Homelessness has defeated every task force, secretariat and committee created to end it. But this time it will be different

Right in the middle of Mayor Amarjeet Sohi’s grand speech during a two-day special council meeting he called in order to declare a housing and houseless emergency, Roy Cardinal led a walkout, in which he was joined by about 85 per cent of the public gallery.

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Two concrete things Mayor Sohi and city council can do to address the encampment catastrophe right now

As the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) were attempting to sweep the encampment at 95 Street and Rowland Road this week, a worker, hired by the city of Edmonton, took down a large sign on the corner of the property. He had to use a sledgehammer to get it down. The text on the sign: “Affordable Housing For Sale.”

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Old Strathcona Youth Services being evicted by city, alternative space yet to be found

One of the only places offering drop-in services to vulnerable and unhoused youth in Edmonton will be shutting its doors March 31st, and an alternative space has yet to be found. 

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“It’s like parenting, we don’t always give them candy, sometimes they need to eat their vegetables too. And that vegetable sometimes is jail,” says EPS cop.

“It’s like parenting, we don’t always give them candy, sometimes they need to eat their vegetables too. And that vegetable sometimes is jail.”

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Is the Alberta NDP finally getting serious about rent control?

New rent  cap legislation proposed by Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood’s NDP MLA Janis Irwin could ease the pain of Alberta’s struggling tenants. But the bill’s got two big problems: the governing United Conservative Party, which holds a dominating majority in the Legislature, doesn't want to pass it. And it’s not entirely clear that the Alberta NDP wants to pass it, either.

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Alberta set to join "colossal geopolitical struggle" as provincial, federal funding pour into Critical Minerals Strategy

Despite their political differences, Justin Trudeau and Danielle Smith agree on at least one issue: they want companies to start pulling lithium, cobalt and other critical minerals out of the ground ASAP. And while Danielle Smith is doing everything humanly possible to extend the reign of oil and gas in Alberta, critical minerals offer up dreams of a new gold rush, especially as the American empire becomes even more aggressive towards the one country that controls most of the world’s critical mineral supply–China.

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‘Tyranny of the rainbow guard:’ Inside the anti-2SLGBTQ+ movement’s efforts to take over Alberta school boards

Leaked audio provides details on how Take Back Alberta (TBA), in concert with a loose coalition of far right groups, are meeting monthly and working on building a slate of candidates to take over school boards in the 2025 municipal elections. After they win, TBA founder David Parker and his allies plan to purge the education system of workers and administrators who believe in basic rights, protections and dignity for 2SLGBTQ+ students and workers. 

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A micro victory for decency as judge puts brakes on EPS/Edmonton's Christmastime sweeps

The Edmonton Police Service’s and the City of Edmonton’s plan to conduct the largest homeless encampment sweep in city history just before Christmas was temporarily foiled by lawyers representing the Coalition for Justice and Human Rights. 

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Legal battle breaks out in Edmonton over encampment clearings

This morning in Edmonton activists with the Coalition for Justice and Human Rights (CJHR) are battling the police department and the city government to stop a massive sweep of encampments in the city core.

It’s the next step in a legal fight that started suddenly last week.

Last Thursday, city representatives dropped staggering news on the agencies struggling to protect Edmonton’s growing numbers of unhoused people. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS), they said, were about to bust up eight encampment locations in the city core all at once.

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Edmonton health-care workers rally to honour 249 Palestinian colleagues killed in Gaza

Around 70 health-care workers and other community members gathered at the Canadian Druze Centre in northwest Edmonton to commemorate and honour their Palestinian colleagues in Gaza who have been killed by Israel since Oct. 7. 

There have been 249 Palestinian health-care workers killed during Israel’s assault on Gaza, as well as 50 Palestinian journalists and 111 United Nations Relief and Works Agency employees.

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