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London, Ont. mayor taking leave following affair with deputy mayor

London, Ont. Mayor Matt Brown is temporarily stepping down from his post after admitting to engaging in an “inappropriate” months long affair with Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy, who resigned Tuesday evening.

The mayor, who is married with two young children, confirmed the infidelity to AM980 during an exclusive interview. AM980 has been investigating claims of the affair from several sources at city hall.

WATCH: Global’s Sean O’Shea had the chance to speak to AM980’s Craig Needles who spoke with the mayor about the scandal.

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“Over the past many months, during a period of intense workload, I developed a close working relationship and ultimately an inappropriate personal relationship with Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy, for a brief period of time. This was a grave error in judgement on my part. The relationship ended some time ago,” Brown said.

“I am deeply sorry for the pain that this has caused —; for my wife, my family and everyone involved. I make no excuses for my behaviour and my poor judgement in my personal life.”

READ MORE: Brown replaces disgraced Fontana as mayor of London

Brown says he’ll “return to my (city hall) duties when we’re ready” but will be taking some time away from the office to help his family through this difficult time.

He gave no timeline as to when he would return.

“I am very focused on my family at this time. Very focused on my marriage. I love my wife and we’re working together through our private issues,” said Brown.

“We have a marriage counselor we are seeing. We also have a minister at our church that has been a real friend to both of us and a huge support.”

The mayor’s stunning admission comes less than a week after Cassidy announced she was temporarily leaving her job as a city councillor and deputy mayor for “personal reasons.”

WATCH: London, Ont. Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy apologized for the alleged affair she had with the city’s mayor, Matt Brown. 

READ MORE: Former London mayor spared jail time, sentenced to 4 months house arrest

Andrea Brown, the mayor’s wife, has issued the following statement to AM980:

“This is obviously a very difficult time for our family. When Matt first admitted to me that he had been unfaithful, I was furious. I was angry and very hurt. All that said, I am committed to this marriage, our kids, our family, and to Matt. This is where we are starting from. This is not something that is going to get fixed overnight. Together we have work to do —; with the help of counseling, family and friends —; to rebuild trust and focus on our marriage. Obviously, as mayor, Matt is a public figure. But, for me and the boys, this is a private family matter and I hope you will respect our privacy as we deal with this as a family.”

Like Brown, Cassidy too is married —; and has three children. Reading from a prepared statement at City Hall, Cassidy admitted to the affair and apologized.

“Over time, we developed a very close and highly productive working relationship. Unfortunately, the relationship between the Mayor and me, for a brief period of time, crossed a professional boundary,” Cassidy said. “This is something which I regret immensely.”

“I have caused my family horrible pain and embarrassment and for this I could never apologize enough. I know this has also hurt the Brown family deeply and for this I am very sorry. ”

She also expressed her regrets toward colleagues.

“I apologize as well to my council colleagues for the disruption and distraction this announcement is bound to cause for them. It was never my intention to disrespect either them as individuals or the office we hold.”

WATCH: London, Ont. Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy resigned during a city council meeting Tuesday night amid a scandal involving the city’s mayor

The London mayor said he will be speaking to his council colleagues in the coming days as they may have questions about the relationship.

“I know that each of us have a personal life but when you’re a public figure sometimes that line is grayed,” he said.

The former Ward 7 city councillor was elected mayor in October 2014 following a campaign based largely on increasing transparency and restoring integrity at London City Hall following Joe Fontana’s troubled term, which ended prematurely after he was convicted of fraud in June 2014.

Fontana would step down as mayor days later and was replaced shortly thereafter by Joni Baechler who was appointed his successor following a vote by council colleagues.

Baechler opted not to run in the 2014 election but publicly endorsed Cassidy, who went on to win Baechler’s former council seat in Ward 5.

With files from Craig Needles

Craig Needles is host of The Craig Needles Show on AM980 in London, Ont. You can listen to him weekdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Edmonton residents angry over sidewalk placement in Glenora

Edmonton’s Glenora neighbourhood is in the middle of a major makeover as part of the Neighbourhood Revitalization process through the city. But one sidewalk is causing neighbours to scratch their heads.

The sidewalk is going to be put in the front yard of homes along Ravine Drive, when right across the street there’s a popular green space that leads into the river valley.

“We feel like the sidewalk location is a real safety issue,” said long-time resident Gordon Arnett. “Right now there’s no sidewalk on either side.”

The view from Ravine Drive in Glenora.

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Arnett wants the planned sidewalk, that would go through the front of his property, to be moved to the south side of the street where most pedestrians currently walk.

“We think their decision is going to cause a hazardous intersection.”

Dozens of people currently use the green space every day, and Arnett told Global News when people approach the intersection of Ravine Drive and 142 Street, most turn left towards a nearby school and shopping area. If the sidewalk is moved onto the north side of the street, people will have to cross the busy intersection.

“It’s going to interrupt the traffic flow,” Arnett said and added that in his 40 years in the neighbourhood, he’s never seen a traffic fatality the way it is.

“Drivers move quite quickly down 142 Street. They have to brake if the pedestrian crosswalk is occupied and sometimes stop.”

The City of Edmonton doesn’t see it as a safety issue. Instead, the city said the change in the sidewalk location was, in part, to make it more convenient for pedestrians.

“There’s connections to other sidewalks that exist in the area so it was a natural fit to ensure flow throughout the community,” Director of Neighbourhood Renewal Jeff Ward said. “It continues that connection without forcing people to cross a number of roads.”

During consultations, the City of Edmonton did look at moving the sidewalk to the side of the street where there are no homes, but Ward said that idea also came with push back from a different community group.

“We were having conversations with a different group of residents in the community that wanted to protect the green space,” Ward said.

Construction in the neighbourhood will take three years and is budgeted to cost $47 million.

Pulse nightclub victims remembered on 1st anniversary of Orlando massacre

Scores of people gathered outside the perimeter of the Pulse nightclub Monday to pay their respects while inside the site’s fences, the names of the 49 victims of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history were read out loud in a private service.

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The early morning service was closed to the public and was held for survivors, victims’ families, club employees and local officials. It overlapped the time a year ago that gunman Omar Mateen started shooting inside the nightclub on “Latin Night” a little after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016.

READ MORE: Body cam footage captures chaotic scenes after Orlando Nightclub shootings

“I realize that gathering here in this place, at this hour, is beyond difficult,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said during the service. “But I also know that the strength you’ve shown over the past year will carry you through today and in the future.”

The private service was the start of what would be almost 24 hours of observations to remember the victims who died as well as the dozens of Pulse patrons who were wounded during the shooting. It would be followed by another midday service at the nightclub, an evening gathering in the heart of downtown Orlando and a final, music-filled late-night service at the nightclub.

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Outside the perimeter at Pulse, where the fence has been decorated with vibrantly-colored banners, people laid flowers and lit candles early Monday. Supporters dressed as angels stood guard outside the club before the service.

Later in the day, church bells throughout the Orlando area were set to ring 49 times at noon.

Gov. Rick Scott ordered U.S. flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building.

This combination of photos shows some of the dozens of those killed in a mass shooting early Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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Monday’s services culminated several days of events aimed at turning the grim anniversary into something positive. A foot race was held over the weekend, and eight gay and lesbian students were awarded $4,900 toward their college studies by a local businessman. Local officials have declared the one-year mark as a day of “love and kindness,” and they are encouraging residents to volunteer or perform acts of compassion.

READ MORE: Orlando shooting: In 911 transcripts, gunman said US must stop Syria bombing

An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center. The club’s owner, Barbara Poma, is developing plans to build a memorial at the Pulse site.

Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack and was eventually killed by police during a shootout after a three-hour standoff. His wife, Noor Salman, is facing charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction in federal court, and she has pleaded not guilty to helping her husband.

‘Behind the News’ with Su-Ling Goh and Laurel Gregory

In the July issue of Avenue Edmonton magazine, you’ll learn more about Global Edmonton’s feature reporters Su-Ling Goh and Laurel Gregory. 

Here is the extended interview:

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    Su-Ling Goh and Laurel Gregory are award-winning special feature reporters with Global News. They are also both moms, raising young boys, and incredibly dedicated to their community.

    With a BSc in Zoology from the U of A, Su-Ling combines her love of science and writing in her special segment “Health Matters” weeknights on Global News Hour at 6.

    As a new mom and seasoned journalist, Laurel launched “Family Matters” (on Global News at 5 and Sundays on Global News Morning) to help parents navigate through the tough questions of parenting.

    What inspired you to get in to News?

    Su-Ling: I actually got a BSc in Zoology from the U of A, then realized I didn’t want to work in a lab. But I always dreamed of combining my love of science with my love of writing. When I heard about NAIT’s Radio and Television program, it sounded like a great fit for me. And now I have my dream job!

    Laurel: I loved writing from the time I was a little girl and decided that I wanted to go into journalism by age 14. I fell in love with writing to pictures and telling stories with sound in university. I’ve now been in the business for more than a decade and writing is still my favourite part of the job.

    Is there a story that you have worked on or a news event that has impacted you, or tested your skills the most?

    Su-Ling: In 2013, I did a series on doctor-assisted suicide, featuring a woman with ALS who chose to take her own life. I’ll never forget her brave parents describing their daughter’s wish to die. I am still so honoured that they trusted me to tell their story.

    Watch below: Su-Ling Goh’s stories on Calgary woman Amy Doolittle, who suffered from ALS

    Laurel: The southern Alberta flood of 2013 will always stay with me. I remember reporting live and covering which residential areas were hit hardest, specifically in High River. We used our helicopter to give our viewers a look at the destruction. Viewers were coming up to me or reaching me via social media to ask if we could show more so they could see if their houses were still standing. As a reporter you often have to trust/hope that what you’re doing is making some kind of a difference but during that disaster, I felt what we were doing had a direct, tangible impact on our viewers.

    What does an average working day look like for you as a Global News reporter?

    Su-Ling: Busy! I usually go out with a camera guy all morning to shoot interviews and footage for our topic of the day. Then I come back to the station, watch everything we shot and write up a script for the video editor. I also try to tweet and write a version for our website. Then I present the story live in the studio at 6 pm, and start researching for the next day.

    Laurel: The day always begins by listening to the radio as I get ready in the morning. I read news articles and check social media to see what people are talking about. When I get in, I go through emails, make calls and read articles more specific to my Family Matters beat. I check in with my producer, Christine Meadows, and then we decide which stories we will pursue for our segment. I have a little more breathing room with this new segment so that means I have a more time to develop original stories.

    What is the best thing about your job?

    Su-Ling: Meeting incredible people who have overcome unimaginable circumstances. They are a constant reminder that I have nothing to complain about.

    Laurel: When I look at the clock, I wish it would stop so I have more time to work on my story before deadline. I never look at the clock and think: only two more hours until I can go home. As reporters, we aren’t wired that way. Each day is new, different and exciting.

    You have each received many accolades and awards for the work that you do, is there one that has stood out and why?

    Su-Ling: Winning a national award from the Canadian Medical Association was surreal. My dad was a surgeon, and though he passed away in 2007, I felt like he might have been smiling down on me that day.

    Laurel: I was honoured to be chosen to be part of the first Global News team to report and mentor journalists in West Africa. Photographer Barry Acton and I spent nearly a month in Liberia in May 2012. I still keep in touch with the two Power TV journalists we mentored. It was a life-changing experience to see their passion for the job with so little in the way of resources and support.

    What is one piece of advice you have for working moms?

    Su-Ling: I wish I had advice to give. I need the advice, please!

    Laurel: Drop the guilt. Some days you will roll into work with snot on your blazer and your hair in a messy bun. Some nights your family will have peanut butter on toast for dinner because there’s nothing in the fridge. You are not a machine so don’t expect perfection (there is no such thing!)

    Is there something you have learned from work that helps you be a better parent or vice versa?

    Su-Ling: Every time I do a story about a sick child (and unfortunately I do many of them), I hug my boy hard when I get home. Good health isn’t a given. It’s a gift.

    Laurel: Since my segment deals with parenting and child development, I’m learning new things all the time! In general, I would say I have learned how to manage my time better which definitely makes me a better parent because I am more focused on making sure I have quality time with our son.

    Watch below: Would more dads stay home if parental leave was extended?

    What are you reading right now?

    Su-Ling: The Munschworks Grand Treasury. Robert Munsch is my son’s favourite author. We yell when the characters yell! Which is a lot.

    Laurel: By reading, do you mean looking at words on a page before falling asleep? When I can keep my eyes open, I’m reading Born to Run and Child Honouring.

    What are the best things/best places for parents with small kids in Edmonton?

    Su-Ling: My son, Danick (age 6), is obsessed with trains, so we love the Alberta Railway Museum. When they have the old steam engine running, he’s in heaven!

    Laurel: Our son loves spending time outside so my top choices would be Hawrelak Park or any playground with a spray park.

    You both give back to the community in so many ways, what are some of your favourite events?

    Su-Ling: I’ve been emceeing and producing stories for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s Courage Awards for 9 years now. The amazing recipients and staff never cease to inspire me.

    Laurel: Bust A Move (a fitness fundraiser for breast cancer research) is a huge highlight every year. I love all of the fundraising events we do as a team leading up to the event, especially our annual Global News Wardrobe Sale!

    What does our city mean to you?

    Su-Ling: I grew up here. The people I love live here. This will always be my home.

    Laurel: Edmonton was meant to be a stopover for me, but it has become home. I love living here! I love the river valley, the supports for young families, the trail running scene, the farmers markets, the fantastic restaurants and – of course – my family at Global!

    In July, Avenue Edmonton will go “Behind the News” with Su-Ling Goh and Laurel Gregory.

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Trudeau, majority of Liberal MPs vote against ISIS ‘genocide’ motion

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the majority of Liberal MPs have voted against a Conservative motion declaring that the violence perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) constitutes genocide.

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“Canada strongly condemns the atrocities committed by ISIL in the Middle East, and we stand with our allies in the fight against ISIS to make sure they lose the capacity to take so many civilian lives,” Trudeau said during question period Tuesday when pressed on why he would not vote for the motion.

The prime minister said the Liberal government has instead formally asked the UN Security Council to decide on whether calling it genocide is appropriate.

“We do not feel that politicians should be weighing in on this first and foremost,” Trudeau said.

“Determinations of genocide need to be made in an objective, responsible way. That is exactly what we have formally requested the international authorities weigh in on.”

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose’s motion accused ISIS of crimes against humanity, targeting groups such as Christians, Yezidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq.

WATCH: Rona Ambrose explains why the ‘genocide’ label is important 

The motion also asked MPs to agree that ISIS is using sexual violence as a weapon of war, enslaving women and girls and targeting gay and lesbian people for murder and torture.

The motion also called on MPs to condemn these atrocities and declare them to be genocide.

On Tuesday, Ambrose responded to Trudeau by accusing the Liberals of tarnishing the Canadian reputation as a protector of human rights.

“This is a low point for the Liberal party and it is a dark spot on Canada’s record as a defender of human rights,” Ambrose said during question period.

The motion did not pass, with 166 MPs voting against it — including the majority of Liberal MPs and Green party Leader Elizabeth May — while 139, mostly Conservatives and New Democrats, voted for it.

READ MORE: Pro-ISIS group identifies Toronto Pride Parade as ‘excellent target’ for attack

However, four Liberal backbenchers decided to support the motion: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Anthony Housefather, Karen Ludwig and Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Housefather noted it was a free vote, saying he made his decision based on what he and his constituents believe.

“I believe that ISIS is committing horrible crimes, and I personally believe it is a genocide,” said the Montreal-area MP.

Housefather also said he did not consider the motion to be a Conservative one, even though Ambrose was the one to put it forward.

“I believe that motions that come before the House should be considered by everybody as members representing their ridings, and we should not be considering what party put them forward.”

Social services taking over children’s care from Saskatoon Tribal Council

The Saskatchewan government is taking back responsibility for the care of children from the Saskatoon Tribal Council Child and Family Services. Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said the tribal council has repeatedly refused the ministry access to files for children it serves on reserve.

Harpauer said that means the government has no idea how many children are being cared for or what kind of care they’re receiving.

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    “I’m hoping that they are getting a very good level of care, but I want to be assured,” Harpauer told reporters Tuesday at the legislature in Regina.

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    First Nations agencies are required to monitor and track children in care on reserve and report back to the Ministry of Social Services. The province has what are called delegation agreements with 15 of 17 First Nations agencies.

    The Yorkton and the Saskatoon tribal councils have refused to sign new agreements.

    However, according to the latest report from the provincial auditor, the Yorkton council is working with the ministry and submits monthly reports on children in its care.

    The Saskatoon council is not submitting those monthly reports.

    Provincial auditor Judy Ferguson said last week that “without access to all files relating to children in care, the ministry cannot determine if children are properly cared for and protected.”

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    Harpauer says there has not been consistent reporting since 2008 and the province has been working in a void “most of time.”

    “It’s not just how many kids,” Harpauer said.

    “With the other agreements and the other agencies that we work with, the other 16 agencies, they allow our quality assurance to go in the agency, randomly take files and ensure that the level of care is to the provincial standard because we believe that all children are entitled to the same level of care in our province.”

    “They will not allow our officials to do that with the files on reserve. They will not allow the children’s advocate to access the files on reserve.”

    Harpauer says years of trying to negotiate a new deal between the province and the tribal council have reached an impasse.

    Federal funding also expired in March.

    Harpauer says officials plan to go to the Saskatoon Tribal Council office on Wednesday to get the files and, if that doesn’t work, the province will have to go through the courts.

    “I’m trying to be very optimistic, but I won’t be shocked if they chose not to (share the files),” Harpauer said.

    The Saskatoon Tribal Council has seven member nations within a 200-kilometre radius of Saskatoon.

    A call to the office for comment was not immediately returned.

    Harpauer said the decision was not taken lightly.

    “It is not about politics, or jurisdiction. It is about the safety and well-being of vulnerable children, and that must be our primary concern,” she said.

Alberta organizes centralized donation program for residents of Fort McMurray

EDMONTON – Alberta is organizing a centralized donation program for residents of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. The province said it will avoid mistakes from the Slave Lake fire when new clothes ended up in the garbage dump.

Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee said if Fort McMurray receives more donations than needed, items will be redirected to other charities.

Larivee said the province is partnering with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to co-ordinate donations.

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    Items still being accepted include gently used furniture, food, bedding, baby food, bottles and formula.

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    There has been an outpouring of donations since last month’s fire, which destroyed one-tenth of the city and forced more than 80,000 people to flee.

    A similar show of support followed a fire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake in 2011, but some donations, including new children’s clothing, were later found in a landfill.

    Albertans who want to donate items for Fort McMurray residents can call 310-4455 for instructions.

    People interested in volunteering at the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre operated by ADRA in Edmonton must register online.

    Donations can also be dropped off in person at the centre, 17306 – 129 Ave. NW, in Edmonton. For a list of the most-needed items, visit the Alberta government’s website.

    Financial donations are still being accepted by the Canadian Red Cross.

EXCLUSIVE: Quebec Cannabis Registry tracks 500 medical marijuana patients

MONTREAL —; The Quebec College of Physicians made it mandatory for doctors and patients to take part in a research study if they wanted access to cannabis. But tracking the use of medical marijuana in the province has proven to be a challenge.

READ MORE: Pot activist calls Quebec’s Cannabis Registry a form of medical extortion

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“It’s not that easy to set up this kind of project,” said Dr. Mark Ware, investigator at the MUHC’s Research Institute.

Quebec is considered a world leader when it comes to research on medical marijuana. It’s been just over one year since the Quebec Cannabis Registry first saw the light of day, and only a fraction of doctors who have applied are now authorized to prescribe pot, mostly in private clinics.

“We’re waiting for permission and approvals to extend recruitment to all publicly associated clinics across Quebec,” said Ware, who is planning to present his preliminary findings in Poland later this month.

Only 23 physicians are approved to authorize the use of medical marijuana, out of the 160 who have applied. The registry is now tracking 505 patients, and in the long run the goal is to have at least 3,000.

“I think the conclusion that we have is that it’s working,” insisted Ware. “We’ve been on a steady recruitment curve ever since we began.”

But the registry has also proven to be time-consuming for doctors and patients who typically have to spend hours filling out surveys on the different strains, symptoms and side effects of marijuana.

READ MORE: Pot dispensaries are sprouting up all over Canada. Here’s why.

“For some clinics this is a burden, especially if they’re recruiting a large number of patients. They need to be seen in follow up: the patients are seen every three months for the first two years,” said Ware.

Santé Cannabis is the largest clinic of its kind in Quebec, and employs a third of doctors who are taking part in the registry.

“There are dissuasive elements to the registry,” said Adam Greenblatt, executive director of Santé Cannabis.

“It’s a very strict guideline but hopefully once we see the registry take off in public clinics that will no longer be an issue.”

The goal is to widen access to physicians in all public medical clinics such as CLSCs, but first Quebec’s Health ministry needs to agree.

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Many stakeholders expect that the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana will increase access for both medical and recreational users. But Quebec’s College of Physicians worries it could compromise the entire cannabis registry, considering it’s now compulsory.

“Personally, my fear is that opening the market and diminishing the price and difficulty of access to cannabis in general —; it may be a barrier to the registry,” said Dr. Yves Robert, secretary of the Quebec College of Physicians.

“Patients will probably have more facility to access cannabis without having to have a prescription.”

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Edmonton 2016 summer festivals and events

It’s that time of year again when Edmonton turns into festival city. From Improvaganza and Porkapalooza to K-Days and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, there is no shortage of things to do in Alberta’s capital.

Here’s a list of some of the festivals and events being held in and around Edmonton this summer (and beyond).

June 15 – 25: Improvaganza (The Citadel Theatre)

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    Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre is celebrating the 16th annual Improvaganza, which brings in improv performers from across Canada and beyond. The festival runs for 10 days, offering theatresports matches, specialty shows and social events.

    June 17 – 19: Porkapalooza (Clarke Park)

    Now in its third year, Porkapalooza offers a barbecue competition, food trucks, live musical performances, beer gardens and a kids zone. This year, the festival is offering 8,000 free tickets per day for a three-day concert series, Concert of Hope For Fort McMurray. All proceeds will go to the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. The barbecue festival is also a free event.

    IN DEPTH: Ongoing coverage of the Fort McMurray wildfire

    June 21 – July 17: Freewill Shakespeare Festival (Hawrelak Park)

    Created in 1989 by The Free Will Players, this festival began with a mission to produce the works of William Shakespeare. This season, the festival presents Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo and Juliet. There are also a wide range of pre-show events including puppet shows, UnWined date nights and an old-fashioned high tea.

    June 23 – July 5: The Works Art and Design Festival (Downtown Edmonton)

    The Works Art and Design Festival attracts artists from around the world to the heart of Edmonton. Set up in the downtown core, the festival is a free event that showcases over 200 exhibits.

    June 24 – July 3: Edmonton International Jazz Festival (Various Edmonton venues)

    With over 55 events, 250 musicians and seven different stages, the Edmonton International Jazz Festival offers music lovers 10 days of entertainment. Local and international artists will perform on stages throughout the city, including Churchill Square and Old Strathcona.

    June 29: Fort McMurray Fire Aid Concert (Commonwealth Stadium)

    Nickelback, Blue Rodeo, Dallas Smith, City and Colour and Dean Brody are just a handful of the artists set to hit the stage at Commonwealth Stadium on June 29 for the Fire Aid Concert in support of the people affected by last month’s devastating Fort McMurray wildfire.

    Watch below: Canadian bands are coming together to raise money to help Fort McMurray and its people get back on their feet

    Tickets, which cost $35, $60 and $99, are still available through Ticketmaster.

    Global Edmonton reporters will be live from Commonwealth Stadium throughout the June 29 evening newscasts.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Nickelback, Corb Lund, Randy Bachman among Fire Aid concert acts 

    July 1: Canada Day

    Canada Day celebrations will be held throughout the city.

    July 8 – 17: Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (Churchill Square)

    More than 40 acts from around the world will descend on Churchill Square for 10 days this summer for the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. There’s a little something for everyone with more than 1,500 outdoor shows, be-your-own-busker workshops and late night indoor adult cabaret. This year, there will also be nightly outdoor troupe de jour group shows.

    July 6 – 15: TrackTown Rio 2016 Trials (Foote Field)

    The best track athletes Canada has to offer will arrive in Edmonton this July as the city hosts the Rio 2016 Trials and Canadian Track and Field Championships. The track event will feature the Canadian National Team nomination and selection trials for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    July 8: Global News Hour at 6 on the road at the Edmonton Eskimos game (Commonwealth Stadium)

    Global Edmonton will be on the road for the News Hour at 6 on July 8. Gord Steinke, Margeaux Morin, Jack Haskins and 630 CHED’s Bryan Hall will come to you live from Commonwealth Stadium during the newscast.

    July 14 – 17: Alberta Summer Games (Leduc)

    Leduc will play host to this year’s Alberta Summer Games, which will see more than 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from across Alberta visit the Capital Region. Athletes between the ages of 11 and 17 will be represented in 14 different sports.

    July 15 – 17: India Film Festival of Alberta (Edmonton and Calgary)

    The 2nd edition of the India Film Festival of Alberta showcases the diversity of Indian cinema to viewers in Edmonton and Calgary. Eleven award-winning movies will be screened in 11 different Indian languages.

    July 22 – 31: K-Days (Northlands)

    One of the biggest festivals to hit Edmonton every summer, K-Days will be back with 10 days of midway fun at Northlands. The festival kicks off with the annual parade through the streets of downtown Edmonton, which Global News will livestream online and broadcast live on-air across Alberta.

    Kent Morrison, Nancy Carlson and Mike Sobel will host the broadcast, which begins at 10 a.m. on July 22.

    This year, Northlands is doubling the entertainment with two stages: the north stage near the bridge to Rexall Place and a new south stage, which will be set up on the infield of the racetrack.

    READ MORE: K-Days entertainment lineup a ‘test’ for Northlands with future up in the air

    July 21 – 30: Taste of Edmonton (Churchill Square)

    Taste of Edmonton has become a summer tradition for many. The festival celebrates all the culinary delights the Edmonton area has to offer. The 10-day event offers food, drinks and entertainment for people of all ages.

    July 22 – 24: Interstellar Rodeo (Hawrelak Park)

    Sam Roberts Band, the Strumbellas and Lord Huron on are the entertainment lineup for this year’s Interstellar Rodeo. The three-day music festival turns the amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park into an intimate concert setting, with a mix of musical genres.

    July 25 – 31: Oil Country Championship (Glendale Golf & Country Club)

    The Oilers Entertainment Group and the PGA Tour have come together to bring a new, professional golf tournament to Edmonton this summer.

    The Oil Country Championship will be played at the Glendale Golf and Country Club from July 25 to 31. The tournament will be an annual stop on the Mackenzie Tour, a PGA Tour affiliate that showcases some of the best up and coming golf talent from around the world.

    READ MORE: Fore! Oilers partner with PGA Tour to bring Oil Country Championship golf tournament to Edmonton

    July 30 – Aug. 1: Heritage Festival (Hawrelak Park)

    Now in its 41st year, Heritage Festival is a celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism. The three-day event gives people the change to learn a little bit more about the 60 countries represented through food, performances and crafts.

    Aug. 4 – 7: Edmonton Folk Festival (Gallagher Park)

    Among this year’s performers at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival are Kaleo, Jason Isbell, The Tallest Man on Earth and Passenger. Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Cat Empire, Fatoumata Diawara, Lisa Hannigan and the Staves are also set to hit the stage at Gallagher Park over the course of the four-day festival.

    READ MORE: Kaleo, Passenger, Mary Chapin Carpenter among 2016 Edmonton Folk Festival performers 

    Aug. 5 – 7: Cariwest (Downtown Edmonton)

    What better way to celebrate Caribbean culture than with a three-day Caribbean arts festival. Cariwest will take over downtown Edmonton for three days this August with colourful costumes, music, street theatre and Caribbean cuisine. The annual parade will be held on Aug. 6 at noon.

    Aug. 6 – 7: Edmonton Airshow (Villeneuve Airport)

    The Edmonton Airshow is back this summer. The event celebrates aviation and its history.

    Watch below: ‘They’re going to love the jets this year’: Edmonton Airshow celebrates aviation

    Aug. 8 – 14: IGLA Championships (Kinsmen Sports Centre)

    IGLA is an international organization devoted to developing and promoting gay and lesbian athletes in swimming, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. The championships involve a week’s worth of aquatic sports and social events.

    Aug. 11 – 21: Edmonton International Fringe Festival (Old Strathcona)

    The theme for this year’s Edmonton International Fringe Festival is “That was Then, This is Fringe.” Now in its 35th year, the fringe festival brings Edmontonians together in Old Strathcona with 1,600 live theatre performances in more than 40 venues.

    Global Edmonton will once again have seasoned theatre critic Todd James on site to offer reviews of dozens of shows offered at the fringe. You can also catch a glimpse of the festival grounds through the Global Edmonton eye-cam, which sits above the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market building.

    READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Festival reveals 2016 theme, ‘That was Then, This is Fringe’

    Aug. 19 – 21: Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival (Louise McKinney Park/North Saskatchewan River)

    The 20th annual Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival will go down in Louise McKinney Park rain or shine. From recreational paddlers to competitive teams looking for a berth at the national level, there is a team for everyone in the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival Association.

    Aug. 19 – 21: Edmonton Blues Festival (Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park)

    The lineup for the 18th annual Edmonton Blues Festival includes a number of renowned artists including Paul James Band, Shemekia Copeland, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

    Aug. 26 – 28: Symphony Under the Sky (Hawrelak Park)

    Symphony Under the Sky returns to Hawrelak Park this year with the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Strauss’ Emperor Waltzes and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. On Saturday night of the concert series, you can catch a movie under the stars. The festival will show Jurassic Park, E.T., Far and Away, The Lion King and Midway.

    Sept. 10: The Mosquers (Jubilee Auditorium)

    The Mosquers is a film festival that attracts talent from across Canada and the United States. The event involves a red carpet ceremony, the screening of the short films nominated for awards, a feature entertainment component and a final award presentation.

    Sept. 9 – 11: Kaleido Festival (Alberta Avenue)

    Kaleido Family Arts Festival is held on Alberta Avenue. Over the course of two days, Alberta Avenue comes alive with performances on rooftops, sides of buildings and back alleys. The festival is free for the whole family.