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It's not quite Chili enough to treat people like human Beans

The Gondola is back in the news and we spend some oxygen complaining about the oxygen it's taking up. Plus, the police surprise absolutely no one by very publicly forcing houseless people out into the cold, and a school board trustee raises the alarm on the erosion of trustees' ability to represent their constituents.

I'm ordering you to seed and desist

Council unanimously rejects a proposed social media policy and Councillor Sarah Hamilton joins us to explain why. Plus, Troy gets a letter in the mail.

Croqgetting better uses out of our surplus school sites

We're joined by EPSB Ward F Trustee Michael Janz to discuss surplus school sites and a little-known public school board power to levy new taxes. Plus, we address Troy's tweets.

It's Andre's Clementime to shine

Newly minted - that could have been an alternate title pun - City Manager André Corbould joins Troy and Mack to discuss getting situated in the new role, his plans for the city and what impact he hopes to make as City Manager. Cliffs notes: he confirms he currently lives in St. Albert

A slew of new Candied Dates

City council is a bit slow getting back up and running, but they still manage to talk about shisha bars, the new city manager, infill and trickle-down sidewalks. Plus, Troy badly disseminates election tips

The return of two Fungis

This is a garbage episode, but by that we mean it's about actual garbage. The city unveils new waste collection carts. Meanwhile, Jobber gets US$60M, the trains might finally be on time, and some city employees get a layoff letter. We're back!

JeoPEARdy 2020

Everyone's favourite annual episode returns for a third year! Join a panel of fired journalists as they navigate their way through EDMONTON JEOPARDY. Who among Stacey Brotzel, Scott Johnston or Ryan Jespersen will claim the coveted Speaking Municipally Jeopardy crown for themselves?

Talking about Iveson's LegaSEED

It's the second-last episode of the year and that means it's budget time! We'll cover all the ideas: good, bad and "coming from Mike Nickel". Plus, Taproot did an end of year interview with the Mayor and we have CLIPS!

Your car is the best Pea Pea E

Innovate Edmonton finds a new CEO in Catherine Warren. We talk to her about her plans, approach and if she'll just quit when Iveson leaves. Plus, all that news that happened last week when we were away? Yeah, we'll talk about the new City Manager and the Mayor retiring. Promise.

Neighbourhood pools are Cloves'd

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.

Local businesses going OniOnline

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?

Not every surprise is Mandelicious

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.

All of a Spudden, Second Wave

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.

The solar installation stops Fern nothing

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.

Seething about EATing at the outdoor sEATing without hEATing

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.

The new OrchKid on the block

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.

Councillor Walters on the room where it HaPennes

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.

Aloe to 100!

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.

The Gon-bananas-a plan

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.

Asking questions to Butter our election coverage

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.

EGGregious violation of the code of conduct are... fine?

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.

The Walters treetirement plan

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.

A special council meeting to see if you’ve been naughty or rice

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 mask ex-hemp-tion card program goes up in smoke

The City of Edmonton implements an MS Paint-based mask exemption program. Plus, Council has COVID-caused crotchity crankiness. Hear about that.

Making our city plan a little more Currant

Speaking Municipally is back from summer break with a special episode featuring Kalen Anderson, the director of (The) [Edmonton] City Plan.

$11 million is all council is willing to Pear from the EPS budget

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’s like graaaaaaaaaaaaiiiin, on Canada Day

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.

Cheryl Johner? More leek Cheryl GONER

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

The status quo can't romaine

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.

Taking a ReBite out of our carbon emissions

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.

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