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By Michelle Ferguson
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  • Nearly a year after voting to remove references to Frank Oliver, the Oliver Community League has launched a neighbourhood renaming project. An MP and federal minister, Oliver drafted many discriminatory policies against Indigenous peoples and other minority groups. The renaming process will be inclusive and Indigenous-led, said OCL in a press release.
  • Edmonton Public Schools has formally asked the provincial government to rewrite its draft K-6 curriculum and halt a pilot planned for the fall. A letter to the education minister states the curriculum contains mistakes, and is "not age-appropriate or reflective of Alberta's diversity."
  • The province is launching a pilot project on June 15 that will provide at-risk Edmontonians with publicly funded nasal naloxone kits. Critics say that the program won't solve the city's current overdose crisis.
  • Hundreds of Edmontonians gathered outside the Alberta legislature to pray for the Muslim family that was killed in a violent, racially motivated attack in London, Ont. over the weekend.
  • A new support line for 2SLGBTQIA+ launched in Edmonton on Tuesday. The line is operated by trained staff and volunteers from the Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region.
  • There is growing public support for Edmonton's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026, according to a series of surveys conducted by the City of Edmonton.
  • Premier Jason Kenney and several of his key ministers have repeatedly violated public health measures by hosting covert dinners throughout the pandemic, reports the Western Standard. Many of these alleged meetings occurred at Bottega 104, located downtown.
  • Premier Jason Kenney says he hopes that Edmonton will lift masking restrictions at the same time as the province. Earlier this week, Mayor Don Iveson said Edmonton could continue to impose a mask bylaw when the province enters Stage 3 of the reopening plan.
  • The Keystone XL project was officially canceled on Wednesday by owner TC Energy, after U.S. President Joe Biden revoked a key permit earlier this year.