Still a City. Still Champions. We Don’t Need a Sign to Tell Us Who We Are #yegcc #letitgo

Once more we are revisiting the issue of the entrance signs to our city. While the work of updating and replacing the signs will be co-ordinated over the next few years with the City’s corporate marketing strategy, in the meantime the slogan attached to them has to be reconsidered.

While the look of the signs themselves has sparked some debate, it is the slogan that provokes the most intense reactions – both for and against. I appreciate that you are passionate about the subject; I too, am passionate about Edmonton.

To clarify: the issue is not about coining a new

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Northlands: Re-visioning Rexall Place

I was recently appointed to the Northlands Board of Directors, as a representative of City Council. This new position has encouraged me to learn more about the history of the organization, its role in Edmonton’s development, and the evolving nature of the stadium now known as Rexall Place.

K-Days and the Canadian Finals Rodeo are the big show-stoppers on Northlands’ agenda, but their true home is at Rexall Place – the site of Edmonton’s various arenas in their many incarnations, including the Coliseum. But with the on-schedule construction at Rogers Place set to open the new downtown arena in 2016, …

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Wedgewood Surplus School Site: “What We Heard” Report

The City of Edmonton has released its report detailing the feedback it has received through the public engagement process in Wedgewood Heights. The December 2014 open house invited feedback from residents and the community league regarding the proposals for a Seniors’ Housing Complex to be constructed on the vacant school site in the neighbourhood. The report summarizes key themes that arose from the discussion, a summary of the surplus school sites process, as well as relevant maps, tables, and figures.

The full report can be accessed here:

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On Postponing Edmonton’s Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games #yegcc

 

On February 10th, City Council voted not to proceed with Edmonton’s intended bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The City has decided, after substantial and thoughtful discussion and consultation with the provincial government, that in this economic climate pursuing the bid at this time would not be a fiscally responsible decision. The timing for Alberta – and for Edmonton – makes this decision unfortunate but understandable. Despite this setback, the city will instead shift its focus to the 2026 Games.

The City first submitted its intention to bid for the Games in February 2014, with the encouragement …

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“CITY BUDGET FOR DUMMIES” – 2015-2018 EDITION #yegcc

City Council has begun discussion surrounding the 2015-2018 budget.  For the last 20 to 30 years, Edmontonians have been fortunate to face little, if any, increase in their property taxes. Unfortunately, this came with a heavy price: substantially under-funded infrastructure throughout the city. Under the current Council, these infrastructure shortfalls will finally be addressed, providing improved roads, services, and facilities to city residents.

But while our city is growing, this growth puts more pressure on existing facilities – and the extra revenue generated by that growth is delayed by the timing of the tax cycle.  To fund these improvements, Administration …

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