The extreme weather response was activated on Monday, February 20, 2023, due to the extreme cold. Edmonton Transit Service has been operating a dedicated overnight transportation service on three routes between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to transport people to shelters with capacity.
If you are interested in accessing this data, they are available online on the City of Edmonton 311 page.
311 responds to approximately 2 million inquiries a year and the online data sets were refreshed two times a day. If you go to the page you can see different sub-categories, such as the overall volume of 311 requests, archives broken down by year, as well other focused data sets such as categories by ward, by neighbourhood, or by topics.
The New Year’s Eve fireworks were temporarily relocated to the Alberta Legislature Grounds during LRT construction and refurbishments to Churchill Square; they were then cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The evening will include free family-friendly entertainment, skating on the City Hall Plaza ice rink, and enchanting art installations. Programming will be underway from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.
So bundle up, grab your skates and glide the night away to music by DJ Funkasaurus Rex. Let emcee Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo take you through a wonderful night full of exciting performances, including music by Melafrique, Anishinaabe Singers and Dancers, led by Steven O’Chiese, and Métis fiddler Colton Bear from the Bear Country Band.
Enjoy captivating fire performances by FloWarrior, and special figure skating performances from Ice Palace Figure Skating Club, along with roving stilt walkers, jugglers, acrobatics, and festive songs from a quartet of Kokopelli singers.
Warm up around a firepit, and purchase a warm meal or snacks from on site food trucks. The Hallway Café will also be open for warm drinks and sweet treats, accompanied by the musical talents of Sticks and Stone Percussion. (Please note that, other than the Hallway Café, City Hall will not be open to the public on New Year’s Eve.)
In a public service announcement, the activation will go into effect on Tuesday, August 30, at 8 am, and the activation will end on Friday, September 2nd at 8 am, with the flexibility to extend it if the forecast changes.
“City of Edmonton Compost is graded Category A, meaning it is suitable for landscaping, gardening, tree and shrub planting and top dressing. It creates a tremendous soil conditioner that can help your gardens grow. In 2021, over 10,000 residents picked up 1,418 tonnes of compost from the Ambleside and Kennedale Eco Stations.”
The City is asking “people to bring their own shovel, pail(s) container(s) and or bag(s). The maximum amount of compost that can be collected is 100 litres (approx. 67 kg), which is equivalent to five 20 litre (five gallon) pails, two 50 litre plastic tubs, or two regular-sized garbage bags. To lift compost safely into a vehicle, it is recommended to have another person help. If using the bed of a truck, be sure to secure the material with a tarp”.
Two city councillors launched an initiative called “Participatory Budgeting”. Councillor Knack of ward Nakota Isga on the west side, and Councillor Tang of Ward Karhiio on the east side are working on this project together. They are setting aside $25,000 of their office budgets for residents of their ward to apply for small projects that benefit their community, where residents get to vote which projects will receive these funds.
The City of Edmonton invites residents’ input into projects, policies and initiatives that grow our communities, establish government services and prepare our city for the future. Below are current opportunities for Edmontonians to shape their city.
EFRS would like to also remind Edmontonians that smoke alarms save lives. Replace all alarms that are 10 years old or older and test alarms monthly. Edmontonians are encouraged to join the conversation on social media during Burn Awareness Week using the hashtag #burnawarenessweek.
The severity of the Omicron variant is not yet known, but it is clear that there is an increased risk of transmission. Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect Edmontonians from this virus, the City’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show has been cancelled.
“The City of Edmonton is ready to adapt to changing public health orders at a moment’s notice, and I send my gratitude to all Edmontonians who do the same,” said Andre Corbould, Edmonton’s city manager. “Although these measures could impact some of your choices over the holidays, I encourage everyone in Edmonton to change their plans towards the safe, outdoor alternatives available to them throughout our city.”