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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

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

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

Your Piece of the Pie

Your Piece of the Pie Taxes are important. They pay for roadways and street lights; they subsidize transit and rec centres. I have met very few people who actually object to paying taxes. I have met too many people who object to paying the taxes we currently pay in Edmonton. There are two sides to taxes: collecting and spending. I have discussed spending and the value received, but I have not discussed collecting. In January, we will receive our initial Property Tax Assessments. The purpose is so we can double check that everything is correct before the official assessment is sent [...]

Your Piece of the Pie2020-01-20T17:09:31+00:00