Headlines: Sept. 15, 2022

· The Pulse
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  • Members of Civic Service Union 52, which represents administrative workers at the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Public Library, rallied in Churchill Square to call for pay increases in advance of contract negotiations. The union, which represents around half of unionized workers at the city, says its members haven't seen a wage increase in three years.
  • Dwayne's Home, the abandoned transitional housing complex at the corner of 102 Street and 100 Avenue, has been on fire 18 times this year, most recently the early morning of Sept. 13. Property owner ProCura has appealed a recent order to increase its security after investigations by the city's Community Property Safety Team (CPST) concluded the property is "a significant risk to the public." ProCura has also applied for a demolition permit, which the city is reviewing. Coun. Anne Stevenson said fire services has been monitoring the property closely and that the city's recent rezoning of the site allows for a new multi-unit residential building up to six storeys. "The best case scenario is that this property is redeveloped into an active, vibrant space, and I really want that to happen as soon as possible," she said.
  • The province decided there will be no public holiday for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, Sept. 19, instead declaring a "day of mourning." An outdoor ceremony will take place at the legislature starting at 10am, which will also be livestreamed. Edmonton Public Schools said it will observe a moment of silence when the ceremony starts.
  • Erick Ambtman, vice chair of the Edmonton Police Commission, has been elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Police Governance for a two-year term.
  • A piece by Matthew James Weigel called The Magpie and the Buffalo Treaty has been unveiled at the EPCOR ambient air quality monitoring station in Gold Bar Park. It depicts what used to be a symbiotic relationship between the two species, Weigel told Windspeaker. "And now, of course, buffalo do not cross the river here at this place like they have … The magpies are here waiting for the buffalo to return," he said. "I feel there's definitely a connection there with the magpies remembering and maintaining their presence here, waiting for the buffalo."
  • Damien Starrett, a man convicted of killing his infant son, was given a three-month sentence reduction partly because a judged ruled he was the "victim of state misconduct" at the Edmonton Remand Centre. Unnamed guards had told Starrett to kill himself, incited violence against him, and took other actions the judge ruled to be in "gross violation of their duty to protect all prisoners." Criminal defence attorney Shawn King said he hears on a "regular basis" from clients about abuse, including physical assault, at the Remand and other facilities but that it's hard to prove in court.
  • The Edmonton Elks have signed quarterback Taylor Cornelius to a two-year extension through to 2024. Born in Texas and seasoned at Oklahoma State, Taylor is a "young up-and-coming quarterback" who is "trending in the right direction," according the team's assistant general manager.
  • The Edmonton Pro Rodeo is happening at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on Sept. 23 and 24, run by Explore Edmonton and the Indigenous-owned company C5 Rodeo. The event is a qualifier for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer from Nov. 2-6.
  • Albertans over the age of 18 can start booking their bivalent COVID-19 booster shots beginning Sept. 21, with vaccinations beginning the same day. To be eligible, you must have received all primary vaccinations and gotten your last shot five or more months ago.