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· The Pulse
By Michelle Ferguson
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  • On Monday, Edmonton city council voted unanimously to change the name of Grandin LRT station and cover up the mural depicting a residential school. All references to Bishop Vital Grandin, a proponent of the residential school system, will be removed from city property as soon as possible.
  • The city will begin a phased reopening of its recreation facilities and attractions when the province moves into Stage 2 of its summer reopening plan on June 10.
  • The University of Alberta recently published a study highlighting the benefits of supervised consumption sites in Alberta. The study found a correlation between increased visits to provincial sites and a decline in overdose deaths between 2017 and 2020. Edmonton is currently experiencing a spike in overdoses.
  • The city is investing $9.88 million into the Edmonton International Airport in an effort to attract new routes and establish new ones post pandemic. Council voted in favour of the funding on Monday.
  • Vaccination rates have started to slow in the province. "We're getting to that critical point right now where every additional person who decides to get their first dose is going to be able to accelerate the full openness of Alberta," said Kenney.
  • Updated quarantine rules for those who are partially or fully vaccinated do not apply to primary- or secondary-school students, reports Global News.
  • Premier Jason Kenney apologized for hosting an outdoor dinner atop the Sky Palace that violated COVID-19 public health orders.