· The Pulse
  • A backlog in police background information checks has resulted in staff shortages for Green Shacks across Edmonton, which means some have been closed or had hours modified. "The Green Shacks team have been creative in changing full-day locations to half-day and have staffed locations with one instead of the usual two people until more folks on-boarded," said City of Edmonton spokesperson Christopher Webster. "But the only way to truly mitigate right now is to roll location openings as background checks are fulfilled."
  • The Edmonton Elks have partnered with Windspeaker Media to broadcast the team's July 22 home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Cree on CFWE 98.5 FM. The "Indigenous Celebration" game will also feature the Canadian national anthem performed in nêhiyawêwin (Cree), an Indigenous performance at half-time, and the game's coin toss by Grand Chief of Treaty Six First Nations George Arcand Jr.
  • In an interview conducted earlier this year for EDify magazine's summer issue, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said his priorities include downtown recovery and solving homelessness. "The way our downtown is, I feel my heart breaks when I go out there," he said. "My heart breaks to see the pain out there, people struggling to make ends meet, and people sleeping on the street… and that sense of helplessness."
  • Several city councillors and other Edmonton leaders were in Calgary this weekend for the start of the Stampede. "It's been so incredible to see such a strong #yeg presence here representing and advocating for our city, building relationships between our governments and cities, and so much learning!" tweeted Puneeta McBryan, executive director of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association.
  • Friday's nationwide Rogers outage affected Edmonton transit, with real-time information unavailable but no impacts on trip planning or other tools. Service was restored on Saturday.
  • Efforts by Uber to secure the support of elected officials and a favourable op-ed ahead of its launch in Edmonton in December 2014 were noted as part of international reporting on a trove of leaked internal company records spanning 2013 to 2017.
  • Alberta could be on the verge of a seventh pandemic wave due to the highly contagious BA.5 variant of COVID-19. "Everyone was kind of gearing up for more of a fall surge. But the whole BA.5 situation has opened up the possibility of more of a summer surge," said Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease specialist with the University of Alberta.