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A Responsible Plan For Homelessness

Camp Pekiwewin in Rossdale on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 in Edmonton. PHOTO BY GREG SOUTHAM /Postmedia You can view the Edmonton Journal story here The Problem Homelessness is a growing problem affecting almost every major city and Edmonton is no different.  The numbers of homeless have been steadily increasing over the past few years.  With COVID-19 and the challenging state of the economy, it has now expedited itself into a crisis. Without question, these human beings are deserving of dignity, respect, and our assistance.  Our city is a community that cares for its neighbours. [...]

A Responsible Plan For Homelessness2021-04-19T02:08:11+00:00

Reduce Management & Consultants

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 [...]

Reduce Management & Consultants2021-03-24T20:13:35+00:00

Protect Our River Valley

“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 [...]

Protect Our River Valley2021-08-18T13:57:16+00:00

Bill’s Story

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 [...]

Bill’s Story2021-02-24T23:28:57+00:00

Value For Everyone

“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 [...]

Value For Everyone2021-05-25T15:47:54+00:00

Taxing Everything That Moves

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 [...]

Taxing Everything That Moves2021-02-08T19:51:39+00:00

Independent Project Management Office

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 [...]

Independent Project Management Office2021-03-02T20:37:41+00:00

Slow Down Your Cookie-Cutter Decisions – Not the Speed Limits

I am a firm believer in the quote, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. I personally prefer to spend my time working on projects that are more valuable and serviceable to our Edmontonians, that will not only help our quality of life, but living situation. We are currently living in a time where COVID-19 is taking a toll on our lives. People are losing their jobs. People are struggling to make payments, living pay cheque to pay cheque. This is one of the reasons why I voted against the reduction of speed limits going from 50km/hr to 40km/hr. There are [...]

Slow Down Your Cookie-Cutter Decisions – Not the Speed Limits2020-11-16T20:22:09+00:00

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