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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News

Emerald Tower & Preview of Week to come

As many of you are aware, Council passed the development of the Jasper Ave Emerald Tower on week. I voted in favour of the development, but it was a difficult decision. I firstly voted for the project to be referred back a few months to attempt to increase the amount of affordable housing included in the project, where there is currently only 5% included. Ultimately however these types of ambitious projects are what we need as a City and Emerald Tower will be a huge boon for our downtown core.

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! I always appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the gift that living in Canada is, and this year is no different. One of my favourite parts of the day is the fraternity amongst all people, everyone is a friend on Canada Day, whether you’ve known them for 25 years or just met them while watching the fireworks.

Preserving Trees in our Mature Neighbourhoods

Today, City Council passed amendments to Bylaw 12800 to implement minimum tree planting requirements for low-density development city-wide and incentivize maintaining mature trees.

Weekly Update June 20-24

The Eskimos are starting their title defense this Saturday against Ottawa, so if you’re looking for me, I’ll be at the game. Go Esks Go!! In other news, I stopped by Square One the other day, it’s an excellent new Ward 10 coffee shop. Local coffee shops like Square One help create attractive and vibrant communities in which we can all enjoy. A lot happened at City Hall this week, I’ll delve into the some of the most exciting key events and items.

Weekly Update June 13 - 17

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to spend my morning bike riding through Southwest Edmonton with over 100 incredibly active seniors who are members of the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club. This group, who also ski in the winter months, embodies the spirit of what 8-80 Cities truly means. As a group, each week they ride the equivalent distance from Edmonton to Newfoundland. Groups like the Rocky Mountain Seniors Ski Club help make Edmonton a more active and healthy  place. If we build our city with groups like this in mind, and tap into their thoughts and ideas, we will be able to build a city for people of all ages and abilities.

Protecting Ravines, Revitalizing Communities, Adapting to Climate Change...

There was lots of exciting action at today’s Executive Committee, and I’d like to explore three of the big ticket items

Weekly Update May 23-27

This Sunday we will be celebrating the opening of a new business with the welcome event for the Petrolia Mall Medicine Shoppe!

Weekly Update: May 16 - 19

We had a break week from Council and Committee meetings this week, but this week was a busy one nonetheless. Here are a couple of the highlights. 

311 Data and Active Seniors

Every once and awhile, we here in the Ward 10 office like to bust out our calculators and look at some data. Last week, we took a look at the 311 data that is available for Ward 10.

Community Wellness: Caring for Edmonton's Most Vulnerable

Last week’s update on the blog featured some information about a report that we’d received on Community Wellness Approaches, or in more specific terms, improving our capacity as a City to deal with vulnerable people in crisis.

Updates from this Week: May 9-13

It’s been another busy week here at City Hall, so I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the items and events from the past week that were of particular interest.

Fort McMurray Fires - How You Can Help

Albertans are strong, resourceful people who stand together in times of crisis, and that strength is needed now as Fort McMurray and the surrounding area is facing devastating fires and mass evacuations. Many Edmontonians have been reaching out to the City asking how they can help those affected by the fires.

City to Take Responsibility for Alley Renewal

As you travel through Ward 10, you might notice a difference in how the neighbourhoods are laid out. Some homes in neighbourhoods that were built after 1980 have front garages. But most were built before that, these homes back onto many of Edmonton’s more worn out alleys.

Council Digs in on Neighbourhood Renewal

While last week’s provincial budget passed without much fuss, this week our Council had to come face to face with some of the impacts of the provincial budget, specifically how it directly affected Edmonton’s municipal property tax rate. 

Proposed Bus Service Adjustments

Each year, Edmonton Transit adjusts around 10,000 service hours to ensure that all of their routes are generally compliant with the City’s transit service standards. Those standards require a certain amount of ridership in order for a route to be viable.

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