· The Pulse
By Michelle Ferguson

  • Some Edmontonians cast their vote in the wrong school board ward during advance polling this week. Edmonton Elections returning officer Aileen Giesbrecht said the "where to vote" tool used to confirm addresses wasn't fully refreshed leading to some people being given incorrect ballots.
  • Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee wants to set up independent traffic collision reporting centres to free up officers for other duties. McFee also continues to advocate for changes in legislation that would allow police to impound vehicles if drivers go 50 km/h above the speed limit, rather than hand out tickets.
  • The Grocery Run Program, an Edmonton charity that provides food for new Canadians and refugees, is in need of funding. The program serves 3,200 individuals each week, and more than half of those are children.
  • The province announced it was exploring options for new supervised consumption services in underserved areas of Edmonton — particularly south of the river. It also released an app to help Albertans using opioids while alone in their homes.
  • The province announced financial support for businesses adopting the restrictions exemption program. Small- and medium-sized businesses who choose to implement the program will soon be able to apply for a one-time payment of $2,000 to help with training and implementation.
  • The Alberta Medical Association is calling for all eligible students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, the province said there were no plans for schools to move online, amid calls from the Edmonton Public School Board.