- City council's urban planning committee will receive a report on May 2 about tree management for the William Hawrelak Park Rehabilitation Project. The park closed March 13 and is expected to reopen in early 2026. An arborist report produced for the project shows that 741 trees are potentially at risk, with 112 expected to be cut down and 85 injured, while efforts will be made to preserve the other 544. Roughly 220 trees were previously thought to be at risk, according to city director Jesse Banford, who told Postmedia last month that those trees would be "impacted" but not necessarily removed. Raquel Feroe of the Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition, which has been outspoken about the work's impact on trees, expressed concerns that the city is approaching the project through the lens of infrastructure renovations rather than protecting nature and advancing climate goals.
- The city is seeking proposals to build a hydrogen fuelling station at Centennial Garage, located at 15520 Ellerslie Road near Anthony Henday Drive. According to a release, the station will fuel the private transportation sector as it transitions to heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles. It will also fuel the city's first hydrogen bus, which is slated to come into service this summer as part of a pilot project to test two hydrogen buses, one with the Edmonton Transit Service and one in Strathcona County. The city launched a request for proposals to build the fuelling station in collaboration with the Alberta Motor Transport Association and The Transition Accelerator, a partner of the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB. "The Edmonton region is leading Canada's hydrogen transition, and this milestone is significant to building a vast roadmap for hydrogen across the region," said Malcolm Bruce, CEO of Edmonton Global, which is co-hosting the Canadian Hydrogen Convention at the Edmonton Convention Centre from April 25-27.
- City council passed the 2023 tax bylaw, which maintains the municipal property tax increase of 4.96% approved during budget talks last year. The increase will affect property owners differently depending on their property's assessed value compared to the market. The average household will pay about $725 for every $100,000 of assessed home value, which is $34 more than in 2022. Tax notices will be mailed to property owners on May 23, and property taxes are due June 30.
- Salaries for Edmonton's mayor and councillors have increased by 2.4% this year after more than two years of wage freezes approved in October 2020 amidst pandemic budget pressures. The increase was applied automatically in January. Council compensation is recommended by an independent committee and is listed publicly on the city's website.
- Some Albany neighbourhood residents reflected on the grass fire that broke out on April 24 and came dangerously close to homes. Darren Rachkewich with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the cause remains under investigation, but most grass fires are started by human activity. He added that less snow cover this winter has caused it to be "particularly dry this spring, and with that comes grass fires."
- The province installed a brass plaque outside the Queen Elizabeth II Building, which was formerly known as the Federal Building and is located at the northeast corner of the legislature grounds. The building was officially renamed by former premier Jason Kenney and then-infrastructure minister Nicholas Milliken after the queen's death in September 2022.
- A camera operator who works NHL broadcasts at Rogers Place posted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the Edmonton sub-Reddit to answer questions from curious Edmontonians.
Correction: This file has been updated to reflect that this year is not the inaugural Canadian Hydrogen Convention as the event was first held in 2022.