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Edmonton City Hall to fully reopen Monday after months after armed attack

Edmonton City Hall is to reopen to the public on Monday, two months after what police say was a politically motivated attack.

No one was hurt on Jan. 23, when shots were fired and Molotov cocktails were lit in the building full of people.

The city says new security measures are in place, including a dedicated access point, screenings and bag checks.

It says all municipal staff and media must also wear visible identification.

The city says repairs have been made to walls, floors, carpets and doorways.

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, along with some councillors and staff, returned to the building in the first week of February, while more employees and guests were allowed inside in mid-March.

“City hall is a vibrant gathering place for civic participation, celebration and commemoration,” said city manager Andre Corbould.

“I am confident that we have achieved the appropriate balance of a safe and secure environment that is also open and welcoming.”

Police have said officers seized an SKS rifle, three prohibited rifle magazines, about 150 rounds of ammunition and four gasoline-filled Molotov cocktails from the scene.

Bezhani Sarvar, 28, of Edmonton, faces several charges, including counselling commission of a terrorism offence and possession of property for terrorist purposes.

After his arrest,a video of Sarvar that circulated on social media was reviewed by police investigators.

In the wide-ranging and sometimes sporadic video, Sarvar lists a long list of concerns with society, and says he wants to make the world better. His critique includes inflation, unaffordable housing, multiculturalism, “wokeism,” the fighting in Gaza, immigration, bullying, racism and genocide. 

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires said Sarvar worked as a commissionaire at various Edmonton locations but not at city hall.

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