· The Pulse
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  • The City of Edmonton is working with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services to reduce fires on vacant properties after four people experiencing homelessness were killed in fires this fall. The city has seen an increase in fires in vacant buildings and suspicious fires in the northeast over the past 12 months.
  • The outdoor ice rinks at Victoria Park and The Meadows Community Recreation Centre opened for skating this weekend, with more rinks anticipated to open through December. Public health measures, including a mask requirement and 30% occupancy limit for indoor facilities, will be in effect for all users.
  • The Edmonton Police Service is looking to hire 10 recruits next year through the Experienced Officer Program which fast-tracks applicants with at least 18 months of previous Canadian policing experience through an eight-week training period instead of the typical 27-week training course. The next class is scheduled to start in June 2022. In total, EPS plans to hire more than 100 recruits next year.
  • An ETS bus driver hit and injured a 32-year-old in a marked crosswalk on Jasper Avenue and 109 Street on Dec. 3. The driver has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian.
  • On Dec. 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the city announced updated language for DATS. Instead of the Disabled Adult Transit Service, DATS is now the Dedicated Accessible Transit Service, which the city said "is more inclusive and reflects the diverse individuals who rely on this vital service."
  • Three Alberta First Nations are preparing to take control of child welfare in their communities. "Under this new system, we will focus on prevention... we will provide services to the parents, children, (and) families, and support them to ensure that no child is ever removed from their family except as a last resort," Peerless Trout First Nation Chief Gladys Okemow told Postmedia. In Alberta, 23 Indigenous children receiving child welfare services died this year, the majority of the 30 total deaths reported as of Oct. 31.