Keith GereinA return to regular? This is a recap of Edmonton’s 2022, in numbers

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Freedom Convoy Hundreds of people came out to demonstrate in support of the Freedom Convoy, march and rally along 109 Street near the Alberta legislature in protest of COVID-19 mandates in Edmonton on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia

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Edmonton’s 2022 started in much the same way 2021 ended, with a lot of angst over COVID and public health measures.

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But as time passed, the year gradually started to resemble something more “normal” — which, in the Edmonton context, tends to mean a lot of drama. The human trial, both tragic and compelling, played out in the city’s streets, political chambers, balance sheets, sports arenas, courtrooms and public infrastructure.

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I could recount it all to you in voluminous detail, but why drown you in words, when numbers can also paint the picture? Here’s a selection of the some of the most illustrative counts, costs and calculations over the past 12 months from a city unsteadily getting back on its feet.

Planes, trains and automobiles

680: Vehicles estimated to have taken part in a convoy protest around the legislature on Feb. 19.

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2015: Model year of the Jeep Wrangler “popemobile” used to transport Pope Francis around Commonwealth Stadium.

67: Percentage of concrete piers found with cracks along the southeast Valley Line LRT.

6,800: Kilometers flown to London by premier Jason Kenney to pay his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

31: Years an Edmonton police airplane operated covertly before its existence was revealed at a council meeting in February.

crime and police

Two: Men killed, including an innocent bystander in his apartment, when police opened fire on an armed robbery suspect on Feb. 23.

59: Age of Abdullah Shah, one of the city’s best-known crime figures, when he was shot dead in March.

47: Percentage of Edmonton police officers who live in Edmonton, according to data obtained by Postmedia.

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Seven: Young people facing charges from the April homicide of McNally High School student Karanveer Sahota.

64 and 61: Respective ages of two men killed in separate attacks at Chinatown businesses on May 18.

Nine: Days a 13-year-old Edmonton girl was missing before she was found in Oregon with a 40-year-old man, who faces numerous charges.

Former chief medical officer of health Dr.  Deena Hinshaw earned $591,545 in salary and cash benefits in 2021, according to Alberta's sunshine list. Former chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw earned $591,545 in salary and cash benefits in 2021, according to Alberta’s sunshine list. Larry Wong/Postmedia

Legislature life

Two: Days in April that US Sen. Joe Manchin spent in Alberta learning about the province’s energy industry.

Zero: Edmontonians who competed in the UCP leadership race.

$573,000: Approximate severance owed to former AHS CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, who was removed in April.

$7,200: Fine levied against MLA Thomas Dang for a cyber attack intended to expose security gaps in Alberta’s COVID vaccine portal.

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infrastructure

21,500: Megawatt hours of renewable energy expected to be generated annually by Epcor’s new river valley solar farm.

7.5: Years the burned Roxy Theater was out of commission, before a new $12-million venue opened in April.

12-1: Vote of city council to halt the proposed river valley gondola.

$1.6 billion: Cost of a new Air Products hydrogen facility under development in the Edmonton area.

100th: Anniversary celebrated by Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool.

124: Designated picnic sites where alcohol was allowed to be consumed in 2022.

63,753: Potholes filled by city road crews as of April 28.

Courtroom clashes

Nine: Years of prison time given to Helen Naslund, after an appeal, for the manslaughter’s death of her husband.

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12.5 years: Prison time handed to Christopher Lamarche for manslaughter in the death of his infant son.

$7.5 million: Damages sought by former Alberta chief medical examiner Dr. Anny Sauvageau in a wrongful dismissal trial.

$0: Payment reportedly obtained by Sauvageau in a settlement of the case.

$800,000: Overbillings charged in a single year by Dr. Yifei Shi, who was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.

30: Years served by Catherine Fraser as Alberta’s chief justice at the time of her retirement.

Ben Stelter at Rogers Place for an Edmonton Oilers playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings on May 8, 2022. Ben Stelter at Rogers Place for an Edmonton Oilers playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings on May 8, 2022. Photo by supplied

People

1,598: Albertans in hospital with COVID on Feb. 2, then a new record.

674: Afghan refugees settled in Edmonton between August 2021 and June 2022.

7,400: University of Alberta graduates who walked the stage during spring convocation.

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Six: Age of Oilers superfan Ben Stelter, who died of brain cancer in August.

Three: Homeless Edmontonians who died in encampments in early November.

Weather weirdness

123: Collisions reported to police by 4 pm on an icy Jan 13.

3.479: Clogged catch basins that provoked complaints to the city during a period of rapid snow melt in February.

7,900: Complaints received by the city about snow-covered sidewalks in the first four months of 2022.

123.9: Millimeters of rain that fell on Edmonton in June.

-40 C: Wind-chill value on Dec. 6, making the city one of the coldest places on earth.

Triumphs and defeats

17: Consecutive home losses for the Edmonton Elks.

Five: Games it took the Edmonton Oilers to eliminate the Calgary Flames in the first playoff Battle of Alberta since 1991.

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2026: Year that Edmonton expected to host World Cup games, until the city’s bid was rejected by FIFA.

Third: Place earned in the women’s monobob at the Beijing Olympics by Stony Plain’s Christine de Bruin, who was later handed a three-year suspension for a positive drug test.

67 seconds: Time elapsed when Edmonton’s Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first-ever goal in a World Cup game on Nov. 27.

Four: Wins posted this season by Edmonton FC, which was terminated as a franchise in November.

H&W Produce store employee Myrna Delosantos arranges some produce at the northeast Edmonton store.  Food costs rose dramatically in 2022. H&W Produce store employee Myrna Delosantos arranges some produce at the northeast Edmonton store. Food costs rose dramatically in 2022. Photo by Larry Wong /Postmedia

Household cost horrors

8.4 per cent: Alberta’s year-over-year inflation rate in June.

$1.86: Average price per liter of gasoline in Edmonton in June.

34,867: People who received Edmonton Food Bank hampers in August, the largest number in the organization’s history.

$600: Payouts promised over six months for each Alberta senior and child in households with an annual income less than $180,000.

Creatures great and small

47: Age of Lucy, the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s lone elephant.

$75: Bounty set by the Alberta government for killing an invasive wild pig.

9-4: Vote by city council in April to cancel the aerial spraying program for mosquitoes.

Three: Coyotes put down by Edmonton park rangers in June following an unusual attack on a dog-walker.

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