The Pulse: Jan. 19, 2021

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  • 5°C: Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High plus 5. Wind chill minus 11 in the morning. (forecast)
  • 3-1: The Canadiens beat the Oilers last night. (details)
  • 4,237: Active cases of COVID-19 in the Edmonton zone as of Jan. 18. (stats)
  • 15: The number of registered candidates for the 2021 municipal election as of Jan. 18. (data)

Green and Walkable Cost Share Agreement approved by council's executive committee

Green and Walkable Cost Share Agreement approved by council's executive committee

By Emily Rendell-Watson Emily Rendell-Watson

Edmonton city council's executive committee has approved a recommendation to reimburse the developers of the Ice District for their portion of "Green and Walkable" expenses for upgrades to downtown Edmonton. The approval went through without debate.

The Green and Walkable Downtown project includes "improvements to downtown streets that will make (it) more accessible, easier to navigate and more pleasant for pedestrians." Improvements are set to take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

According to the report presented to the committee, the "total cost of the sidewalk infrastructure and amenities being constructed on city land is estimated at more than $6 million."

Following a review by city administration, it was determined that $2.895 million of the total costs are considered enhancements which would qualify as "Green and Walkable" sidewalk infrastructure and amenities which "go beyond minimum standards, and ... offer amenity value to the public." The funds to reimburse EAD Property Holdings (102) Corp. are expected to come from the downtown community revitalization levy (CRL).

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By Emily Rendell-Watson Emily Rendell-Watson

Clio CEO joins dealcloser advisory board

Clio CEO joins dealcloser advisory board

By Emily Rendell-Watson Emily Rendell-Watson in the Tech Roundup

The co-founder and CEO of Clio, Jack Newton, is joining the advisory board for dealcloser, "a transaction management hub for legal professionals that modernizes the deal closing process." Newton and co-founder Rian Gauvreau launched Clio in Edmonton in 2008 and it has since grown into one of the top legal tech companies in the world.

Clio is now based in Vancouver, so Newton's appointment to dealcloser's board is a homecoming of sorts as he re-invests in the Edmonton ecosystem.

“The city of Edmonton holds a special place in my heart — it’s where I grew up, went to university, founded Clio, and where we continue to employ a growing number of amazing team members. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that supported me along the way," Newton told Taproot.

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Chart of the week: Winter's bottom

Chart of the week: Winter's bottom

By Karen Unland Karen Unland

Historically speaking, we have made it through the bottom of winter for 2020-21, writes Chris Nelson of Edmonton Weather Nerdery.

Based on the past 30 years, Edmonton's average daily highs start to climb after Jan. 9, and our average daily lows get higher after Jan. 10.

That's not to say that we're through with cold weather. It's just that the average daily temperatures are on their way up. As Nelson notes, "there is still plenty of time left for this winter to make its presence felt."

Indeed, the forecast for this week indicates chillier days ahead.

This chart comes from Edmonton Weather Nerdery, a blog that crunches historical weather data from the Edmonton Blatchford weather station. Follow @yegwxnerdery.

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Curated samples of local goods provide positive exposure

Curated samples of local goods provide positive exposure

By Sharon Yeo Sharon Yeo in the Food Roundup

Many consumers are looking for ways to support small businesses, and there are a couple of recent examples that offer compiled collections of local goods.

The Alberta Box, an initiative of Sobeys, is a package of 22 locally-produced products, including candy, soda, soup mix, and oats. Participating companies, including Gramma Bee’s Honey, appreciated the exposure. Priced at $49.99, the boxes were very well-received and are 90% sold out. As a result, Sobeys will be releasing an additional box featuring new vendors in the spring.

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Quiz time: Buildings

Quiz time: Buildings


Test your knowledge of Edmonton with this daily quiz, brought to you (for now) by your friends at Taproot Publishing:

Which of these buildings was not designed by Allan Merrick Jeffers?

  1. Beverly town hall (no longer needed after amalgamation with Edmonton in 1961)
  2. Civic Block (demolished in 1995 to make way for the Winspear Centre)
  3. Edmonton's first courthouse (demolished in the 1970s)
  4. Arlington Apartments (destroyed by fire in 2005)
  5. Alberta Legislature (still standing!)

See tomorrow's issue of The Pulse for the answer.

The answer to the Jan. 18 quiz was c. Bruce Cinnamon described a slightly fictionalized version of our river valley thus in The Melting Queen.

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