In 2018 City Council approved our four year 2019-2022 budget. During this time I fought hard to shorten the list of additional spending items--moving away from funding pet projects and toward a priority driven framework. Twice a year during Spring and Fall Budget Adjustments we have the opportunity to revisit our overall budget to make real time course corrections. This is extremely helpful in a case like 2020 where we’re faced with an unprecedented economic impact due to a global
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The City of Edmonton’s urban places and river valley policies guide development decisions within our city's most treasured asset- the land that winds around our North Saskatchewan River. I believe that any activity or development involving Edmonton's river valley needs to meet the collective approval of the public. The river connects our city and citizens in a way that no other amenity could. As the backbone of our incredible ecological
This article was initially published in the Edmonton Examiner on August 23, 2018.
There are three ways to influence politics – money, access, and votes – and when you’ve got all three, power tips in your favour.
Most people only have their vote
I hope you are doing well, today. As our province takes major steps to re-open services and programs this week, I want to keep you informed on the steps I am taking to keep us safe and get us moving again.Transit and Parking Fares Resume
The City will resume fare collection on June 15. ETS will accept March, April, and July
When it comes to Black Lives, up here in Northeast Edmonton we are watching the news in outrage, sorrow, and concern.
I’ve lost sleep over the calls and emails I’ve received describing the racism my Ward residents have witnessed, or been victim of. I will not tolerate it. There is absolutely no reason why our community cannot be safe
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Today’s update is a big one! This marks my first official update since Phase One of re-opening began last week. Edmonton has done such a great job with flattening the curve that we are taking steps to reopen our city amenities. I want to let you know about my efforts advocating for neighbourhood cleanliness and keeping
Without a doubt, COVID-19 has had an impact on personal and corporate finances around the world. The City of Edmonton’s budget has been impacted too.
I worked hard this week to advocate for common-sense, practical solutions to reduce our spending, set a fair tax rate for ALL, and protect
Since we last chatted there have been several COVID-19 related developments at Edmonton City Hall.I am thinking of you lots as we welcome warmer weather, and I hope that you are staying healthy and looking out for the safety of yourselves, family members, and neighbours. Today I have updates on our budget, family and business supports, community gardens, transit solutions, and our community leagues.There is a budget
Hi Ward 4,
This week I made real progress vocalizing your concerns around COVID-19. I want to share this progress but first, I want to check in with you.
How are you doing? How do you plan on connecting with your family, while still social distancing, this long weekend? For example, this week marked the beginning of Passover. I saw evidence online of many creative families using video chats to host their celebratory meals!
Now, COVID-19 has shone a
I hope you are doing well this week. First off I want to say THANK YOU! I am receiving so many amazing messages from Edmontonians about how we are all handling this global pandemic as a community. Today, and always, I am so honoured to represent such incredible people.
This week I have gathered information about how we can all help each other during this really tough time. I also made sure businesses have the help they need to protect their workers, their
I hope you are doing well this week. I know that for me, my family, and my staff, this week has been hard, and many of us are still adjusting to our new normal. Isolating is not easy, but it sure does remind us of how important our community is.
First, residents are asking me how they can help during the pandemic. Wash your hands, keep physically distant, and buy local food. At the same time, I hope you remember that
Edmonton needs a stronger, more robust local food system that we can all depend on: one that supports our neighbours and our local economy.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything about our food systems, it’s that they are extremely fragile. Although we're not experiencing a food shortage in Edmonton, folks are still struggling to find basics to fill their cupboards, and some families are struggling to get good food on the table because they have lost their job or are