· The Pulse
  • Thanks to the recent freeze-thaw weather, the city has received about three times more pothole complaints this year than it had at the same time in 2021. Last year, more than 740,000 pothole repairs were completed, reports Global News.
  • The citywide parking ban, which came into effect Saturday at midnight after heavy snowfall, ended on Monday afternoon. Andrew Grant, the city's general supervisor of infrastructure operations, thanked everyone who obeyed the ban but said not everyone did. "It's important for residents to partner with us when we have a parking ban and move their vehicles off the road — it just allows our teams to work efficiently and safely," he explained.
  • The city is bringing back its pop-up community gardens program for a third year to help Edmontonians access fresh food and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on food security and well-being.
  • Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, wearing a blue cape emblazoned with "Super Sohi" on the back, joined students at City Hall School to read The Builders, a comic book about how everyone is a city builder and "how everyone who builds our city is a superhero." The comic book is available free in PDF.
  • Edmonton ranked 10th in a listing of Canada's top 25 bed bug cities of 2021 from Orkin Canada. That's down one spot from the previous ranking.
  • Alberta will pause collection of its 13-cent per litre fuel tax starting April 1 — the same day the federal carbon price is set to rise — in an effort to help consumers facing skyrocketing fuel prices. Premier Jason Kenney said the pause will remain in effect as long as the benchmark price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil remains above US$90 per barrel. If the pause is in place for the full fiscal year, the cost would be about $1.3 billion, Finance Minister Travis Toews said.
  • The province is considering expanding eligibility for outpatient COVID-19 drugs Sotrovimab and Paxlovid. According to CBC, experts are anticipating increased demand for the drugs due to the lifting of all public health restrictions. The drugs are currently only available to high-risk Albertans who are not fully vaccinated.