Edmonton Minute: Chinatown Dining, School Returns, and Concordia Faculty Strike
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This Week In Edmonton:
School will resume in-person learning in both the Edmonton Public and Catholic Boards, as the provincial government has decided that in-person learning would be best for students and parents. Teachers unions' are warning that a move to online learning is still a looming possibility, however, thanks to staffing shortages.
The Agenda Review Committee will meet on Tuesday at 9:00 am. Usually, the meetings only last 30 or so minutes, but an adjournment time was not set. City Hall will resume normal business next week.
- Chinatown dining week is set to kick off on January 13th and run through to January 23rd. The event is hoped to give the struggling area an economic boost. Last year, the event transitioned to take-out only, but there will be dine-in options this year. You can find the participating restaurant menu options here.
Last Week In Edmonton:
Classes have been delayed at Edmonton’s Concordia University because the faculty is on strike. The Concordia University of Edmonton Faculty Association (CUEFA) said that the University had enough money to meet their salary demands, but instead spent $1.75 million on McGrath Mansion. The University administration says multiple competitive salary offers have already been made and rejected.
- Edmonton officials caused controversy by kicking the homeless out of the City's LRT stations, as temperatures remained rock-bottom in the capital over the past week. The City says its policy is to move the homeless to available shelters during cold spells, and that they provided transportation to shelters to 107 individuals. Some who were removed from LRT stations said that the places they were sent to were full, leaving them nowhere to go.
- The WHL suspended all team activities for the Edmonton Oil Kings, among other teams, as COVID-19 continues to take a toll on sports leagues. Multiple players and staff were added to the WHL COVID-19 protocol list, due to exhibiting symptoms or having tested positive.
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