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By Kevin Holowack and Mack Male
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  • Coun. Tim Cartmell says the city needs to pick up the pace in developing the Blatchford community. He said about $232 million has been spent so far, but just 32 of the 2,700 homes that were expected to be built by this time have been completed. "I think, frankly, it was a big audacious goal and perhaps unrealistic expectations were allowed to exist," Cartmell told Global News.
  • The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network and Innovate Edmonton have secured $4.8 million over three years from Alberta Innovates to support programs and services for entrepreneurs. The funding is part of a three-year, $18.7 million investment the province announced on May 10 for innovation across Alberta.
  • A report from the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives predicts that Edmonton will fail to meet the 50% child care cost reduction targets announced for 2022 as a benchmark in Canada's $3.8-billion plan to offer $10/day child care by 2026. The median monthly cost of preschool-aged child care in Edmonton is projected to hit $575 this year, lower than last year but $137 short of a 50% reduction. Only seven of 26 Canadian cities are expected to meet the 50% reduction target this year, Postmedia reports.
  • The Juno Awards are coming back to Edmonton next year, scheduled for March 12, 2023 at Rogers Place. Allan Reid, president of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said his organization has been working to bring the show back to Edmonton for six years, drawn by the city's diverse music scene. Edmonton last hosted the Junos in 2004, hosted by singer Alanis Morissette.
  • Dave Bryenton, a volunteer for Edmonton's Battle Rattle Tactical Supplies, is going to Ukraine for the fifth time to deliver donations from Edmontonians. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help offset the cost of bringing large quantities of items oversees.
  • The Conservative Party of Canada's first official English language leadership debate is happening in Edmonton on May 11. One contender, MP Pierre Poilievre, drew 2,000 Edmontonians to a rally in the city last month, the Toronto Star reports.
  • FC Edmonton hasn't won any games in the 2022 Canadian Premier League season but still has a slim chance to represent Canada in the CONCACAF Champions League if they succeed in an upcoming knockout competition.
  • Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, which has been rescheduled for Aug. 9-20 at Rogers Place.