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· The Pulse
By Madeleine Stout
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  • The Valley Line southeast LRT has been delayed for a third time. Service on the 13-km line is now scheduled to begin in summer 2022. Construction began on the Valley Line in 2016 with an original expected completion date of December 2020.
  • On Edmonton's tax levy survey, 34% indicated they were in favour of a tax increase, while 42% said they want tax levels to stay the same. The survey had 8,644 respondents in total. City council is currently contemplating a 1.8% tax increase, which would work out to $14 more than last year on every $100,000 of assessed property value.
  • The Edmonton Reuse Centre will reopen Jan. 12 after shutting down in March 2020 due to the pandemic. All items will be available for free to celebrate the centre's 15th anniversary.
  • An Edmonton police officer has been fined $2,000 for assaulting an Indigenous man during an arrest in 2019. An internal disciplinary hearing has been on hold pending the outcome of the criminal trial, which will determine if Const. Michael Partington will remain on the force.
  • The worsening of COVID-19 in Europe and the emergence of the Omicron variant has affected planning for the IIHF 2022 world juniors, which begin in Edmonton and Red Deer on Dec. 26. "We're not using the term 'bubble' because it's not everyone that will be in a bubble. But when we say the teams are in a protected environment, they're in a bubble," Hockey Canada president Scott Smith told Postmedia. Additionally, there will be no pre-tournament games, and event organizers have paused plans to hold a grand opening for Edmonton's Ice District.