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Brett McKay

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Recent work by Brett

A man walks past the large, street-level windows of The Helm menswear store downtown
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The Helm opens bigger flagship downtown while others shy away

When the team behind The Helm started talking about expanding to a bigger space, there was no question about where it should be. "Our entire DNA is based in the downtown core of the city," said co-founder Chad Helm.

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Three large paintings by Yvonne DuBourdieu on a gallery wall
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Artist-run Harcourt House fights for its life

In what it calls a "do-or-die situation," Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is trying to raise $3.5 million to purchase the building it has occupied for 35 years after receiving a notice that its lease would not be renewed beyond November.

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Joshua Kirsch and Dustin Bajer stand in front of trees in the Edmonton Urban Farm
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Project looks to map saplings given to Alberta first-graders

For more than 60 years, the government of Alberta has distributed nearly 70,000 tree saplings to Grade 1 students during Alberta Forest Week. Now two local tree enthusiasts want your help to map those generations of lodgepole pine and white spruce.

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A cluster of mushrooms growing in the dark
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Zylorion files U.S. provisional patent for novel psilocybin-based compound

Mental health care and psychedelic therapy innovator PsiloTec Health Solutions, operating as Zylorion Health, has filed a provisional patent for a novel psilocybin-based compound. The compound, ZYL-314, is to be used in the treatment of mental health disorders as well as other conditions and disorders related to the central nervous system, the company said.

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Santiago Lopez and Kristin Panylyk stand beside a shelf of packaged coffee beans, near a counter full of pastries]
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The Colombian opens third café, eyes further expansion

The Colombian has opened a third café in Edmonton during highly uncertain times for the food service industry, but this expansion is only a hint of what founder and co-owner Santiago Lopez envisions.

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A portrait of Blue Plate Diner owners John Williams and Rima Devitt, above a picture of the chalk sign reading "Thank you for 15 amazing years, 104 St. community" and beside a picture of the patio on Stony Plain Road
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Heartbroken owner of Blue Plate Diner feels community's love

As she prepares to close the Blue Plate Diner for good, owner Rima Devitt can't help but wonder what would have happened if her restaurant hadn't been pushed out of its longtime home on 104 Street.

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Michael Bowling, Richard Sutton, and Patrick Pilarski smile in front of an array of DeepMind logos
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DeepMind celebrates five years in Edmonton

DeepMind Alberta, the first international research office of the UK-based AI arm of Alphabet, celebrated its fifth anniversary at its newly completed office space in downtown Edmonton.

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A technician holds a device on a baby's hip joint and looks at an ultrasound image
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Medical imaging company Medo acquired by California's Exo

Medo, an Edmonton-based medical AI innovator, is being acquired by Exo, an American health information and medical device company interested in making ultrasound imaging faster and simpler so that a wider range of caregivers can use it.

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A person speaks to a masked worker from Edmonton's Food Bank at an outdoor station
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As inflation rises and pandemic supports ebb, food insecurity grows

Food insecurity is again on the rise in Edmonton, and now providers and people in need are without the government supports that helped them cope with demand during the pandemic.

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