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Hicks on Biz: Groat bridge debacle is fascinating, but trivial BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

A lot of lawyers went to work early this morning," chuckled the veteran politician on hearing that four girders being installed at 2 a.m. Monday on the new 102 Avenue bridge across Groat Road had somehow simultaneously buckled. The lawyers won't be dealing with this minor but intriguing catastrophe, at least not for a few months. Yes, it is minor. Nobody was hurt or injured. The buckled girders, some 160 tonnes worth of combined weight, did not come crashing down into Groat Ravine. Traffic will be disrupted on Groat Road and 102 Avenue. That's an annoying inconvenience, not a crisis. The engineering/building community is intrigued. There's no obvious explanation. The experts consulted for this column dismiss the high winds theory. Alberta's bridge engineering/construction standards are among the world's best. The parties involved -- Supreme Steel, AECOM engineering and construction, Graham Construction - have excellent reputations. All are experienced bridge builders. Nobody cuts corners. ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks' Weekly Dish: It's Downtown Dining Week BY GRAHAM HICKS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015

Welcome to Downtown Dining Week and you’d be crazy not to take advantage of the best dining deals in town through this coming Sunday, March 22 - $15 for top-notch lunches, $28 for “normal” three-course dinners, $48 for three-course “executive” dinners that would normally cost $65 or more at restaurants the Weekly Dish routinely awards four Suns or more out of five. Restaurateurs are usually as co-operative as wolverines, given the intense competition for the dining dollar. This is a town with some 2,500 restaurants. At the high end, not that many folks can afford to routinely dine out at the $200-per-couple level. Last time I looked, most of us were middle-class, struggling with mortgage and car payments, raising kids. By the time the house was paid off, we’re saving for retirement. Somehow the Edmonton Downtown Association’s executive director Jim Taylor persuaded 33 of the downtown’s better eateries to love each other, hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Taylor ... Read the rest of entry »
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