Headlines: Aug. 2, 2023

· The Pulse
  • Mayor Amarjeet Sohi co-authored a letter with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Jason Nixon, Alberta's minister of seniors, community, and social services, urging the federal government to increase funding for affordable housing projects in the two cities. Sohi said he was "deeply disappointed" that just 4% of the city's total ask under Phase 3 of the Rapid Housing Initiative was approved, and just six of 39 Alberta applications were funded. "It is essential that the federal government understand the specific context in the prairies, and ensure that Alberta's big cities receive equitable funding allocations," Sohi wrote.
  • Racialized women in Edmonton are facing social exclusion, unfair pay, dismissals, and inequitable treatment in the workplace, CBC reports. Lawyer Crystal Lawrence believes the situation is slowly improving, but said there is still a lack of diversity in professional settings compared to cities like Toronto.
  • In addition to the closure of Groat Road from Aug. 10 to 14 for construction work on the new Stony Plain Road bridge, the shared-use path will be closed from Aug. 8 to 19. The city said pedestrians and cyclists should "use 102 Avenue to Victoria Promenade and Ramsay Ravine near Government House Park as a detour." While the steel girders being installed were manufactured by the same company as the ones that buckled during the construction of 102 Avenue Bridge over Groat Road in 2015, Marigold Infrastructure Partners — the consortium building the 27-kilometre-long Valley Line West LRT — said it has learned from that and other recent bridge projects. "I can assure you that that has been taken into account," said construction manager Brad Baumle. Construction on the bridge is expected to finish by the fall of 2024.
  • Flair is launching a direct flight from Edmonton to Cancun starting Oct. 29. The company is adding 13 new routes in total to its winter schedule.
  • The Canadian Native Friendship Centre will receive more than $1.1 million in federal funding to help renovate its building at 11728 95 Street NW. Renovations will include upgraded meeting rooms, kitchens, and gathering spaces, and will reduce the building's energy consumption by an estimated 54.6%. The centre, which serves about 10,000 people each year, will contribute more than $560,000 to the project.
  • The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ryan McLeod to a two-year contract worth $4.2 million, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Aug. 4. McLeod had 11 goals and 23 points in 57 games last season.
  • Ontario's Superior Court of Justice has awarded more than $142 million to the families of eight people who died on Flight PS752 in 2020, bringing the total awarded in damage judgments to nearly $250 million for the families of 14 victims. A total of 176 people, including 13 Edmontonians, were killed when Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot the plane down.