We need a sustained commitment to our environment now more than ever. Globally, we're seeing sea levels rise, flash flooding, and record drought. Canada-wide there’s fluctuating temperature extremes and smoke from forest fires. These are some of the effects of climate change. This affects our businesses, transit systems, first response, public services & utilities, and communities. Any leader must approach decision-making with that knowledge. Good environmental stewardship and addressing this challenge head-on is key.
- Push infill over urban sprawl saving money on services, encouraging walkability, and fostering neighbourhood renewal with both new residents and services.
- Return to ETS community bus routes and away from On Demand service.
- Zero approval for new river valley developments that are not essential, not within an established footprint, or on sacred Indigenous land & against the spirit of reconciliation.
- Work with developers to ensure new neighbourhoods integrate mixed use developments, transit infrastructure, multiple modes of transportation and food security.
- Transition for entire City of Edmonton fleet vehicles and buses to hybrid and electric at end of current lifespan.
- Push for planting of 2 million trees within city limits and the expectation that established trees be protected in new developments.
The challenges around homelessness, houselessness, and housing needs in our community should be addressed with the interdependence of housing, food security, transportation, engagement, accessibility of services, and the environment in mind. The needs of our community are complex and varied and require a nuanced response from the bottom-up that is empathetic and proactive. Understanding mental health/addictions of those experiencing homelessness, cultural sensitivity in understanding intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous protocols is essential. Only through this approach will we be able to end the cycle of poverty our at-risk population face.
- Prioritize Affordable Housing, Supportive & Transitional Housing, and Housing-First initiatives as steps in a pathway out of homelessness.
- Create infrastructure across Edmonton that allows for a more humane approach to living on the street, including public washrooms, water fountains, benches without dividers, etc. Involve community league frameworks and infrastructures to address homelessness.
- New 10 year plan for addressing homelessness including housing first, safe injection sites, transitional housing, and properly funded community-based responders like Bear Clan Patrol and Water Warriors YEG.
- A) Utilize social service workers that are already in place to a greater extent within homeless-friendly city infrastructure like libraries and properly fund a response team outside of uniformed response for other areas like transit.
- B) End police/peace officer response to city homeless camps except in extreme circumstances. Work with social support agencies that provide transitional housing, mental health and other support.
- Encourage smart growth that focuses on transit, accessibility, environmental impact, and local food security for the population.
- Encourage infill that maximizes space, encourages medium to high density developments, rejuvenates community and creates walkability.
- Incorporate food forests into new community design, redevelopment plans for existing neighbourhoods, and community league planning to ensure food security.
People expect a multitude of transportation options that reflect a growing city with environmental concerns, safety concerns, and efficiency needs. Our city needs decision-makers that understand the complexity of this work and how our transportation needs impact our daily lives.
- Dedication to sustained and increased transit funding that lowers fares, remains publicly-owned and accessible with an emphasis on LRT expansion to all corners of the city and surrounding communities by 2040.
- More community routes with the expectation of moving to fully electric buses at the end of their current life cycle.
- Transportation Impact Fee for all new developments to build transit infrastructure to support new areas.
- Free Transit on ALL election days (municipal, provincial, federal) to ensure our commitment to equity, accessibility, and a functioning democracy that is inclusive and available to all.
- Request full review of Bus Network Redesign (BNR) within a year of implementation (April 2022).
- Look at ways to reduce idling vehicles and emissions with smart road projects like traffic circles.
- Better coordination between city areas to understand the interconnectedness of transportation needs in the community.
All Edmontonians expect and deserve to feel safe as they go about their lives. Having proper resources in place to proactively respond to needs for safety is key to the well-being of our city, community, and those charged with responding.
- Move away from uniformed response to vulnerable people in crisis, allowing for greater police response to criminal activity rather than policing poverty. Ensure proper resources are sent for proper response.
- Support the Community Safety & Well-Being Task Force recommendations including:
- A) Expanding the use of crisis diversion teams.
- B) Bring police funding into line with comparable cities.
- C) Increasing the transparency of the public complaint processes.
- Urban design that deters criminal activity through greater visibility.
- Involve community leagues in emergency response and emergency preparedness planning.
Our commitment to our Indigenous friends, family, and neighbours doesn’t stop with acknowledgements and naming rights. We need to continue to make our words count with follow-up actions that reflect our understanding of the importance of historical and spiritual connections that our Indigenous communities have with the land we share. We celebrate and honour the contributions of our Indigenous community, their voices, and the stories they speak. We look to include them in our spaces as they have welcomed us into theirs.
- Continue to integrate Indigenous art, culture, and stories into city projects.
- Protect and honour sacred Indigenous burial grounds within city limits.
- Continue the work already started under the COE Indigenous Framework.
- Develop and implement the concept of Urban Reserve within the COE.
- Integrate well funded Indigenous social services groups like Bear Clan Patrol and community members into emergency response for houseless community members.
A city’s culture brings value far beyond immediate ticket sales for events and supporting local artists. Culture is the fabric of our city and helps define who we are. It attracts investment and people to our city by adding value, interest, character, and pride that should be encouraged to flourish and thrive.
- Protect heritage buildings and infrastructure with proper funding for restoration and an expansion of parameters surrounding their protection.
- Support for the Percent for Art funding in all infrastructure projects.
- A) Prioritize local artists for local projects.
- B) Ensure compensation is appropriate for work delivered.
- Greater support for arts organizations in Edmonton hit hardest by the pandemic.
- Encourage innovative solutions like hosting art programs at community leagues with city funding and support while bringing programming to an accessible, community-level space and utilizing facilities the city already has at its disposal with volunteers that know the needs and wants of the community.
- Reclassification of small and mid-sized venues in Edmonton to allow for greater access to funding from other levels of government.
With nearly ⅓ of Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi being undeveloped farmland, it is imperative that we consider the cost of our future expansion. We need to protect our environment, have access to locally sourced food, and protect our natural areas. Outward growth requires services, but with an overburdened tax base, it’s important to live within our current boundaries and means, respect food security and the environment, and provide services for all.
- Encourage smart growth that focuses on transit, accessibility, environmental impact, and local food security.
- Encourage infill that maximizes space, encourages medium to high density developments, and new housing developments.
- Affordable housing to be made available and scattered evenly throughout the city within new developments as well as underutilized and surplus space.
- Ensure all new developments have a mix of businesses as well as supportive, transitional, subsidized, low income, high, medium, and low density housing.
- Ensure all new neighbourhoods are accessible with reliable transit options, access to natural areas, recreation, and services.
- Ensure seniors have the supports and ability to age within their community - communities they have already established supports of family, friends, and neighbours in.
My time volunteering as community league president with two community leagues across the city, as well as an Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues board member, School Council board member, and community soccer coach gives me a unique perspective while advocating for properly funding community leagues and organizations. I aim to empower ownership of programs and services by community members.
- Maintain current community hub recreation centres keeping them public to ensure accountability and access.
- Involve and empower community leagues in the process of delivering sports and recreation to ensure community pride, ownership, and accessibility.
- A) Ensure that all players and participants have access regardless of ability, economic status, physical disability, background, or location within the city.
- B) Maintenance of city-owned parks and fields bi-weekly. Naturalization adjusted to controlled naturalization that reflects bio-diversity of our environment and beautification of the city.
- Incorporate food forests into new housing developments and rehabilitation plans for existing neighbourhoods.
- Work with Edmonton Food Bank and other food security organizations to provide proper funding to ensure no Edmontonian goes hungry.
- Ensure rehabilitation and development of neighbourhoods occurs with the consultation and concerns of the residents of the neighbourhood.
- Infill growth should focus on empty lots over destruction of heritage assets and historical buildings (like El Mirador) and tie itself to a strong transit network and mixed developments that include residential, retail, and office space.
- Incorporate infrastructure into public spaces that makes communities more walkable, accessible, and safe including public washrooms, and water fountains.
As we work our way out of the pandemic and the devastation it has caused both financially and socially to our people, businesses, and public services, it is important to have a plan in place to get people back to work. This can only come from government and private industry working together. We need to support local with hiring and businesses and be frank and honest with our expectations around addressing climate change, and an economy that leaves no one behind.
- Work to incorporate more local business into walkable, diverse, and accessible neighbourhoods and streets with less neighbourhood silos and big box islands and more residential businesses that properly supports the road and utility structure around it with a smart tax base.
- Ensure planning for infrastructure needs are in place for investment in Edmonton by other levels of government to aid in Edmonton’s recovery.
- Look for efficiencies in red tape bureaucracy for permits and licensing.
- Advocacy and coordination with other cities for a return to a proper funding framework.
- Create greater transparency within city administration as to the budgetary choices made to ensure understanding and accountability to the populace.
- Review budget processes so that city departments that are under budget don’t spend frivolously to ensure budgets stay at current levels in following years.
The importance of inclusion and equity is close to my heart growing up in a household with 2 mothers and having a number of LGBTQIA2S+ family members and friends in my life. I have seen firsthand the implicit biases that have worked to uphold the systemic barriers and in turn create disadvantage. Fighting this bias is part of the work we must now do to bring understanding and inclusion. I stand with diversity of all, aim to remove systemic barriers and commit to using my own privilege to amplify the voices of all to full equity and equality.
- Free public wifi in all community leagues.
- Publicly accessible washrooms that include All Gender Washrooms.
- Pride Corner YEG official designation.
- Clear messaging from city officials to all city staff on expectations and cultural sensitivity training provided to all. Expectation that all incidents internally and externally are reported and dealt with.
- Anti-racism campaigns on transit.
- Bylaws banning public display of symbols of hate and racism.
Over the course of this campaign I’ve already knocked on 1000s of doors and spoken to 1000s of residents with legitimate concerns about how the city is run and how you are being engaged. I’ve heard your concerns on engagement, on safety, on accessibility and walkability, on homelessness, on recreation services, and good fiscal management that reflects the needs of our community. Here is a non-exhaustive list of our campaign promises for our Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi based on what we’ve seen -- and more importantly -- what we’ve heard in our community so far.
- Fast track crosswalks installed on 141 St SW.
- ETS Community Bus Service returned to Skyrattler, Cashman, and Cavanagh immediately.
- Advocate for neighbourhood renewal fast-tracking to Skyrattler, Blue Quill, and Ermineskin for sidewalk access. Advocate for neighbourhood renewal fast-tracking to Steinhauer.
- Review of bus service in Blackmud Creek and Graydon Hill.
- Advocate for Heritage Valley Trail overpass over Anthony Henday.
- Advocate for Ellerslie Rd overpass renewal over Calgary Trail.
- Better engagement with your city councilor by attending community league meetings and dedicated days for one-on-one meetings.
- Improved access to Twin Brooks during upcoming LRT construction work.
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