5 Nov 2014

Fostering Truly Public Discussion

Fostering Truly Public Discussion

The conversation around City Hall over the last number of months, or years, has centred on public engagement.

As a corporation, we’re trying to assess the best ways to get people to participate in discussions that affect their neighbourhood and our city. We want to show that public input is valuable and shapes decisions.

But many people in our City are unfortunately excluded from many areas of public life. People feel marginalized for all sorts of reasons, such as ethnicity, language, income or mental health. None of these are valid reasons for exclusion. As a city, we can work toward something better by building capacity for anyone to be active participants in our community no matter the barrier. Imagine for a minute what that would look like.

Article rating: 4.0

8 Oct 2014

Photo Radar Inquiry

Photo Radar Inquiry

Below is the full text of the inquiry Councillor Loken and I submitted about Edmonton's photo radar program.

Answers are expected in conjunction with an Office of Traffic Safety report on November 13th. 

I hope that these answers clear up some misconceptions about the program. Clarification around these points will help Council make decisions on photo radar and allow the public to understand it better.

Article rating: 4.4

2 Sep 2014

30 km/hour School Zones now in Effect

30 km/hour School Zones now in Effect

Starting September 2nd, 30 km per hour school zones are in effect around elementary schools in Edmonton, a program which has been advertised in the media in recent weeks. 

This is a simple change that will help protect children as they begin the school year. Elementary students are among the most vulnerable people on the roadways given their size and inexperience in navigating tasks like crossing the street. Slowing traffic around schools adds a buffer as vehicles require much less stopping distance.

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20 Aug 2014

High Level Bridge a Symptom of Major Issue

High Level Bridge a Symptom of Major Issue


This week, Council’s Community Services Committee heard from experts and discussed options for a barrier along the walkways of the High Level Bridge.

These options are being considered as deterrent to suicide attempts from the Bridge, which has become a suicide “hotspot” in our City, similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. At the meeting Monday, the Committee decided to recommend Council fund an approximately $3 million installation.

Article rating: 5.0

14 Aug 2014

Clean it up, fix it up campaign

My following "Councillor Connection" about nuisance properties appeared in the Edmonton Examiner earlier this week:

Edmonton is a beautiful city, with a spectacular river valley, expansive green spaces, unique architecture and eclectic neighbourhoods.

However, in any city, particularly one that's growing as fast as Edmonton, there are always a few "nuisance properties." Any property that is untidy, unsightly, offensive, dangerous, or interferes with the enjoyment of neighbouring properties is considered a nuisance under  Edmonton's Community Standards Bylaw.

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