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· The Pulse
By Michelle Ferguson
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  • The city amended its mask bylaw during a special meeting on Friday. Performers will no longer have to wear masks on stage, as long as they are behind a wall or six feet away from the audience. Members of a congregation will have to wear masks while attending indoor religious ceremonies.
  • Catholic Social Services has begun welcoming Afghan refugees. Twenty people have arrived in Edmonton so far. Around 5,000 refugees will be settled in Alberta over the next few months in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Brooks.
  • A ceremonial fire pit was set up to bring awareness to a third unmarked gravesite related to the former Charles Camsell Indian Hospital. The site is located at 7301 199 St. NW in Enoch Cree Nation.
  • An Edmonton man's surgery was cancelled while he was awaiting anesthesia, because there were no hospital beds available for him at the University of Alberta Hospital on Thursday.
  • A city-funded project is gathering stories from Alberta Avenue residents to measure the health of the neighbourhood. Auricle is a multi-year city initiative that addresses problems in core neighbourhoods by connecting residents of different backgrounds.
  • A new recreation centre opened in southwest Edmonton on Friday. The Dr. Anne Anderson Community Centre is the result of a collaboration between the city and Edmonton Public Schools, with the city contributing $5.5 million toward the project.
  • About 400 people gathered in Edmonton on Sunday to protest current COVID-19 restrictions, including many first responders and health-care workers calling for freedom of choice when it comes to vaccinations. Meanwhile, a group of doctors is saying that the province's refusal to impose further health measures, such as vaccine passports, will lead to more deaths.
  • Hundred gathered at a rally outside the Alberta Legislature on Saturday to voice their concerns over the UCP's K-12 curriculum. Many school boards have opted out of piloting the rewrite this fall, including Edmonton Public Schools.
  • People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier made a campaign stop in Edmonton at Borden Park on Saturday — launching a three-day tour of Alberta. He railed against vaccine mandates and COVID-19 restrictions and held a maskless meet and greet in Spruce Grove later that day.