16 Apr 2015

New Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative will Support Ongoing Efforts

New Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative will Support Ongoing Efforts

This week Council approved the start of a new initiative: Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Exploitation Prevention. My colleague Councillor Esslinger and I will work on this together.

Gender-based violence can come in many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and in violations of privacy, such as stalking.

Other Council initiatives include Urban Isolation and Mental Health, as well as the Women’s initiative. Although these are applicable, I believe strongly that the challenges with Gender Based violence require a dedicated effort.

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26 Jan 2015

Uber highlights where taxi industry needs innovation, but is operating illegally

Uber highlights where taxi industry needs innovation, but is operating illegally

Last week ​there was a lot of attention on Council’s Executive Committee discussion about Edmonton’s vehicle-for-hire industry.

Committee members (and other Councillors in attendance) heard presentations from many people who work in the taxi industry, as well as a representative from Uber, a vehicle-for-hire service that began ​illegal ​operations in Edmonton in December.

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16 Jan 2015

Extremism and Islamophobia

Extremism and Islamophobia

Recently, I was invited by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to speak at an event they put together to memorialize Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent, and to raise awareness about extremism in the wake of the Ottawa shooting. There I shared my thoughts about the Air India bombing, extremism, and the singling out of the Sikh community,  and how it impacted me personally. Someone asked me to write and elaborate on those thoughts and their relevancy in light of current events. I've done so in the following article. 

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18 Dec 2014

Reflections on Budget 2015

Reflections on Budget 2015

This month Council decided the City’s 2015 operating budget and 2015-18 capital budget.

The operating budget maintains and expands day-to-day service levels for Edmontonians. The capital budget sets the infrastructure projects over the next four years.

This year’s deliberations were about achieving balance. Some priorities were contentious and differed among Councillors, but in the end we passed a budget that everyone supported.

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12 Dec 2014

Closing of Budget Debate

Yesterday evening, Council wrapped up its budget discussion and voting. The full budgets, both four-year Capital and one-year Operating, passed with all Councillors and the Mayor in favour. A 5.7% increase was finalized, and though it’s not ideal, I believe we did our best to balance service delivery and the pressures of a growing city & region.

My full closing remarks before the vote are below. I encourage you as well to take a look at this great website: http://yegcitybudget.ca/ which details the amendments Council passed, and explains other aspects of the budget process.

Next week I will address some of the popular topics that came our of our discussions.

Have a good weekend!

-Amarjeet


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