Headlines: Sept. 9, 2022

· The Pulse
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  • Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, visited Alberta six times in her life, first visiting Edmonton in 1951 when she was a princess, an event commemorated with the naming of Princess Elizabeth Avenue. Global News has published a look back at all her visits to Alberta.
  • Months after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the City of Leduc alleging decades of sexual assault, harassment, and bullying within Leduc Fire Services, the city has filed its statement of defence. In it, the city denies every allegation made in the claim and argues the case should be thrown out. It was ordered to file the statement by Sept. 7, having originally argued that it didn't need to.
  • Construction work on the $100 million project to widen Anthony Henday Drive in southwest Edmonton from four lanes to six is taking longer than expected and will continue into 2023. "Several factors, including weather delays, labour shortages and supply chain issues, have contributed to the delay in completing the project this year," said Mike Long, an Alberta Transportation spokesperson.
  • Staff Sgt. Craig Mathewson, 19-year a member of the Edmonton Police Service, was charged by a provincial court with one count of breach of trust in relation to an on-duty incident in Dec. 2021. In a press release, the police said the charge "relates to the content of a report that was submitted following an arrest" and that Mathewson will hold an "administrative role" until legal matters are resolved.
  • Play On!, an inclusive and affordable street hockey festival, is returning to Edmonton from Sept. 10-11 after a pandemic hiatus. This year's event will feature 20 rinks set up outside Rogers Place and MacEwan University. Road closures and parking restrictions will be in effect, but sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open.
  • Brian Berland from Cold Lake First Nations, the man who was killed in a tragic attack in the Homesteader neighbourhood on Sept. 7, was remembered by his family as a hero, loving uncle, and avid sports fan.
  • As the Canadian Premier League season winds down, sports columnist Derek Van Diest thinks FC Edmonton is getting better even though the odds are stacked against them. Last week, the team tied against Atletico Ottawa — the current league leaders — and is hoping to carry the momentum forward. FC Edmonton, Van Diest writes, has embraced challenges despite its ownership transition, shoestring budget, and borrowed players.