It’s been one week since the election. What a great night we had last Monday. Thanks to months of hard work, we won decisively.
Today is the last day of the campaign. The election is tomorrow.
I entered this election in April because I have been working to make Edmonton a better place for 20 years.
Fresh is Edmonton’s food and urban agricultural strategy. It is a document that is worth reading and promoting because the City of Edmonton has a commitment to a strategy that is not only about sustainability in an ever growing municipal landscape, it focuses on opportunities that make our city a healthy community and healthy economy.
Edmonton spends a lot of money on snow clearing.
Of course, we can't ignore our winters. The snow has to be dealt with. So why, with a $50 million dollar annual budget - double Calgary's - are so many citizens dissatisfied?
It's a complex matter. So let's set aside complaints for a moment and face some cold facts.
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.