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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

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

Overnight Signal Installations

AREA 5 & 3 Overnight Signal Installations 75 Street and 51 Avenue Starting on or about May 14, 2020, EPCOR will begin installing the signal poles and davit arms (the arms from which the signal lights will hang) on 51 Avenue and 75 Street.  This work will occur overnight from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for one night.  There will be alternating lane closures in this intersection as the work is completed.  Flaggers will be on site to assist traffic. To accommodate this work, the public will be impacted in the following areas: Overnight work on 51 Avenue and 75 Street. [...]

Overnight Signal Installations2020-05-04T19:31:52+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