Headlines: April 21, 2023

· The Pulse
  • Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has launched a program to provide fire prevention education to people living in encampments, which will be provided by outreach workers. The city says fire services have, since February, educated 119 members of partner agencies, including the Bissell Centre and the Edmonton Police Service, on fire safety specific to inhabitants of encampments. The fire safety education program is part of the city's new enhanced encampment response plan.
  • Taste of Edmonton has announced its 2023 performance lineup, which includes more than a dozen bands that will headline the McLennan Ross Stage in Churchill Square. Major acts include The Watchmen, Whitehorse, The Sadies, Terra Lightfoot, and Gord Steinke and The Big Stein Band. The festival runs July 20-30. All performances are free for all ages.
  • The city announced that Janine Mryglod has been appointed Interim City Auditor effective May 10. Mryglod joined the Office of the City Auditor in 2006 and previously worked for the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. She is president of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Edmonton Chapter.
  • Const. Harvinder Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County RCMP detachment who died in an on-duty collision on April 10, was remembered at a regimental funeral in Sherwood Park on April 20. Around 750 police officers participated in the procession, including RCMP from across Canada.
  • Large Edmonton Oilers numbers have started to appear around the city, including Evander Kane's 91 at the Canada Golf Card Driving Range and Mini Golf, and Mattias Ekholm's 14 near Snow Valley. The phenomenon also occurred during the Oilers' 2022 playoffs run, but it is unknown who is responsible.
  • The Edmonton Elks are letting 90 fans pay $250 to have their name appear on the helmet of a player during the home opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on June 11. After the game, the fans will also get a set of framed decals and an autograph from one of the Elks who played in the game.
  • The Alberta Airsheds Council released its 2022 Annual Air Quality Report. The report pulls together the work of Alberta's 10 Airsheds, which are regional associations responsible for air monitoring. According to a release, the monitoring stations found air to be in the low-risk range of the Air Quality Health Index 88% to 99.5% of the time. "Our current results indicate that the air Albertans are breathing is low risk the vast majority of the time; however, air quality challenges remain in many areas of the province," said council co-chair Gary Redmond.