The Pulse: Sept. 14, 2021

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  • 20°C: Increasing cloudiness near noon. High 20. (forecast)
  • 202: Alberta broke a pandemic record for COVID-19 ICU admissions on Monday with 202 patients. (details)
  • 4,740: Alberta reported 4,740 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. (details)
  • Sept. 15-16: Alberta's mobile vaccination clinic will be stopping in Edmonton on Sept. 15-16. (details)

New Innovate Edmonton divisions

Innovate Edmonton announces division heads to support early and mid-stage entrepreneurs

By Emily Rendell-Watson Emily Rendell-Watson in the Tech Roundup

Innovate Edmonton has launched two new divisions, Scaleup Edmonton and Accelerate Edmonton, to support early and mid-stage entrepreneurs in the city. Chloe Chalmers, head of Scaleup Edmonton, and Dawn Newton, head of Accelerate Edmonton, will work alongside the already established Startup Edmonton team, led by Christian Tokarski.

"Under Innovate Edmonton's umbrella, startups will continue to receive an array of time-tested programs that deliver early entrepreneur support, from business basics to refined product-market fit training, through Startup Edmonton," CEO Catherine Warren explained.

"With the launch of Scaleup Edmonton, we are committed to Edmonton's successful coach program for high-growth companies, where we match growing companies with appropriate expertise to reach new company milestones. Accelerate Edmonton will support local and global accelerators with an Edmonton footprint, deploying the new $5 million in city funding announced back in spring 2021."

Warren added that with the organization's new hires, it now has the strength to deliver a "harmonized suite of programs, create economies of scale, and support one-stop shopping for Edmonton's entrepreneurs and business leaders."

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By Michelle Ferguson Michelle Ferguson

A map of Edmonton ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi ward.

Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi: Where the candidates stand on the People's Agenda

By Karen Unland Karen Unland

Taproot asked candidates to complete a 30-question survey based on what we heard when we asked what key issues people wanted the candidates to be talking about as they compete for votes in the 2021 municipal election.

Here are the answers we've received so far from the candidates in Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi:

We have not yet received a finalized survey from Jennifer Rice. We will update the links above when we receive it.

After nominations close on Sept. 20, we'll invite you to take the same survey so you can see which candidates line up best with your own stances. Subscribe to The Pulse for free so you don't miss that opportunity.

Find more on this project on our People's Agenda page.

Arcadia Brewing

Third Edmonton hospitality business to require proof of vaccination

By Sharon Yeo Sharon Yeo in the Food Roundup

Arcadia Brewing Co. is the third Edmonton hospitality business to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter. Fleisch started requiring proof from guests seeking to dine indoors back in August, and bar EvoWonderLounge mandated proof of vaccination last week.

Arcadia announced that as of Sept. 20, it will start requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering. "This decision was not made easily and we ask you to please be kind to our staff and please respect our decision," Arcadia said in a tweet.

Since sharing the policy, Arcadia has received some negative feedback online but noted that the majority of feedback has been positive.

"Generally, the support has been incredible from people either coming in or messaging me," co-owner Darren McGeown told CTV News. "The past few days people have come in – especially front line workers – have reached out and showed their appreciation, which means a lot to me."

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A chart depicting how Edmonton city councillors voted from 2017-2021.

A look back at how councillors voted as Edmonton prepares to usher in a new council

By Scott Lilwall Scott Lilwall

Edmonton city council held its final meeting last week before breaking for the upcoming municipal election. Edmonton's Open Data Catalogue provides a look back at how councillors voted over the past four years, which sheds some light on council's direction and the structure of its voting process.

Council's latest term was a busy one — in total, councillors voted on roughly 7,700 motions spread across council meetings, public hearings and the city budget. And that is just taking into account motions that were considered by the full council — there were thousands of other motions presented at the various committees that councillors sit on.

Many motions considered by city council are related to bylaws. For a bylaw to pass, it must pass three readings. Most of the time, even councillors who voted against a motion to approve first reading will vote in favour on the second and third readings, making many of the votes on the chart little more than prefunctory, although that's not always the case.

Over council's latest term, only 116 motions were either voted down or failed for one reason or another. The vast majority, 7,666, were carried by council. Close votes were rare, with only 57 motions being decided by a single vote. The majority of decisions were made by unanimous vote or large margins for the prevailing side.

When Edmonton elects its new city council in October, most of the current councillors hope to hold onto their seats. Nine of them are running to represent one of the newly-drawn wards in the city. Of the three not seeking re-election as councillors, two are involved in other races: Mike Nickel is running for mayor, while Ben Henderson has jumped over to federal politics as a Liberal candidate. The third, Michael Walters, has said he plans to remain involved in politics but has not revealed any specifics.

Whether next year's council will be made up of familiar or fresh faces will be up to voters to decide. Taproot Edmonton has been tracking what issues Edmontonians want to hear candidates talk about and will be reporting on the ward and mayoral races in the lead up to the vote on October 18.