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The Women’s Movement Marches On

by Monika Viktorova Photography courtesy of Lindsey Catherine Photo + Media. A Multi-Million March On January 21, 2017, a historic Women’s March on Washington turned out crowds, by some estimates, three times that of the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States the day prior. Over 3.3 million people marched in the US alone, with estimates up to four million globally.  Hundreds of sister … Continue reading The Women’s Movement Marches On

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Rethinking our Perceptions and Embracing Change

by Maja Staka Saturday afternoon, Kathryn Lennon, a planner with the City of Edmonton’s CITYlab team, walked onstage to face a crowd of faces shrouded in darkness. Her smile was warm, and her voice unwavering. Pointing towards the PowerPoint behind her, she seemed eager to continue. “So whenever I visit a new city, I end up in Chinatown because I find that there’s a sense … Continue reading Rethinking our Perceptions and Embracing Change

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Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

by Sanaa Humayun Edmonton’s Women’s march left me with mixed feelings. I’ve tried to write this article a hundred times, I’ve procrastinated and made excuses, I’ve found myself absolutely incapable of coherently explaining this mix of pride and anger I feel in my heart. When I think of what’s happening, my heart pounds faster – my palms become sweaty and I realize, more than anything, … Continue reading Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

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Put the Talus Dome In Its Place

by Zosia Czarnecka If you’re hoping to earn your city a name on the map, there is a well-known, unwritten list of requirements. You need to have a river or some body of water, you need to be known for at least one athlete, you should have had a natural disaster pass through (in our case, a tornado), and you need record-breaking weather of some sort. … Continue reading Put the Talus Dome In Its Place

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The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes | By Srosh Hassan

“There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” ~ Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet You can experience first-hand evidence for yourself at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes! In its only stop in Canada, this featured exhibit at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton transports you to 1886 Victorian London to the study of a struggling young doctor, Arthur Conan Doyle. Visitors get a glimpse into his inspiration and experiences leading to the … Continue reading The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes | By Srosh Hassan

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Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

It’s not truly Christmas season until the Sugar Plum Fairy’s graceful twirls, or a re-telling of Scrooge’s mistakes, arrest an audience’s attention somewhere. This year’s production of The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet, as choreographed by Edmund Stripe, successfully captured the magical highs and lows of the popular holiday adventure. On opening night (December 10th) the audience was drawn into a telling of Klara and … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

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Redefining ‘Bitch’ | By Elliot Rose

  We are in the basement of the Mercer Building, having a coffee in the new Transcend location, just a few floors below Sarah Dharshi’s office. She’s decked out in all black, neo-Run DMC-attire with winterized Nike Roshers, fashionable leggings with angled seems, solid-coloured baseball jersey and a thick gold chain wrapped around her neck. Her swagger is impressive but when she begins to share her … Continue reading Redefining ‘Bitch’ | By Elliot Rose

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The Next Big Thing: A Recap of Startup Edmonton’s 5th Annual Launch Party | By Hanhmi Huynh

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Startup Edmonton’s 5th Annual Launch Party, where each year 10 up and coming startup companies in Edmonton are featured. This year the list included:

Alieo Games
Instacoins
MADSOFT Games
MASV
OMx
Otto
Pogo CarShare
TeachMe
Trajectory
TwoFold

 

This year’s event was held at the EPCOR Tower, a pristine new business venue in Edmonton. As a nursing student attending business events in my semester off, I was glowing with excitement. Just as we were walking in, we ran into Mayor Don Iveson, looking dapper, and exceptionally approachable, as always. Already a great start to an impressive event! The venue was filled with a mix of students, investors and business professionals eager to learn more about these exciting new companies.

The night started with opening speeches from representatives of Startup Edmonton, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and the Mayor. Derek Hudson from EEDC spoke about igniteedmonton.com, a new website to support entrepreneurship in Edmonton, and for customers and partners to discover local businesses. The Mayor spoke to our city’s emerging economy, and acknowledged the creativity of these startups. Edmonton is rapidly changing: 40% of new jobs in the country were created in Edmonton. “People are starting to take notice of Edmonton and recognize that it is the best place to take a risk and create something,” the Mayor concluded.

The opening pitches from each company gave a brief introduction of what they were all about. However, I wanted to get to know a little more about some of these companies and how they started. Time was limited, so I went straight to the companies that caught my attention the most.

Pogo Carshare
Pogo Carshare officially launched that night. Pogo is a locally-based company that allows Edmontonians to use Pogo cars in their area. I talked to James Kwan, a University of Alberta graduate and co-founder of the company:

Who are the people involved and responsible for the start of the company?
Our team consists of five people in total, two of which are University of Alberta grads.

How does the service work?
Currently, we have twenty cars in total: twelve active and eight in preparation. What you would do is check to see if there is a Pogo car available in your area (we have an app in the works) and check out the pick-up and drop-off zones. For example, say you were tired of studying at the University and wanted to head to Whyte. You would locate a car in the University area, access it and park on Whyte. And since they are in the same zone, you do not need to return the car to where you originally found it.

The payment options are per minute, per hour, or per km after 200km. For insurance purposes, we also have eligibility requirements; members have to be over the age of 21 and they require good driver’s abstract.

What are your goals as a startup company?
We want to grow as quickly and sustainably as we can while delivering as much value as possible to Edmontonians. We hope to reach 150 cars by the end of next year.

How will you deal with problems such as downtown parking and the criticism that you will be taking up parking spaces for Edmontonians?
I would argue that although it seems counterintuitive, our service will help with the congestion and help with parking downtown. For example, many car owners are looking to transition from two cars to one, sell their cars, or look for alternatives to car ownership. This would be a great way for people to still drive to the places they need without the stress of car ownership. Parking is also included with our service as we are in partnership with the city.

What was your motivation for starting this company in Edmonton?
It was something that we felt was missing. Many of our founders use alternative modes of transportation; one of our co-founders is a huge cycling enthusiast. We wanted a way to help make Edmonton more sustainable and also provide a service that would give back.

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The Rise of Ride Share Services: Disruptive Technology in Action| By Paul Lopushinsky

A few weeks ago, Uber came to Edmonton to talk about potentially bring the service to the city, along with Calgary. Uber is a ride sharing service founded in March 2009 and has become one of the darlings of Silicon Valley, having a valuation of 18.2 billion as of June 2014 and one of the more disruptive startups to pop up in the bay area. Other … Continue reading The Rise of Ride Share Services: Disruptive Technology in Action| By Paul Lopushinsky

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Through My Eyes Documentary – Glimpse Into Youth Homelessness | by Erin Cripps-Woods

The message is very clear: homeless youth need support and understanding, and they need it now. This is what Through My Eyes focuses on, and it does so with a gripping sense of urgency. This Edmonton-based documentary — edited, produced and directed in its entirety by a team of high school students — takes a realistic approach in conveying the challenges faced by homeless youth on a daily … Continue reading Through My Eyes Documentary – Glimpse Into Youth Homelessness | by Erin Cripps-Woods