The Pulse: April 28, 2021

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Leduc scraps photo radar city-wide

Leduc scraps photo radar city-wide

By Jackson Spring Jackson Spring in the Regional Roundup

Leduc city council has voted to get rid of automated traffic enforcement, including speed cameras and red light cameras, in favour of manned traffic stops.

One reason cited for the decision is a staffing increase to the Municipal Traffic Unit (MTU). But councillors also said during deliberations that they had received negative feedback from residents.

"We've heard the voice of this community with respect to photo radar and we're adapting our safety efforts resulting in a greater presence of manned enforcement," Mayor Bob Young said in a news release.

Young added that "vulnerable areas" like school zones will get the same amount of enforcement, but through MTU personnel as opposed to cameras.

A report from Leduc's administration says the city will lose $201,480 in budgeted revenues from photo radar tickets in 2021.

The province has been going after automated enforcement programs since 2019, when it issued a new set of restrictions that prohibited municipalities from installing new equipment or adding new enforcement locations.

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U of A neurologist awarded $2.85M to fund ALS research

U of A neurologist awarded $2.85M to fund ALS research

By Hiba Kamal-Choufi Hiba Kamal-Choufi in the Health Innovation Roundup

University of Alberta neurologist Dr. Sanjay Kalra has received a $2.85-million funding boost to work towards improving treatment options for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to conduct research that will help scientists better understand the causes of the disease.

The funding is a collaborative effort between Brain Canada and ALS Canada, as well as two U.S.-based pharmaceutical companies ― Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Regeneron.

The grant will support Dr. Kalra and his team who are working on the Comprehensive Analysis Platform To Understand, Remedy, and Eliminate ALS (CAPTURE ALS) to enhance collaboration between researchers and people living with the neurological disease.

Kalra said the funding "enables access to an abundance of information that will lead to improvements in ALS treatments on a global scale."

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Quiz time: Ways


Test your knowledge with this daily quiz, brought to you by the People's Agenda project:

What two directional plans did the City Plan replace when city council adopted it in December?

  1. The Way We Grow and The Way We Move
  2. The Way We Move and The Way We Live
  3. The Way We Live and The Way We Green
  4. The Way We Green and The Way We Finance
  5. The Way We Finance and The Way We Prosper

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

The answer to the April 27 quiz was e — Vivian Manasc, a member of SHEInnovates Alberta and co-founder of Reimagine, will speak at April 29th's listening session on planning.

The next People's Agenda listening session will be on the topic of infrastructure and city-building. Join us online at noon on April 29.

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