· The Pulse
  • The Community Property Safety Team (CPST) — a joint effort between Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and the Problem Properties Initiative that launched earlier this year — has issued 23 orders to private property owners to secure vacant buildings. "We're already seeing improvements on more than half the orders issued. As a result of these efforts, the community fire risk is now significantly lower," said Rob McAdam, deputy fire chief of public safety.
  • City-owned vehicles have racked up more than $69,000 in fines from mobile and automated enforcement sites over 2020 and 2021, Postmedia reports. Drivers were responsible for paying their own tickets until July 2021 when the city began covering the cost — the result of recent labour arbitration decisions — amounting to $15,413.
  • The Edmonton International Airport said the end of COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers to the United States will "positively impact the passenger experience." The changes came into effect on June 12. "We fully support the U.S. government's decision and this further aligns with the broader international community that have removed vaccine mandate and COVID protocols," said Steve Maybee, vice president of communications, operations and infrastructure at EIA.
  • The Edmonton Soaring Club will re-open on July 3, once again providing the opportunity to pilot an engine-less glider. "It's probably the closest thing to being a bird," said Patrick "Peanut" Pelletier, an active fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • Three coyotes believed to be responsible for an attack in the Terwillegar area on May 31 have been put down. Colleen Cassady St. Clair, professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta, said the neighbourhood has seen increasing reports of coyotes in recent years.
  • Alberta has experienced 429 wildfires so far this year, which is slightly below the five-year average. "We've had about just under 13,000 hectares of forest burned so far," wildfire information officer Josee St-Onge told Postmedia.