I asked council to support researching a check/balance of power. The motion failed, but by a close margin. I will continue to work hard for openness and transparency at your City Hall, every chance I get.

Residents have said repeatedly: fewer closed-door meetings at City Hall.

Today, I put forward a motion that asks Administration to look at options to appoint an in-private meetings investigator or assessor, and it failed. The purpose of this

I'm working hard for the NE, and for you. 

You've told me that your priorities include safe, affordable, reliable transit and as I talk with residents every day, this continues to be top of mind for our Ward.

Here's what I'm doing to make it happen….

In 2017 I ran to be your Ward 4 City Councillor on a number of issues affecting communities in the Northeast. Getting the services we need, including a transit system that works for everyone, is a big

Dec 28, 2019

2019 Accomplishments

As 2019 nears its end, I'm reflecting on the work I've been able to accomplish this year. Thank you to Ward 4 and all Edmontonians for making this list a reality. Together, we are making #yeg an ever better place to call home with more jobs, stronger community, and a welcoming place for all. Take a look and let me know if there is something you want me working on in 2020!

Took action on litter in our communities.Hosted a successful community event with Chief of

Well, the first good day of snowfall is here. And with that, the city is in full snow removal mode. The City maintains over 11,000 km of road. Laid out end to end, that distance would stretch all the way to Newfoundland and back. This year, the City has a new snow and ice plan so I want to share with you the City’s process.

Before Snowfall: 

Anti-icer brine is a

Great cities have great transit because it’s a tool to stimulate our economy. Transit generates $1.6 billion for Edmonton’s economy. Without transit, driver’s commute times increase by 25% and parking costs would skyrocket. For every $1 put into transit, we get a $3 return to our economy.

This week Edmonton City Councillors are discussing changes to our transit system, a system that generates a $1.6 billion annual value for our city and is the

Another huge win for Ward 4 and Edmonton’s Northeast.

After more than a year of advocacy, the news today is that the closure of 66 Street across Yellowhead is taking a new direction - one with community and local business in mind. I am happy to share that we will be getting a unique overpass in this location.

The 66 Street intersection is the gateway to Edmonton’s NE from neighbourhoods across the Freeway. The plan to shut down 66 St would have meant cutting

UPDATE:

Today, City Council voted "no" to using calcium chloride during the 2019/2020 season. The vote was 7-6. I was one of the 7 that voted to cancel the use of calcium chloride because I heard undeniable stories and messages from my constituents. Stories of rust and damaged driveways, stories of damaged property and more potholes - I could not vote for the use of calcium chloride when my constituents were so concerned about how it is impacting our communities. This winter we

In Edmonton the fine for not paying a transit ticket is 2.5X more than a parking ticket. I am not fine with it. 

Transit fines have obviously jumped the track and residents in Edmonton, including those in Ward 4, and myself, are starting to ask - why is the fine for not paying for a transit ticket more than double the fine for a parking ticket? Something needs to change.

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In Edmonton, a parking

December 10, 2019 UPDATE:

Today, Edmonton City Council voted unanimously in favour of the strongest ban on conversion therapy this country has ever seen. I am so proud to have been the leader on this bylaw but most of all I am proud to have had the opportunity to protect our incredible LGBTQ+ community.

Conversion therapy is a cure for an illness that doesn’t exist, and it hurts our communities and our economy.

The provincial and federal

Anyone would agree that taking money out of your wallet and throwing it directly into the trash would be a crazy thing to do. Of course it would be. So is paying for excessive packaging that we don’t need or even want. It gets thrown in the trash and then we pay all over again to put that trash in the dump.

If we could see the amount we pay in utility rates getting buried in the landfill as clearly as we can see the coins and bills in our wallets, we would be shaking our

No one loves paying more, especially when they feel like they're getting less.

People want to see their tax dollars at work when they walk out their front door. They want to be able to get around easily in their community, see it well maintained, and be proud of where they live. It's the little things that often matter a lot.

When residents have to take time out of their day to contact 311 (sometimes repeatedly) or their Councillor, they get understandably annoyed. It

We talk a lot about walkable streets and multi-modal connections in neighbourhoods because they're important. Basic mobility infrastructure that is safe and accessible can make a big difference to day to day living. Many real estate listings even promote walkability scores to entice buyers. Walkable areas tend to feel more vibrant and make it easier to get out and about and connect with neighbours.

Whether you're a senior; a parent with a stroller; a person who uses a wheelchair,