The latest Capital Projects update was provided to the public this week and includes details on the scope, schedule, and budget of each Integrated Infrastructure Services (IIS) managed project.  Except for projects related to land, equipment, and information technology, the IIS Department is responsible for managing all substantive capital infrastructure projects within the 2019-22 Capital…

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If you follow me on Twitter you know that I, along with many different people and organizations, expressed serious concerns about Bill 29. Contrary to a recent video released by our Premier on his Facebook page, Bill 29 continues to give the incumbents huge advantages over new challengers. The only exception to that rule is…

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About a month ago, I wrote a blog post to provide some initial thoughts for the hundreds of people who had been contacting me about the future of community safety in our city. If you haven’t read through that blog yet, please take 10 minutes to start there before continuing on with this post. One…

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“Every City project is completed late and over-budget.” It’s a statement I hear quite often but it’s also demonstrably false. Over the years, I have written regularly about the changes that have been made in how the City manages projects. You can read my latest blog post from December which details these changes and outlines…

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At the end of May, I wrote about the spring supplementary capital budget and reductions in services that we would see over the coming year because of the financial impact of COVID-19. We have seen an over $140 million shortfall in the budget due to the pandemic and as such, we had to make changes…

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I’ve been staying home as much as possible, including working from home. During this time I’ve been fortunate to host virtual interviews with community leaders to talk about the important work they do, the impacts of the pandemic on communities and businesses, and ways that we can ensure their concerns are addressed in the City’s…

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I want to start with an apology. I know I have contributed to systemic racism in our city and I haven’t done enough, or possibly anything, to end systemic racism. For example, I can recall times where I have knocked on doors and spoken with people who start saying racist things about black, indigenous, and…

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The Supplemental Capital Budget (SCBA) is an integral component of the City Council approved multi-year approach to set the 2019-2022 Capital Budget. It allows Council to adjust the budget in response to changing project needs, new funding opportunities and challenges, emerging issues, and changing priorities. It supports the City’s financial management outcome of ensuring the…

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Welcome back to our age-friendly City Council 101 Blog Series! In this final part of our series, we will be discussing the types of meetings that City Council holds. These meetings are where city council members make a number of important decisions. We will also be explaining what committees are and the different types.   …

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Collaborating with your City Government    An effective and collaborative government works with and for its citizens. It is essential that governments listen to what citizens need and want in order to help make our city a better place to live. In our last blog, we explained some of the responsibilities that the City of…

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