A River Valley Gondola - Tourist Attraction or Blight on the Landscape?

You have seen gondolas on your trips to the mountains, maybe while skiing at Sunshine or hiking at Lake Louise. Small cabs with room for eight adults, attached to a cable running up the side of a mountain.  Some cities use them to move people around.

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Surplus School Sites, Redevelopment & Infill

We need to talk about surplus school sites.

On February 1, Council’s Executive Committee will discuss the current inventory of school sites, school board plans for those sites, and what the City should do with the spare ones.

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2020 Year in Review & Exciting News for 2021

Season’s Greetings to you and yours!   

At the beginning of 2020, likely like many of you, I was gearing up for a transformative year: a new City Plan, a redesigned transit system, and a new approach to waste, amongst other plans and projects.  We were just past the new provincial government’s first budget and the federal government election.

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The Solar Farm in Our River Valley

 

On October 19, 2020, the majority of City Council voted in favour of EPCOR’s application to rezone land adjacent to the water treatment plant to permit construction of a solar farm.  The vote was close at 7-6.  I voted against this application and would like to provide you with some context about why.

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My Response to the Auditor's Report on City Productivity & Performance

On Friday September 18, City Council’s Audit Committee will discuss the City Productivity and Performance Audit (pages 49-126 found here).  This report includes many concerning findings. Of note, since 2017, the City’s workforce budget has increased by 232 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions, and personnel costs have increased by $63M.  There has been a shift to supervising smaller groups, towards more managers and fewer front line workers.

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City Council's Sanction Hearings & Code of Conduct: Change Is Needed

Some thoughts ahead of Wednesday’s Council meeting where we will discuss the Integrity Commissioner’s report on recent Code of Conduct complaints.

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July 2020: Covid-19, City Budget & Terwillegar Drive

On March 13, 2020, City Council declared a State of Local Emergency in Edmonton in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, and that is where a profoundly unprecedented time began in Edmonton.  

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LRT Investments are Coming: What Should City Council Do?

 

On Monday, June 1, City Council will determine what the next extension priority is for the LRT network.  

There are two options:  1) extend the Metro Line north, from Blatchford to northwest Edmonton; or 2) extend the Capital Line South, across Anthony Henday Drive to Ellerslie Road, and possibly to the new hospital site in Rutherford.

Why now? 

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Covid-19 & Edmonton's Road to Recovery

By now you have a new routine.  You’re working from home, your kids are home with you, you want to get back to work, to see your parents or your grandkids, to have a glass of wine on a patio or get back in the gym.  Maybe you’re a little anxious or a lot worried.  Chances are that you’re concerned about your job, your mortgage, your business, your finances, your bills, your taxes.  

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Covid-19 & Impacts to the City

Like me, you are probably overwhelmed with all of the Covid-19 information coming at you, the constant press conferences, advice to exercise physical distancing, to self-isolate, to watch for symptoms. 

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