The Pulse: Oct. 18, 2021

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  • 8°C: Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon. (forecast)
  • 279: As of Saturday, Oct. 16 there were 279 patients in ICU across the province, most of whom are being treated for COVID-19. (details)
  • 5-2: The Oilers defeated the Flames 5-2 on Saturday night. McDavid scored a hat trick. (details)

It's Election Day – here's where people told us they stand on key issues

It's Election Day – here's where people told us they stand on key issues

By Emily Rendell-Watson and Karen Unland

The Taproot Survey has received more than 16,000 responses since it launched on Sept. 24, as voters sought to gain insight into how they align with candidates on issues like climate change, policing, housing, and transit.

You can play with the data yourself to see where other respondents stand as a whole. You can also compare the people to the candidates on each question.

Some notes:

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By Mack Male

  • The 10 kilometres of shared space created for pedestrians and cyclists this summer will be converted back into vehicle lanes for the winter during the first week of November. The "shared streets" program cost about $25,000 this year.
  • More than 250 residents in The Hills at Charlesworth, a southeast community near Ellerslie Road, have signed an online petition asking the city to improve transit service as the closest stop is about two kilometres away. The city said the area is currently an exception to the 600-metre guideline for transit stops but will consider an extension of service early next year.
  • Despite an increase of 21% in overall retail leasing activity in the city during the first half of 2021 compared to 2020, Edmonton is still down 22% from pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent JLL report.
  • The Edmonton Elks have traded quarterback Trevor Harris to the Montreal Alouettes for defensive end Antonio Simmons. Edmonton (2-7) is currently last in the West Division.
  • Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi spoke with The Globe and Mail last week about their regrets, Alberta's handling of the pandemic, and what's next. "I don't feel like I have unfinished business in public service," Iveson said. "But I wouldn't rule anything out."
  • Albertans can now book their flu shot online or by calling 811, with appointments starting today at participating pharmacies and public health clinics. Last year, 37% of Albertans were immunized. This year, the province has ordered 2.1 million doses of influenza vaccine.
A warm autumn sunset and leaves.

Coming up this week: Oct. 18-22, 2021

By Andy Trussler

Photo: A warm autumn sunset and leaves. (Alex Liew/Instagram)

A screen capture of how the mayoral candidates answered three questions about planning on the Taproot Survey.

Fate of City Plan is in next council's hands, says Speaking Municipally

By Karen Unland

The mayor and council that Edmontonians elect on Oct. 18 will be in charge of a "once-in-a-generation" renewal of the city's zoning bylaw that will have a huge effect on how the city is planned.

The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative is partway through a comprehensive overhaul, and much of the work is slated to take place through 2022.

"We don't do this often," said Speaking Municipally co-host Troy Pavlek on Episode 151 of Taproot's civic affairs podcast. "So this next council could either push us forward... (or) it could set Edmonton back not just four years, but a generation."

After budget deliberations in the fall, zoning will dominate the agenda, agreed podcast co-host Mack Male. That means the fate of the City Plan that was approved in December of 2020 is in the new council's hands.

"Who we elect on Monday and their views on the zoning bylaw and on urban planning in particular are really going to make or break how much of City Plan we start to realize in Edmonton," Male said.

The Taproot Survey quizzed candidates on three matters related to urban planning:

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Launch Party 12

Launch Party 12 showcases the hottest startups in town


A message from Startup Edmonton:

"The twelfth annual edition of Launch Party, hosted by Startup Edmonton, is Edmonton's flagship startup event during Edmonton Startup Week that celebrates and showcases the hottest startups in town. This year's event will be virtual (but still awesome).

"Launch Party gives you the opportunity to meet our city's brightest entrepreneurs, try their products, and celebrate everything that our startup community has to offer. Since 2010, more than 95 technology companies have launched products at the event, including rapidly growing teams like Jobber, Drivewyze, Vertical City, and Showbie."

Ten companies will pitch at this year's edition, which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7pm.

RSVP to Launch Party 12 and learn about all the other Edmonton Startup Week events at

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