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Fall Capital and Operating Budget Adjustment – Options to Reduce the Tax Increase

Last December 2018 Council approved a 2.6% yearly tax increase in the 2019-2022 Operating, Capital and Utility budgets. These budgets identify costs for renewal and growth of municipal infrastructure, civic programs and services, and sources of revenue including grants, property taxes, user fees and utility rates. Every Spring and Fall, Council reviews the budget and approves…

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Moving Forward with the Valley Line West LRT

On December 15th, it will be 10 years since the Valley Line West LRT route was approved. I remember that Council meeting well as I was attending on behalf of the Meadowlark Community League and as a local resident who lives within a block and a half of any of the three routes that were…

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2020 City Productivity Audit

I am extremely pleased to report that the Office of the City Auditor has confirmed they will be undertaking an extensive productivity review this upcoming year as part of the 2020 Annual Work Plan. Similar to the last review done in 2013, this review will include performance and productivity measurements by department, corporate results and…

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Photo Radar – Making Evidence Based Decisions

Photo radar is a divisive issue. Some argue that it is being used just to generate revenue and some will argue that if you don’t want to get a speeding ticket, all you have to do is follow the speed limit. Prior to me having the opportunity to serve on Council, I fell in the…

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Resolution to our Snow and Ice Control Policy

On September 24th I wrote a post sharing my thoughts on where we were headed on the calcium chloride and winter road/sidewalk maintenance discussion. In that post I shared a motion I put forward which would stop the use of calcium chloride on city roads this winter and ask our Administration to provide a report…

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Getting Serious about Accessibility: Policy Approved

On September 24th City Council passed a new Accessibility for People with Disabilities Policy. Unfortunately there was no media coverage on what is a very significant accomplishment due to the excellent work of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), a variety of Edmontonians who participated in the consultations, and our City staff who helped to create…

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New position with AUMA

The City of Edmonton is a member of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association , which provides leadership in advocating local government interests to the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as key stakeholders. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend many conferences and events hosted by AUMA and have seen first hand the important work they…

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Economic Development in a Global Economy

In late May, I had the opportunity to attend the Collision Conference in Toronto which is a large tech conference that brings together buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s emerging technology companies. I was invited to be part of the Innovate Edmonton delegation and knowing that we have some major strengths…

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