Sep 15

UberEATS aims to take big bite out of Edmonton food delivery competition

Uber’s ride-sharing service has yet to get the green light to resume operations in Edmonton, but starting Thursday morning its UberEATS app will begin serving up a new option for some Edmontonians who like to have food delivered to them.

“We’ve partnered with 40 of some of the best local restaurants in Edmonton,” Ramit Karr, the general manager for Uber in Alberta, said. “We kind of stayed away from the major chains. We really honed in on your local favourites.

“Generally speaking, it’s restaurants that don’t traditionally do delivery at all.”

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Right now the service is only being offered in a delivery zone closer to the city’s core. The zone’s boundaries are 23 Avenue in the south, 170 Street in the west end, 137 Avenue on the north side, and 50 Street in the east.

The UberEATS zone boundary is 23rd Avenue in the south, 170th Street in the west end, 137th Avenue on the north side, and 50th Street in the east.

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    Already used by consumers in Toronto and Ottawa, Edmontonians are now able to download the UberEATS app on iOS and Android devices and use it to have food delivered from trendy eateries like El Cortez, MKT Fresh Food and Beer Market and The Local Omnivore.

    “This has massively expanded our reach for who has access to us now, and the ease at which they have access to us, that’s the huge thing,” Mark Bellows, owner/operator of The Local Omnivore, said.

    “We had budgeted to design our own software so we could track our own guests and have them order online,” Bellows added. “This has scrapped all that. We don’t need to do all that. It’s like the old idea: when you can’t do something very well, find someone who’s really good at it and work with them to do it.”

    READ MORE: UberEats expands its Toronto food delivery service

    Once the app is downloaded, people can sign in with their existing Uber accounts — if they have one — and the service allows consumers to track the delivery of their food from the moment it’s picked up by a driver.

    READ MORE: Uber temporarily suspends operations in Alberta’s capital

    Uber says this is another way its drivers can keep working while the ride-sharing business is suspended in Edmonton while waiting for provincially-approved commercial insurance.

    “We had thousands of drivers who were driving on the Uber platform before we had to stop operations,” Karr said. “They’ve been like, ‘hey when are we getting back on the road?’

    “We’re hoping to get back on the road with ride-sharing, but…in the meantime, this is a great opportunity for those drivers to continue to make some extra money to put in their pocket.”

    In an effort to promote its entry into the food delivery business in Alberta’s capital, UberEATS is offering free delivery for orders made in the Edmonton area for an unspecified length of time.

    UberEATS faces established competition in Edmonton. There are already two well-known food delivery companies operating in the city: Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes, and Toronto-based Just Eat.

    Both allow consumers to order take-out from dozens of local restaurants via a website or app, and the company provides drivers to deliver the orders. Skip’s app and website also allows you to track your delivery’s progress.

    WATCH: CEO and co-founder of SkipTheDishes Joshua Simair talks about how he started the Winnipeg based business on Global News Morning.

    SkipTheDishes recently expanded to start offering breakfast delivery on the weekend, and lunch delivery during the work week.

    In April the tech company entered into a $3 million partnership with the Saskatchewan government to help fund training for 300 new jobs in their Saskatoon corporate office.

Sep 15

Ice District tower takes shape, occupancy questions remain

With the exterior now complete, Edmonton’s newest skyscraper is beginning to take shape in the east end of downtown.

A special ceremony was held Wednesday to celebrate the milestone in the construction process of the Edmonton Tower.

A view of the Edmonton Tower in the Ice District on May 25, 2016.

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While the Rogers Place arena will be the centrepiece of the Ice District, a concerted effort to revitalize that portion of the downtown core, the 29-storey Edmonton Tower is also a significant piece of architecture as well as being the Ice District’s first commercial building.

A view of Rogers Place from the Edmonton Tower on May 25, 2016.

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“Downtown is the anchor of the economic vitality of this entire region and this is a big milestone for all of northern Alberta,” Mayor Don Iveson said Wednesday.”It’s going to be a centre for commerce, a centre for governance, a centre for crucial activity in our city.”

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    “If you look at the architecture of this building, it’s absolutely beautiful,” Glenn Scott, senior vice president of real estate at the Katz Group and the developer for Ice District, said. “The building is about 75 per cent leased already.”

    But of that 75 per cent that’s already been leased, 65 per cent will be used by the City of Edmonton while only 10 per cent is taken up by other tenants, although developers say more will come.

    “Look at this building – look at the architecture – it’s right at centre ice,” Scott said. “It’s connected to everything Edmontonians want to have in the Ice District. We’re confident it’s going to be 100 per cent leased.”

    A view of the interior of the Edmonton Tower on May 25, 2016.

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    In total, 613,000 square metres of space is under construction in downtown Edmonton during a time when Alberta’s economy continues to struggle over the collapse of the price of oil. However, at least one developer suggested that it hasn’t hampered the ability to fill what he considers state-of-the-art buildings.

    “We’ve been very successful here and also in the Stantec Tower,” WAM Development Group’s Darren Durstling said. “There’s a number of tenants that want a better quality building.”

    The Stantec Tower is going up right by the Edmonton Tower along with a hotel and condo complex.

    READ MORE: Luxury hotel chain coming to downtown Edmonton

    “The shape of the city is changing,” Iveson said. “It’s a wonderful time to be an Edmontonian.”

    The City of Edmonton leased space in the Edmonton Tower in order to move 2,300 employees there and the move will allow citizens to access all city services at one location, something city officials believe will improve services and the permit process.

    Construction work is expected to continue on the Edmonton Tower for another six months.

    -with files from Fletcher Kent

Sep 15

DeLaet trusting process in search of first PGA Tour victory

Every time he tees off at a PGA Tour event, the question is never far from Graham DeLaet’s mind: will this be the week? Now in his sixth full season on tour, the Saskatchewan golfer’s list of accomplishments includes three second-place finishes and three thirds, but he’s still chasing the ever-elusive first victory.

“I feel like it’s close and that I can break through at any time,” DeLaet said in Saskatoon Wednesday.

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    “It means a lot to me, for sure. I feel like once I get one maybe more will start coming because the pressure’s been lifted, but at the same time I’ve won before at different levels. I know what it takes to win and you can’t focus on the trophy, you’ve got to focus on what you’re doing at that time.”

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    Focusing on the process is easier when you’re healthy, which wasn’t the case for DeLaet in 2015, when a thumb injury cut his season short. These days the 34-year-old is feeling better than he has in years.

    “[I had a] little bit of a neck issue a few weeks ago that just lasted for a few days but other than that it’s as healthy as I’ve been since I was playing mini-tours and Canadian tours, so all that’s been good.”

    There’s another big difference this season for the Weyburn native. He’s now the proud father of twins.

    “It puts things in a different perspective. Golf’s not the most important thing in my life anymore, which it has been for the past ten years. It’s just kind of a new stage in my life and I’m really enjoying it,” DeLaet said.

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    He’s also enjoying the comfort that comes with having spent a few years on tour.

    “I know now that I belong out there and even when I’m maybe not playing my best golf I can still kind of hang around and scrape together some sort of decent finish.”

    It’s that approach which DeLaet hopes will be the key to unlocking win number one. His next opportunity comes June 2 when he tees off at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Sep 15

B.C. woman accused in multiple charity scams

Lia Weekes is fighting hard to save her son Joshua’s life. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant.

So she was surprised and disheartened to discover someone collecting money using her son’s picture in front of a Coquitlam grocery store last month.

“This woman was representing herself as someone from Canadian Blood Services and had photocopied some blood drive posters and had them on the table in front of the money box that she was using to collect funds,” Weekes said.

READ MORE: BC mom claims charity scammer taking advantage of 6-year-old son battling leukemia

Her name is Kyra Kathleen Foster and she’s been spotted outside at least five grocery stores, raising money on behalf of Canadian Blood Services, something the non-profit organization does not do.

“We do not solicit funds from any individuals,” David Patterson of Canadian Blood Services said. “You will never see an authorized person from Canadian Blood Services at a mall soliciting funds, outside a grocery store. You won’t see that.”

EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Kyra Kathleen Foster gives her side of the story to Global News journalist Randene Neill.

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“It’s despicable if, in fact, she’s attempting to profit from a family who is going through such a heartbreaking situation,” Kulvinder Hayre said.

Hayre also said she gave money to the same woman at a grocery store in Ladner back in March. She was raising money for a different child.

Westshore RCMP are investigating a similar setup in Langford last Christmas.

It turns out Foster has a history in the court system. In 2005, she was ordered to pay a Halifax property company more than $15,000.

More recently, a court ordered her to pay more than $2,000 to her ex-landlords. They never received the money.

Global News reached out to Foster several times. She responded by email, admitting she has been campaigning for sick children. In fact, she just had another family ask her for help.

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Woman accused in multiple charity scams


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She adds that she was expecting gratitude and enthusiasm when Joshua’s mother confronted her at the grocery store last month.

As for six-year-old Joshua Weekes, he still desperately needs a bone marrow donor.

Those interested in learning more about the donation process can visit blood长沙夜网.

– With files from Randene Neill