· The Pulse
By Mack Male

  • According to Cameron Martin, a senior leasing manager with Epic Investment Services, downtown's office vacancy rate is just below 20%. But NAIOP, Edmonton's commercial real estate development association, said things could turn around when work-from-home order is lifted. The organization is hosting virtual tours and Q&A sessions throughout the week to highlight positive trends.
  • The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has launched Canada's first animal cruelty investigation unit (ACIU), noting a link between animal cruelty and other violent crimes. In 2021, a majority of the 400 animal cruelty investigations exposed some sort of criminal activity.
  • Postmedia reports that 46.8% of all 911 calls received by EPS' emergency communications and operations management branch between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1 were not emergency calls. This year, EPS has charged 17 people under the Emergency 911 Act for making non-emergency calls.
  • Outreach workers in Edmonton are calling on the province to address the lack of family shelters for families experiencing homelessness. Calgary has two family shelters, which sometimes support Edmonton families seeking emergency housing.
  • A new report from ATB Financial and MNP estimates the Indigenous economic contribution in Alberta was $6.74 billion in 2019 (2% of provincial GDP).