It’s always enlightening — and sobering — to look back at the year and remember what made news.
We’ve chosen to single out the cookie as a newsmaker in it’s own right — having been the centrepiece in Alberta’s Cookiegate. Yes, it was actually former AHS boss Dr. Stephen Duckett that made the oatmeal raisin cookie famous, but we’d be nowhere today without the Edmonton-made La Persaud cookie itself.
The Arena Deal
Or should we say, the move to Quebec City? In what some might have deemed a stunt by the Edmonton Oilers organization, trying to nudge the city into pushing through the downtown arena project, officials from the hockey club were in Quebec City to talk with that city’s mayor in early December.
The Indy race has been an enigma wrapped in a riddle for much of 2010, with the city’s decision to put the brakes on the event in November because of the mounting costs of hosting the racing event. Rumours swirled that the event could be headed to Calgary or even Vancouver, and race groups were mystified the city wouldn’t put money into the event when it generated millions in economic spinoffs for the city.
Calgary bowed out early, leaving Edmonton as the lone Alberta city vying for the 2017 World’s Fair. In many circles, Edmonton was considered to have just as good a shot as any to land the event.