Michael Walters Ward 10 City Councillor

Meet Michael

In his first term on City Council, Michael was a Council lead for public engagement, affordable housing, energy transition and climate change adaptation. In addition to his regular duties, Michael also served on numerous Capital Region Board planning committees, the Annexation Negotiating Committee and the Community & Curriculum Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta Planning Program.

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An Educated City is a Great City

As we wait for the provincial budget to be released, one of the ideas being mused about is the removal of the cap on post-secondary tuition, which is currently tied to the rate of inflation. I believe that this would be the wrong move for a number of reasons.

The State of Our Alleys

  They’re all around us. Lurking. They are some of the worst offenders in the on-going war on potholes. They are back alleys, and they are a big problem.

"Through My Eyes"- Youth Homelessness

It’s not often that we get a movie day at City Hall, but on March 3rd, Councillors had the opportunity to spend an hour with representatives from the Edmonton Youth Council watching “Through My Eyes”. The film was locally filmed and produced by some amazing young Edmontonians, and centres around the challenges faced by homeless youth in Edmonton.

Smoke Free Churchill Square

Last July, I was passing through Churchill Square during "movie in the square night" I paused to watch for a while. I saw three young girls and their father enjoying the show. Next to them sat a couple of guys, who had decided to light up some cigarettes. The father asked the men to stop smoking, and they declined. He asked them to move, and they again declined. So he and the little girls packed up and moved.  Something sparked in my brain at that moment, when I realized that Churchill Square wasn’t as welcoming as it should be for all Edmontonians. And that the current rules put on the onus on non smokers to move away from smokers, especially during programmed events. This had to change.

Transition to Community Mailboxes

Our office is hearing many concerns about Canada Post's conversion to community mailboxes. We are forwarding all concerns to the Canada Post Director of Municipal Affairs. The city of Edmonton has no authority over this matter. But read on and find out how we are willing to help. As Canada Post adapts to the information age, they are making some changes to the way they operate. One change is the installation of community mailboxes as opposed to door-to-door delivery. These mailboxes were planned into many of Edmonton’s newer neighbourhoods, but now Canada Post has initiated the process of incorporating the boxes into mature neighbourhoods, starting in south Edmonton.

Decoteau - How Dense Should Our New Suburbs Be?

At the Public Hearing on February 9th, Council voted 6-5 to refer Bylaw 17011 - the Decoteau Area Structure Plan (ASP) - back to our administration to work with the proponents to improve aspects of the plan. I'm glad we did. Since Monday, there has been quite a bit of discussion about this plan, its specifics, and the debate during the hearing. I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the plan and how it reflects the Edmonton we hope to build.

Horse Hill: The Best of Both Worlds

I spent many summers “apprenticing” with my grandmother on our family farm. That experience taught me the importance of how food and agricultural practice can build better communities. Prior to being elected to City Council, I had the privilege to work with farmers from the Horse Hill region. Together, we worked to create opportunities for the citizens of the City to get their hands dirty engaging in urban agriculture and in creating policies to support it.

Explaining the 5.7% tax increase

It was like groundhog day- the movie. Nearly every day since November 26th, Councillors woke up and marched back into chambers to discuss and debate our 4 year $4.3 billion capital budget and our annual operating budget. This was the culmination of a years worth of planning by our administration. Out of these discussions came two budgets - the 2015-2018 Capital Budget and the 2015 Operating budget.

One Year Reflection

A year ago today I was elected to Edmonton city council. I was thrilled after working so hard for so many months to be elected with a very strong mandate from the good people of Ward 10. This mandate was built out of many years of community work, both professionally and as a volunteer, in Ward 10 and across Edmonton. This mandate was also built out of my proven track record of using and building community leadership to solve problems and to make our neighbourhoods and our city more vibrant, sustainable and fair.

Together, We’ve Created A Smarter Bike Plan

I know many would like to see some of the bike lanes removed tomorrow. This has been the dominant view from the residents of my Ward over the past year. These lanes have been irritating, confusing, and not maintained properly in the winter when they disappear beneath the snow for months. Most people tell me they will never use them. They just don’t feel safe. But let’s be honest. It’s not possible to remove them tomorrow. It costs money to do this, potentially a lot. But they could be improved and changed or moved in time.  And I am working hard to make this happen.

Nominate an Everyday Political Citizen

Edmonton is bursting with creative change-makers, tireless organizers, and passionate mobilizers - from entrepreneurs pushing for change, parents working to create stronger neighbourhoods, to engaged students or an invaluable member of your political campaign.  

Talking Infill in Ward 10

Just over a year ago I was on the homestretch of my campaign for City Council. By the time the campaign ended, I had knocked on over 15,000 doors over 8 months. At each door that opened for me, I spoke about my vision for the city, and about my commitment to fairness for mature neighbourhoods.

Utilities - Life under the city

The cost of climate change will be buried but can’t be ignored If you have experienced flooding in your home, you know how tragic it can be. Valuables, sometimes irreplaceable, are lost, while enormous repair bills for uninsured damages are found.  

Neighbourhood Renewal

As a City, we are responsible for the maintenance of roughly 4800 kilometres of collector and arterial roadways, which is roughly the same distance as driving from Edmonton to Mexico City. In order to maintain these roadways, the City invests a major portion of its Capital Budget each year to renewal projects throughout Edmonton.

Update on Petrolia Mall

It’s no secret I have a dream that one day Petrolia Mall will be a thriving shopping centre. But I’m certainly not the only one. Most people who live near Petrolia have this same dream. Over the past couple of years I have been working with an amazing group of community volunteers to make this dream real. A centre we can walk to, letting us live and shop locally.

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