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· The Pulse
By Karen Unland and Mack Male
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  • Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) announced $6.7 million in funding for 27 community-led infrastructure projects across Edmonton on April 29. Among the projects funded are $750,000 for improved pedestrian areas near Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard, $375,000 to revitalize the Central LRT Station at 100 Street, and $300,000 for the Downtown Business Association to transform two alleyways into community gathering spaces. Another $164,760 for the Valley Zoo Development Society will be used to refurbish the zoo's antique carousel and make it operational year-round.
  • Developers speaking at a NAIOP Edmonton event on multifamily housing said Edmonton could soon see a boom in multifamily housing projects. "We're actually already seeing quite a bit of demand increasing from the consumer for multifamily," said Rohit Gupta, CEO of the Rohit Group of Companies.
  • Expanded sidewalks will not be returning to Whyte Avenue this summer, but the Old Strathcona Business Association is working on ways to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, association chair Kris Armitage told CTV. He said 60 outdoor dining areas are opening in the coming weeks, and the vacancy rate has dropped back to normal levels.
  • Retired lawyer Deb Miller, who teaches law at the University of Alberta, says she will no longer identify herself as a Queen's Counsel to protest the UCP government's decision not to grant the honour to Moira Vane, a longtime prosecutor and law society bencher with ties to the NDP.
  • The Race-Pace Swim Club, which serves Ukrainian youth in Edmonton, is having a hard time getting affiliated with Swim Alberta, which makes it difficult to book pool time and impossible to race in swim meets. Officials told CBC there is room on other competitive swim teams for the swimmers, but members of the club want to stay with Race-Pace because of its coaching and cultural ties.
  • An Edmonton man is looking for the strangers who saved him when he went into anaphylactic shock during a run through the river valley on April 25. David Poretti was running through McKinnon Ravine when he fell ill, probably because of an allergic reaction to nuts. Two cyclists helped him contact 911, and a woman walking by used her EpiPen on him, he told CBC.