Monthly Archives: June 2015

Speed Up Solutions to Slow Down Short-cutting #yegcc

“For the first years of your life, your parents are trying to teach you to walk and talk. For the rest of your life, they’re trying to get you to sit down and shut up.”

 

Such is the proverbial wisdom regarding our city’s traffic challenges: we’re either searching for ways to improve the traffic flow – to make travel faster and easier – or we’re trying to slow traffic down.

Short-cutting and calming seem like simplified language to describe such complex dynamics. How can we balance these goals? How can we move people more efficiently from A …

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In the Battle of Edmonton versus Herbicides, do the Dandelions Win? #yegcc

Edmonton’s weed situation has been generating more than just white fluff: it has dovetailed with a long-standing concern by some members of the community over the City’s use of herbicides. While no one should be cavalier about the use of harsh chemicals – especially in public spaces – the City’s current policy and practice on this issue are judicious, cautious, and based on the recommendations of Health Canada.

 

As scientific knowledge evolves and new information becomes available, Health Canada requires that registered pesticides be re-evaluated according to modern risk assessment approaches.

When re-evaluating a pesticide, Health Canada has access

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Annexation: Growing Together or Dividing Priorities? #yegcc

The issue of annexation was foreshadowed in October 2011, when then-Mayor Stephen Mandel indicated to the Edmonton Journal the need to work cooperatively with its neighbours to address Edmonton’s future land needs. At the time, it was estimated that all the City’s planned neighbourhoods would be full within 15 years, and three unplanned areas would be fully developed within 35 years. Fast-forward to 2015, and Edmonton’s growth concerns have become a common challenge faced by many of the municipalities in the Capital Region.

Our region has been one of the fastest-growing in Canada due to in-migration and high birth rates, …

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