The Pulse: July 15, 2021

Good morning! Albertans are encouraged to conserve energy as higher temperatures drive increased power demand. The Edmonton area is still under a heat warning, but slightly cooler temperatures are expected over the next few days.

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  • 30°C: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Hazy. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High 30. (forecast)
  • 0.84: Alberta's R-value, which measures the ability for COVID-19 to spread, is once again rising. (details)
  • 29: The former Camsell Hospital, which is currently being searched for unmarked graves, was one of one of 29 segregated medical facilities that treated Indigenous children throughout the 20th century. (details)

The Roxy sign rises again

The Roxy sign rises again

By Fawnda Mithrush Fawnda Mithrush in the Arts Roundup

The familiar Roxy sign — or a shiny new version of it — was installed on July 12 atop its iconic haunt at the corner of 107 Avenue and 124 Street.

Since its memorable fall during a devastating fire in 2015, which destroyed the original 1938 movie house almost in its entirety, Theatre Network Society has been raising funds to ensure its new $12 million project is completed in time for performances to commence in early 2022. And it is just shy of that goal, with more than $11.3 million raised so far.

"Theatre Network is humbled to return this piece of Edmonton history with help from our friends at Group2 Architecture and Interior Design, Chandos Construction, and City Image Signs," said artistic and executive director Bradley Moss. "We look forward to our, and Edmonton's, future in The New Roxy."

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By Michelle Ferguson Michelle Ferguson

Municipal election rundown: July 15, 2021

Municipal election rundown: July 15, 2021

By Andy Trussler Andy Trussler

Every week in the lead up to Edmonton's municipal election on Oct. 18, we're rounding up the news and announcements you need to know to stay informed.

A list of all of the candidates who have announced they are running in the Edmonton municipal election is available here.

Learn more about Taproot's effort to ground our election coverage in what is important to Edmontonians on our People's Agenda page.

Photo: TransPod

A moment in history: July 15, 1919

A moment in history: July 15, 1919

By Scott Lilwall Scott Lilwall

On this day in 1919, the city commissioner suggested turning part of the Rice Street Fish Market into public gardens.

Commissioner Arthur Ormsby became enamoured with the idea after travelling to other cities. He returned "fully convinced of one thing, and that is, as a city, Edmonton is singularly lacking in attractiveness." Edmonton was built of brick and stone, with little in the way of beauty "where the eye can rest with pleasure" according to newspaper accounts.

Ormsby wanted to see a public garden in the middle of the city that would stretch from around the current Churchill Square west to the edge of McDougall. The plan would mean taking some room from the Rice Street Market — at the time, Market Square stood where Stanley Milner is now, but it was in the process of expanding westward.

Ormsby's garden plan wasn't approved, potentially because the market was an important part of early Edmonton. The town's council established the market in 1903, at a time when Edmonton's population was around 8,000. Every Saturday, the market would draw crowds, both local and from outlying farms, to the square to shop and socialize. It served as an important civic glue to bind together the people of the fledgling city.

Later, it would be given a new name — City Market (Rice Street itself would eventually merge with Howard Avenue to become Rice Howard Way.) The market continued to be a weekend tradition in that spot for Edmontonians through the Great Depression and two world wars. In the 1960s, the market moved to a building on 97th Street so that the downtown library could be built. In 2004, it moved again to 104th Street, becoming known as the Edmonton Downtown Farmers' Market.

In keeping with its pattern of relocating, the market moved again due to LRT construction along 102nd Ave. The latest move saw it return to 97th Street in 2019, with space for around 100 vendors in the historic GWG Building.

The celebration of the market's reopening was short-lived, however. A few months later, the COVID-19 pandemic caused it, and other markets around the city, to shut down. Most of the markets were able to reopen during the spring of 2020, but restrictions took away some of the unique aspects that have drawn Edmontonians for more than a century — like smaller crowds, no pets and no samples.

Now that vaccinations rates are up and COVID-19 cases are down, markets in the area are looking a lot more like they did in the past. Still, the pandemic has taken a toll on both the markets and the individual vendors who participate. In response to these difficulties, the provincial government recently announced a new food labelling program to bring greater awareness to Alberta-made goods and produce.

This is based on a clipping found on Vintage Edmonton, a daily look at Edmonton's history from armchair archivist @revRecluse — follow @VintageEdmonton for daily ephemera via Twitter.

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Weekend agenda: July 15-18, 2021

Weekend agenda: July 15-18, 2021

By Emily Rendell-Watson Emily Rendell-Watson and Fawnda Mithrush Fawnda Mithrush

  • Jubefest runs Thursdays in July outside the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This week's concert features 100 mile house, and the weeks to come offer music from Ann Vriend, and Krissy Feniak. Tickets are $20 per person; patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.
  • SNAP Gallery is showing Andrew Testa's over and over, again and again, and Thirst Trap by Haylee Fortin until July 17. It's your last couple days to catch these shows!
  • Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) is exhibiting Threads of Hope, co-hosted by Fibre Art Network until July 21.
  • There are a few weekends left for this year's Whyte Avenue Art Walk, which runs every Friday to Sunday until Aug. 1.

Photo: 100 mile house/Facebook