Downtown Edmonton fire prompts lane closure on Jasper Avenue – Edmonton

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Firefighters closed a lane of downtown Edmonton’s Jasper Avenue on Wednesday night after a fire broke out in a commercial space.

A Global News crew was at the scene at Jasper Avenue and 108 Street just before 7:30 p.m. and it appeared the fire broke out at Spa Shoe Repair.

Firefighters were seen throwing a chair through the business’ glass door to gain access to the building. Smoke was visible at neighbouring businesses as well.

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One lane of westbound Jasper Avenue was closed between 106 Street and 107 Street as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

Firefighters could be seen tearing apart the roof in an attempt to get at the blaze.

About eight fire trucks were at the scene as of about 7:30 p.m.

More to come…

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Setup begins along Edmonton’s Candy Cane Lane as residents mark 50th season – Edmonton

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The Branting family is taking advantage of milder weather this weekend to get their holiday light display up.

The family has lived along Edmonton’s famed Candy Cane Lane for over 40 years.

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They are just one of several families along the Lane who, for years, have been decorating their homes with Christmas light displays and inviting visitors to enjoy.

“It’s just the Christmas spirit that gets this lane going,” said Aimee Branting. “It usually takes about two days to put the entire display up, but we love it.”

This year will be extra special for residents who live along the street as they mark 50 years of decorating their homes.

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“It’s pretty incredible how it’s continued,” Branting said. “With new people moving in and so many things changing, it’s just one of the spectacular events that’s not going to change.”

Candy Cane Lane is located in the Crestwood and Parkview neighbourhoods on 148 Street between 92-100 Avenue and will officially open on December 7th.

Visitors are once again asked to bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank. Donation bins will be located along the street.

A holiday decorations hangs outside the Branting home.

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Work to build new STM express lane 10 years late – Montreal

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Finally, after more than a decade of discussions and promises, people working and living near Pie IX Boulevard are getting a Bus Rapid Transit system.

The express BRT system is a reserved lane for STM buses that is physically separated from the rest of traffic.

Construction began on Monday and is scheduled to last four years.

The route will run 11 kilometres with 17 stops from Boulevard Saint-Michel in Laval to Pierre-de-Coubertin near the Olympic Stadium.

The BRT is supposed to fill a void along the North-South corridor that lacks a fast, efficient public transit system.


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Ridership is expected to increase to 70,000 a day from the current 40,000.

“It’s already tough enough to be in traffic so you hope that taking that extra step would allow you to get from one place to another a lot faster. So, I could definitely see it being a benefit,” Robyn Lahiji told Global News outside the Pie IX metro station.

The project was first discussed and promised in 2008 when Gérald Tremblay was mayor of Montreal with an original scheduled delivery date of 2012.

Now, it’s supposed to be fully operational by the fall of 2022.

“It takes time to do the homework properly. So we had to do pre-feasibility studies; feasibility studies; preliminary design; detailed design. This is one of the reasons,” Marc Dionne, the BRT project manager told Global News.

The project is slated to cost $394 million.


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