The Pulse: Jan. 20, 2021

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  • 2°C: Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High plus 2. Wind chill minus 8 in the morning. (forecast)
  • 5pm: The Oilers will play the Maple Leafs for the first time this season. (details)
  • 5,000: The estimated number of Edmontonians that lost power during last night's snow squall. (CBC News)

Seven actions from Edmonton's infill roadmap completed in 2020

Seven actions from Edmonton's infill roadmap completed in 2020

By Emily Rendell-Watson

City council's urban planning committee met on Jan. 19 to discuss initiatives to support more and better infill in Edmonton, as per the Infill Roadmap 2018. It also received updates on infill compliance, and fire protection.

In 2020, seven additional actions from the infill roadmap were completed.

"The actions completed in 2020 have focused on providing more and better information to the public, exploring creative opportunities to support additional infill, and aligning our regulations to match the city’s commitment to welcoming more people and new homes into older neighbourhoods," said the report. "The remaining actions reflect the city’s ongoing commitment to excellent service and ambitions to tackle broader issues through major initiatives such as the Zoning Bylaw Renewal and City Plan implementation projects."

Sixteen of the roadmap's 25 actions are now done, leaving six to be completed by the end of 2022 and three which will need to be sustained beyond the end of the roadmap.

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By Emily Rendell-Watson

Panel discussion to explore renaming public spaces, monuments in Edmonton

Panel discussion to explore renaming public spaces, monuments in Edmonton

By Jackson Spring

From statues and monuments to the names of sports teams, the world continues to grapple with whether controversial memorials should be removed or preserved. On Jan. 20, The Centre for Race and Culture (CFRAC) is turning the focus to Edmonton with a panel discussion about the lasting impact of the city's own problematic memorials.

"This is a watershed moment for public awareness of just how problematic some of our history is," said Myriam Gerber, CFRAC's research coordinator.

Renaming and Removal: Public Memory and Public Spaces will be moderated by Sen. Paula Simons and features four speakers of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. They will discuss places, buildings, and institutions with contentious names, and how the public presence of monuments relates to controversial historical figures.

The goal of the event is to get Edmontonians thinking about how these names and monuments affect their perception of history, and what to do about it, Gerber explained.

"Names of places, names of statues, names of buildings normalize a specific version of history," she said. "We tend to name things after people we want to celebrate, and not everyone may agree with that celebration."

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Villeneuve Airport to receive $2.2M in stimulus funding

Villeneuve Airport to receive $2.2M in stimulus funding

By Stephen Cook in the Regional Roundup

Sturgeon County is getting $2.2-million from the province through the Municipal Stimulus Program for improvements at Villeneuve Airport. 

The funding will be used for a waterline essential to the airport's growth and further business development, according to a news release. Sturgeon County is also investing $7.3-million to improve broadband connectivity in a pilot project area that includes the airport.

“Through the collective efforts of regional partners who form the Villeneuve Landing Network, we are working to propel economic diversification at Villeneuve Airport and the nearby surrounding lands to increase opportunities for our future and that of the greater region," Mayor Alanna Hnatiw said in a news release.

"Our vision includes developing the lands into a general aviation, manufacturing, transportation and logistics hub that connects specialized regional products and services with global markets.”

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Alberta researchers developing rapid test to track coronavirus variants in the province

Alberta researchers developing rapid test to track coronavirus variants in the province

By Hiba Kamal-Choufi in the Health Innovation Roundup

Alberta scientists are developing a rapid screening test that will help track the genetic code of coronavirus variants across the province.

According to the province's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta now has two confirmed cases of the variant first found in South Africa, and 12 cases of the variant from the U.K.

Graham Tipples, medical-scientific director with the provincial lab, said the team has been conducting full genome sequencing on a proportion of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Tipples said the surveillance program targets travellers, outbreaks, and severe cases.

"The big question is, is it being imported into Canada? Is it establishing itself in Canada? And, is it in fact truly associated with enhanced spread, or did that just happen to be the strain that was around in the U.K. when they found a surge in tests? So those are the kinds of questions that we need to keep an eye on things to understand a little bit better," Tipples told CBC News.

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Quiz time: Place names

Quiz time: Place names


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

Which neighbourhood was named for a railway?

  1. Belvedere
  2. Calder
  3. Canora
  4. Grovenor
  5. Laurier

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

The answer to the Jan. 19 quiz was d — Allan Merrick Jeffers did not design the Arlington Apartments.

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