· The Pulse
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  • The province reported 115 drug poisoning deaths in April, which is 10.8% lower than April 2021 but 17% higher than April 2020. Edmonton had the highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in Alberta, at 66.2 per 100,000 people, more than double the provincial average, Postmedia reports.
  • The city is reminding residents to be safe on the North Saskatchewan River this summer, explaining that while there was a notable increase in usage in 2021, nearly half of river users stopped for safety checks were not in compliance with boating regulations. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services responded to 138 water rescues in 2020, including animal rescues, and 42 so far in 2022.
  • Search efforts continue for Lila Smith, a 13-year-old-girl who was reported missing on June 24. Smith took the bus to Killarney School in the morning but never arrived to class. "We're sleep-deprived. We're hoping for the best. We're just looking for someone to come forward with information that can be helpful to finding Lila," said family friend Robyn Hanson. Anyone with information about Lila can contact the Edmonton Police Service or Crime Stoppers.
  • Edmonton has been ranked 30th out of 1,105 cities in North America in the latest PeopleForBikes ranking of the best cycling cities. With a rating of 56, Edmonton cracked the top ten of large cities, coming in at #7 behind Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver.
  • The Talus Dome was defaced with spray paint on June 29. Jenna Turner with the Edmonton Arts Council said the organization will contract a cleaner even though two Edmontonians took it upon themselves to clean the paint off, a good deed she discourages for risk of further damage. The 1,000 hand-crafted steel balls were spray-painted before in 2018 and dented in 2015.
  • Edmonton is seeing more skunks this year than previous years. Bill Abercrombie with Animal Damage Control said his company has been finding an average of nine to 10 skunks per litter compared to the usual three or four, which he attributes to last year's heat wave. Dale Ginow, director of the rehabilitation facility WILDNorth, said adding light or sound can make your property less comfortable for skunks but added that having them in the area can help to control pests like wasps and hornets, Global News reports.
  • Alan Koch, coach of FC Edmonton, is navigating the team through its most difficult year to date. The soccer team is currently seeking new ownership as it continues to rebound from a last-place finish at the Canadian Premier League's Island Games competition in 2020, the league reports.
  • Alberta Health Services staff have painted a large Pride flag at a crosswalk outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital. AHS spokesperson Marni Panas told CTV News the mural is a reminder of inclusivity.
  • The province has launched a new survey to help "inform potential changes" to the Municipal Government Act and the Local Authorities Election Act, which could be introduced to the legislature as soon as fall 2022. The survey can be completed online.
  • Raj Sherman, who was head of the Alberta Liberal Party from 2011 to 2015, has become the tenth officially registered candidate in the UCP leadership race.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said drug poisoning deaths in April were 17% higher than April 2022, when in fact they were 17% higher than April 2020.