Headlines: May 4, 2023

· The Pulse
  • The city is bringing back its Summer Streets program this month to support active travel. This week, vehicle lanes will be converted into mobility lanes along Saskatchewan Drive from 109 Street to west of 104 Street and along 104 Street from Saskatchewan Drive to 78 Avenue. The mobility lane on Victoria Park Road will be installed later this month. Speed limits along Saskatchewan Drive and Victoria Park Road will be reduced to 40 km/h.
  • The city will host eight Big Bin and Eco Station events on select weekends between May 6 and Sept. 17, giving Edmontonians a chance to drop off furniture, appliances, and other items that cannot be disposed through regular waste collection. A special Big Bin event will happen June 10 and 11 at Northlands Coliseum, featuring extra activities and information about Edmonton's waste services branch.
  • Yellowhead County has lifted evacuation orders for more areas affected by wildfires around Edmonton. Residents from in and around Wildwood, Lobstick, and Chip Lake were allowed to return home as of 3pm on May 3, but were told to remain on 30-minute alert in case conditions change. Parkland County has also cancelled its alert for remaining areas west of Range Road 65 near Entwistle. Residents southeast of Drayton Valley were ordered to evacuate on May 3 due to an out of control wildfire in that area and parts of Leduc County are still under an evacuation notice issued on May 2.
  • The Prairies Climate Change Project, an initiative by CBC Edmonton and CBC Saskatchewan, explained how Alberta's early May heat is the "perfect recipe" for wildfires. Both Edmonton and Calgary set temperature records when most of the province climbed to the mid to high 20s on May 1. An Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist said the weather is due to a type of jet stream called an "omega block" that is associated with long periods of hot and dry conditions, but it is "very rare" for such an event to occur so early in the season. Mike Flannigan, a weather and fire management researcher, said climate change is resulting in longer wildfire seasons, drier vegetation, and more lightning.
  • The majority of speakers at the May 3 city council executive committee meeting opposed a plan to scale back the Capital Line LRT south extension. Administration has proposed reducing the project scope because inflation has pushed costs up beyond the initial $1-billion budget. Among the changes proposed are plans to delay the expansion of the Heritage Valley Park and Ride and to build the Ellerslie Road crossing and station at grade instead of above ground, which most speakers were against.
  • The city plans to recognize the Coronation of King Charles III on May 6 by turning on emerald green lights at City Hall, the High Level Bridge, the Walterdale Bridge, Commonwealth Stadium, the Muttart Conservatory, and the Rossdale Power Plant. A tree will also be planted at Coronation Park. Edmontonians are invited to sign a book of congratulations at City Hall on May 4 and 5.
  • Froggers House of Cards, a sports memorabilia store in northwest Edmonton, was targeted by thieves who stole about $50,000 worth of rare Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid hockey cards. Staff told CTV News the cards will likely turn up somewhere and are asking anyone who sees a suspicious card to contact them or the police.