· The Pulse
By Mack Male and Doug Johnson

  • Effective today, the province is reducing the COVID-19 isolation period from 10 days to five for Albertans with at least doses of vaccine who are symptom-free. Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C., New Brunswick, and the U.S. have also reduced the isolation period.
  • Local parents are finding it hard to juggle work, childcare, and the pandemic as schools are expected to open again on Jan. 10.
  • Citizen patrols are using loud noises and tennis balls to scare coyotes off Edmonton streets for the second year. The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project, which started the program, says that it appears effective so far.
  • Al Rashid Mosque is extending its night shelter until Jan. 9 as the cold continues to grip Edmonton. The mosque is also asking for donations and volunteers.
  • A pipe burst in a central Edmonton seniors home on Jan. 2, flooding the facility and displacing around 50 residents. Some suites were damaged after eight inches of water pooled on the floor of the Ansgar Villa seniors complex in Oliver.
  • Parcels of Exhibition Lands will be sold to developers this year. The redevelopment project will include the land that Northlands Coliseum currently sits on, but a timetable for the demolition of the building is yet to be confirmed.
  • As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Queen's Bench are postponing some legal proceedings. Non-urgent trials and trials that require oral or in-person evidence, among others, will be adjourned between Jan. 4-21 — all other adult criminal proceedings will be handled virtually.