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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I've Heard Enough: Our Snow & Ice Strategy Must Change

On September 24, 2019, City Council will receive an update from Administration about the Snow and Ice Strategy including the use of calcium carbonate and calcium chloride.  I think it’s time for us to stop this detrimental high-salt approach.

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Climate Change Declaration Might Lead to Urgency on Issues That Matter

 

Is declaring a “climate change emergency” an overstatement? Rhetorical? Virtue signalling?  Even a little hysterical? Of course it is.

But there is some urgency to the situation, just not the urgency everyone assumes, and that is why I voted for this declaration. Hear me out.

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Transportation Relief!

 

We often hear that Edmonton has two seasons: Winter and Construction.  Well Ward 9, while Game of Thrones might suggest otherwise, winter is over ... get ready for construction season!

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Spending Priorities & LRT

 

On January 22, City Council voted to expropriate land for construction of the West LRT line.  The West LRT project has not yet been approved for construction, and therefore I voted against this motion.

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