The Pulse: Jan. 3, 2022

Happy New Year! We're back from our holiday break, though we're still bundled up. Edmonton weather nerdery reports that the average high for Dec. 15-31 was -18°C, which ranks as the sixth coldest on record for that time period.

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  • -22°C: Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light in the afternoon. Temperature steady near minus 22. Wind chill near minus 33. Risk of frostbite. (forecast)
  • 68,200: Alberta Health Services expects 68,200 people currently have or will develop long-COVID. (details)
  • 5pm: The Oilers (18-12-2) will face off against the New York Rangers (21-8-4) at Madison Square Garden. (details)

Ice District

Holiday headlines

By Mack Male and Doug Johnson

Happy New Year! Here's a look at some of the key headlines from the past two weeks:

Photo: Ice District on Dec. 30 the day after the world junior hockey championship was cancelled. (Mack Male/Flickr)



By Mack Male and Doug Johnson

  • Effective today, the province is reducing the COVID-19 isolation period from 10 days to five for Albertans with at least doses of vaccine who are symptom-free. Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C., New Brunswick, and the U.S. have also reduced the isolation period.
  • Local parents are finding it hard to juggle work, childcare, and the pandemic as schools are expected to open again on Jan. 10.
  • Citizen patrols are using loud noises and tennis balls to scare coyotes off Edmonton streets for the second year. The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project, which started the program, says that it appears effective so far.
  • Al Rashid Mosque is extending its night shelter until Jan. 9 as the cold continues to grip Edmonton. The mosque is also asking for donations and volunteers.
  • A pipe burst in a central Edmonton seniors home on Jan. 2, flooding the facility and displacing around 50 residents. Some suites were damaged after eight inches of water pooled on the floor of the Ansgar Villa seniors complex in Oliver.
  • Parcels of Exhibition Lands will be sold to developers this year. The redevelopment project will include the land that Northlands Coliseum currently sits on, but a timetable for the demolition of the building is yet to be confirmed.
  • As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Queen's Bench are postponing some legal proceedings. Non-urgent trials and trials that require oral or in-person evidence, among others, will be adjourned between Jan. 4-21 — all other adult criminal proceedings will be handled virtually.
Speaking Municipally cover art -- a smiling turnip in front of City Hall

Catch up with Speaking Municipally

By Karen Unland

In case you missed it over the holiday break, our municipal affairs podcast dropped two episodes to inform and delight you heading into 2022.

Hosts Troy Pavlek and Mack Male wrapped up the budget in Episode 161. Come for the poetic beginning; stay for the explanation of how this city council landed on a 1.91% tax levy increase, with an in-depth look at what precisely happened with the police budget.

For something more on the fun side (though pretty educational in its way), don't forget the annual Jeopardy episode, this time with former mayors Don Iveson, Tara Veer, and Naheed Nenshi displaying their knowledge of Alberta municipalities.

Subscribe to the podcast if you haven't already done so to get new episodes delivered to you on your favourite app. Coming up soon is a very special episode with Coun. Andrew Knack temporarily taking Troy's place at the microphone.

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