· The Pulse
By Michelle Ferguson

  • Advance polling for Edmonton's municipal election begins Monday. The 12 advance voting stations will be open from Oct. 4-13 from 1-7pm. Election day is Monday, Oct. 18.
  • A local developer has purchased the four University of Alberta ring houses — saving them from demolition. Primavera Development Group will relocate the buildings and use them to create new community arts hub.
  • Chinese community leaders in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto are calling for a national strategy to rebuild Chinatowns across the country. Edmonton's Chinatown lost 30% of its businesses over the past 18 months. The pandemic also slowed efforts by the Chinatown Transformation Collaborative Society of Edmonton to rejuvenate the community.
  • Edmonton Oilers forward Josh Archibald is out of the lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, likely caused by having COVID over the summer. Archibald made headlines last month for being the only unvaccinated player on the Oilers lineup. Meanwhile, defenceman Duncan Keith said he felt pressured by National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) to get a vaccination.
  • A change to how gaming revenues are dispersed could cut community leagues budget's by millions of dollars, according to a letter from the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and its Calgary counterpart. This could affect programming and infrastructure in both cities. Edmonton and Calgary's 302 community leagues have built and maintained more than $750 million in community-based infrastructure.
  • A researcher from the University of Alberta wants to encourage businesses and educational institutes to do more to tackle poverty. Maria Mayan, a School of Public Health professor, is hosting a lecture on Monday on inclusive economic approaches. Her research has found that one in 10 Edmontonians, nearly 120,000 people, experience poverty.
  • Eight to 10 military nurses will arrive in Alberta on Monday. They will likely be deployed to Edmonton, while the Red Cross and Newfoundland teams will likely travel to Red Deer and Fort McMurray. Health-care professionals welcomed the reinforcements, but said a fire break was still necessary to stop community transmission of COVID-19.
  • Albertans can now download a QR code showing their COVID-19 vaccination status. However, the app to scan the codes, called the AB COVID Records Verifier app, will only be launched in few weeks. The province also has no plans to replace paper records, which are easily falsified.