Ian Kucerak, Edmonton Journal

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Edmonton, AB, Canada

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Past articles by Ian:

Watch: Lemurs enjoy cool treats on a hot day at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Makayla Ohlmann, a zoo attendant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, ran an enrichment activity for ring-tailed lemurs at the Edmonton Valley Zoo as temperatures soared on Thursday. The lemurs, who originate in Madagascar, are habituated to a hot, humid environment but still love to chill out with a cool treat, she said. → Read More

Photos: Condo residents move to the music during COVID-19 group workout

F.R.E.E. Fit members high fived, clapped and encouraged Glenora Gates residents to forget the COVID-19 pandemic as they took part in a group workout in Edmonton on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Fitness coach Ty Khan with F.R.E.E. Fit led the workout, which featured music spun by DJ Kwake. The event was the fourth balcony workout held by F.R.E.E. Fit in Edmonton and St. Albert during the lockdown. → Read More

Before and after: How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Edmonton’s public spaces

The lockdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life in Edmonton, visible in its public spaces. → Read More

Watch: N95 respirator masks explained

An N95 respirator mask protects the user from exposure to airborne particles. The ’N’ refers to the fact it is not resistant to oil. There are different styles and sizes of N95 respirator masks. The N95 is one of nine types of particulate respiratory filters.The ’95’ indicates it filters out 95% of particles when properly worn. → Read More

Watch: Edmontonians build hope by helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Edmontonians are reaching out to help their neighbours cope with the upheaval of daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities are lending a hand by delivering food, donating to charities and reaching out online. They’re supporting their families, singing opera for their neighbours and sharing messages of hope. → Read More

Watch: Edmonton Transit Service announces gender-based approach to increase safety and security

Watch: Edmonton Transit Service announces gender-based approach to increase safety and security → Read More

Watch: Edmonton Oilers work on bad habits ahead of Winnipeg Jets game

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett and forwards James Neal and Zack Kassian speak about the disconnect between forwards and defencemen that the team wants to iron out going forward towards the playoffs. → Read More

Watch: Protecting yourself online is key to preventing identity theft

Edmonton police are warning the public to stop carrying unnecessary documents with them, to watch how much information people post online and to keep an eye on financial transactions for evidence of identity theft. Cases of identity theft in Edmonton are rising, according to police, many made possible when thieves steal information from online social […] → Read More

Watch: Edmonton's first presumptive case of coronavirus found

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announces Edmonton’s first presumptive case of coronavirus during a news conference at the Alberta Legislature, on Friday, March 6, 2020. The case, a man who recently traveled from the United States’ Midwest, is in self isolation with symptoms. “I want to stress that the risk of […] → Read More

Watch: Oilers looking past Blue Jackets game as playoffs loom

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom and associate coach Jim Playfair speak about the team’s strategy to getting through the next month of tough games to make the playoffs after practice at Rogers Place on Friday, March 6, 2020. → Read More

Watch: Alberta unions announce the next step of their fightback strategy

Alberta unions announced during a press conference at the Health Sciences Association of Alberta’s office that they would take their fight against government cutbacks to social media. The phrase they’ve picked for the campaign is ‘This is not what I voted for.’ “They’re looking that the decisions that the UCP is making to cut services […] → Read More

Watch: Edmonton Oilers beat Winnipeg Jets in close playoff-style contest

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett speaks about the team’s 3-2 close win over the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Place on Feb. 29, 2020. Tippett says the game was closer to a playoff game in tempo and temperament — once the team came out of their second-period slump with a goal from Leon D... → Read More

Watch: Tippett talks about Edmonton Oilers 5-3 loss to Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett speaks about the team’s 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Rogers Place on Saturday.Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had an excellent game, scoring two early goals, but it wasn’t enough to stop one of the more middling teams in the league. → Read More

Watch: Vision Zero proposes two speed solutions to slow down drivers

The City of Edmonton is looking at speed-limit reductions that should lead to safer streets if passed by council. Jessica Lamarre, acting director of traffic safety with the city, spoke about the two proposals during a press conference at city hall in Edmonton, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. The two proposals are a 40 km/h […] → Read More

Watch: NDP respond to letter from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam on Teck Frontier mine

Official Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley alongside Edmonton-Rutherford MLA Richard Feehan, a former minister of Indigenous relations, speak about a letter sent by Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation regarding the Teck Frontier mine and the Indigenous Opportunities Corporation alleging a lack of government consultation from Alberta’s United Conservative Party government… → Read More

Watch: Oilers look to bounce back from back-to-back losses

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to get on track after back-to-back losses during a team practice held at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Feb. 7, 2020. The Oilers face the Nashville Predators at home on Feb. 8. The puck drops at 5 PM. → Read More

Watch: Residential blading to commence in Edmonton

The City of Edmonton announced Friday that the first residential blading of the winter will begin just after midnight Monday with plans for completion by the end of the week, the city said Friday. Crews will be working 24-7 from Monday to Friday, with none scheduled on the weekends due to high volume of cars […] → Read More

Watch: Curriculum and funding top of mind for Alberta teachers

Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling says the association is looking to get curriculum implemented rather than constantly reviewed by government and to get a clearer picture on the funding available to teachers to learn the new curriculum when introduced. He spoke with the media during a break at the North Central Teachers Convention at […] → Read More

Watch: Chief medical health officer encourages recent Wuhan travellers to self-isolate

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday anyone who has arrived from Wuhan province in China where the novel coronavirus has infected thousands should stay away from school, make arrangements to work from home and avoid social gatherings and public places, such as grocery stores. Even without showing any symptoms, people […] → Read More

Watch: Cold burns a focus for Burn Awareness Week

After seeing a rise in cold burns, firefighters and medical professionals in Edmonton are focusing on injuries such as frostbite for Burn Awareness Week 2020. Frostbite burn survivor Deeanna Cowan speaks about her experience getting frostbite in 2011 and her path through treatment. → Read More