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Why The Comic Strip Should Open

Although we are still in the initial phases of reopening Alberta, I would like to congratulate all the local businesses venturing to open their doors during Phase One of provincial guidelines. You have been doing an incredible job adapting to social distancing, capacity rules, and new regulations.  Alberta Health Services is allowing restaurants and bars to reopen as a way to ease our way back in to "business as usual."  These establishments must meet new conditions, including the following: 50% dining room capacity 2 metre distance between dining parties  Ample room in walking aisles to maintain social distancing Maximum 6 patrons [...]

Why The Comic Strip Should Open2020-05-29T16:12:53+00:00

The Fleeced and the Furious

Taxes have gone up. Again. If you ask any member of Council, they will tell you there are places where the City is not running as efficiently as it could be. When you ask where, they seldom seem to have a specific answer. When they identify an area that needs work, the solution is almost always more money. Their measurement for success is how much money they can spend on the problem, as opposed to how much of the problem they solved. If one day, we opened the fridge door, and the light was out, there is an unwritten checklist of [...]

The Fleeced and the Furious2020-05-29T15:47:37+00:00

Payday Spending

A successful City is based on the progress of its management, responsible spending, and the constituents who make it a home. While we are living through a global pandemic, we are being asked to stay home in efforts to stay safe and healthy and not overwhelm the healthcare system. During this time where mental health might be especially fragile, going out for a walk to get some fresh air is encouraged. However, you must remain 6 feet away from the next person to practice social distancing. As Councillors, we are getting mixed reviews. Some people say it’s just too hard to [...]

Payday Spending2020-05-14T12:16:38+00:00

Mondays with Mike – April 6

This is my Monday, April 6 livestream discussing updates going on in the City of Edmonton, including: ∙ Dog Park Closures ∙ Mental Health Resources ∙ Local Economy ∙ Proper Allocation of City Resources https://www.facebook.com/MikeNickelClr/videos/1044466532601011/

Mondays with Mike – April 62020-04-07T15:03:50+00:00

Planning For What Comes Next (Part 1)

As we start to adjust to our new COVID-19 reality, and try to plan for the post-COVID-19 reality that is yet to come, it is time to start thinking about what the consequences are and prepare to help those people and organizations who depend on the City and its residents for their continuing operations. As I have said many times, we need to prioritize, organize, and execute what we do as a City, and clearly, that is what we must be doing now. The first thing we must do is get a grip on the scope and scale of what the [...]

Planning For What Comes Next (Part 1)2020-03-27T14:50:24+00:00

Special Edition Newsletter – March 2020

This is a special edition of our Ward 11 newsletter, March 2020 What is COVID19? COVID19, also known as novel coronavirus, is a virus that causes infections of the nose, throat, and lungs. It can range from mild to fatal. It is easily spread by: respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes It is a pandemic that has no vaccination or cure yet, which is why it is crucial to follow the Government of Alberta's protocol [...]

Special Edition Newsletter – March 20202020-03-25T23:59:27+00:00

All Fired Up

Recently, I put forth a motion after a constituent questioned a $12,000 bill he received from our Fire Rescue Services, after a fire destroyed his home. This is not a small sum of money – nowhere near the insurance deductible you will pay if you are in a car accident. It started with an inquiry that publicly asked, “Are we charging people for basic Fire Services?” To the Fire Chief’s credit, the department said, “Yes.” Then, the motion – unanimously passed by council – basically asked that Administration go back and look at what types of fees we could and should [...]

All Fired Up2020-02-18T19:01:39+00:00

Your Piece of the Pie

Your Piece of the Pie Taxes are important. They pay for roadways and street lights; they subsidize transit and rec centres. I have met very few people who actually object to paying taxes. I have met too many people who object to paying the taxes we currently pay in Edmonton. There are two sides to taxes: collecting and spending. I have discussed spending and the value received, but I have not discussed collecting. In January, we will receive our initial Property Tax Assessments. The purpose is so we can double check that everything is correct before the official assessment is sent [...]

Your Piece of the Pie2020-01-20T17:09:31+00:00

Trust, But Verify

My university professor said, “Facts separate a fable from the truth. We are only interested in the facts.” Fables are stories, and stories are “account[s] of imaginary or real people, and events told for entertainment”. We use “story” in politics – a lot. It is something I have always disliked. It reports without a guarantee of truth. Administration prefers to give “balanced” reports showing equal numbers of pros and cons – this is not untrue, but it is not the same as a report showing all the facts regardless of the imbalance of pros and cons. There is trend among governments [...]

Trust, But Verify2019-10-18T02:00:34+00:00

We Can Do Better

While there is no shortage of areas where the City can improve its service delivery, I would like to focus on one service in particular -- public safety. Take a minute and ask yourself: what does public safety mean to you? I believe public safety is everyone’s right and responsibility. You deserve to have peace of mind when you wake up in the morning, that your property will be as you left it. You do not deserve to be put in a position where the well being of you and your family are endangered. You have a responsibility to afford these [...]

We Can Do Better2019-10-11T21:13:09+00:00