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· The Pulse
By Michelle Ferguson
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  • Former federal cabinet minister and city councillor Amarjeet Sohi is the frontrunner in Edmonton's mayoral race, according to a new poll by Leger. More than a third of respondents said they intended to vote for Sohi during Monday's municipal election.
  • Some special interest groups used a loophole in the municipal elections legislation, allowing them to advertise and support specific candidates without registering as a third-party advertiser. Act for Edmonton paid for issues-based ads, and then endorsed candidates using email lists, according to Postmedia.
  • Edmonton Public Libraries (EPL) have been busy helping Edmontonians access and print their QR code. "Since we introduced the restrictions exemption process in Alberta, we've seen customers at all of our locations basically every day of the week coming in to ask for help," said Chrissy Hodgins, EPL's director of branch services and community engagement. All QR code printing services at EPL are free.
  • The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (EERSS) is shutting down after being unable to secure a new home. EERSS operated out of a surplus government building on 104 Street, but the province ended the no-cost lease this summer. The Mennonite Centre is trying to fill the gap in emergency supplies by opening a temporary drop-in centre to accept donations.
  • A Métis designer is installing hundreds of painted panels above the new Tawatinâ Bridge walkway. The display honours the Indigenous history of amiskwacîwâskahikan, which translates to "beaver hills house" and is a traditional name for the Edmonton area. Despite delays to the Valley Line LRT, the pedestrian crossing is expected to open in November.
  • Former Edmonton Elks offensive lineman Jacob Ruby apologized for misrepresenting his COVID-19 vaccination status. Ruby, who was removed from the team in September, posted a statement on Twitter saying he made a mistake.
  • The Edmonton Oilers will play Ritchie Valens' 1950s hit La Bamba after every win at home this season as a tribute to the late Joey Moss. The song was a favourite of the Oilers' locker room attendant.