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· The Pulse
By Mack Male and Doug Johnson
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  • EPCOR confirmed that Monday's blackout — which left 45,000 Edmontonians in south Edmonton without power — was caused by a transformer tripping. However, the company is still unsure why it happened.
  • Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools reported 737 total teacher absences on Jan. 11, the second day of school after the winter break. "I would say that in this moment, we're hanging on," said EPSB chair Trisha Estabrooks.
  • Residents in The Meadows in south Edmonton say they are frustrated with the windrows left by city crews after they bladed the area to remove ice on the street. The city said that crews have been working hard to tackle the issue of packed snow on roads, but also that Edmonton streets have seen a lot of precipitation this winter.
  • With 28 active cases of COVID-19 among transit drivers, some bus trips are being missed, according to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569 president Steve Bradshaw. "It's all hands on deck right now and they're not filling all those bus seats and the possibility of trimming the service is very much there," he told Postmedia.
  • Local skiing enthusiasts and Ward Papastew Coun. Michael Janz are concerned about access to the trails near the Royal Mayfair Golf Club. The club's parking lot is open to the public, but construction in the lot is pushing skiers to other parks nearby, functionally keeping skiers away from the trails, they argue.
  • With the team in a funk, Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland is open to the idea of snagging controversial player Evander Kane after the San Jose Sharks terminated his contract. Kane has a rap sheet of alleged bad behaviour from abusing his now estranged wife to using a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
  • Albertan courts have mandated that, as of Feb. 1, supervised consumption sites will be required to collect the personal health numbers of the people who use them. Harm reduction organizations are challenging this decision, and argue that this move would deter people who use drugs from the potentially life-saving service.
  • Alberta Health Services is experiencing a historic demand for paramedics thanks to a 30% increase in emergency calls. "Our EMS system is stretched to a point where we've never been," said Mike Parker, the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.
  • Alberta has enacted a new public health order which allows employers to self-assess whether their services are critical and permit COVID-positive employees to work if deemed essential. "This order is unique in its stupidity, and unique in terms of its just sheer disregard for workers' rights," said Ubaka Ogbogu, an associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of Alberta. While the order was enacted on Jan. 3, details were only made public last week.