Traffic Safety

Oct 11, 2021
I often get asked my thoughts on the 40km residential speed limit change, as well as automated photo radar, and I’ve listened to feedback from Ward Anirniq residents. The important factor in these conversations is community safety for residents.

I support the 40km speed limit change in residential areas because research shows the reduction is effective from a safety perspective; reducing speed by just 10km drastically decreases the chances of serious injury or death in the event of an accident. And I’ve heard loud and clear that road safety is important to Ward Anirniq. Reducing the speed limit is just one traffic calming measure to work towards safe streets for our children, friends, family, and neighbours.

Alternatively, research shows that automated photo radar doesn’t significantly increase safety. Therefore, I do not support automated photo radar and would be in favour of eliminating it.

Safety is a priority. When it comes to decision making, I’m committed to engaging with residents, hearing diverse perspectives, and reviewing research and data. Together let’s move forward to safer city.

This is Our Opportunity

Oct 07, 2021

Many have asked why I chose to run. In short, I felt there is a lot at stake and want to put my skills and experience forward as a new voice and representative for this ward.

It’s been a hard few years for many Edmontonians. We are seeing more polarization and a loss of hope with how overwhelming the challenges of today have become. This is why I was clear from the start that I wanted to run a campaign built on hope, solutions, and transparency.

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Inclusion in our City

Sep 16, 2021


Let’s Talk: Back Alleys

Sep 12, 2021
Did you know back alleys are not currently part of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Renewal program?
Watch the video where I explain the current system and why I believe back alley maintenance and repair should be a core service the city provides - without additional tax increases.


Let’s Talk: Sidewalks, Lights, and Road Repairs

Sep 11, 2021
Check my new video where I break-down Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Renewal (aka “Building Great Neighbourhoods”) and share my thoughts on how this program can be improved.
This is the city’s program to update sidewalks, lights, and roads.
- Property owners shouldn’t be required to pay 50% of sidewalk costs. For many, these costs place an incredible burden on households.
- The street light replacements set up to create “have” and “have-not” communities and put undue burden on volunteer leagues to do the engagement.
I want to be clear that core infrastructure for neighbourhoods should be the city’s responsibility, and not at additional costs to property owners who already pay their fair share in taxes. The Neighbourhood Renewal Program needs to be reviewed to ensure all neighbourhoods are receiving quality infrastructure.

 


My Commitment to Keeping Public Services Public

Sep 05, 2021

I’ve heard from many ward residents about their desire to see their taxes reflected in the services the City provides. Transit, waste removal, road clearing, recreation, water management, road and infrastructure repairs are services that are important to residents of Ward Anirniq.  

Privatization isn’t the answer. Simply, corporations get involved in delivering public services to make money and they’re accountable to their shareholders, not to the public. In contrast, public services have quality, accessibility, and effectiveness at the heart of their objectives - not profit. 

For example, public services have an obligation to provide services equally to people across different demographics and in all areas of the City. Case studies show that several municipalities across Canada have ended up bringing services back in-house because they could deliver the services for less.

I firmly believe the transfer of ownership from public to private hands will not reduce cost or enhance the quality of services, and in some cases, may actually reduce quality or access to services. I’ve outlined in my platform my goal of ensuring public services create good value by finding efficiencies within City Administration, while being clear on my commitment to keep public services public.


City Overspending on Consultant Fees

Aug 23, 2021

I’ve heard from residents who are concerned about their cost of living. Residents of our ward pay their fair share and deserve to see their tax dollars at work for them. 

One place we can start curbing spending is with consulting contracts. In 2018 and 2019, the city spent about $269 million in consulting services - a 32% increase from previous years. In addition to this, $59 million of that was in contract scope changes alone! I’ve seen first hand the fees the City pays to consultants at anywhere from 3 - 6 times the cost of staff in-house. 

I believe we need to take a hard look at contract spending - especially when it comes to unplanned scope changes. We can do this by assessing our processes for contracting services including identifying opportunities to do projects in-house, as well as using a sustainable procurement framework to generate financial, environmental, and social value for every dollar spent. Both these changes can help make sure our money is going further as a City and having a greater impact on the lives and livelihoods of Edmontonians.


City Council Needs Environmental Champions

Aug 01, 2021

The City has developed a strong Energy Transition strategy, approved by Council in April 2021. Currently, Councillor Walters and Henderson sit on this committee and neither are seeking re-election. So, with a new Council set to take the reins in October, we need champions on Council willing to ensure we reach this goal.

When it comes to climate change, time is up. We’re now discussing climate adaptation and resilience. The decisions made by this next Council are going to be key in shaping not only our future, but the future for generations, including our children. 

This chart shows how important the next 5 years really are for reducing emission rates long-term. 

I recognize that there are going to be many tensions and trade-offs in the years to come. As a leader, I see the opportunity to create economic, social, and environmental value by achieving the goals set out in this strategy. Edmonton can be a leader in climate action that will attract new investment for generations to come. 

Environment is a key focus area of my platform. I will be a champion to get where we need, and set Edmonton up for a strong and sustainable future.


Single-use Plastic Bylaw: A Mindful Approach

Jul 24, 2021

A key focus of my platform is environment. By introducing sustainable waste management now, we can prevent incurring the kinds of costs we can’t afford in the future. Of all plastic that has ever been produced, over 50% of the worlds plastic has been produced in the last 20 years. And, 40% of what is produced ends up in the garbage within a month of purchase. That's why I support a single-use plastic bylaw, but like most things that matter, we know that the issue isn’t as simple as to may appear.

Single-use plastics would not exist if they weren’t useful. Many Edmontonians with disabilities require bendable plastic straws when they are unable to lift a cup or bottle to drink. Depending on the material they’re made of, reusable straws may also be prone to piercing the mouth for those who have tremors or muscle spasms. 

There’s also an issue of cost for lower income communities who may be relying on what is currently quick and affordable. Non-profits, for example, often use single-use plastics when providing food or bottled water to their clients. It becomes important in the conversation to ensure that the bylaw proposed makes steps forward to protect the environment and at the same time doesn't leave our most vulnerable behind. 

As your Councillor I will always ask about people that are uniquely affected by a decision or change. How have we addressed or mitigated those impacts?  How can we move forward, leaving no one behind? 


Edmonton Zoning Bylaw

Jul 18, 2021

Did you know that Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw is getting a major overhaul for the first time since the 1960s? 

The Edmonton Zoning Bylaw is a set of rules that control how things are built, from the tall skyscrapers of downtown to your deck on your property. It applies to all property and land within city limits, yet the rules we’re using to build the city of today (Canada’s 5th largest city), are the same ones that applied to an Edmonton that looked very different.  

Some examples where Edmonton residents deal with the zoning bylaw are: 

  • purchasing a house (there is a process that banks/realtors/lawyers do to make sure the property for sale conforms to all development rules), 

  • building an addition, deck, or some other structure on your property

  • applying for a home-based business

  • doing a park or playground development or expansion

  • making a change of use to open up a shop.

The process of navigating these development rules is complicated, hard to understand, and complex. This is the result of the City amending the bylaw in a piecemeal way for decades. 

The City of Edmonton is working on a major rewrite of the zoning bylaw to make it more user-friendly, accessible, equitable, and reflective of the realities of our city today and into the future. I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the new zoning bylaw this past June and see clearly how it will substantially change how our city grows to two million people, as envisioned in the City Plan. For example, there are currently 16 residential zones. The City is proposing to substantially reduce that number to simplify and add more adaptability. 

The next Council will play a deciding role in how, what, and why we regulate development within the City of Edmonton for years to come. As a member of City Council, I'll be keeping a close eye on this project to make sure these changes work for the residents of Ward Anirniq and create a city where we move forward, leading together. 

 

For more information on the Zoning Bylaw Renewal click here



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