Latest News From Edmonton can be read here from Laurie Osman at CBC News:
West Edmonton Mall transit centre construction begins Monday
The West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre will have a larger heated waiting area next winter.
Jennifer Laraway, a spokesperson for Edmonton Transit, said the upgrades are badly needed given the current age of the building and the number of people who use the station.
“It’ll just be a much more inviting and secure space for the passengers,” Laraway said.
The upgrades include a new shelter with more seating, added security cameras, outdoor lighting, redesigned sidewalks and a new public art installation.
The entire project will cost $3 million.
The central building of the transit centre will be closed on Monday when construction begins. Buses will be moved to temporary stops in the same area, or on 87th Avenue between 172nd and 197th Streets.
Westbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes on 87th Avenue to make room for the buses to stop.
The rest of this article can be read at CBC here.
Here’s more news from CBC and Edmonton:
Edmonton Emergency Relief Services desperate for volunteers this weekend
The relief effort for Fort McMurray evacuees in Edmonton is facing a serious volunteer shortage.
On Saturday morning, there were only around 30 volunteers at Kingsway Mall distributing donated items to residents displaced by the wildfire, said Nicole Geoffroy, spokeswoman for the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society.
- ‘Desperate need’ continues for donations of basics for Fort McMurray evacuees
- Fort McMurray wildfire: How you can help
The line of people who fled their homes with next to nothing was snaking around the pick-up facility, she said, noting there were at least 50 people waiting before the doors even opened.
‘They’re getting tired, they’re getting fatigued. However, we can’t stress enough that we still need to volunteers to be able to be coming in.’– Nicole Geoffroy, EERSS
“At this point in time, we do have half of the volunteers that are needed to continuously maintain the work that needs to be done,” Geoffroy said.
At the new supply warehouse on 98th Street, she said the situation was similar, with only around two dozen volunteers on hand to sort the truckloads of donations beginning to arrive.
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Another News item of interest below:
Prime minister gives 3 more regions extended EI benefits
Laid-off workers in Edmonton, southern Saskatchewan and the south interior of B.C.will qualify for extended employment insurance benefits starting in July
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference in Edmonton Friday that the decision was made after new job numbers showed these regions now qualify for additional benefits.
The announcement brings the number of regions with extended benefits to 15.
Measures announced in the March federal budget gave extra weeks of benefits to workers in 12 regions badly hit by the economic downturn.
Every region in Alberta was included, except Edmonton. Premier Rachel Notley said Edmonton’s exclusion was unjustified.
Notley thanked Trudeau at the news conference in Edmonton which followed the prime minister’s tour of Fort McMurray.
“My kids really hate it when I nag at them, so I personally want to thank the prime minister for putting up with that and then, in fact, responding as thoughtfully and as fully as his government has.”
The rest of the article can be seen at this spot on CBC’s website.
I found this article on CBC’s Site interesting see below.
Edmonton truck driver unites Fort McMurray evacuees with their abandoned vehicles
Human kindness is overflowing in the aftermath of the wildfire that displaced tens of thousands of people from Fort McMurray on May 3.
One of the people trying to do his part is Eldon Hankins of Edmonton.
Just a few days after the wildfire, he put a message out on Facebook, volunteering to reunite people with the cars they abandoned along Highway 63 as they fled the flames.
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In bumper to bumper traffic, some vehicles ran out of gas, while others broke down from overheating.
“It dawned on me, I’ve got a trailer and a truck, so why not?” Hankins said.
There are over a hundred texts on his cellphone from evacuees he’s made contact with, and numerous more emails.
He’s now logging long hours on the road in the truck he would normally use for his business, putting his own work on hold to rescue vehicles for free.
“I know what it’s like not to have a vehicle, and for some of the people I talked to that’s all they have left is their vehicle, and what they have left in the vehicle,” Hankins said.
On this day, the 27-year-old met up with Fort McMurray evacuee Cory Avery at a gas station in Bon Accord.
Awesome to see. Visit here to read the rest.
Edmonton home of the Edmonton Oilers is Central to Alberta and the Capital of Alberta.
Telus came to being right here in Edmonton.