Headlines: Jan. 13, 2023

  • Snow removal crews are focusing on removing windrows on main roads "where necessary," the city said in a Jan. 12 release. Crews are targeting arterial and collector roads and bus routes that have "excessive snow volumes," and will start clearing school zones on Jan. 15. Work to clear residential roads and alleys will begin when temperatures drop because clearing during warmer weather will create bigger ruts and windrows, according to Valerie Dacyk with the city's infrastructure field operations.
  • Alberta Health Services and the Jasper Place Wellness Centre are partnering to deliver the Bridge Healing Transitional Accommodation Program, which will supply 36 beds to discharged ER patients who are experiencing homelessness. Clients at the facility, located at 160 Street and 100 Avenue, will also receive support with housing, health and addiction services. Premier Danielle Smith said at a news conference the program is "the first of its kind in the country." The first 12 beds open this month.
  • The province announced it is redesigning the north Legislature grounds and is asking the public to complete a survey by Jan. 27 on three proposed concepts for the wading pool area. The existing water elements, a dome fountain and wading pools, were built in 1979 and have been closed since 2020 due to the pandemic and mechanical issues. Construction is expected to begin this spring and wrap up in 2024.
  • Popular Edmonton restaurant Tres Carnales Taqueria is closing its doors permanently on Jan. 14, its owners announced on Instagram this week. "We are so incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of your lives over the years, doing what we love and sharing it with you," they wrote. The restaurant was a fixture in the city's downtown for 12 years, earning accolades and awards from across the country. More recently, the restaurant was forced to temporarily close after Alberta Health Services health inspectors found numerous violations.
  • Edmontonians who rely on curbside waste collection can now opt out of receiving a paper version of the 2023-24 waste collection calendar. Last year, 25,000 people, or 10% of households who receive the service, chose to use the digital calendar, which is available through the city's WasteWise app. The deadline to opt out is Feb 13.
  • The Edmonton Valley Zoo has announced the death of Zeus the Bald Eagle. The 15-year-old eagle lived in the zoo since being discovered injured in a field in 2007 and having her right wing amputated, which made her unable to live in the wild.
  • Edmonton police are issuing a warning about a string of "Publishers Clearing House" scams, where the fraudsters use the name of the company widely known for giving away money and ask for payment for the prize to be released. Eight seniors fell victim to the fraud between January and October of last year, with one losing $300,000.
  • EPCOR announced that CEO and president Stuart Lee plans to retire after the annual general meeting on May 2. The company is appointing John Elford, who currently serves as Senior Vice President Commercial Services, to replace Lee.