Everything You Need to Know About Edmonton: July 11, 2013

The Wanderer Online provides Edmontonians with a daily recap of the last day in news. Our long-form – and sometimes irreverent and witty –  recaps will keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings across the city. Enjoy and stay tuned.

A huge debate was sparked yesterday, spurred by a parody poster campaign, titled “Don’t be that girl”, and launched by a “men’s rights” group in the city. The debate, catalyzed by Paula Simons’ analysis of the posters, quickly caught fire on social media. The poster campaign was launched by Men’s Rights Edmonton, in response to the “Don’t be that guy campaign”, which seeks to educate individuals on issues of consent and alcohol. Accordingly, many in the city, including the Edmonton Police Service, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and Alberta’s Minister of Human Services have denounced the new “Don’t be that girl” campaign. With the heated debate surrounding the issue, perhaps Men’s Rights Edmonton will have some much-needed help evaluating the morality and intent of their endeavour.

ETS is getting a relevant technological upgrade, with the new Smart Bus programming being revealed yesterday. A total of forty-five buses have been equipped with the technology, which seeks to provide transit-goers with actual bus time schedules, stop announcements, and location information to passengers. The technology seeks to improve the transit experience, and is being implemented on the first few routes due to their popularity among students. With more technology to come for ETS, Edmontonians may have one more good reason to work transit into their daily routine.

The Edmonton Police Services are on the hunt for three males suspects in an alleged robbery. Two men were held at knife point in a vehicle sale gone wrong in the area of 32 Street and 16A Avenue. This incident is the second in a week involving the buying and selling of a vehicle online, and EPS is warning everyone to be extremely cautious when buying or selling anything online. Click here for more information regarding the incident or if you have any information.

Clean-up efforts are still in high gear for the town of High River and other communities affected by the flooding in Southern Alberta. Allison Redford recently stated that the province is fully committed to supporting these efforts, and has transferred $50 million to the Town of High River to keep the community operating. With the official State of Emergency ending today in the town, the majority of residents have returned to their homes. While this is a high point in the rebuilding efforts, there is still a long road ahead for the communities and the province.

CC photograph courtesy of nao-seja-aguele-cara on Flickr

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