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A chart showing Edmonton's total crime rate per 100,000 people, with an 11.3% increase between 2021 and 2022 but levels that remain lower than 2016 to 2019
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Podcast questions presentation of police data

The Edmonton Police Service raised the alarm about an increase in violent crime based on newly released data for 2022, but Episode 218 of Speaking Municipally had questions about those numbers.

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A bar chart comparing the light-trap counts of 10 species of mosquito in Edmonton, with Aedes vexans the most populous in mid-August, followed by Culiseta inornata
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Data shows the ebb and flow of mosquito season

You've probably never swatted a mosquito and stopped to ask yourself if it was a Culex or an Ochlerotatus, but that is one of the considerations guiding Edmonton's ever evolving pest control program.

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A chart showing the growth of weekly on-demand transit boardings from April 26 to Nov. 22, 2021
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On-demand transit seems to be catching on

An interim review of the bus network redesign shows growing use of on-demand transit since it was introduced last April to mitigate a decrease in regular service to parts of the city.

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A bar chart comparing public washroom visits in 2020 and 2021
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More than 90K visits to Edmonton public washrooms recorded in 2021

Public washroom visits were up by 140% in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to an update from the City of Edmonton that will be going to committee next week.

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A chart depicting COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Edmonton.
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Announcement of optional passport system spurs uptick in COVID-19 vaccinations

Alberta's vaccine passport system didn't come into effect until Sept. 20, but the Edmonton health zone already experienced a spike in vaccinations the day after the program was announced, according to data from Alberta Health Services.

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A chart depicting how Edmonton city councillors voted from 2017-2021.
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A look back at how councillors voted as Edmonton prepares to usher in a new council

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.

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A chart depicting precipitation trends in Edmonton.

Chart of the week: A look at Edmonton's dry decade

It's the end of a very dry summer in Edmonton, and while 2021 was particularly parched, it's the latest of a decade-long trend that has seen less rainfall in the city, according to data from Environment Canada.

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A chart depicting hotel occupancy rates in Edmonton between 2019 and 2021.
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Edmonton hotels face slow but steady recovery

Visitors are booking more hotel rooms in Edmonton this year, but the industry has a long way to go to get back to pre-pandemic levels, according to data from the Alberta government.

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A chart showing the number of cannabis licences issued per month in Edmonton since August 2020, peaking just over 20 in October and April.
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Chart of the week: Cannabis licences

The number of retail cannabis licences issued in Edmonton has been dropping since April, but a 90% cut to licensing fees may help reverse that trend in the new year.

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