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The Pulse

Friday, June 24

In this edition: Wisdom of wild boar farming questioned in light of feral pig problem; Scription named the Edmonton winner at Startup TNT's Investment Summit V; the city is collecting public input on the 2023-2026 budget until July 17.

The Pulse

Thursday, June 23

In this edition: Retirement home for LGBTQ2S+ seniors is in the works; the city has signed 20-year green energy contracts; the Edmonton Public School board has approved its 2022-2026 education plan; and Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters.

The Pulse

Wednesday, June 22

In this edition: Data shows the ebb and flow of mosquito season; the City of Edmonton and CUPE Local 30 have ratified a new three-year agreement; and our latest moment in history travels back to 1953.


Three feral wild boar on a hill
News

Wisdom of wild boar farming questioned in light of feral pig problem

While Alberta is grappling with the destructive threat of a growing population of feral wild boar and fears they could soon invade urban areas, there are farmers in the Edmonton area and elsewhere in the province who are still raising them.

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Justin Larocque-Villiers holding a microphone in front of a dark background
News

Scription named the Edmonton winner at Startup TNT's Investment Summit V

Scription, which offers a software-as-a-service platform for equipment maintenance companies, took away the top prize at the fifth annual Startup TNT Investment Summit on June 23.

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A rainbow of flags held aloft on a street during a Pride parade
News

Retirement home for LGBTQ2S+ seniors is in the works

The Edmonton Pride Seniors Group (EPSG) is getting closer to its dream of building a queer-friendly retirement home. The group is working with the city to acquire a piece of land on which to build an affordable housing development where queer seniors can feel comfortable and safe being themselves, without worrying about whether the residents or staff will accept them.

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Heather Ratsoy speaks at a news conference
Feature

Downtown daycares in danger of succumbing to pandemic

As Edmontonians weather a fifth wave of the pandemic, the prolonged closure of many downtown offices has left daycares in the heart of the city struggling to stay open.

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A map of all of the public washroom locations in Edmonton
Feature

How public washrooms help make a city work well

Most candidates for mayor and city council agree that Edmonton needs more permanent public washrooms, a move that is vital for a city to work for everyone, says consultant Lezlie Lowe.

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A map of Edmonton's 15 districts, as laid out in the City Plan
Feature

City aims for Edmontonians to 'live more locally' with 15-minute districts

The 15-minute city is an urban design strategy that the current city council adopted as part of the City Plan at the end of 2020. The next city council, and its successors, will make the decisions that either help bring this plan to life or leave it to languish. As the municipal election approaches, this is a good time to examine what this concept means for Edmonton.

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A group of cyclists at the start line of a race under City of Edmonton arches amid Melcor banners
Brief

Weekend agenda: June 24-26, 2022

This weekend offers the opportunity to engage with Indigenous creators, cheer on some cyclists, celebrate the opening of a new community, have a real wild night, or kick off the start of JazzFest.

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Taproot Edmonton's Bloom podcast, brought to you by Innovate Edmonton
Brief

Bloom: Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters

In Episode 19 of Bloom, Tiffany Linke-Boyko explains what kind of investment opportunities she's looking for as the recently hired principal for Canada with Flying Fish Partners.

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A newspaper clipping with the headline "New Swimming Pool To Be City's Largest"
Brief

A moment in history: June 22, 1953

On this day 69 years ago, the city was planning to build the largest outdoor pool in Edmonton. The proposed $150,000 project in the Mill Creek Ravine would create a large central pool and "a separate diving tank, a wading pool and a large sundeck," the Edmonton Journal noted at the time. But Mill Creek's connection with swimming in the city goes back far longer than the 1950s.

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Roundup

Business Roundup: June 24, 2022

The latest on business in Edmonton. Scription, which offers a software-as-a-service platform for equipment maintenance companies, took away the top prize at the fifth annual Startup TNT Investment Summit on June 23. Scription's platform provides equipment maintenance companies with an end-to-end solution for selling and managing personalized maintenance contracts.

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Arts Roundup: June 23, 2022

The latest on arts in Edmonton. June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Often, it's art that helps make that recognition real.

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Regional Roundup: June 22, 2022

The latest on the region in Edmonton. The Alberta government has agreed to transfer land that contains a historic cemetery back to the Enoch Cree Nation, 114 years after the band was forced to surrender it.

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Health Innovation Roundup: June 22, 2022

The latest on health innovation in Edmonton. The Business Council of Alberta's new Define the Decade report identifies the pursuit of healthy lives through medical and wellness advancements as one of three prosperity missions that are key to achieving economic expansion.

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Food Roundup: June 21, 2022

The latest on food in Edmonton. Oonnie, a website that aims to assist consumers who are looking for more convenient ways to shop locally, is set to officially launch on June 25, bringing to life the vision of a Métis entrepreneur who has spent the past 13 years in the commercial construction business.

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Roundup

Tech Roundup: June 21, 2022

The latest on tech in Edmonton. Areto Labs, the cyberbully-busting machine-learning startup, has secured $1 million in investment, with hopes for another $500,000. The pre-seed round is led by Accelerate Fund III, with participation from ScaleGood Fund, The51, and UCeed Social Impact Fund, as well as other angel investors.

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Pitching in on encampments
Podcast

Pitching in on encampments

The city is backtracking on its encampment strategy, starting to investigate a plan to make property tax more progressive, and worrying that a huge amount of affordable housing might disappear. Plus, BIG NEWS ON THE VALLEY LINE!

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Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters
Podcast

Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, the recently hired principal in charge of the Canadian operations for Flying Fish Partners, explains what kind of investment opportunities she's looking for on behalf of the Seattle-based venture capital firm. Plus, Faaiza Ramji and Karen Unland take a look at some other action on the investment front involving Sprout.vc and Areto Labs.

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Fi-Fa-Oh... Um... Let's just play hockey instead
Podcast

Fi-Fa-Oh... Um... Let's just play hockey instead

Part of 102 Avenue downtown will be car-free, and police budgets, after all this debate, may well be scrutiny-free too.

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Canada’s Online News Act must be transparent, fair, and include news innovators
Blog

Canada’s Online News Act must be transparent, fair, and include news innovators

Taproot has joined a coalition of innovative news organizations calling for amendments to a bill aimed at mandating compensation from large web platforms.

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Taproot shortlisted for journalism innovation award
Blog

Taproot shortlisted for journalism innovation award

Taproot Edmonton is a finalist for the CJF-Meta Journalism Project (MJP) Digital News Innovation Award!

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Taproot Edmonton wins publishing awards
Blog

Taproot Edmonton wins publishing awards

We've been pretty heads-down in 2022, doing the work that you've come to expect from us, but it's time to look up and celebrate a couple of honours for that work. At Digital Alberta's 2021 Ember Awards, Taproot Edmonton was named Best Digital Publica...

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