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· The Pulse
By Mack Male and Madeleine Stout
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  • The city's first five permanent supportive housing developments will not open in time to support residents experiencing homelessness this winter as planned, due to labour and supply chain disruptions. The housing developments, totaling 210 units and located in Inglewood, Terrace Heights, Westmount, Wellington, and King Edward Park, are now expected to open in spring 2022.
  • The city has removed concrete barriers from the 110 Street bike lane in Garneau after numerous Edmontonians complained on social media. The barriers were used to close the bike lane to allow for the installation of appropriate signage, the city said. "This does not align with city plan, this does not align with our values, this is beyond infuriating," said Coun. Michael Janz.
  • Homeowners are frustrated after Edmonton police caused extensive damage to their backyard while responding to a break-in call on Nov. 26. EPS removed a fence and cut down multiple trees in order to enter the downtown backyard with an ARV1 armoured vehicle, which subsequently broke down and needed to be towed from the scene.
  • The Edmonton Cenotaph has received a municipal historic resource designation in recognition of its historical significance. First unveiled in 1936, the Cenotaph commemorates Edmontonians who died in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the War in Afghanistan.
  • The Concordia University of Edmonton Faculty Association (CUEFA) may be the first faculty association in Alberta to strike after 90% voted in support of striking on Dec. 1. CUEFA has been negotiating a new collective agreement with the university since the spring, with disagreements around workload expectations and job security. University of Alberta staff have also considered striking in response to proposed wage rollbacks.
  • The Alberta Energy Transition Study, conducted for Calgary Economic Development and Edmonton Global, found that "both Calgary and the Edmonton region are uniquely positioned to be leaders in a transition to a lower carbon economy" and concluded that 170,000 jobs could be created in Alberta's cleantech sector by 2050. Edmonton is home to 429 of Alberta's 945 cleantech companies, according to the news release.