Published in The Pulse
  • The City of Edmonton is once again increasing security at transit stations. Starting in May, additional police and transit officers will conduct proactive patrols, it said in a news release. Last weekend, an international student was stabbed after getting off the train at the University LRT Station.
  • Edmonton police chief Dale McFee said on April 29 that the attack on an eighth-grade boy outside Rosslyn School on April 16 "does not currently meet the Criminal Code threshold for a hate-motivated crime." A GoFundMe has raised more than $40,000 to help the victim identified as Pazo and his family with legal and long-term psychological needs.
  • A decision by city council last fall to terminate the city's helicopter control program could lead to an increase in mosquitoes of up to 40% in some areas. Luckily, a dry winter and spring means there will be fewer mosquitoes this season.
  • The province has released its 10-year plan for advanced education, described as "the most significant adult learning initiative Alberta has undertaken in more than 15 years." University of Alberta professors criticized the plan, while president Bill Flanagan praised it.
  • Starting April 30, another 650,000 Albertans eligible under Phase 2C and 2D of the vaccine rollout plan, including police, firefighters, corrections officers, and anyone over the age of 50 can book appointments. Nearly 1.5 million doses have been administered in Alberta, as of April 27.
  • The province introduced targeted restrictions for most major cities, including Edmonton. Gyms and indoor sports have been shut down and all junior and high schools will switch to online learning starting Monday. The restrictions will be in effect for at least two weeks.