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Monday News Roundup: May 30, 2016

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Pot delivery coming to Edmonton

Aurora Cannabis—a Canadian medical marijuana producer—will offer its same-day pot-delivery service in Edmonton and the surrounding area (including St Albert, Sherwood Park, Nisku, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan) starting this June.  So far, the company operates in Calgary (it set up in January in Cremona, a rural area north of the city) and is Alberta’s first licensed medical marijuana producer.  Delivery is available Monday to Friday; clients must place their orders by noon in order to receive their prescription by 8 pm that day.

Low-income transit pass to be available by fall 2017

Low-income residents in Edmonton will soon be able to buy a cheaper monthly transit pass—$35 in comparison to the current $90 fee—by fall 2017. Eligibility for the low-income transit pass will be based on 100 percent of Alberta’s Low-Income Cut-Off rate, which is $24 600 in annual income for one individual or $45 712 for a household of four people. The pass is a targeted subsidy, according to Edmonton mayor Don Iveson, that uses public dollars to assist the working poor. The project, funded by the Alberta government and the City of Edmonton, will cost $12.4 million with Alberta’s Human Services department contributing $6.2 million over three years.

Daryl Cloran is Citadel Theatre’s new artistic director

On Monday morning, The Citadel Theatre announced it has found its new artistic director: Daryl Cloran of Kamloops’ Western Canada Theatre. Cloran will replace Bob Baker, who will leave his post July 1 after a 17-season tenure to be artistic director emeritus with a two-year contract to run the Banff/Citadel professional program.

Former Royal Alberta Museum makes endangered buildings list

The former Royal Alberta Museum building—which closed its doors in December—has made it onto the National Trust for Canada’s annual list of Top 10 Endangered Places. The list, now its 12th year, is aimed at bringing national attention to sites at risk “due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation.” Using three primary criteria—significance of the site, urgency of the threat for a positive and creative solution and evidence of active community support for the site’s preservation—the National Trust determines a list of 10 sites around Canada. The Royal Alberta Museum, which was built in 1960, made the cut for its “Midcentury Modern architecture” and its valued use of Tyndall limestone, marble and brass fittings. Other sites on the 2016 list include Spaca Moskalyk Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lamont County, AB; Prairie Grasslands of Saskatchewan; Nottawasaga Lighthouse in Collingwood, ON; and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary National Historic Site in Laval, QC.

South African firefighters join wildfire fight 

On Sunday, 300 firefighters from Johannesburg, South Africa landed at Edmonton’s International Airport and will soon head north to help battle the Fort McMurray wildfire. The firefighters are part of a contingent of 1000 firefighters coming to Alberta from across Canada, the United States and South Africa. The mobilization represents the largest group of wildland firefighters ever brought into Canada, said Kim Connors of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

As of 2 pm on Sunday, May 29, the Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control and covers 579 946 hectares, including the Saskatchewan side. There are 14 active wildfires in Alberta.

Mexican soccer player kidnapped

Alan Pulido, the 25-year-old soccer forward for Olympiacos of Greece and member Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team, was kidnapped in the crime-plagued northern border state of Tamaulipas early on Sunday after leaving a party near his hometown of Ciudad Victoria. Fortunately, federal and state forces mounted an operation on Sunday to find the soccer player and have been successful, Mexican officials announced Monday.

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