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The Pulse

Tuesday, Feb. 27

In this edition: Calgary outdigs Edmonton in accessing funds to help seniors shovel; Edmonton's slow progress on $100M bike infrastructure commitment scrutinized; happenings: Feb. 27, 2024

The Pulse

Monday, Feb. 26

In this edition: On the agenda: Success metrics, green builds, mental health; Edmonton activates extreme weather response; happenings: Feb. 26, 2024

The Pulse

Friday, Feb. 23

In this edition: Explainer: Edmonton's complex regional cooperation landscape; emergency simulation planned at Valley Line Southeast Mill Woods Stop; happenings: Feb. 23-25, 2024


A photo of a city sidewalk with snow cleared from most of it and a portion left unshovelled
city council health

Calgary outdigs Edmonton in accessing funds to help seniors shovel

As a fresh dump of snow blankets the city, an advocacy group says Edmonton is not doing as well as Calgary at helping low-income seniors access $1,300 per household in provincial funds to help pay for snow removal and similar services.

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An infill building and an older building in Edmonton.
city council health

On the agenda: Success metrics, green builds, mental health

City council continues to meet in a hybrid setting to discuss the City Plan, higher energy efficiency standards, and mental health statistics.

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A crowd of people on stage at a convention.
business region

Explainer: Edmonton's complex regional cooperation landscape

Several of the five municipalities that have voted to leave Edmonton Global say they remain committed to regional economic development — but will do so through other organizations.

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Mayor Amarjeet Sohi speaks at a podium beside a slide that reads "Mayoral Keynote Address: Balancing Inclusivity and Social Cohesion in an Era of Rising Polarization: Mayoral Leadership in Building Resilient Cities in the Face of Migration Challenges"
city council racism

Mayor lauds anti-racism efforts amid acrimony

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi has been highlighting the city's anti-racism efforts, even travelling to Berlin to speak about it. But the committee charged with shaping that work has been paused, raising concerns about a lack of community involvement and delays in implementing the city's anti-racism strategy.

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A canopy of green leaves as seen from beneath a tree
trees climate change

For Edmonton, a sustainable future depends on trees

Even though a council committee has put off passing a bylaw to protect trees on private property, the Tomorrow Foundation for a Sustainable Future is encouraged to see progress on a file that is vital to the city's ability to lessen and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Heather Ratsoy speaks at a news conference
business city council

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 painted bike lane alongside a road in winter.
city council health

Edmonton's slow progress on $100M bike infrastructure commitment scrutinized

Edmonton has announced the first 10 projects as part of its $100 million investment in active transportation infrastructure. But while this news is positive, the overall project's slow progress deserves scrutiny, hosts said in Episode 252 of Speaking Municipally.

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A bird's-eye view of a large park, including a body of water, meandering paths, and an event centre
city council region

Calls for public engagement: Elections, parks, urban farming

Here are opportunities to help inform city planning about elections, the Northeast River Valley Park, and urban farming.

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A newspaper clipping that shows a bi-plane upside down for unexplained reasons. The clipping reads, "To Peace River in 3 hours To Calgary in 2 hours."
history region

A moment in history: Feb. 21, 1920

On this day in 1920, a short-lived Edmonton airline run by a transportation magnate was preparing to take to the sky.

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Roundup

Food Roundup: February 27, 2024

The latest on food in Edmonton. Northern Chicken closes as Chick-fil-A arrives in Alberta; several restaurants participate in Burger It Forward; Pizza Talks offers free meals to help

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Roundup

Tech Roundup: February 27, 2024

The latest on tech in Edmonton. Startup TNT dreams beyond Prairies; Leduc uses AI to clean compost; Farmer's Legacy Biotech accepted into THRIVE Academy

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Roundup

Business Roundup: February 23, 2024

The latest on business in Edmonton. Lone Pine and other distillers join Edmonton Cocktail Week; Little Potato Company eyes tax credit for Nisku facility; Startup TNT doubles down

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Roundup

Arts Roundup: February 22, 2024

The latest on arts in Edmonton. Inflexion drops Nightingale; Beaumont Music Festival goes all Canadian; Book Boudoir opens to long lineups

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Roundup

Regional Roundup: February 21, 2024

The latest on the region in Edmonton. Spruce Grove building permits hit $277M; EMRB says climate inaction could cost region $4B by 2050s; scooter companies remain bullish on region

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Roundup

Health Innovation Roundup: February 21, 2024

The latest on health innovation in Edmonton. Gender-affirming care policy changes face more scrutiny; Alberta Innovates teams with Glenrose; Alberta Medical Association wants new funding model

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Podcast

Six rezonings, 10 bike routes, and 12 OPs

This week, OP12 returned and council appears to be a bit more bearish on the idea. Plus, we learn more about the bike routes being built in 2024, and there are six rezonings testing the limits of the new zoning bylaw.

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Podcast

Public spaces (just not for you, specifically)

The draft Public Spaces Bylaw goes to council amid plenty of opposition. We talk with Omar Yaqub of IFSSA and Cheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow about the potential impact of the bylaw on marginalized communities. Plus, the Katz Group is suing Boyle Street over a $5 million donation.

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Podcast

Walking you through the downtown pedestrianization plan

The downtown pedestrianization report finally went through committee, so we talk with Jason Syvixay and Stephen Raitz, two of the shepherds that guided it through.

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Meet Taproot Edmonton’s new managing editor
Blog

Meet Taproot Edmonton’s new managing editor

We're happy beyond measure to introduce you to Taproot Edmonton's new managing editor, Tim Querengesser.

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Meet Taproot Edmonton’s new curator/reporter
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Meet Taproot Edmonton’s new curator/reporter

We're excited to introduce you to Stephanie Swensrude, the latest addition to Taproot Edmonton's editorial team.

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LION names Taproot a finalist for resilience award
Blog

LION names Taproot a finalist for resilience award

Taproot is honoured to be among the independent news organizations nominated for this year's LION Local Journalism Awards!

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