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Grade 6 math whiz aces the abacus for speedy mental calculations
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In 23 seconds, Megha Jani rattles off 10 three-digit numbers for her son to add and subtract: ” 849 minus 437 plus 172 …”Param Vyas, her 11-year-old, watches her intently before answering, without hesitation, “3,273.”He’s right, of course.After more than three years of ritual practice, the sixth-...
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Edmonton soccer fields to open Friday
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The games are on. Beginning Friday, the city’s rectangular sports fields will be open for use. The city maintains about 1,200 fields, including soccer pitches, baseball diamonds and football venues. Shale diamond baseball fields will take longer to open, and the city will release more information...
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Simons: Fantastical city job posting should embarrass Edmontonians
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Welcome to Edmonton.The world’s most perfect city. Don’t believe me? Well, golly gosh, you cynic. You clearly didn’t read the latest job posting for a new deputy city manager. Yes. The City of Edmonton has launched a “world wide” executive search for a person to head up the city’s communications ...
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Premier not 'big fan' of Suzuki's honorary degree, but respects choice
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Premier Rachel Notley weighed in on the University of Alberta’s decision to grant environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate, saying that while she wouldn’t have picked him to receive the honour, it’s ultimately the university’s call. “Speaking personally as an alumni, I’m not a big fan ...
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E. coli outbreak linked to pork from meat shop south of Edmonton
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An E. coli outbreak in Edmonton has been linked to a meat shop south of the city, an Alberta Health Services investigation has concluded.The source of the outbreak is pork products distributed by The Meat Shop at Pine Haven.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for ...
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City's new names for West LRT stations are … logical
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City officials announced the new names for stations along the west extension of the Valley Line LRT Wednesday morning and they’re as straightforward as you could wish for.The Alex Decoteau stop will be located near Alex Decoteau Park at 105 Street and 102 Avenue in downtown Edmonton. The Norquest...
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David Staples: City officials relying on flawed data in push for 30 km/h speed limit
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If city council is going to make sound decisions, it needs solid information from city administration. It’s not yet getting that in the debate on whether to lower residential neighbourhood speed limits.City officials have made exaggerated claims about the unreasonable stubbornness of those who op...
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Edmonton weather: Welcome to not-so-warm Wednesday
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A look at today’s Edmonton weather by Environment Canada.Wednesday morning temperatures at the Edmonton Blatchford station measure 7.6 C with a 15 km/h wind coming from the northwest. After hitting a high of 21.7 C Tuesday things are cooling down today because Wednesday hates us. Thursday is stil...
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Edmonton Talk Back: Coun. Mike Nickel explains his push to use tools of business at City Hall
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Hang around City Hall long and you’re sure to hear Coun. Mike Nickel push the city on its “metrics, targets and outcomes.”That constant refrain has had council colleagues rolling their eyes. But after several recent audits questioned how accountable some parts of the organization have been, it fe...
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Edmonton public school board wants more cash for mental health therapists in schools
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Schools should all have mental health therapists available on site for students grappling with anxiety, depression and trauma, Edmonton public school trustees decided Tuesday.The board unanimously supported a motion from trustee Shelagh Dunn to request the province set aside funding to tackle men...
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