The Pulse: Aug. 27, 2021

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  • 22°C: Mainly cloudy. 30% chance of showers early in the morning with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High 22. (forecast)
  • 1,112: Alberta reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for second straight day on Thursday. (details)
  • 14: Two more Elks players have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 14. (details)
  • 2nd: Edmonton native, Marco Arop, secured his second consecutive Diamond League 800-metre title on Thursday. (details)

Stantec Tower.

Signs of optimism return to downtown office market

By Paul Cashman Paul Cashman in the Business Roundup

A major downtown office space broker is seeing an uptick in interest from prospective tenants as companies plan return-to-office strategies.

"Q2 2021 marks the first quarter since the pandemic began where the optimism we've seen is starting to manifest itself into tangible signs," says Avison Young's Edmonton quarterly office market report.

"Office touring activity and general inquiries have increased; each day more cars and bikes can be found in downtown parkades; and overall, people are starting to slowly return to their office spaces."

A Downtown Business Association survey indicates that about 75% of employers do not plan to change their office footprint while a handful are looking to increase their office space. "I can breathe a little easier than I did eight months ago," DBA executive director Puneeta McBryan told the Edmonton Journal. "Most of that worst-case scenario we were bracing for didn't happen."

Downtown's office vacancy rate edged up 0.4% in the second quarter, but when a 1% fall in Q1 is factored in, Avison Young sees stability in the market that points to more leases being signed in 2022.

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By Michelle Ferguson Michelle Ferguson

The podcast artwork for The Inner Circle with Carrie Doll

Podcast pick: The Inner Circle with Carrie Doll

By Andy Trussler Andy Trussler

Podcaster and local personality Carrie Doll recently celebrated her 50th birthday with her inner circle of listeners and guests. In a special bonus episode, she shared 10 life lessons from her five decades on earth.

"This is 50!" provides Doll's perspective on the value of treating your body with respect, living with passion, practicing gratitude, and valuing time. These lessons are drawn from Doll's professional, personal, and emotional journeys.

Doll spent 20 years as a broadcast journalist, and though her news career ended in 2014, her love for interviews did not. When she isn't connecting people through stories, she chairs the Stollery Women's Network, sits on the board of the John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation, and was named one of Alberta's top 100 citizens.

The Inner Circle is a place for guests to share personal wins, anecdotes of success and failure, and primarily "the lessons they have learned along the way." Doll has unpacked the life journeys of Mark Wahlberg's former personal chef, paralympian Michelle Salt, senator and former journalist Paula Simons, and dozens of others with stories to share. Listeners with something to say can join Doll's Inner Circle and share insights, skills, and resources.

Tune into the podcast each week on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcast. Here's to 50, Carrie!

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

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