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Nicer to get them with people in them. >> Reporter: officials telling city news since announcing the tax over 6 months ago, nearly 15 percent of edmonton's 300 derelict homes have been cleaned up in addition to a higher property tax rate, those who enforce bylaws say nearly 700 tickets have gone out to problem property owners as well. Just blocks north of commonwealth stadium, community leaders on alberta avenue say this crackdown on dilapidated properties is something they've been waiting 20 years for. The homes are more than eyesores, they are a safety hazard, particularly for edmonton's vulnerable. >> These are not homes or houses that anybody -- it's not fit for any human habitation. They are derelict, falling apart half the basement is completely gone. Once we call the fire to come help, they said they wouldn't go into the structure because it was so unsafe. >> Reporter: she adds she would like to city -- sea the city and force the same rules on commercial properties next. >>> Front-line workers are using national paramedics services week as an opportunity to show the tools and equipment ems practitioners use each and every day on the job. Alberta paramedic students spent the day getting hands-on experience, learning what they need to know before heading into a real-life emergency. >> All the equipment here makes everything so much more real and more exciting to get out there working. >> Reporter: from loading a stretcher into an ambulance to practising their stitching skills. The interactive day gives paramedic students I glimpse at the real world. >> People don't realize how much 911 and how much we are capable to do. >> Reporter: paramedics are the first to respond to emergency calls and each day on the job can be different. Public education officer and paramedic ian cal waite says it's to be prepared for that. >> The call will come in and you will get those notes giving you a rough idea of what is you -- what you are responding to. It's your job as a paramedic to effectively create a differential diagnosis and identify what's going on and then develop a treatment plan to adequately manage that event. >> Reporter: she has a paramedic student about to begin her ambulance practicums. And she is excited to put her skills to the test in the real world. >> I really hope that I can touch and make a positive impact on as many people as I can. >> Reporter: and edmonson, laura krause, city news. >> Announcer: next on city news. >> Reporter: it's your typical alberta spring when you never know what kind of whether you're going to get. Rest assured the greenhouses say even if there's a chill in the air and his sun is hard to find, still a really good time to get your plants in the ground. 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around 9:30 pm. The teens mother witnessed her son's death. She's not ready to speak on camera but telling city news her son died a hero. They had been walking their dog when he was attacked. Kevin 10 police arrested a man on seen who they say was known to the victim. Meanwhile st. Albert public schools confirming the death of a grade 9 students. Lowering flags at this junior high school wednesday. >>> A busy may long weekend for rcmp in the edmonton region. Strathcona county rcmp handing out over 500 tickets during an enforcement blitz including 6 roadside sanctions for impaired driving at a check stop in sherwood park saturday night also saying speeding onto anthony had day posed a significant risk to the public. >>> When it comes to spring weather in edmonton and alberta, it has its ups and downs. Over the weekend a frosty morning to now multiple days of rain but this greenhouse and north edmonton says if you're looking to plant a garden this year, now was a good time to get your plants in the ground. >> I have limited my front flowers to things that are more weather resistant. >> Reporter: edmonton gardeners want some sunshine after a number of days where the rainfall and frost warnings. The element's are changing constantly, making it difficult to garden a. >> We started outputting nicely but then all of a sudden we got a real cold interval and that's what we are in right now. >> Reporter: the cold and wet weather isn't stopping some from starting their own gardens. Groceries are expensive and a garden can be a good investment if it works out. >> This is my first ever time planting stuff outside so I'm just figuring it out and trying to see what I can put and grow and can't grow. >> Reporter: he says frost warnings shouldn't be an issue for those living in a city. Those in more rural areas need to keep an eye on their plans if they are already in the ground. >> We benefit from all of the heat sink that into the houses during the daytime and it's released at night. The incident of possible night frost is very low. Further out that may be a different story. >> Reporter: this year also marks the 25th year of front yards and blum, competition which awards gardeners with the best yards and he says he's excited to see what the season blooms. >> Looking forward to a busy time. >> Reporter: from edmonton, adam ziccarelli, city news.

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