The violent incident that occurred this week at City Hall was a shock for everyone involved, and for our city as a whole.
Employees and visitors come to City Hall every day to serve their communities, help others, and engage in civic dialogue as we strive to make Edmonton an even better place to live, work, and play. I am profoundly relieved and grateful that no one was physically hurt. This does not diminish the fear, stress, and psychological trauma many experienced as a result of this incident.
A security review is currently underway, and City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The safety of our staff and our community is always of paramount importance. As additional security measures are contemplated, I am confident we will arrive at a place that centres safety while ensuring City Hall remains an open and welcoming place for all Edmontonians.
Thank you again to City Hall Security, Peace Officers, Edmonton Police Service, and Fire Rescue Services for their quick response, and to the many staff in services such as Transit, Facility maintenance and others who helped keep people safe during the incident. Many others will be involved as work continues. Over the coming weeks, I look forward to recognizing and honouring the bravery and dedication of those involved in preventing this incident from escalating further.
As we move forward together, I also want to take a moment to appreciate the messages of support from Edmontonians and our counterparts across the country who have reached out. It means a lot to know that in difficult times like this one, we are able to come together and reaffirm our shared commitment to a safe and welcoming city for everyone.