Headlines: May 5, 2023

  • The city launched the Clean City Initiative, which puts $2.5 million toward the clean-up and "beautification" of downtown and runs until February 2024. The initiative directs resources and staff toward garbage collection, litter pick-up, green space maintenance, and cleaning graffiti. An additional 23 parks and road services staff, for a total of 84, have been assigned to core neighbourhoods. Puneeta McBryan, executive director of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, applauded the investments, calling them "desperately needed" after two or three years of cleanliness issues.
  • Another wildfire broke out along Anthony Henday Drive in west Edmonton on May 4 in the same area where a wildfire shut down the ring road on May 1. The fire happened in a grassy area between the Henday and 184 Street and between 105 Avenue and 111 Avenue. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services was called at 12:36pm and had the blaze under control around 3:17pm, but traffic remained slow due to emergency vehicles on scene. It is unclear whether the fire is a flare-up of the earlier fire or a separate event.
  • After being permitted to return to their homes May 3, residents of several communities in Yellowhead County and Parkland County were once again ordered to evacuate on May 4 due to wildfires in the area. The communities of Entwistle, Evansburg, Wildwood, Lobstick, and Hansonville were included in the orders. Alberta Emergency Alerts have been issued for several other parts of the province due to wildfires, including an out-of-control blaze in the northern Alberta community of Fox Lake that has forced 3,700 members of the Little Red River Cree Nation to flee their homes. The 4,400-hectare wildfire has destroyed 20 homes, the community police station and the Northern Store.
  • Edmonton-based dance group Cool Giraffes has been voted by Canadians to be a finalist on Canada's Got Talent. They will compete against other finalists, including Calgary magician Atsushi Ono, for a $150,000 grand prize and a chance to perform on America's Got Talent Presents: SUPERSTARS Live in Las Vegas. The live finale airs May 16 on Citytv.
  • Former Edmonton Oilers forward Petr Klíma has died at the age of 58. Klíma played for the Oilers from 1989-93 and 1996-97 and is best known for scoring a triple-overtime goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 1990 NHL playoffs final, which was the longest game in Stanley Cup finals history.
  • The Edmonton Elks announced a series of transactions on May 4. The team has signed Canadian defensive lineman Olivier Charles-Pierre and American wide receiver Cam Sullivan-Brown. It also released kicker Sergio Castillo and defensive lineman Avery Ellis, who are both American.