· The Pulse
  • Edmonton is on track to beat its all-time rainfall record for June, having received more than 150 mm of rain so far this month, said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. But July and August could be hotter than average. "I think psychologically, this month has been a bit of a downer but I would say everything is looking up," he told CBC News.
  • Integrity commissioner Jamie Pytel is once again investigating a code of conduct complaint against Coun. Michael Janz, Postmedia reports. "Mr. Janz has an open agenda of hate towards the Edmonton Police Service. This is clearly evident throughout his posts on Twitter," the complaint states. Janz said he thinks there is a "concerted effort to try and silence me and to erroneously paint me as some sort of anti-police radical, which couldn't be further from the truth."
  • The city has announced the launch of this year's Anti-Racism Grants Program — initiated by the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee — with total funding of $300,000 available to support work and initiatives that raise awareness about racism and its impacts.
  • PrideFest returned to Churchill Square this weekend, the first major Pride event since concerns around diversity and the inclusion of police officers were raised four years ago. Organizers expected 10,000 people to attend and are already working on next year's event. "I don't want to announce that quite yet, but we are working on something that starts with the letter P that goes down the street, but I can't say what it is," said executive producer Trevor Watson.
  • Edmonton's hotel occupancy hit 53% in April for the first time since 2019, but a lack of international travellers is slowing the recovery, Explore Edmonton CEO Traci Bednard told CBC News. "They're the folks that stay the longest and also spend the most money," she said.
  • Plans to revamp the Rossdale neighbourhood could take 10-15 years to build, depending on economic conditions. The area is defined as a priority growth area in the City Plan, according to Avril McCalla, a senior policy advisor at the City of Edmonton.
  • The city held a grand opening for Blatchford on Saturday and said that the 52 parcels of land it has developed so far have been sold or sales are pending. Earlier this month city council unanimously requested a progress update, due back by the end of September, on the project.