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.

https://twitter.com/lesoteric/status/1172154453757022215?s=20

In Edmonton, a parking

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

The provincial and federal governments have chosen not to take action on this harmful and fraudulent practice, so it’s fallen to municipalities to take leadership. I brought forward a motion to ban it in Edmonton and a number of other cities and towns have done the same. Next week, Edmonton City Council will vote on whether or not to use the tools we have to ban

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,

It doesn’t make sense to be heavy handed on speed limits at the same time that critical safety infrastructure isn’t being budgeted for.

Of course, everyone wants to avoid fatalities and injuries on our roads. We all know and love people who cross the street each day. We also know that collisions between vehicles and kids are the most fatal and that every collision costs the public in both heartache and a lot of dollars in police time. There are lots of ways to reduce the

Communities need to be safe for everyone.

As your Councillor, I am committed to ensuring the safety of all our roadway users—motorists, cyclists, mobility challenged, seniors, kids, parents with strollers, and all other pedestrians, alike.

We all need to be able to get where we are going in a reasonable timeframe with the expectation that we can do so without harm or undue delay.

Without proper sidewalk connectivity, people can't get around safely in their

It’s clear to me that residents don’t want to spend their time having to contact 311 or their Councillor every time they see a problem with how snow and ice is being handled by the City.

They want to see their tax dollars at work handling the things they rely on the City to do. They should see those things being done properly the first time, without having to constantly report issues.

People start to feel like they’re not being heard when these problems don’t

When citizens are deciding where to make their home to build a life and raise their family, they should not have to worry about potential risks to their health and safety showing up years later.

That’s exactly why we have regulations in place that should protect the public from environmental impacts of industrial activity. It’s one of the basic roles of government.

Unfortunately, the previous provincial government failed to ensure transparency and proper