Edmonton Minute: Stollery Funding, Spring Runoff, and Another LRT Accident
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This Week In Edmonton:
- A regimental funeral and celebration of life for Constables Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan will take place this afternoon at 1:00 pm. The two officers were fatally shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence incident in Inglewood. The funeral will be at Rogers Place, but attendees are limited to family, special guests, members of the Edmonton Police Service, emergency services, and military communities. Members of the public who wish to pay their respects are invited to do so along the funeral procession route. The service will also be live streamed.
There will be an Agenda Review Committee meeting at 8:30 am on Tuesday. There are no other Council or Committee meetings scheduled.
- EPCOR is getting ready for spring runoff, which can bring an influx of vegetation, sediment, and organic matter into the watershed. This causes the water to smell musty or earthy but doesn’t impact the potability. More than 300 Edmontonians will take part in the Spring Home Analysis Runoff Program to report the smell and taste of their tap water daily until the end of April.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- Boyle Street Community Services has been granted a development permit to continue with its new facility. After Boyle Street’s original development permit was revoked due to zoning issues, the organization planned to move, sparking backlash from the community who cited social disorder and a high concentration of social services already in the area. The City has now reissued the permit for the new facility - the King Thunderbird Centre - which will include housing and mental health services.
- The Province announced $3 million in funding for Stollery Children’s Hospital over three years for plans to build a stand-alone facility. Currently, the Stollery is in a portion of the University of Alberta hospital. The Province said it was fully committed to building the standalone hospital once the business plan is complete. That business plan is expected this summer.
- A collision occurred along the southeast portion of the Valley Line LRT. No injuries were reported even though a semi truck collided with a train. The southeast section of the Line is designed to "integrate with neighbourhoods", meaning there are no crossing arms, gates, or bells at intersections. There have been five incidents of vehicles and trains colliding since November.
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