I am confident in stating that Edmontonians universally believe Edmonton should be a more compact city. The question is, how do we get there?
Spring has set in across Ward 10 and many of you have been reminded about the bike lanes you have asked me to deal with. I want to thank people for their patience as I’ve worked to create the necessary conditions to make the improvements the large majority of my constituents want. This May and June we will complete the work in our communities to come up with a new plan for some of the lanes in the Ward with the intent of bringing that plan to council this fall.
I am committed to supporting the hard working members of the Pleasantview Traffic Committee. I support their vision to make their neighbourhood safer. The traffic count of the neighbourhood revealed that 10,000 cars per day were travelling on a street that was designed for 5000. This statistic alone signalled the need for dramatic change.
Yesterday we got some great news for Ward 10. Executive Committee just reallocated funding that will provide some financial assistance to businesses for facade improvements to Petrolia Mall. Four other locations throughout the City were also approved for pilot projects under the umbrella of Facade Improvement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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