Posts Categorized: Ward 5

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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THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ #yegcc

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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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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Constituent Update: Terwillegar Footbridge

***The Edmonton Country Club has retained legal counsel regarding the proposed temporary expropriation of a construction easement on their property.  Therefore, there is a limit on information publicly available on this issue.***

 

Updated: 2014-03-19

 Next Steps

 

A non-statutory public hearing will be held at City Council’s Executive Committee at 1:30 pm on April 8th to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Terwillegar Park Footbridge and Recreational Trails, and the Terwillegar Footbridge Site Location Study.  Residents are encouraged to come to the hearing at City Hall, and can register to speak at the hearing as well.  Please …

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Please, Just Go Vote

With only a few days left until the election, the message I want to get out to people is simply this: please go vote.

In the 2010 Edmonton election, voter turn out was 33.4%. It was not very good, though an improvement over prior elections.

Turn out at Edmonton municipal elections lags way behind the provincial and federal elections, where the most recent elections saw voter turn out at around 54%.  Even at that, Canada ranks 14th out of 17 peer countries internationally.

For federal elections, the lowest turn out is among young people, people with less education or those …

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Death and Property Taxes

As this election enters its final days, there is a lot of talk about municipal property taxes.  As certain as death, nobody likes taxes.  Promising to freeze or limit them is, superficially, a popular position to take as people head to the polls.

The city has an annual operating budget for services and programs which by law must be balanced.  After taking into account other revenue sources (licenses, fines, grants, etc.), the vast majority of the revenue side of the City’s budget is made up of property taxes.  That amount is divided by total assessed property values from the year …

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