The Problem You are overpaying in taxes for continually shrinking core services. The City of Edmonton is responsible for looking out for the needs of its citizens through its core services. These services are the backbone of our city and without them, our city will cease to function effectively. Many of our core services include things like our transportation networks, waste services, snow clearing, parks, and others. I have been growing concerned over the past several years that our core services are being neglected in favour of a growing bureaucracy. This [...]
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“We must protect our River Valley from development not just today, but permanently. This means that regardless of who your future politicians are, the protection of the River Valley must be fixed and held constant for the next century and beyond.” - Mike Nickel Edmonton Mayoral Candidate The Problem A beautiful photo of our river valley taken by local photographer Hugo Sanchez. Visit his website https://hugosanchez.smugmug.com/ Edmonton’s River Valley is one of our most valuable and cherished assets. Like any asset, it can increase or [...]
This is Bill's story. He is a business owner in West Edmonton and over the last 16 years he saw his property taxes increased from $3,842 per year to over $85,875 per year. That's a 2,235% increase and as he puts it, "that's a crippling amount of money for anyone!" We need to protect families and businesses from crippling property taxes. Most Edmontonians I talk to are concerned with the value they get in return from their taxes. When business succeeds in our city, families also succeed. The two are not mutually exclusive to my campaign. If Edmonton is to [...]
“Is this the best way we can spend taxpayers’ money?” This is the question I’ve been asking myself for years, both as an Edmonton taxpayer and now, as a member of City Council with the responsibility of actually determining how to spend your money. I feel strongly the decision makers, both administration and council, do not take in account the time sacrificed by people contributing to make a better city. Working hard and paying taxes should get both the individual and their community ahead, but all too often it does not. With all the “great ideas” at City Hall, our communities [...]
So, have you heard about the new City Plan? If you are curious, you can dive into the 182 page document here. Some of the goals are noble, while others seriously fall short. One of the major themes of the document is on transportation. While the document does talk about improving public transportation in our city, it does so with alarming methods. I will explain. The job of City Council is to weigh out the pros and cons of a document like the City Plan. Let’s face it - this council already has an established track record of not making good [...]
The Problem The taxpayers of Edmonton need to be protected from runaway projects. Too often our major capital projects ($100M+) are incorrectly estimated by the City of Edmonton and/or its partners. This has led to billions of dollars of waste through avoidable mismanagement. There is a clear and demonstrable pattern of unreliable information being given from our city administration to city council, including unrealistic costs of capital projects. Council requires better tools available to offer an independent and transparent look at these projects to ensure better procurement, delivery, and accountability. Figure 1: Major Capital Projects [...]
One of the greatest attacks on democracy in Edmonton's history is underway. Soon, my opponents will vote to censor me, because they can't control my voice or force me to blindly follow the irresponsible agenda of Don Iveson. This is undemocratic, petty, and cowardly. To the people: I won't be backing down. I need your support now more than ever!
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 [...]