Popular trio of Edmonton restaurants in Old Strathcona close due to COVID-19 cases in staff members – Edmonton


Three well-known Edmonton restaurants have shut down temporarily due to COVID-19 cases in staff members.

The Next Act Pub, MEAT, and Pip said they were closing so all staff could be tested after two employees tested positive: one at Pip and one at MEAT.

MEAT had announced it would be closing earlier in the week, while Pip and Next Act Pub posted their closures on Saturday. The restaurants have also halted their online ordering services.

“The last time [the staff member] worked was Saturday Nov. 7 for brunch and were not showing any symptoms at the time,” a MEAT statement said.

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“Please be assured there is minimal to no risk for anyone who may have dined with us over the last while, according to AHS.”

Pip said Saturday it was also shutting down after a staff member, who last worked during the day on Tuesday, Nov. 10, tested positive. The staff member had not had any symptoms during their shift, according to the restaurant.

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While there were no cases in staff at the Next Act Pub, that restaurant announced it would be shutting down as well due to the close connection between the three restaurants.

All three are in the same connected building at 104 Street and 83 Avenue and are run under one ownership.


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High-end retailers shift from Edmonton’s downtown core to North America’s largest mall – Edmonton


They are big brands that often have big price tags, and they would typically be found in Edmonton’s downtown core.

“Holt Renfrew, unfortunately, closed in January, which was quite a blow to luxury retail in Edmonton,” retail analyst Craig Patterson said.

Hudson’s Bay announced earlier this year it would be closing its city centre location in the fall. These closures are diverting high-end retailers elsewhere.

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“So now what it appears is West Edmonton Mall is taking those brands that would have been in Holt Renfrew and are putting them in stand-alone stores in the shopping centre,” Patterson said.

Patterson said stand-alone Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent stores are heading to West Edmonton Mall.

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“Now what we’re seeing is a retail mix in the shopping centre, which includes some fairly substantial luxury brands that I think will be a significant draw to the shopping centre from well beyond the Edmonton area,” Patterson said.

In 2013, owner of the Green House Mikhail Prime opened a second restaurant located down the street from where Holt Renfrew used to be.

Mikhail Prime, owner of the Green House in Edmonton, in front of his now-closed downtown location.

Mikhail Prime, owner of the Green House in Edmonton, in front of his now-closed downtown location.


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“The dream was to be here to have a brand here. We were born here in Edmonton,” Prime said.

His dream didn’t turn out the way he had hoped.

“Coming into downtown is not only a trek but it can be a challenge with the transit issues,” Prime said.

Add on the impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime decided to close his downtown location and continue operating his first restaurant at the University of Alberta, which opened in 2009.

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“When Holt Renfrew, which is also a large brand, decides that it wants to leave somewhere, it tells you the ground is shifting. If they can’t survive, how can a small business survive?” Prime said.

“Despite the wonderful efforts that we have seen over the years from parties looking to revive downtown Edmonton, it is still struggling. It is not a vibrant place. There is a perception that there is a lack of safety there,” Patterson said.

As for the businesses themselves, Patterson said these high-end retailers are expected to do well, especially with people using money from skipped vacations.

For Prime, he said he would consider opening another restaurant in one of several malls around the city.




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ASIRT investigating police shooting near Entwistle, Alta. – Edmonton


The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is been directed to investigate a police shooting near Entwistle, Alta.

Alberta RCMP said Sunday night that Highway 16 at Range Road 73 was closed in both directions for a “police incident.”

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“Delays are expected in the area for several hours while the RCMP investigate,” the RCMP said.

“Alberta Highways has been contacted, police are asking those travelling in the area to take appropriate measures to detour.”

Neither police nor ASIRT provided any further details on the situation.

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ICUs in Edmonton hospitals filling up, but not only because of COVID-19 – Edmonton


Intensive care units in Edmonton are filling up, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS), and COVID-19 is only one of the factors.

“What we have been seeing is increased numbers of major traumas,” said Dr. David Zygun, AHS Edmonton zone medical director.

Summer is peak trauma season in the province. Zygun noted trauma volumes do fluctuate year-to-year.

“We’re certainly seeing increased activity in our opioid presentations in relation to addiction and mental health.”

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According to Zygun, hospitals are also trying to catch up on a backlog of scheduled surgeries that accrued during the lock-down.

“All of that is combining to have high occupancies,” he explained.

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According to AHS, there were 512 ICU admissions in Edmonton in May this year, compared to 433 in May 2019 — a 16.7 per cent increase.

In June, 456 people were admitted to the ICU, compared to 421 the same time last year — a 7.9 per cent increase.

July saw 457 admissions — 8.9 per cent higher than July 2019, when 418 ICU patients were admitted.

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“My biggest challenge is COVID patients are a different brand of ICU patient,” said Dr. Darren Markland, an intensive care physician and nephrologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in an interview with 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen on Thursday morning.

“We have all different spectrums of diseases, but anyone who ends up in the unit because complications with COVID has multi-system disease.”

Markland said that can keep people in the ICU for a long time, so a bed could be unavailable for a month or sometimes longer.






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He noted one patient has been in the ICU for six months.

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“We have to be very careful about this because once those beds are gone, we don’t have them for other things,” Markland explained.

For now, Zygun said the situation is not considered extreme.

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“We watch the COVID admissions both to hospital and to the ICU on a daily basis,” he explained.

“We also have our predictive models looking at direction so we can predict days in advance.”

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NHL/NHLPA announce Toronto, Edmonton as hubs, and CBA extension


The NHL board of governors and NHL Players’ Association have ratified the return-to-play plan and a four-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for the league to resume its pandemic-hit season later this summer in Canada.

As part of the 24-team blueprint to resume the 2019-20 campaign halted March 12 because of COVID-19, Toronto and Edmonton were also officially unveiled as hub cities.

Training camps will open Monday in each team’s home market, with clubs scheduled to head to their respective hubs July 26 before games start to count Aug. 1.

Once in Toronto and Edmonton, players will be kept in so-called “bubbles” – tightly-controlled circles with stringent health protocols and daily testing – separate from the general public in hopes of keeping the coronavirus at bay.

The extension of the CBA, which had been set to expire in September 2022, was viewed as a crucial aspect of the return-to-play plan because of the dire economic realities brought on by COVID-19. The new deal runs through at least the 2025-26 season.

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