Can you guess the three pools administration proposed closing in this year's budget? I'll give you a hint, it's the same ones they propose closing in every budget. Plus, Dr. Hinshaw proposes a solution to COVID-19 that involves "being diligent", "redoubling our efforts" and "really coming together" and the EPS propose buying new clothes as a potential avenue for police reform.
We speak with a listener about some analysis of council voting records. And could the data about COVID in restaurants from the rest of the world REALLY be true here? In Jason Kenney's Alberta?
Council approves lower speed limits at public hearing. But even though you're tired of hearing about this, you'll probably still hear about it again before it actually happens. Plus, Mandel shows up again and basically just yells Baba Booey at council.
COVID in Edmonton is now a concern for the CMOH, but not quite enough of a concern to really do much about it. But, we're doing things about temporary shelters, bylaw omnibus amendments and bridges. Plus Troy uses his self-built platform to vent at a captive audience.
Council decides 7-6 to grant a new home to a large solar panel farm -- in the river valley. Plus, we'll break down a couple polls and what they mean for the upcoming election. And by "break down" we mean literally break them. They don't matter. Polls are dumb.
We're prepping for winter on our roads, patios and in our hearts. There will be no calcium chloride in our hearts this year. But healthy skepticism about LRT implementation seems to be forefront in our hearts this episode.
Edmonton's COVID active case count is the highest it's ever been, and that's giving the city and the feds significant motivation to end homelessness before November. But will the province be on board? Troy and Mack are joined by Taproot's new managing editor Emily Rendell-Watson to break down this week's topics.
We talk to Ward 10 Michael Walters for a behind the scenes look at his two terms on council. We talk about drainage, police budgets, regional transit and much more. Plus what lies ahead for the outgoing councillor.
Speaking Municipally has unfortunately lost a summary judgement in a trademark lawsuit. We'll have the details on that. Plus, indigenous ward names, EPS committees, middle management and a new community bussing pilot.
Troy and Mack are joined by Jeffrey from Prairie Sky Gondola as he tries to convince them that the Gondola is just cars in the sky, not pie-in-the-sky.
Mack's off this week, and Troy is joined by Elise Stolte to talk about a new Taproot project called the People's Agenda which she will sit on steering committee of.
This week we do some roleplay: Troy says what he wants about anything as is his free speech right, and Mack defends him for it, and speaks for him while he hides from consequences.
Big news out of Ward 10 about the election. Plus, we've got news about tanks, hyperloops, Kaycee Madu success stories and a whole host of other things you shouldn't buy.
This week a date has been set for a special council meeting where, as one councillor will have you believe, the largest witchburning since the red scare will occur. Plus, other fictions, like council endorsing density.
The City of Edmonton implements an MS Paint-based mask exemption program. Plus, Council has COVID-caused crotchity crankiness. Hear about that.
Speaking Municipally is back from summer break with a special episode featuring Kalen Anderson, the director of (The) [Edmonton] City Plan.
This week, council wraps up its very tepid response to the outrage regarding EPS funding by cutting an amount probably less than the staff time required to listen to - and ignore - all the speakers at public hearing. Plus, the COVID financial update came through and things are looking bad… but not bad enough to stop building freeways.
It at least stopped raining in the evening to allow people to set off some illegal fireworks. This week, the school board really gets their act together and organizes so that they can accomplish their goal of *checks notes* doing exactly nothing. Plus the e-bike rebate is cancelled because *checks notes* McKeen didn't read reports before.
This week an Albertan politician takes accountability for what they say confirming that 2020 is not real and something is broken in the matrix. Plus we talk to Brooks mayor and AUMA president Barry Morishita about the UCP's proposed changes to the Local Authorities Election Act
We dig into Black Lives Matter, highlighting the voice of Sahr Saffa. And, if you stick around we also cover your favourite bad idea that Gondowon't get built.
The aftermath of George Floyd's death boils over worldwide, and we'll give you some Edmonton context. Plus the State of Local Emergency has ended, and the City wants you to buy an e-bike.
The impossible is possible! We reduced vehicle lanes on Whyte Ave and the Police is ENFORCING vehicle noise. Meanwhile, at City Hall, the Capital Budget moves on unencumbered and new ward boundaries get a face (but not quite a name).
Troy (via Addie) wins an election and the COVID reopening continues... just in time for hockey.
Troy's cat either won or lost an off-leash park election this week. We break down all the details and talk to the Chief Election Officer. We also cover real news, but that's at the end so dessert first, vegetables later.
We have two tax gurus on the show to give you the lowdown on everything you - and apparently we - need to know about taxation and assessment. We got a couple of things wrong last episode. Whoops 😬
The Spring Supplementary Operating Budget Adjustment sets the tax rate at... an amount. It's either higher or lower than it was before. It's complicated. We'll get into it. Plus we'll talk about how the city is continuing to handle the pandemic, and give you some hot golf course tips.
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips investigates a reader's question about the connections between our responses to COVID-19 and the climate crisis, as part of Taproot's contribution to Covering Climate Now.
Councillor Mike Nickel has no chill and we're joined by Tim Querengesser to talk about why a dismissive, smug tone might not be the best one to take against populists. Plus Jon D from Ward 3 (friend of the podcast) narrowly avoids having a good idea by not thinking it all the way through.
Outdoor baseball and soccer are both cancelled, and so are a billion other things in the pandemic, we'll update you on what's happening. Plus, in addition to foreign policy development, Twitter is now used to share news about innovation layoffs.
As the local state of COVID-19 emergency finishes its third week we reveal, through investigative journalism, that the siren wailing is not an emergency beacon. It's your children. We also investigate road closures, dog parks, and hypocritical restaurateurs.
Has the coronavirus infected our LRT STATIONS? And is a NAME CHANGE the vaccine? Plus a lot of Es. EEDC, e-scooters and E... coronavirus. You cannot escape coverage of COVID.
Everything you wanted to know about the coronavirus, and a selection of other things we'll tell you anyway. Plus, the season's are changing and we're about to move into Edmonton's next season: Construction (but no festivals)
We tried really hard to find non-covid related news. We did not succeed. Get your intersection of municipal politics and pandemics here.
Coronavirus plans to kill us all so Edmonton city council compensates by hopefully having vehicles on roads kill us slightly less frequently.
Council's on break so we go up one level of government and discuss what Alberta's 2020 budget might mean for Edmonton and catch some updates to a couple previous stories
Council committee got a look at the Core Zone and speed reduction bylaw amendments... and didn't do a lot with them. Plus, one simple fix! Cyclists hate him! How one ward 3 councillor is single-handedly solving snow removal.
Who needs Sherwood Park! We'll make our own regional transit system, and it'll have high quality service and no fares! ...Wait, no, it'll have neither of those things. But Edmonton will run it. Meanwhile, both winter and the province are giving Edmonton a chilly reception.
The county with a very, very, very large hamlet squashes our regional transit dreams and foreigners throw some shrimp on the barbie and interfere in our traffic calming
This week, it's a loose-leaf bag of topics: Gondolas, rezoning, bench plaques, facial recognition, and snow clearing - but we promise it's not calcium chloride
Turns out open option parking DID actually come to committee this week. Plus, smart fare implementation is delayed to 2021 and the Journal loses a provincial affairs podcast and an Editor in Chief
New higher density developments pop up in Oliver and Keheewin, Council says it's not too open to question why it talks behind closed doors, and the Gondola still just Gondolwon't stop coming.
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