On February 4th, the Alberta Government’s Municipal Affairs Ministry announced the start of a 4 week long consultation on the Local Authorities Election Act. The current consultation process, which was only announced after municipal representatives started speaking up, is inadequate for something as serious as our local elections and it risks damaging the fairness of…

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At the May 7th, 2019, Urban Planning Committee meeting the following motion was passed: That Administration advance the implementation of Open Option Parking and return with a report to Committee, including:    A comprehensive review of on-street parking implications Predictors of all types of parking demand, and how these predictors affect on-site demand Implementation scenarios,…

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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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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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The West End of Edmonton has been in need of a large scale rec centre and library for quite a while. When door-knocking in Aldergrove, Belmead, La Perle, Lewis Estates, Rosenthal and Secord one of the most common questions I get is, “When will our rec centre be built?” When debating the 2015-2018 Capital Budget,…

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Of the 1,175 kms of back alley roads here in Edmonton, two-thirds are listed in poor or very poor condition. This is something I’ve heard from residents both while campaigning and during my time as Councillor. I would suggest it’s the most common complaint our office receives and yet it’s one that did not have…

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Last June, while meeting with community members at the Central Lions Seniors Activity Centre, I heard from a resident who for the first time in years did not qualify for the Leisure Access Program. At age 72, she was required to cash in her RRSP savings (as mandated by the Government of Canada) and that…

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Over the last 10 months we have had numerous meetings regarding the EPCOR proposal to transfer drainage utility services to their operations. During this time I have written three other posts to keep people informed about my thoughts on the issue as well as to ensure you could easily access the information that has been…

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What is an Automated Vehicle? Automated vehicles (AVs) are those in which at least some aspects of a safety-critical control function (ex: steering, throttle, or braking) occur without direct driver input. Source: NHTSA Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles (May 30, 2013)  Currently, partial automation is available with some reports suggesting commercial availability of…

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