up big chunks of old roadways and sidewalks, followed by heavy dump trucks, packers and pavers – the scale is BIG! But in parallel with th...

Small business ‘makeovers’ scoring wins for businesses, City

If Lara Pinchbeck, Nikhil Shah and Shangfei Huang had been real estate salespeople, it’s a sure bet that they’d have been millionaires by now. Instead, because of their great work, hundreds of sma...

Feeling Welcome at Rec Centres: More than a Front Desk Smile

When Caitlin Davis and her team of recreation facility front counter team leads took a formal inventory of their intercultural development, the results were…okay. “But okay isn’t good enough,”...

Smart Bus technology just keeps on coming!

Edmonton Transit has taken one more step in the direction of making that bitterly cold mid-winter wait for your bus a thing of the past. Smart Bus technology now offers riders the ability to know when...

Traffic signal control going wireless

The City of Edmonton’s Traffic Operations Branch has taken the first steps in a big leap into the future that will see the conversion of most of its traffic signals to a wireless control system. Cur...

City’s on front edge of smart vehicle technology

It must be hard for Wai Cheung to drive a normal vehicle on normal roads knowing, as he does, what an incredible leap forward that cars and traffic control systems are so close to taking. Wai is the C...

Our waste management brilliance: taking it to the world

One of the early initiators of Edmonton’s world-renowned waste management system is patiently selling our city’s expertise to the world…one small step at a time. Roy Neehall was there when the v...

Alley to front door: recycling message hits home

Talking to Laura Henderson and Myles Curry about their work for the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Branch is a combination of fascination and pride – fascination at their brilliance, and thei...

Summer’s no down-time for Fleet Services bus technicians

You’d be forgiven if you thought that during the summer school break, when ETS needs 150 fewer buses each day, that service technicians would enjoy a more ‘relaxed’ workload. Not so. Despite the...

Firefighters getting the green light(s) for better response times

When Tyler Ryan is piloting a huge fire truck carrying 2 tons of water and a heavy inventory of emergency equipment through the full bloom of rush-hour traffic on 170th Street, there’s nothing he ha...

Wizards turn organic waste into revenue, avoiding BIG costs!

What the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Services wizards do with that banana peel you threw in the garbage last night is almost magic. In their drive to divert waste from landfills, for 15 year...

Wheel safety program reaches new heights

In its never-ending quest for the safest possible fleet of vehicles (and drivers!), the City of Edmonton’s Fleet Services Branch has set a new standard of quality in wheel safety with what’s calle...

City tribunals make paper go poof!

Sheila McDonald chokes up when she describes the One-City spirit that came together to free the City of Edmonton’s Assessment Review Board from an ocean of paperwork by going all electronic. “It w...

Get there faster. Slow down!

Wai Cheung is about to try the seemingly impossible, get drivers on the Whitemud Freeway to move faster – by slowing down. Wai’s a technical specialist with the City of Edmonton’s Transportation...

Ice arena gas leak detection now best-in-class

One of the less visible realities of the indoor ice arenas that so many citizens enjoy year-round is that they absolutely must use a variety of gases to keep ice frozen and to power Zambonis. “Anoth...

‘Too many distracted drivers,’ City driver says

Sitting high up in the cab of a huge tandem City of Edmonton truck, what you see when you look down at other drivers at red lights can be downright frightening. “I saw them all the time,” says Bri...

Small team manages BIG! money for City

A billion is BIG! In money terms, it’s a stack of crisp $100 bills 1.6 kilometers high (not end-to-end; we’re talking pancake-style). So Sandy McPherson and his four – yes, just four! – staff ...

New fueling system: swipe, fuel and go!

It’s 30 below and windy. A City of Edmonton employee needs to fuel their City vehicle and the last thing they want to do is enter their mileage or engine hours and then remember their PIN number bef...

Lifeguard recruiting and training streamlined

One of the biggest human resource challenges in running 20 top-notch public swimming pools is maintaining a complement of well-trained lifeguards. A new, centralized approach to hiring, training and m...

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