Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw: Proposed Ridesharing Regulations #yegcc


Draft changes to the city’s Vehicle for Hire Bylaw will be presented to Council and the public during a special session of Executive Committee on September 16th.

The changes address some of the trickiest and most significant challenges posed by ridesharing, and seek to modernize the regulations for both ridesharing companies and the taxi industry.

For both the city and the province, the biggest concern with ridesharing has been the “insurance gap”: the grey area between personal and commercial insurance policies. The proposed bylaw stipulates that adequate insurance coverage, as outlined by the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance and the …

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To Meat or Not to Meat: A Question of Personal Choice #yegcc

I applaud the Youth Council for their efforts in identifying an area where they feel Council can make a difference. However, I feel that it is a symbolic gesture: high in good intentions and low in impact.

There is some strong research showing that the agricultural livestock has a largely detrimental effect on many aspects of the environment – greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and land degradation, water usage.  When compared to vegan food production, the meat industry uses more energy to produce the same number of calories. There is also a health benefit to increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables …

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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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It’s a time of change and transition for Alberta, which has generated both anticipation and uncertainty in our city.

As Premier-designate Rachel Notley prepares to take the reins of government, meeting with out-going Premier Jim Prentice, finalizing her cabinet, and preparing a budget, here in Edmonton we, like most Albertans, are waiting to see what impact those changes will have where we live, work, and study.

The New Democratic Party has identified several priorities which are crucial issues in Edmonton – especially in our fast-growing neighbourhoods in the south and west. At the top of the list: funding for education

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