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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