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.
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.
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.
There was lots of exciting action at today’s Executive Committee, and I’d like to explore three of the big ticket items
This Sunday we will be celebrating the opening of a new business with the welcome event for the Petrolia Mall Medicine Shoppe!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The No-Frills in Petrolia Mall has been a boon to the communities around it. It’s been very heartening for me to see the way that the communities around Petrolia have banded together to reinvigorate that space, and the addition of the No-Frills location has given the space new promise and life that it hadn’t had in years.
Each time I engage Edmontonians in conversations about active transportation, one thing becomes clear - that we need to shift the conversation away from car vs. bike to one about healthy people and healthy communities. No matter where people stand on the issue, pro-bike lane or anti, commuter-focused or community-focused, everybody can get on board with the growing research and ancient understanding that cycling improves people’s health, whether you are a recreational or commuter cyclist. As much as we want to encourage more people to cycle more frequently, we need to build cycling infrastructure that is safe, that is separated from traffic wherever possible, and that inspires people of all ages to saddle up and ride.