Headlines: Sept. 7, 2022

· The Pulse
  • Glenora residents who provided feedback to the city mostly expressed opposition to a proposed rezoning that would allow two homes on 138th Street and 102nd Avenue to be demolished and replaced with a six-storey apartment. The zoning application, currently being assessed by the city, names traffic, damage to historical buildings, and impact on trees as potential concerns. In March, city council rejected a motion from Coun. Andrew Knack to pursue a DC1 zoning that might have balanced greater density while preserving historic buildings.
  • Parents in the Edmonton area are struggling to find space for their kids in swimming lessons due to staffing shortages. Kelly Carter from the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, which certifies lifeguards and swimming instructors, said facilities are catching up after widespread lesson cancellations during the pandemic. Many instructors were teens and young adults who have moved on with their lives, and not enough training took place during the pandemic to replace them.
  • University of Alberta professors Wendy Hoglund and Adam Abba-Aji spoke to the media about back-to-school mental health tips for students. Recent research indicates rising rates of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues among children, youth, and university students. The professors recommend positive self-talk, relaxation exercises, having a good sleep routine, reducing screen time, and understanding the difference between normal conflict and bullying. They also encourage parents to check in with their kids about what's worrying them.
  • Sage Morin, also known as The Matriarch, is a 36-year-old woman who turned to a career in professional wrestling earlier this year following the death of her two-year-old son. A regular at the Monster Pro Wrestling training facility in north Edmonton, Morin has already competed professionally and has become a fan favourite. "I wanted to be a strong female. A powerful leader," said Morin, who comes from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. "The best leaders that we have in our culture are the matriarchs."
  • Roberta Alook, a well-known fashion model from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, spoke to Alberta Native News about overcoming addiction and studying at the University of Alberta to become a Cree language instructor. Positive and proud representations of Indigenous people in the media can have a positive influence on youth, Alook said. "For a lot of us (Indigenous people), we don't have strong role models or the multitude of opportunities that others have."
  • Sportsnet columnist Mark Spector thinks the Edmonton Oilers will be entering the 2022-2023 season as genuine Stanley Cup contenders. With Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl now in their prime years and the roster finally coming together under general manager Ken Holland, the Oilers may be the team to surpass Calgary and Toronto and end Canada's "Stanley Cup curse" that has lasted since 1993. The season officially begins Oct. 11.