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At City Hall: Public data, spring fitness and software contract

City launches open data website A new city-run data website is aiming to improve transparency and accountability at City Hall.
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City launches open data website

A new city-run data website is aiming to improve transparency and accountability at City Hall.

While the website only has datasets on a few subjects such as the city boundary, parks, parcels, photo radar locations and cultural facilities, the idea is that the website will allow residents and other interested parties to review and download municipal information at no charge.

In a media release, the city states the new website builds on a concept developed through St. Albert Transit, referring to bus stop and schedule information that has been made available to developers since March 2015.

The city plans to add more datasets that will be available to the public, including ones on city facilities, traffic counts, transit routes and trails. Those wishing to see more datasets included can do so by emailing opendata@stalbert.ca.

Spring fitness programs ready

Residents looking to shed some winter weight will have the ability to peruse the city’s spring and summer camp programs starting next week.

The programs, which are available online on the city’s website and are offered at Servus Place and Fountain Park, are led by individuals from St. Albert and the surrounding area. Early aquatic registration and programs, including summer camps, opened Feb. 27. This includes for Servus Place annual members as well. General registration opens March 6.

Software company to tackle transit scheduling

City council has approved a contract for more than $217,000 aimed at bringing St. Albert’s transit scheduling up to speed.

The contract was awarded to Quebec-based Courval Scheduling Inc. (CSched) during the Feb. 19 regular council meeting. In order for St. Albert to be a part of the regional Smart Fare/Smart Bus systems, city transit needs to use scheduling software that’s compatible with it and interface with the system used by Edmonton’s transit.


Jeff Labine

About the Author: Jeff Labine

Jeff Labine joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2018. He writes about city hall and municipal issues. Follow him on Twitter @jefflabine.
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