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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.

You Butter slow down, the popo is coming for you

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).

Iveson puts a summer transit shutdown on the Taber

Troy (via Addie) wins an election and the COVID reopening continues... just in time for hockey.

Foreign Minterference in a Dog Election

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.

Setting your property taxes is a Tart form

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 😬

We've Grazed taxes... or have we?

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.

Special: What the pandemic can teach us about the climate crisis

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.

Hey, maybe just pumperNickel the brakes there, councillor

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.

No more Base-bale or lemon soc-curd

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.

Buy online, don't wait in Limes

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.

Just Plant yourself at home and watch Tiger King

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.

Edmonton is now in a sTATER TOT of local emergency

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)

Edmonton is now a quarantine calzone

We tried really hard to find non-covid related news. We did not succeed. Get your intersection of municipal politics and pandemics here.

Barley, malt, corn, hops, yeast, asorbic acid and a slice of lime

Coronavirus plans to kill us all so Edmonton city council compensates by hopefully having vehicles on roads kill us slightly less frequently.

Cuts are Artichoking Edmonton's higher ed

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

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