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The Issue Is Within Our Management

The inner-mechanics of a city run smoothly when they have the right, qualified technicians doing the work and ensuring it is managed properly. This means that for every industry of work, there should be a management chain. One top supervisor, one manager per department, a couple of great admins, and one group of front-line staff per department. There is no need for a bloated middle-management. Instead, we need the simplicity and efficiency of a team who is properly trained to do their job. In an ideal world, less is more. We would spend less money to spend on hundreds of staff, [...]

The Issue Is Within Our Management2020-10-19T23:01:17+00:00

Random Cuts Are Not The Answer

Edmonton Audit Report You have probably seen the most recent audit report by now, with the most recent recommendation to reduce costs by cutting management positions. I will be up front: I disagree with issuing a random number of job cuts without looking at the consequences; that is just plain reckless. By pursuing this motion, Council and Administration are only showing Edmontonians that they fail to understand how our corporation works and how the business of the city and its employees transact. In my opinion, right-sizing Administration is not about cutting jobs, but about getting the greatest value from the organization. [...]

Random Cuts Are Not The Answer2020-10-19T21:03:04+00:00

Censoring My Voice of Opposition

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!

Censoring My Voice of Opposition2020-08-21T17:58:17+00:00

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