· The Pulse
By and
  • The federal and provincial governments have endorsed designating a 718-kilometre section of the North Saskatchewan River, from Banff National Park to the Saskatchewan border, as a Canadian Heritage River. City council unanimously endorsed the designation in April 2021. Full designation requires a management plan that describes how the river will be managed, which the Village of Vilna has secured a grant to advance. There are currently 41 Canadian Heritage Rivers, totalling just over 11,000 kilometres, across the country.
  • Organizers of the Edmonton Heritage Festival said the event was a success, although attendance numbers have not been finalized. "If you look around, people are showing up – thank goodness – and it's great just to be able to do it again full-out and not say no to any pavilions," said executive director Jim Gibbon on the final day of the festival.
  • Edmonton's Food Bank collected only 15% of its goal at the Heritage Festival, usually one of its biggest drives of the year. The food bank has seen a 97% increase in demand for its food hamper program since June 2020. "We were hoping to get a little more because the number of people needing our services has grown so much," said executive director Marjorie Bencz. Edmonton's Food Bank accepts both monetary donations and food donations, which can be dropped off at any major grocery store or fire station.
  • Coyote complaints are up 11.5% from last year with 945 officially reported so far in 2022. A communications advisor for the city said 82 were "aggressive coyote" complaints and the highest numbers have been in the Duggan, Steinhauer, and Rutherford neighbourhoods. Some Edmontonians are keeping their pets off river valley trails, where coyotes are closer to their dens and more likely to be aggressive, according to University of Alberta biology professor Colleen Cassady St. Clair. The city recommends Edmontonians practice "averse conditioning" to make coyotes feel unwelcome in urban spaces. Aggressive encounters can be reported online or by calling 311.
  • Alberta Health Services has sent a memo to doctors working in Edmonton zone hospitals telling them to purposefully take one hallway patient in each unit to reduce pressure on emergency rooms. "That's how bad our current state is right now, that we have to implement these policies and processes so that we can care for the next sick people that are out in the waiting room," said Dr. Paul Parks, president of the emergency medicine section of the Alberta Medical Association.
  • TELUS World of Science and Fort Edmonton Park are partnering to give guests of one attraction free admission to the other attraction. Buying a ticket online or in-person will earn you a voucher for the other attraction, which must be redeemed before the program ends Sept. 5.
  • As part of its eighth NBA Canada Series, the Toronto Raptors will play a pre-season game in Edmonton against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 2 at Rogers Place.
  • According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), annual hospitalizations for cycling injuries across Canada rose by 25% — reaching more than 1,000 — from 2020-2021. Giri Srinivasan, a clinician at InStep Physical Therapy, suspects that people wanting to get outside, and more beginner cyclists becoming adventurous, is behind the trend at his clinic, while physiotherapist Steven Cindric with Reach Sports Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic suggests an important factor is drivers not observing cyclists.