Accommodations

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Re: Accommodations

Postby Gypsy_Wife » Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:18 pm

I was thinking of volunteering for the suite as well. I wonder if I am qualified though. My first aid and CPR cirtificates have lapsed, but I did manage to raise 4 children successfully. I do tutor in a local college computer lab, so I have some experience handling people.

I will hold off though for now since I have yet to register.
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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:31 pm

Sounds like good qualifications to me! We have an excellent security volunteer, Jeff Young, who runs his own security firm locally, very experienced. We will have our own security team under his direction which can interface with those at the Westin and Macdonald etc. So there is backup and the hospitality suite people are not completely on their own handling whatever matters may arise.

Yet to be chosen are the local "event pilots", people to lead groups of fans to the various venues where events will be etc. That was a highly effective part of the event in Berlin.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby evelyn » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:37 pm

Kim,

Lister Hall sounds like a good deal to me too.
I'll wait until you post more information.

Can't wait to experience Edmonton!

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Re: Accommodations

Postby don » Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:46 pm

Kim,
I suspect that many of our European colleagues will opt for Lister Hall -- and if we make it known that there will be very cheap accommodations available, we stand a better chance of the Europeans coming over. Is it possible we'll need more than 40 rooms?
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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:00 pm

OK, let me work on 60 rooms, that seems a good round number!

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Re: Accommodations

Postby evelyn » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:34 am

Kim,

If we get a large group in the dorm it will make it so much easier to hang out all night - one of the things we
enjoy the most about Events.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:51 am

Yes quietly and without alcohol. The 24/7 hospitality room at the Westin downtown is more suitable for the kind of all night gathering you are describing.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:14 am

How late and early does the LRT run?

What's the cost each way or does it do roundtrips or passes for several days at a time?


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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:24 am

From http://www.edmontonslrt.com/

Single trips on LRT are $2.50 one way, less with various packages etc.; book of 10 tickets is $21.50 . I will get more details on prices available to us.

LRT Hours of Operation:
5:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. (Monday to Saturday)
5:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Service frequency:
Weekday a.m./p.m. peak - 6 minutes
Weekday midday - 10 minutes
Weekday evening - 15 minutes
Saturday a.m. - 15 minutes
Saturday midday - 10 minutes
Saturday evening/late night - 15 minutes
Sunday (all) - 15 minutes

Hope this helps.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:32 am

Yes, it does. Thanks, Kim. The intervals it runs at are fun, but return-to-dorm times are a bit early for anything late night happening at the Westin, unless it's a literal all-nighter.

How long a walk would you guess it would be for a group of people. Is it safe territory for walking between the two?

It seems unlikely that they would allow a better rate for us, but you don't know til you ask. Worth a try.


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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:44 am

It is a pleasant hour's walk between the two, and yes it would be safe for a group of people to walk that. Remember that Canada is a kinder, gentler nation!

But another part of the reality is that cabs are not much more than the LRT in cost and staying downtown, both to party and to sleep, will be ton's of fun!

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Re: Accommodations

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:01 am

Which is closer to the Westin? The Days Inn Downtown or the Holiday Inn Express Downtown? Perhaps, you've already mentioned this elsewhere; but if walking's the issue with the dorms, an hour is probably going to be too much for me. It would need to be a shared cab or the LRT. The pass sounds like the way to go if the LRT. I'll be interested to hear if they'll give a reduced rate.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:16 am

Holiday Inn Express is five blocks away from the Westin and Days Inn is six blocks away.

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Re: Accommodations

Postby don » Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:52 pm

Kim, maybe you had better explain to us what you mean in your reply to Evelyn, "quietly and without alcohol." That certainly doesn't describe Lister Hall as I remember it during my two undergraduate years there. And it doesn't describe any university residence I'm familiar with today. Sounds more like a monastery than a university dorm -- but then, from The Book of Longing, I learn that there seems to be a lot of brandy and wine drunk in monasteries as well.

My recollection is that Lister Hall is the name of a complex that consists of three residence towers and a central meeting area/cafeteria. The residences are named after Canadian explorers: MacKenzie, Henday and Kelsey. Each floor in these towers consists of three wings each radiating out from a central common area that is used for a tv lounge and where you also find the elevators. Washrooms are found at the end of each of these wings, nearest to the central area.

Students partied in their rooms, or frequently in the wings, and often in the common areas. If there were restrictions on either alcohol or noise, either none of us were aware of them and they were not enforced, or the student leaders on each floor secured permission to bend the rules on frequent occasions. The common areas on each floor are very suitable for the kind of late night passing of the guitar we have in mind. In fact, we did the same thing in Montreal when many of our colleagues stayed in the university dorms at McGill.

Perhaps there will be occupants of the Lister Hall dorms other than our merry crew, and among those, there may be a few who would rather not join in on our all-night songfests or share a glass of wine with the rest of us monks. It might be best, then, if we are to obtain 60 rooms, that they all be on the same floors, in contiguous floors.
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Re: Accommodations

Postby KimSolez » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:31 pm

Hi Don,

The University got rid of the pub in Lister Hall last year, and the restrictions on alcohol use were the main reason I opted to book the space in the Westin for hospitality 24/7. I will get more details on the University's alcohol policy but it is clear that the partying will be better downtown. We cannot have all our rooms together, they will be spread around Lister Hall. We are guests of the University there and must comply with the rules, and be good neighbors for the others staying there unrelated to the Cohen event.

All the best. - Kim

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