24 Jun 2015

Changes to Downtown Transit Stops

Changes to Downtown Transit Stops

Buses that travel through downtown will have some adjustments to their routes starting June 28th. Bus stops will no longer be along 102 Ave from 95 Street to 103 Street.

While this change affects many routes (29 total), I have confidence that ETS advertisements and operators will be able to communicate with customers to minimize disruptions. In most cases, the difference between the new and old stops will be no more than one block. Jasper or 103 Avenues will often be the alternatives.

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21 May 2015

Placement of New Community Mailboxes

Placement of New Community Mailboxes

Over the Summer some residential blocks in Ward 12 will be getting community mailboxes due to Canada Post’s decision to phase out door-to-door delivery service.  Mature areas in communities all over the country are now seeing this shift, but it hasn’t been an easy transition.

Some residents in Ward 12 have been frustrated to find out these community boxes will be placed along their property. ​I share and understand their frustration, as they were notified of the decision with little warning or consultation. Residents have the best knowledge of how their own neighbourhood works, and in some cases believe that another location might serve better.

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4 May 2015

Humbled to Accept Men of Honour Award

Humbled to Accept Men of Honour Award

Last Friday, I humbly accepted the Man of Honour, Exemplary Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation, commonly known as CEASE.

Twelve other men and I received each an award for the leadership role we take to end sexual exploitation, human trafficking and social inequality in Edmonton. I want to thank CEASE for this honour. I accept this award as a responsibility to work harder to end gender discrimination/violence, to build a socially-inclusive and a just society.

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29 Apr 2015

Energy Transition Strategy is a Significant Step Forward

Energy Transition Strategy is a Significant Step Forward

This morning Council unanimously passed a motion that administration prepare a plan to implement 11 Strategic Actions for the Energy Transition Strategy.

I was happy that these passed with the support of all Councillors. We recognize the risks to the security and health of our City if we choose not to take meaningful steps toward change.

The Strategy will help move Edmonton towards energy independence, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels which currently provide 95% of our City’s energy. Without efficiencies and a reduction in per capita energy use and GHGs, Edmonton’s air quality, food supply, and electricity could be in jeopardy.

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24 Apr 2015

Low Income Transit Pass will Boost Social Mobility

Low Income Transit Pass will Boost Social Mobility

Council’s Transportation Committee made a significant decision this week in supporting a Low Income Transit Pass. The Pass would offer a 60% discount for those who qualify: income below a certain level, recent immigrants during their first year in the City, or recipients of Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH). 

I am happy that instead of just the three-year pilot originally proposed, the Committee has moved that the program be implemented on an ongoing basis. This demonstrates Council’s commitment to social mobility. Few things are as immediately effective in improving quality of life than the simple ability to get around.

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