Islands in the heat: research reveals urban hotspots

Surface temperatures in Edmonton have increased by as much as 12C compared with surrounding rural areas over the last two decades

Islands in the heat: research reveals urban hotspotsLast summer, Nilusha Welegedara and her family sweltered in their rented Edmonton townhouse, relying on air conditioning and fans to help make life bearable. With no trees for shade and living next door to a sun-baked parking lot, even going outside offered little relief, the University of Alberta researcher recalls. But then they moved to…

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homeless

Detailed data will help community organizations in Alberta develop effective injury prevention programs

Shedding light on injury-related ER visits for homelessA new report from the Injury Prevention Centre is the first in Alberta to provide data on injury-related emergency department visits by people experiencing houselessness – information that will help community organizations deliver injury prevention programs tailored to the distinct health-care needs of this population. “This is the first step in understanding what the injury issues are,” says…

Mural blooms for seniors’ residence in Edmonton

Newly unveiled artwork celebrates intergenerational bonds between residents and their community

Mural blooms for seniors’ residence in EdmontonGrowing up in the rural midwest, Jill Thomson had a soft spot for bountiful farm gardens. It was an affection that blossomed as she moved to city life and began planting – and painting – her own urban patches of heaven. Now, the longtime artist and University of Alberta Master of arts student is sharing…

Program celebrates 20 years of changing lives for diabetics

Edmonton Protocol team reports treatment is safe and reliable for people with hard-to-control diabetes

Program celebrates 20 years of changing lives for diabeticsAfter 20 years of perfecting their technique, the team behind the largest islet transplant program in the world reports the procedure is a safe, reliable and life-changing treatment for people with hard-to-control diabetes. In results published recently in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, the researchers report on patient survival, graft survival, insulin independence and protection from life-threatening low…

Policy restrictions have caused the housing crisis

Urban containment regulations on the urban fringe must be relaxed

Policy restrictions have caused the housing crisisFor 18 years, I have been monitoring international housing affordability as author or co-author of the Demographia Housing Affordability series. The latest edition rates 92 major markets in eight nations using the “median multiple”: the median house price in a place divided by the median pre-tax household income. In the early 1990s, median multiples in…

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planning

You won’t find a city planner anywhere who would be so bold as to publicly argue the case for cars

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planningEDMONTON: There has been much chit-chat among the chatterers of our fair city regarding the future of a two-lane, 109-year-old bridge that is the main route from Edmonton’s fast-growing south side to the downtown. To this day, the iconic, historic High Level Bridge is visually impressive. It’s very long, and very high, crossing the North…

How to help cities improve planning for natural disasters

Many municipalities don’t have evacuation plans in place

How to help cities improve planning for natural disastersAs natural disasters like fire, extreme heatwaves and flooding are on the rise globally due to a changing climate, cities are looking at how they can be better prepared. According to Stephen Wong, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alberta, many communities lack clear evacuation plans, and communication to residents is inconsistent across jurisdictions.…

The New Canadians Health Centre is helping refugees thrive

Centre's mandate is not just about meeting medical needs; it's about a more equitable community

The New Canadians Health Centre is helping refugees thriveNearly 700 refugees – half from Afghanistan – have received care at the New Canadians Health Centre in Edmonton, Alta. since it opened in late August 2021. The centre is the result of a partnership between academics, local settlement and health-care organizations, and the provincial government. Family doctors, nurses, specialists, including a pediatrician, psychological therapists,…

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big cities

Innovation will depend as much on social factors as technological ones

New report sheds light on future of mobility in Canada’s big citiesIncreasingly, urban dwellers are looking for new and more sustainable ways to move around their cities. Technologies like autonomous vehicles and electric scooters may be top of mind for urban planners, but social and cultural factors may be just as important in helping Canadian cities prepare for the future, according to a co-author of a…

Public transit not meeting many Canadian women’s needs: report

Gender-based data needed to help make services more equitable, say authors

Public transit not meeting many Canadian women’s needs: reportThe first report of its kind in Canada to examine how women use public transit suggests their travel needs aren’t always being met by standard planning and service models. “In a lot of transit agencies, women are the majority of riders,” explained Priyanka Babbar, a master’s student in the University of Alberta’s School of Urban and Regional Planning.…

Health Innovation Hub the go-to place for health innovators in Alberta

Revitalized organization helps entrepreneurs create impact through innovation

Health Innovation Hub the go-to place for health innovators in AlbertaThe University of Alberta Health Hub and Accelerator has a new name, a new mission and values, and new services to offer innovators and entrepreneurs starting out in the health sector. Located at Enterprise Square in downtown Edmonton, the accelerator is being rebranded the Health Innovation Hub, effective this month. The vision is for the hub…

Helping small businesses succeed in the digital economy

Going digital is “kind of a life-or-death situation for small businesses”

Helping small businesses succeed in the digital economyA group of students led out of the University of Alberta School of Business is helping small businesses get ahead of the pandemic-induced warp-speed retail overhaul that is pushing customers online in droves. The students are at the heart of the new Digital Economy Program (DEP), a free initiative that sees a team of U of…

To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752

I feel like I know you, but the bombing of flight PS752 has robbed us of the chance of real friendship

To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752I truly wish I had never met you, not this way. It has been rough. You can’t know this, but the first mental image I have of you is this: your two hands, clenched in fists – out of fear perhaps? Your hands, Elnaz, your wedding ring. You were not there when your husband, Javad,…

Insulin-producing cells grown from patient’s blood safe for transplant

Researchers achieve milestone in efforts to get patients with diabetes off injected insulin for good

Insulin-producing cells grown from patient’s blood safe for transplantDiabetes researchers are reporting early success in a first-in-humans clinical trial to test whether pancreatic cells grown from a patient’s own blood can be safely implanted and begin to produce insulin. The team reported on their proof of concept and safety study in a newly published paper in the journal Cell Reports Medicine. Of 17 patients who…

From stage to sound: seniors’ theatre company turns plays into podcasts

Edmonton troupe finds a creative way to keep performing during pandemic

Carlean Fisher has been in love with the stage for as long as she can remember. As a young woman, pulling the curtains from backstage was enough to feel the rush, until years later when she got involved as a player with Edmonton’s Walterdale Theatre. “It’s an important part of who I am, ever since…
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