Headlines: Sept. 23, 2022

· The Pulse
  • The Edmonton Police Service has released surveillance footage of a Sept. 15 incident after calls to produce evidence that the woman pushed to the ground by an officer was carrying a knife. The requests had been denied until the video was played at a police commission meeting on Sept. 22. Deputy chief Devin Laforce maintained that the officer did his job appropriately, while some community members stood by the view that the officer used excessive force. Police commission member Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse said the officer was in the right, but noted that incidents like this will continue without a strategy to address houselessness among Indigenous women.
  • The Edmonton Police Service spent $164,000 on overtime for officers covering the "freedom convoy" protests that took place in January and February, CBC reported based on documents obtained by activist Haruun Ali after he filed a formal complaint about police conduct during the protests. A police spokesperson described the event as an "adequately resourced police operation" that resulted in no injuries, mass arrests, or riots. Criminology professor Temitope Oriola noted that the counter-protestors who blocked one side of River Valley Road "attracted far more punitive measures than the right-leaning freedom convoy folks."
  • EndPovertyEdmonton, an organization founded six years ago with the goal of ending poverty within a generation, has had $600,000 in funding withheld until it can demonstrate its value at a review before council next week. Last year, a city evaluation found EndPovertyEdmonton lacked a way of measuring success, clarity around roles and governance, and involvement from people who have experienced poverty — issues that have only partly improved, according to another evaluation in June 2022. "It's been a long time, and I want to see results," said Coun. Keren Tang.
  • Catholic Social Services is aiming to raise $2.6 million through its Sign of Hope fundraising campaign. The organization has seen an increase in demand for services with the rising number of immigrants arriving from Afghanistan and Ukraine.
  • The city's Change for Climate team launched the new Changing for Climate video series to showcase Edmontonians who reduced their environmental footprint through anything from home retrofits to corporate net-zero initiatives. Episode 1 launched Sept. 22 and features Howaida Hassan, who explains how her family transitioned from gas to electric vehicles.
  • MacEwan University has announced plans to build a new School of Business as part of its strategic vision. The seven-storey building will be on the corner of 109 Street and 105 Avenue. The university expects to reach enrolment of 30,000 students by 2030.
  • The city signed a pledge as part of the 30X30 Initiative by New York University's Policing Project to increase the number of women serving as peace officers in the Community Standards and Neighbourhoods branch. The city wants the number of women in the branch to grow from 19% to 30% of all officers by 2030.