Term 2

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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West Edmonton Mall Footbridge: August 2019 Update

While we work on the bigger issue of the bridge replacement, one of the big concerns I had been hearing was the lack of any crossing – even temporary – to access WEM. I have now received confirmation that work on a temporary crossing will be starting quite soon so that people can cross 170th…

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Snow and Ice Control Policy – Calcium Chloride

It is critical that the City is consistently investigating the best methods and technologies to keep our roads, sidewalks, and trails safe. In the past, the City of Edmonton has used salt as a means to melt ice on the roads and increase traction. This past year, administration started a pilot project using a substance…

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Housing is a Human Right

  Our City shouldn’t have arbitrary barriers that prevent housing providers from building affordable housing. At the July 15th Public Hearing, council voted on a decision to amend bylaw 12800 to Reduce Regulatory Barriers to Collective and Permanent Supportive Housing. This amendment was recommended as a way of ensuring a variety of housing options are…

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Self-Driving Cars in Edmonton – Closer Than You Think

  On June 11, 2019 the City of Edmonton Urban Planning committee received information on  Automated Vehicle Testing in Edmonton. Autonomous vehicles are also known as driverless cars, self-driving cars, robotic cars or automated vehicles. A fully autonomous vehicle is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. It can detect its surroundings…

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