Grey clouds and a cold air lingered over the city yesterday, setting a somber mood as two remarkable Edmontonians passed away.
Twenty-three-year-old David Adomako-Ansah was a great inspiration and contributed tremendously to Edmonton both on and off of his NAIT campus. As a lupus patient, David spent a record 22 months living with a Berlin Heart, and four years ago received a heart transplant. David, who was an aspiring journalist and worked on his campus and in the community – running charity basketball tournaments and raising awareness through various means – will not be forgotten. Yesterday, Global news made a touching tribute presented by reporter Su-Ling Goh. Several years ago, David wrote the story of his journey with lupus for the Western Children’s Heart Network, which you can read here.
Local media icon, John Berry, also passed away yesterday. Many Edmontonians will remember him fondly as the familiar face behind the cameras in the CFRN newsroom. After moving from Ontario to join the CFRN team in Edmonton, Berry was incredibly active in the community off-camera, contributing to many charities in the city, constantly involved in Edmonton. CTV put together a thoughtful piece for Edmontonians, reflecting on his life here. John Berry’s contributions to Edmonton will live on as his legacy.
The consequences of recent provincial budget cuts to post-secondary institutions continue to reverberate through media in Edmonton. Metro spoke with several students who revealed they would be moving, or consider moving, to other provinces as a direct result of the budget cuts.
Budget cuts are a hot topic, but this time it’s the recent cuts in disability funding which are making waves in the community. It appears as though Alberta Health Services will be transferring services to for-profit companies. The residents at Abbey Road, a co-op home which benefits from Health Services, expressed their discontent to Global News yesterday.
In other news, the City of Edmonton revealed their comprehensive ‘2013 Road Project List’ yesterday. In it, the City showed they would allocate more than $441 million to over 177 road projects. After months of complaints from city residents and commuters, it seems the city has gotten the message loud and clear.
Photograph courtesy of Mastermaq on Flickr.