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Tyler Shandro stands in a suit in front of an LRT station, holding papers
News

Return of loitering bylaw looms amid response to transit safety concerns

A proposed bylaw amendment beefs up the definition of "inappropriate behaviours" on Edmonton Transit Service property in an effort to improve both safety and the perception of such on the transit system.

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A bar graph showing the costs of inspections, enforcement, police and fire responses, and uncollected taxes on 31 problem properties, totalling almost $1.4 million
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Councillors seek new tools to crack down on problem properties

The damage done as a result of problem properties has "reached a boiling point," and city council needs new tools to try to deal with them, say two city councillors.

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A woman jogs beside a cyclist on a bridge that curves over the river valley
News

100 Street Pedestrian Bridge — gorgeous addition or sop to car culture?

The city is seeking public input on three proposed designs for the 100 Street Pedestrian Bridge, which is intended to "provide an accessible space for pedestrians and cyclists, without impacting vehicle traffic."

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A sign on a door reading "Public Washroom Closed: Temporarily Out of Service until further notice
News

Closing washrooms regrettable but necessary for now, says transit boss

Frustration with the closure of public washrooms in transit stations is understandable, but it's a necessary and temporary measure in light of the number of overdoses in these spaces, says the head of Edmonton Transit.

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Passengers sitting inside an Edmonton LRT car
News

Transit head celebrates recovering ridership, calls for sheltering solutions

Edmonton's transit ridership has reached 69% of pre-pandemic levels, a recovery that is outpacing Toronto's and is on par with Vancouver's, says Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, branch manager for the Edmonton Transit Service.

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Mayor Amarjeet Sohi wearing a mask during the swearing-in ceremony at City Hall in October 2021
News

Council kills mask bylaw but may resurrect mandate

After repealing Edmonton's mask bylaw on March 8, city council is to consider two new bylaws to reinstate the mandate.

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A screenshot of Temitope Oriola giving a video-conference
News

Commission should question police about fatal shooting, says criminologist

The Edmonton Police Commission should ask the Edmonton Police Service hard questions about the recent deaths of a robbery suspect and a bystander, says a criminology professor who studies civilian oversight of the police.

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A screenshot of a virtual meeting of the Edmonton Police Commission
Brief

Eyebrows raised, hopes dashed at police commission meeting

One of the Edmontonians who took city councillors up on their suggestion to express her concerns to the Edmonton Police Commission came away from the experience feeling nothing will change.

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Counter-protesters stand with bikes on River Valley Road, holding signs reading "Nah," "Honk for Gayer Marriage," "Honk for No Border,", "Honk for Open Borders," and "Honk for Land Back."
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Council looks to make police commission bigger amid calls for better oversight

City council is looking at increasing its influence on the Edmonton Police Commission at a time when the commission and the Edmonton Police Service that it oversees are under increased scrutiny for the way the law has been enforced during the convoy protests.

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