As a parent with two younger children, I believe that every child deserves a strong start in life. In fact, there is an abundance of research suggesting that much of a child’s health, wellbeing and success are shaped by the early years of life. That is why I have been an advocate for strong early years initiatives. In particular, I was involved in the development of the South West Edmonton Early Childhood Development Coalition.
In Skyrattler and Blue Quill (two Ward 10 communities) many people there are struggling against the city over the future use of their surplus plus school site land. The city technically considers the site a building envelope left over from the original development where a school was planned but never built. They were recently zoned for future infill housing development. But the community considers it important green space and they are fighting to protect it.
I am committed to a full review of the bike lane strategy in South Edmonton and will host a public meeting on this topic within 30 days of being elected. I am very concerned about the confusion and subsequent safety issues arising for motorists and cyclists.
The job of the next city council is to move forward with the Downtown Arena and Entertainment District. We must bring together those in favour of the downtown arena and those opposed, around its success.
I grew up in a neighbourhood where down my street to the left, kids were taking harmful drugs in a park and to the right, kids were playing basketball and road hockey. But while I lucked out by finding strong mentors and support, not all of my friends did. Inspired by this reality, I have spent much of my adult life working with communities and supporting their energy to produce incredible outcomes.
Many know that I have been like a dog on a bone when it comes to revitalizing the Petrolia Mall in Greenfield. Our communities deserve better.
With an aging population that is increasingly relying on immigration for growth, Edmonton has been doing remarkable work to prepare our city to support seniors with changing demographics.
Sharing the costs of a growing region.
I’m a believer that a strong Edmonton makes for a strong Capital Region, and vice versa. However, we need to start sharing the costs associated with our region’s growth. This way, we can all feel good about sharing the benefits.
Edmonton was built for cars. Like many North American cities, Edmonton has enormous roadway infrastructure, and like many winter cities we are struggling to transition to a more diversified transportation system.
It’s pretty safe to say that a great deal of Edmonton’s financial, political and creative capital has been expended in downtown and new suburbs in the last 15 years. Edmonton has grown and changed a lot. It's exciting.
Updated: September 11th, 2013.
"Responsible" borrowing is a regrettable but necessary tool for big cities.
Since I began door-knocking in April many voters have raised the issue of our city’s debt. Many are worried about "frivolous spending" and our ability to pay it off.
I met Lilly Wednesday night in Lansdowne. She is a senior and a widow. She raised her family in the house she has lived in now for over 50 years.
Lilly doesn’t move around the city much. She doesn’t go downtown. She doesn’t go to Hawrelak Park. She takes the bus to Southgate when she needs the basics.
Get ready to welcome 300,000 people to Edmonton. They are not all coming tomorrow of course. But over the next 20-30 years, they’ll move to our city at a steady rate thanks to Alberta’s economy, which is leading the country in job growth.
Some have started to muse that this fall’s municipal election could be defined by one question:
Should the city get back to the basics and invest only in our roads and core services or be bold and invest in projects that grow our culture, creativity and vibrancy?