The Problem The City of Edmonton makes poor financial decisions. If you look at my previous audit of capital projects ($100m+), things are clearly a mess. We are paying billions of dollars over budget, yes projects are years behind. Figure 1: Major Capital Projects ($100M+) completing since 2015 If you look at the hiring practices of managers and professional consultants, the problem is equally as bad. I have been growing concerned over the past several years that our core services are being neglected in favour of a growing bureaucracy. This includes big salaries for [...]
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Document Dump This document dump is in 6 parts below. This is only the first 600 pages of an estimated 12,000 pages. Points of Significance: The City Auditor works for Edmonton City Council. They report directly to Council. Their work must not be interfered with. The auditor protects our city from corruption and theft of taxpayer money. In this FOIP there are copies of draft audits from the City Auditor. These draft audits contain financial information, which is different from the final public audit given to City Council. In this FOIP, [...]
The Problem The recent City Plan talks about automobile levers as a way to deal with traffic. So what are these automobile levers? Well a report earlier this year (CR_7477) highlighted exactly was automobile levers are. Here are exact quotes from the document: "Double the costs associated with operating a car" "Road Pricing" "Tolls" "Congestion Charges" "Fuel Taxes" "Vehicle Registration Costs" "Permanently banning certain motor vehicle traffic" "Reduced parking supply / parking pricing" This is pretty scary stuff if you rely on a private vehicle in Edmonton, which is the majority of us. There are emerging [...]
The Problem For too long communities in our core, like Chinatown, have born the brunt of our city's crime. It's not fair and it is a growing problem. While I agree, most in our homeless population are vulnerable people who need compassion and assistance, we won't tackle this problem with grandiose statements like the 10 year plan to end homelessness. You can read my specific plan to stream our homeless in addictions and treatment help, along with a voucher designed to place people quickly into housing here. The remainder [...]
The Problem Many cities in Canada, such as Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, have been very successful in expanding their cultural industries and exporting intellectual property (IP) in the form of art, music, film, and entertainment. Edmonton has missed many of these opportunities – and the significant jobs that go with them – through inattention and lack of action. It’s time we catch up. The City of Edmonton has invested millions of dollars into supporting and growing our cultural sector, yet we remain behind many of our peers. It [...]
Many of you will be shocked to hear me say this, but Keith Gerein is right! If you don't know Keith, he is a columnist at the Edmonton Journal, and he wrote a piece entitled "Secret mayoral debate the latest blow to transparency in Edmonton's election" which you can read here: link. Let's look at what Keith had to say. He wrote: ...the debate was an entirely private, invite-only event held Thursday evening in a swanky Downtown hotel ballroom. Transparency to the public was clearly not one of the priorities, adding to a disturbing trend in this election that I’ll elaborate [...]
The Problem Photo radar is a cash cow, designed to tax the rich on driving. Don't take just my word for it, let's look at the facts below. Study #1: Independent Photo Radar Study In a 10 year provincial study on photo radar the facts are clear. It is also important to note this study took place over 3 previous provincial governments of all political stripes (PC, NDP, and UCP). To prevent political bias, the study was also independent. The finds show a [...]
The Problem One of my top priorities as Mayor will be restoring Edmonton as Canada's economic engine. I will get this done. Edmonton was always a city that enabled and celebrated the blue collar way we approached business and enabled entrepreneurship to thrive. Small and medium enterprise is the backbone of what we do in this city. I've already released a policy to reduce taxes for businesses (and equally for homeowners) by balancing the amount of consultants and middle management, but there is more to do. With this policy announcement, I [...]
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