Monthly Archives: December 2015

Budget 2016-2018: Compromise and Economise #yegcc

Edmonton City Council has just passed its first multi-year operating budget. The challenge was to limit the property tax increase for the 2016-18 years, without sacrificing the important services that keep up with Edmonton’s ongoing growth. To achieve a balance between the necessary programs and services for Edmontonians, and the fiscal reality of the regional, provincial, and Canadian economies was always going to require compromises.

The approved budget limits the tax levy increase to 3.4% in 2016 and 2017, and 4.8% in 2018. The numbers mean a homeowner with a $401,000-house will pay approximately $2,305 in 2016, which is $82 …

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Southwest Ribbon of Green: Envisioning the future for River Valley Oleskiw and Big Island #yegcc

Over the last two years, I have worked to champion the cause of the west-end river valley and ravine system. In supporting new projects such as the footbridge and west-end trails development, and pushing for increased accessibility, parking, and staging facilities, the key concern has been to ensure that west-enders can be connected to the river while remaining sensitive to the environmental impact.

On Wednesday, Council approved a motion I put forth to provide limited funding for the Southwest Ribbon of Green plan. In a year of tough budget considerations, I believe it’s also important to look ahead, to …

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A Team by Any Other Name … ? #yegcc

After an eventful game, the Edmonton Eskimos are celebrating their fourteenth Grey Cup win – and we, as a city, are celebrating them.

While there is much in the team’s history to celebrate, this week the spotlight has also been placed on the team name: does it reproduce our colonial past by referring to Inuit peoples in a potentially offensive way?

The issue is not new to major league sports, as continuing controversy over several NFL and NHL names, logos, and mascots illustrates.

The calls for change have come from diverse sources: Justice Murray Sinclair, in his recommendations to the …

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