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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Residential Speed Limit Reductions Won't Actually Fix the Problem

On February 26, 2020, the Community & Public Services Community will have another conversation about roads with an emphasis on reduced speed limits. This proposal is to reduce all residential speed limits to 40 kph, or reduce limits in core neighbourhoods to 30 kph, or both.  Either approach would require millions of dollars to put up thousands of signs.

I don’t support either idea.

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Let’s Get Out of Our Own Way & Out of the Way of Business: What To Do With City Owned Land

On February 24, City Administration will present a report to Council recommending that the City continue to service and sell suburban land through our Land Enterprise Development Program.  I do not support this.

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2019 Budget Update & Year End

It has been a very busy year, particularly since the Government of Alberta released their budget in October. As I’ve mentioned in the past (found in blogs here, here and here), the provincial budget reductions were not a surprise, and I expect that there will likely be more cuts in the spring. 

 

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Edmonton Budget 2019: Where is the Money Going to Come From?

 

On Thursday Dec 5, Council held a Public Hearing ahead of the budget discussions Dec 11-13.  We heard from community serving agencies, the business community, and ordinary citizens. We heard from those with requests for financial support and those who insist that our spending decisions should be re-examined.

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Transit Redesign: The LRT is Holding Us Back

 

If you were going to design a transit system for a city with 1 million people, what would you think about?  Would you focus on people trying to get to school and work during rush hour, or on people that don’t have another way of moving around?  How much should users pay, and what if they can’t afford the fare?

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Provincial Budget: Winter is Here

 

Last Thursday, the provincial government released its 2019-2020 Budget.  It included cuts to grants to cities, including grants in support of infrastructure projects, and grants that support the city operating budgets. 

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Federal Election & Provincial Budget Thoughts

This week is so important. Federal election yesterday. Provincial Budget day on Thursday. Like many Edmontonians, I have been looking forward to this week with some anticipation, some apprehension, and some impatience.

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Salt Debate

I want to update you on the outcome of the most recent salt debate and City Council and explain why I'm not happy with the outcome.

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Construction Update Fall 2019

 

 

I know a lot of you are experiencing construction fatigue. The good news is that many of these projects are very close to completion, and it is going to get a lot easier to move around very soon. Your patience through the last few months is greatly appreciated.

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