The Pulse: June 11, 2021

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  • 20°C: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning. High 20. (forecast)
  • $13M: The Muttart will open its doors today after receiving a $13.3-million facelift. (details)
  • June 26: The Edmonton Stingers will tip off against the Hamilton Honey Badgers on June 16. The team will be defending its champion title in a 14-game schedule. (details)
  • April: Anyone who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in April or earlier is now eligible to book a second shot. (details)

Edmonton-area municipalities consider regional approach to tackle climate change

Edmonton-area municipalities consider regional approach to tackle climate change

By Jackson Spring Jackson Spring

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) has voted to explore the creation of a unified climate strategy, which would include coordinating carbon budgets and green construction standards between many Edmonton-area municipalities.

The board members, including mayors and officials from 13 municipalities, agreed unanimously on June 10 to support the motion.

The motion was initially brought forward by Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson in April, who argued that coordination between municipalities is necessary to properly address the effects climate change will have on the region.

"Climate change impacts ... don't start or end at our municipal boundaries," he said. "(They) require us to think and design approaches in a similarly borderless way."

As part of Edmonton's Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan, approved by city council this spring, the city has already begun implementing building standards that ensure greater energy efficiency. It also introduced a carbon budget, which outlines restrictions on how much carbon dioxide the city can emit to align with the worldwide goal of limiting overall global warming to 1.5C, as outlined by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Edmonton's carbon budget allows it to emit a maximum of 155 megatonnes of carbon dioxide between 2019 and 2050 — requiring a reduction in the average household's annual emissions from 20 tonnes to three tonnes.

Iveson said the motion will encourage the rest of the municipalities to follow Edmonton's lead.

"The (carbon) budget is one we need to balance," he said. "Edmonton is going to balance that budget in the coming years, and it sends a much stronger signal ... if our whole region is trying to do that."

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By Michelle Ferguson Michelle Ferguson

Northlands prepares to shut down, loses K-Days to Explore Edmonton

Northlands prepares to shut down, loses K-Days to Explore Edmonton

By Paul Cashman Paul Cashman in the Business Roundup

Northlands is ending a 142-year run as a major Edmonton arena, events and trade show operator and will hand the management of future editions of K-Days and Farmfair International over to Explore Edmonton in July.

The change comes after a feasibility study in early 2021 found that Explore Edmonton could deliver the two remaining events on the Northlands calendar because of its new role as the city's destination management and marketing organization as well as operator of both the Expo Centre and Edmonton Convention Centre.

"The Explore Edmonton team was humbled by the confidence city council and others showed in us when it was suggested we could take this on," Explore Edmonton interim CEO Maggie Davison said in a news release.

The organization called it "bittersweet" that the opportunity to relaunch the events brings to a close the history of Northlands, which grew from non-profit agricultural association to stage hundreds of events every year at its facilities. "We are all proud of the legacy of our organization, a legacy that truly belongs to the dedicated staff and tireless volunteers who have sustained Northlands for almost a century and a half," said Northlands CEO Peter Male.

For decades that legacy made Northlands a "magical place with horse racing, rides, wrestling, hockey and concerts" along with the city's signature summer event before the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and Edmonton Folk Music Festival emerged to compete with K-Days, according to former news reporter Grant Ainsley.

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Edmonton moves into Stage 2 of its reopening plan

By Paul Cashman Paul Cashman

Stage 2 of the provincial government's "open for summer" plan started June 10 with eased restrictions for businesses ranging from restaurant to retail. Here's how businesses are responding to the newest rules and the promise that all restrictions could be lifted soon:

The podcast art for That's Food.

Podcast pick: That's Food

By Andy Trussler Andy Trussler

That's Food is CSJR Radio's foodie podcast that tells "the backstory to food in Edmonton, one meal at a time." Last month, Season 2 hit the airwaves.

The team of hosts includes students Melania Antoszko, Katelin Karbonik, Saveta Cartwright, Simran Pherwani, and Bobby Kainth. Other contributors are musician Doug Hoyer and artist Maaike Lynn, who have both generated original works for the project. Readers may recognize co-producer Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, who was the facilitator of Taproot's People's Agenda listening sessions.

Topics, like the hosts, vary each episode, so those listening can always expect a new palette. Most recently, host and producer Kainth broke down the differences between gourmet and store-bought pastries in Is Cake Really A Piece of Cake?

Other projects by the independent station range from environmental news, to heavy metal, to underground electronica, to LGBTQ news, organ music, and the latest from Eritrea. A registered and volunteer-run non-profit, CJSR broadcasts from an old bank vault in the Students' Union Building basement at the University of Alberta.

If you want to get involved with CJSR Radio, you can donate or apply to volunteer. If you're hoping to tune in to That's Food, you can find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Youtube, or the CJSR website.

You can listen to podcast picks from Taproot on Listen Notes or Spotify.

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