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Picture this: thousands of Edmonton historical photos online

Picture this: thousands of Edmonton historical photos online


Tim O’Grady is a time traveler. 

The City of Edmonton archivist spends his days poring through pics of our past.

“I love the photos,” O’Grady says. “What I really like about the photo is it’s really accessible and immediate.”

City of Edmonton archivist Tim O’Grady loves looking through the city’s past. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)

Last October the City of Edmonton Archives launched a new website and began transferring selected black and while images from its massive collection onto the new system.

So far, O’Grady and the team have managed to upload more than half of their target of 50,000 photos.

The new database is called AtoM, an acronymn for Access to Memory, which is the standard in archives in Canada, according to O’Grady.

“You can search for a photo, through Google even. You find the photo, but then you can also find all the contextual information about that photo.

“So you would find a photo of a brewery for example and then you’d see this photograph is actually part of a much larger collection.”

Files filled with photos are housed at the City of Edmonton Archives at 10440 108th Ave. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)

It’s that kind of context that delights head archivist Kathryn Ivany.

“Before when we had photos up, you would just see the photograph but now you can see the story of the person who created the photograph, perhaps all the other photographs they took of their family, of their business,” Ivany said.

Being able to link images together in this way makes for a richer experience, whether you’re a student researching a local history project or a genealogical buff looking for faces from your family tree.

But the city archives doesn’t only work with faded, black-and-white images.  

It continues to accept digital photos from Edmontonians to add to its ever growing collection.

However, Ivany admits they’re pretty picky about what they take. They have to be in this digital age.

“The collections are getting larger as digital photos take over people’s lives so we are going to actually be much more selective of the ones we put up on our website because we’d soon be overrun with images,” she said.

You can see more from the City of Edmonton Archives in this week’s edition of Our Edmonton on Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at noon and 11 a.m. on Monday on CBC TV.

The archives one of the organizations housed at the historic Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre. (Adrienne Lamb/CBC)



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Driver hurt after attempting U-turn on highway west of Edmonton

Driver hurt after attempting U-turn on highway west of Edmonton


A woman was seriously injured after her van was hit while making a U-turn on a highway west of Edmonton Friday.

The van was travelling east on Highway 627 when it attempted a U-turn at  Range Road 275 at 7:42 a.m., RCMP said in a news release.

  

The van was hit by a westbound SUV.

The 37-year-old woman driving the van was taken to hospital with serious injuries by air ambulance, RCMP said. 

The 45-year-old driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries.

Traffic was diverted onto Highway 779 and Campsite Road for most of Friday morning while police investigated.



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Guests evacuated amidst flooding at Westin Hotel in downtown Edmonton

Guests evacuated amidst flooding at Westin Hotel in downtown Edmonton


Guests staying at the Westin Edmonton were moved to a different hotel Tuesday evening after a major water leak caused flooding, says Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

A fire crew was dispatched to the hotel at 101st Avenue and 100th Street at about 7:20 p.m., said Edmonton fire spokesperson Katie Stewart.

Hotel staff had turned the water off by the time firefighters arrived, she said. Water was leaking from the main-floor ceiling.

Water was leaking from the main-floor ceiling Tuesday night. (Nathan Gross/CBC)

Stewart said she couldn’t confirm what caused the flooding, how many people were evacuated, or what hotel they were moved to.

Katie Mundy was staying at the Westin and had to move to another hotel. She said she was told a pipe had burst on the fifth or sixth floor.

“It sucks, but it’s nobody’s fault,” she said. “I feel bad for the staff. The staff here are phenomenal, they’re really amazing. So I think they’re doing the very best that they can.”

A Westin Hotel employee said management was unable to comment Tuesday evening because they were busy dealing with the flooding.

Edmonton Fire Rescue was called to the downtown hotel at about 7:20 p.m. (Nathan Gross/CBC)



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Third person charged in horse neglect investigation west of Edmonton

Third person charged in horse neglect investigation west of Edmonton


A third person faces animal cruelty charges after an investigation of neglected horses on two properties near Evansburg.

The Alberta SPCA has laid an additional 27 charges under the Animal Protection Act.

Robert Cornell, 60, of the Evansburg area faces nine charges each of causing an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate food and water, and failing to provide adequate care when an animal is wounded or ill, the SPCA said Monday in a news release.

Patricia Lynn Moore, 48, and Ross Andrew Atkinson were each charged in January with the same 27 offences in connection with the investigation.

The Alberta SPCA said it received a complaint from a member of the public in December about numerous horses that were dead or in distress on a property in the Evansburg area.

The initial investigation led peace officers to a second property in the same area.

All three people charged in that case are scheduled to appear in Evansburg court on March 11.

Moore and Atkinson also face more than 60 Criminal Code animal cruelty charges following an RCMP investigation into conditions on a rural property in the same area.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 11 to face those charges.

Police have said that 65 horses and six dogs were taken from a property near Entwistle during that investigation.



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Premier Rachel Notley addresses Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Premier Rachel Notley addresses Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Political watchers will be measuring the partisan temperature of Premier Rachel Notley’s speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce today.

Notley’s address — part of the chamber’s series of lunchtime events with the leaders of the provincial political parties —is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

CBC will live stream Notley’s speech here.

Liberal leader David Khan, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney and Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel have already made their appearances in the chamber’s series.

As premier, Notley determines when Albertans will go to the polls this spring. She has said she plans to honour Alberta’s fixed election period legislation where the vote must be held between March 1 and May 30, 2019.

Notley has held press conferences over the past month which critics claim were free of real news and instead were opportunities to talk up her government’s record.

Last week, Notley took a partisan swing at Kenney, her main opponent, when she alleged he intended to introduce tolls on Alberta highways.

The UCP fired back by saying Kenney’s user-fee idea would only apply to new infrastructure required for industry.

As for Kenney, the UCP leader launched a four-day tour of northern Alberta with events in Slave Lake on Wednesday. Kenney’s trip will include stops in Grande Prairie, Fairview, La Crete, Peace River and High Level.

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