Over the last two and a half years, I, along with this Council, have dealt with the topic of Park & Ride at Century Park on a number of occasions. Over the course of these discussions, many key pieces have been put in place, or have been identified, to answer the following question: given that the park and ride lease has always been temporary, as a City, what proactive measures are we taking, and what is our strategy, for when the Park & Ride at Century Park no longer exists?
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! 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.
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.