· The Pulse
By Mack Male and Doug Johnson

  • The city has mailed out more than 400,000 property assessment notices to Edmonton property owners. This year, detached homes typically increased in assessed value by 5% while condos and townhomes typically decreased by 3.1%.
  • Edmonton police are asking city council to implement city-wide ID-scanning, through changes to the business license bylaw, at all liquor store entrances to deter theft. EPS said that a pilot project performed in some liquor stores resulted in a 94% reduction in thefts.
  • Students at Concordia University of Edmonton are expected to return to class virtually on Wednesday after a four-year collective agreement with the school was ratified by 89% of the striking faculty association's members over the weekend.
  • Another 170 Afghan refugees arrived in Edmonton on Jan. 14 and are now quarantining in the city. The group includes human rights defenders and their families.
  • Residents of the central Westmount neighbourhood are concerned that a proposed six-storey apartment complex will block the sun from nearby homes. A public hearing will be held for the development, which will sit along 128th Street and Stony Plain Road, on Jan. 25.
  • Thousands flocked to Snow Valley to celebrate World Snow Day during Sunday's unseasonable warmth. World Snow Day, which is organized by Federation Internationale de Ski, has 142 events registered across the world.
  • The level of COVID-19 indicators in Edmonton's wastewater is now higher than at any other point in the pandemic, though researchers say it is too early to know if the current wave has peaked.
  • Edmonton's TestnTravel is rolling out Testuber, an at-home testing service, this week. The company offers both antigen and PCR testing and guarantees it can collect, test, and deliver a result within 24 hours.
  • Alberta has administered over eight million vaccine doses, including 1.5 million third doses. "Vaccines are an important part of our efforts to prevent hospitals and ICUs from being overwhelmed with new cases of COVID-19, so it is critical that every Albertan continues to get each dose they are eligible for," Health Minister Jason Copping said in a Jan. 14 press release.