The Pulse: Feb. 18, 2021

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City committee endorses rules for passing cyclists on the road

City committee endorses rules for passing cyclists on the road

By Jackson Spring

Edmonton drivers may soon face fines for passing too close to cyclists, in an effort by the city to clarify the rules of sharing the road.

On Feb. 17, city council's community and public services committee unanimously endorsed a proposed bylaw that would define a "safe passing distance" between motorists and cyclists, and fine motorists for violations, similar to a bylaw passed by the City of Calgary in 2019.

A report presented to the committee states the new rules would align with Edmonton's City Plan, one of the goals of which is to improve the transportation network for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.

Typically, rules for cyclists on the road are set out by provincial governments. The Government of Alberta's Traffic Safety Act says drivers must pass cyclists safely, but does not clarify what that means.

Cycling advocates have been pushing for this bylaw for over a year. Christopher Chan, executive director of Bikes Edmonton, said the main benefit is that it "would make objective and clear what it means to drive safely around cyclists."

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By Emily Rendell-Watson

Writers crowdfund digitization of SEE Magazine

Writers crowdfund digitization of SEE Magazine

By Fawnda Mithrush in the Arts Roundup

When Erika Thorkelson started reminiscing about her early days as a freelancer in Edmonton, she couldn't find any way to access her first stories penned for the defunct weekly, SEE Magazine. When the magazine's final issue hit the recycling bin in 2011, its website and online presence were shut down, too. 

"I wanted to be able to look at whole issues of SEE Magazine and reconnect with the culture of the time," Thorkelson said, noting that she found a few places with hard copies, but the pandemic made it nearly impossible to access them. "I needed digital copies. No one had digital records, but everyone I spoke to said they would love to have them."

After consulting with University of Alberta librarian Sarah Severson, the idea to create a digital archive of SEE's 913 issues took shape. The U of A library has a scanner that can capture bound print pages in high quality, full colour renderings, and make those renderings searchable — the same process was recently completed to preserve the full 1910-2016 print archive of The Gateway.  

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A moment in history: Feb. 18, 1921

A moment in history: Feb. 18, 1921

By Karen Unland

A hundred years ago, coal companies were vying for business from Edmonton households with newspaper ads like this.

The coal from the Black Diamond Coal Company would appear to be of the homegrown variety — the mine was near where the Strathcona Science Park is now located. It was one of more than 50 mines operating along the Clover Bar seam underneath Beverly between 1900 and 1950.

Pembina Peerless Coal, on the other hand, was mined near Evansburg, where the coal was apparently of higher quality. This ad doesn't trumpet the coal's provenance, but the company went to great pains to assure customers in the Roblin Review in Manitoba that the coal was not mined in Edmonton but rather 70 miles west. Evansburg was founded in 1907 by Harry Marshall Erskine Evans, who was mayor of Edmonton in 1917.

Coal ceased to be used much to heat homes by the middle of the 20th century, but remained in use industrially. Natural Resources Canada says 7.4% of Canada's electricity is generated with coal, with the goal to get to zero by 2030 as part of our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The current controversy over opening the Eastern Slopes to open-pit coal mining is for metallurgical coal, used to produce steel.

This clipping was found on Vintage Edmonton, a daily look at Edmonton's history from armchair archivist @revRecluse.

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By Emily Rendell-Watson and Fawnda Mithrush

Quiz time: Founders

Quiz time: Founders


Test your knowledge with this daily quiz, brought to you by SkirtsAfire:

What other Edmonton theatre festival did Artistic Director Annette Loiselle co-found?

  1. Play the Fool Festival
  2. Nextfest
  3. Improvaganza
  4. Freewill Shakespeare Festival
  5. Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

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

The answer to the Feb. 17 quiz was b — Dr. Wanda Costen, this year's Honorary Skirt, is the Dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University.

SkirtsAfire is Edmonton’s only theatre and multidisciplinary arts organization featuring women-identifying and non-binary artists. It’s happening online and outdoors March 4 to 14 — see what's on.

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