Three little pigs - municipal, provincial and federal - build some fiscal houses and big bad Twitter blows them all down. Meanwhile, Michael Walters spends the week running for mayor.
We've debated it a billion times, but we're a billion dollars short so let's re-litigate LRT! Plus our bus network redesign passes ~with contention~ and our mayor might be losing control of council's message.
In the latest episode of "Troy talks a lot: The Podcast" Troy and Mack (but mostly Troy) talk about some of the advantages of free transit, why it didn't happen, and why climate change was not the best argument to make in service of free transit. Plus journalism is dead!
Dad (Mack) is out of town so NO RULES PODCASTING. Troy talks to Sarah Hoyles, Executive Director of paths for people and tries to goad her into fights with the city. Plus, there's a focus on bike lane nomenclature.
While lead poisoning threatens to kill us all, Troy and Mack talk about snow plowing in a post-substance-that-shall-not-be-named era, budget cuts and plagiarism!
We have to talk about the provincial budget, so we're getting it all in this episode. Find out what grants-in-lieu mean and if we'll still be building the west LRT. Plus, gondolas (and trick-or-treaters)
Councillors Hamilton and Knack join Troy and Mack to talk about tech, innovation and how City Council can best enable it. This episode was recorded LIVE in front of an audience at Startup Edmonton for Startup Week
It's a slow news week, so Troy and Mack take plenty of room to breathe, and probably relax just a bit too much. No alcohol was consumed in the recording of this episode. Heritage buildings, smoking regulation, regional garbage and Mike Nickel's garbage all make an appearance and we close with that sweet, seasonal pumpkin spice. Please don't cancel the show ATB.
This week Extinction Rebellion had a few people standing on a bridge and the economic interests of the entire Edmonton Metro Region ground to a halt. Plus, calcium chloride is CANCELLED. And so is free transit on election day.
One of the biggest and most contentious political motions of this council is derailed for at least a week because one guy pressed the wrong button. That's how our democracy works. We also share more data about who gets transit fines, and the data should be surprising to no one.
Council approves two more towers and denies zero towers, shocking no one. Plus, we have an update on the downtown farmers market and share information about a wildlife underpass you probably haven't heard of.
Big Daddy Iveson is upset about e-scooters and will turn this whole (not actually a) pilot around! Plus transit fines might be decreasing and we follow up on the WEM Footbridge and Terwilliger expressway.
Troy and Mack are joined by Chris Gusen to talk about the need for Edmonton to take immediate and meaningful action on climate change, and how we're doing so far.
The provincial government has released the "blue ribbon" MacKinnon report; Troy gives you the pessimist's take. Meanwhile there are new futures on the horizon for EEDC, Edmonton Global, Rossdale and calcium chloride.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY! We also talk about tech, the missing middle and Open Streets but are any of those really EMERGENCIES? Because the CLIMATE is an EMERGENCY.
Troy is tired from Fringe, but that won't stop us from talking about the newest Fringe drama. We also delve into the climate emergency, AirBNB licensing and why scooters reveal how a councillor and our mayor have Chronic Bad Take Syndrome
Speaking Municipally is a year old! We'll update you on all things you missed over the "summer". Scooters, theatre, cannabis, LRT and about a billion other things!
Council's on break so in Mack and Troy's last episode before the summer break, Duncan Kinney joins to talk about Edmonton's affordable housing strategy
According to Don Iveson complaining is a summer sport in Edmonton... Troy goes for the gold. We break down the Library and how bike lanes and Keillor Point prove that the City hates fun.
Has Edmonton lost the "creative spark" on development? I'm not really sure if we answer that question but Troy and Mack certainly rant about TOD. Also ranting about: Homelessness crisis, "SafeCityYEG" map and the Vision Zero annual report.
There's a couple heritage buildings that may have their heritage ending soon, plus we discuss whether public art needs to be installed within electric scooter distance of downtown
Julie Kusiek fills in for Mack this week and on the roster for discussion is the Core Zone, Engage 106-76 and, of course, Playground Zone times.
Calcium chloride is inexplicably back on the agenda... well, sort of. We'll talk about it. Plus we'll have updates on EPCOR's river valley solar farm, the new Lewis Farms rec centre, and Troy is a soothsayer in so many ways.
The Nordic spa finds a home in Ft. Edmonton, and the WEM footbridge finds a home in someone else's credit card statement. Plus, the affordable housing moratorium in five core neighbourhoods might be coming to a close.
Council is asked to spend a bit more money on a few more things like crosswalks and enterprise software, and Waste Management, despite being asked, still cannot manage waste.
This week Mack and Troy are joined again by Mel Priestley to delve in-depth into the confusion over the Downtown Farmers Market and where it will call home in the future.
Mill Creek, the WEM Footbridge to Nowhere, vehicle noise, bike share, boring City Council reports and parking all make an appearance but we don't talk at length about any of them. Like the title says, these are just some updates.
Speed limit reduction passes! Distracted walking is still legal in Edmonton, Andrew Knack proves Einstein's definition of insanity is "calling in to City Council meetings" and Mill Creek Ravine daylighting gets an update.
Iveson's State of the City address was this week and we've got the Cliff's notes. Meanwhile City Council peeks over the edge of the Precipice of regulating parking and contemplates jumping. City admin suggests that we shouldn't bid on the commonwealth games, and it's not a Bluff to improve our negotiating position. Finally, when Jon D opens his mouth there's no talking him down off that Cliff.
Springtime has a whole bunch of plans for speed reduction popping up through the frost. We talk about all the bad ones, and Troy's. Plus a couple downtown towers try to peek through; one rejected and the other still up for debate.
Troy's uncharacteristically happy after seeing a political success and back gives an update about a rave in an abandoned powerplant for SingularityU. Meanwhile Mike Nickel gets more populist and votes against learning things.
We're living in Kenney's Alberta, and we'd be remiss if we didn't talk about the massive change of government. Mack and Troy show the echoes of the past in the election results and break down what these results might mean for the City of Edmonton. This episode contains 3 (three) Hot Takes.
Mack and Troy are joined by Anne Stevenson, a senior planner at the City of Edmonton to talk about the plan to updating the city's zoning regulation, last updated in 2001. Jon D from Ward 3 (friend of the podcast) does not make an appearance.
An article published about Sarah Hamilton that called her "Edmonton's political rising star" left us star-struck... or just confused. Plus, we have election coverage, city-owned land sales, cyclist tickets, crosswalks and of course we'll hear from the best friend of the podcast.
Special guest Don Iveson makes an appearance on this episode to discuss transit fare policy. Mack and Troy also dig into the city's TLC 4 LRT plan which can be essentially summarized as "indiscriminately shutting down LRT stations"
Troy spends a full day yelling at council about speed limit and he's got the deets on everything to do with council's plan to reduce speed limits. Meanwhile, Mack and Troy's honeymoon period with Elise Stolte's articles appears to be waning as they provide some hot takes on both columns this week.
City market announces their move out of the downtown core into the definitely-developed Quarters. Meanwhile, the specter of residential speed limits continues to haunt Edmonton City Council
Mack and Troy are joined by special guest Mel Priestley to discuss everything you wanted to know about liquor store separation distances and more. Plus, we'll have an update on the Mayfair golf course "decision"
Council has to deal with an upcoming return of the Mayfair issue and grapple with the question of how many downtown towers is too many, neither of which they really want to. Fluoride makes an appearance as well.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason attempts to put the cash cow out to pasture, Tony Caterina is the latest councillor with questionable ward expenses and the popo naming victims might be a gogo.
It's the valentine's day episode! We talk about trains, love, and councillors asking really, really bad questions at council meetings. Also city employees speeding in playground zones.
A city councillor took some heat for some questionable usage of his ward funds - but that's the only thing about Edmonton that was hot. We talk about LRT stations as refuge from the cold and business owners' chilly response to the closing of 95 ave.
The city is squashing requests for data. There's a walkway that strolled straight through the city's bureaucracy, and requests for information come to a head at city hall. Plus, Mack makes news.
Mack and Troy are joined by guest Michael Janz to talk about the Mayfair golf course lease. Council also gets a brief update about calcium chloride and LRT alignments.
It's a new season and Mack and Troy bring you a healthy dose of experimentation, and update you on bike share, suicide barriers and Whyte towers
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