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The secret federal government plot to steal our river valley

This week, we discuss City Plan measurements, the National Urban Park initiative, a looming CSU52 vote on the city's "best and final" offer, and the implications of en...

Six rezonings, 10 bike routes, and 12 OPs

This week, OP12 returned and council appears to be a bit more bearish on the idea. Plus, we learn more about the bike routes being built in 2024, and there are six rez...

Public spaces (just not for you, specifically)

The draft Public Spaces Bylaw goes to council amid plenty of opposition. We talk with Omar Yaqub of IFSSA and Cheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow about the potential impa...

Walking you through the downtown pedestrianization plan

The downtown pedestrianization report finally went through committee, so we talk with Jason Syvixay and Stephen Raitz, two of the shepherds that guided it through.Here...

Water we gonna talk about this week?

Valley Line users were left out in the cold when doors didn't function and heat wouldn’t turn on. Plus, EPCOR really leads the OP12 savings charge by cutting off every...

Emergency Managed

An emergency management committee meeting was punctuated with an actual emergency at City Hall. Plus, several things are on the way out: the downtown farmers market, t...

The Christmas Injunction

City council has declared a housing and houselessness emergency, and a judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the city's dismantling of encampments. We dig into the de...

Jeopardy 2023

This. Is. Speaking Municipally Jeopardy! Edmonton's two actual Jeopardy contestants and the author of The Ultimate Edmonton Trivia Book square off in our annual holida...

There's Snow such thing as climate change

Amid several high-profile instances of transit violence, the discussion around turnstiles is being recycled. Plus, the Valley Line Southeast LRT doubles its frequency ...

The Googleable podcast

The federal government has reached a deal with Google to pay Canadian media companies. We'll see if Taproot makes the cut. Meanwhile, city council makes a cut to the p...

Go Speed Racer Go!

Budget deliberations are underway at city council, and the province has all but banned photo radar. Plus, we get a new police commissioner who looks a lot like an old ...

The Dallas, Texas of the North

Reporters in Dallas, Texas have described Edmonton as the Land of Oz thanks to our scramble crosswalks. Plus, we discuss snow clearing on stairs, new community leagues...

Speaking Municipally ON A TRAIN

Recorded on the Valley Line Southeast LRT! We're joined by ETS branch manager Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, councillors Anne Stevenson and Ashley Salvador, new Taproot Edmo...

To Condo or Condon't convert those offices

A proposal to use Downtown CRL funding for office to residential conversions could delay other important projects, and we dig into recent updates on Blatchford.Here ar...

There and Back Again: A Tale from 102 Street to Mill Woods

The Valley Line Southeast LRT will begin passenger service on Nov. 4, and there's going to be a party. Plus, we discuss the more than two dozen subsequent motions made...

Balancing the budget on the backs of 12-year-olds

Taproot's new reporter, Stephanie Swensrude, joins the show. We discuss transit for youth, downtown retail, and of course, the Zoning Bylaw Renewal.Here are the releva...

'Tis the season to talk about snow clearing

This week, we cover transit improvements for youth and winter, more funding for snow and ice clearing, the latest on the Valley Line LRT, and tennis vs. pickleball.Her...

Breaking the zoning bylaw into 160 or so bite-sized pieces

The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has endorsed a position in support of the Zoning Bylaw Renewal. Executive director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley joins us to di...

The community services crisis rises from a simmer to a Boyle

We've got details about how Boyle Street will operate for the next year, prior to their new space opening. Plus, the police perception survey found that 57% of Edmonto...

City council draws its line in the asphalt

This week, council heard about the vast majority of parking lots downtown being unpermitted.  And, true to form, they decided to do something about it later! Plus, we ...

Crime is now illegal

The province and EPS held a press conference to issue a new ban on crime. That'll fix it. Plus, Boyle Street will be out of its location on Sept. 30, and the city will...

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

The 170 Street pedestrian bridge to West Edmonton Mall is done, and allegedly the Valley Line LRT will be done soon too. Plus, the northeast river valley park will ope...

After 30 minutes, this podcast episode will be Substantially Complete

The Coalition for Justice and Human Rights is taking legal action to stop the city's clearing of encampments. Plus, we discuss gaps in transit service, the new Edge Fu...

The limit of PoliceBudget(x) as x→∞ is... 30%

City council has approved an updated funding formula for the police budget. We break down what happened and what it means.Here are the relevant links for this episode:...

The podcast that’s banned on Facebook

Taproot co-founders Karen Unland and Mack Male break down the impact of the Online News Act, being blocked on Facebook, and how the company is planning to grow. Plus, ...

The (mostly updated now) zoning arugulations

In the summer season closer, Troy and Mack speak with Livia Balone, the director of Zoning Bylaw Renewal at the City of Edmonton.Here are the relevant links for this e...

Updating the zoning Arugulations (Repeating Municipally)

Troy and Mack are Repeating Municipally Episode 33, an episode from 2019 featuring then-planner Anne Stevenson talking about the Zoning Bylaw Renewal project, lending ...

EPS warning: Listen to podcasts with extreme caution

The police let us know that the city is very, very dangerous and said not to go outside. But the reason has nothing to do with the smoke, and we're still not quite sur...

The end of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

Irfan Chaudhry joins to help us understand the state of anti-racism work in Edmonton following the end of the city's anti-racism advisory committee.Here are the releva...

With corroded cables, summer Valley Line hopes are oxi-dying

Corroded cables likely means another Valley Line delay, the city goes into overtime, and the city manager announces the latest reorg.Here are the relevant links for th...

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