Headlines: Sept. 12, 2022

· The Pulse
  • Homeward Trust and the city confirmed this week that no one has moved into the 60 available units at two recently completely supportive housing complexes, saying they need more money from the provincial government to operate the facilities. "The need is very high," said Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee. "The lack of sufficient resources to address it, certainly there's a frustrating element to that." Community and Social Services Minister Jason Luan said the province gives Homeward Trust $29 million to operate more than 400 supportive housing units, and said the government will work with the city to help address the increase in homelessness in Edmonton.
  • Following last week's random stabbing attacks in the northside of Edmonton, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi is calling on the province to provide more funding to help address underlying issues. "At the end of the day, these issues are health and related to mental health — addictions crisis and housing crisis — and those are provincial responsibilities," Sohi said.
  • Young buyers are still attracted to Edmonton because they can afford a home. "We're seeing a lot of people moving to Edmonton because of the cost of living," says Trisha Zimmerling, an agent with Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate. Canadian Realtors Association data shows the average home in Edmonton was about $452,000 in July compared to more than $1.1 million in Toronto.
  • Multiple speakers told city council's community and public services committee on Friday that while exploring the use of drug-checking services is a positive step, police shouldn't be involved. "I do not share the view that police are integral to substance-use care in any form," said Petra Schulz, founding director of Moms Stop The Harm. A decision was put off to the next meeting.
  • In just the first two weeks since students moved in, more than 100 new clients have signed up for the Campus Food Bank at the University of Alberta. "The demand is going up significantly, and our budget isn't," said executive director Erin O'Neil.
  • The Terra Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary on the weekend with a block party. "We are doing lots of work helping young parents to ensure that their children have all the support they need to have strong, health futures," said Karen Mottershead, executive director. "Whatever the need is, whatever the calling is, we are there."
  • Sunday, Sept. 11 was the final day in the 2022 season for Edmonton's 74 spray parks.
  • Environment Canada issued special air quality statements for most of the province on Sunday due to smoke drifting into Alberta from the 191 active wildfires in B.C., with the Edmonton area listed at moderate or high risk.