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City employee maps way for families to interact while keeping their distance
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Karen Parker saw a window of opportunity.  “I was looking for ways to keep my children occupied, but also for something we could do together as a family,” Parker said.  “I noticed a lot of communities were promoting window decorating as a way children and families could stay busy and interact wit...
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Signs big and small of a pandemic in Edmonton
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There are remarkable signs big and small that Edmontonians are together in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The volume of traffic is down, way down. The pic above of what used to be automobile traffic was taken at 4:40 pm on Wednesday, March 31, on Wayne Gretzky Drive. Pedestrian traffic is down, ...
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COVID-19-era speeds on streets, playground zones: the safety story
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The volume of automobile traffic on Edmonton streets is down as much as 50 per cent, a pandemic-era trend that has set the stage for extreme speeding, too. “We work for the safety of Edmontonians,” said Jessica Lamarre, who is the City of Edmonton’s Acting Director of Traffic Safety. “So, we want...
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Free EPark makes travel easier—if you have to be out
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The City has suspended parking fees in curbside EPark zones and City-owned EPark lots and won’t be enforcing time limits. The idea is: to provide relief and ensure safe movement for Edmontonians who are out for essential reasons. The other idea is: to encourage riders to use transit for essential...
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Four City dog parks to be closed, all off-leash areas go on-leash as COVID-19 precautions extended
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Effective Saturday morning, April 4, the City’s four fenced dog parks will be closed until further notice. As well, people using all 38 existing off-leash areas in Edmonton must leash their dogs.  “The expectation is that we will be closing four fenced-off off-leash areas on Friday evening,”...
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Spirit of ETS visible on EXPO Centre route
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Derek Bailey is on board. “When all of this is said and done, and when COVID-19 is finally over, I want to be able to look back and say I did what I could do when I was asked,” said Bailey. “This doesn’t affect just one of us,” he said. “It affects all of us. […] The post Spirit of ETS visi...
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Financial scenarios, temporary layoffs take centre stage as City Hall manages pandemic pressures
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City Council heard on Monday that the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will challenge the strength and resolve of the City of Edmonton. “We often talk about the City of Edmonton’s resilient financial position,” Mary Persson, the City’s Chief Financial Officer, told a physically distan...
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Edmonton-area woman goes public with COVID-19 diagnosis, plea for physical distancing, hand washing
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Earlier this week, Josephine sat in front of her computer in her kitchen. She had just composed a very personal social media message. She paused for a second. Should I share this, she wondered? She looked at her hands. She hit send.  Josephine revealed to her network that she had tested posi...
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Bob and Doug McKenzie drop into Edmonton at exactly the right time: a pandemic
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Bob and Doug McKenzie aren’t exactly practising proper physical distancing in their new statue.  On the other hand, they’re pretty much immortal, so, what’s the risk, eh?  The painted bronze, which appeared with little fanfare earlier this week in Ice District, is the work of Edmonton a...
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City extends state of emergency, issues three important COVID-19 orders for health of community
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The City issued three formal orders to protect residents and businesses against the spread of COVID-19 as the state of local emergency in Edmonton was extended for the next seven days. “This continues to be an unprecedented time for the City of Edmonton, and renewing the State of Local Emer...
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