The Lewis Farms Recreation Centre is a project that I campaigned heavily on, and it is clear that it would fill a significant need for West End residents that has been met in other areas of Edmonton. We need this project built. Not only would it add much needed recreation capacity to West Edmonton, it would also add a library, a daycare, a high school and several other community-minded amenities that West Edmontonians need.
Access Without Fear policy does not direct or contradict law enforcement; it has no bearing on law enforcement whatsoever. The policy simply affords people with precarious immigration statuses the ability to apply for a Low Income Bus Pass or a Leisure Access Pass without having to produce current government identification.
Last February we learned that our waste management system is failing to meet our 2012 outlined targets of achieving 90 per cent of residential waste diversion from landfills. Unfortunately, we weren’t even close, with only about 50 per cent of our waste over the past five years being recycled or reused.
As a city that strives to lead the way in sustainable practices and in reducing our environmental impact, it is crucial, now that we know how we’re performing, to make tough decisions that will improve our future results.
In early May, I travelled with Mayor Iveson and a delegation of private and public sector leaders to San Francisco for a trade mission. Our aim was to generate interest in Edmonton as a burgeoning market for investment in innovation, but what struck me was the culture of entrepreneurship and the established avenues for investment and accelerated growth that they take as a given in Silicon Valley. They don’t wait around to read the tea leaves, and it is this pace and seeming inevitability that makes San Francisco such an attractive place for entrepreneurs to build their businesses.
As you may have seen over the past several months, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Transit System are in the process of redesigning our bus network. First and foremost, we must recognize that, in concept, this is vital work to realign and modernize our bus network. Edmonton has grown and evolved significantly since this work was last undertaken in the late 1990’s, and it is important that our transit system accounts for these changes as we watch more and more Edmontonians choosing public transit over other modes of transport. That being said, however, I have several reservations about the current draft of the bus network redesign, which is ultimately the impetus for me writing this piece.
As you may have seen this past Friday, after hearing lots of valuable feedback from the public, Council has approved the Valley Line West LRT. This is an extremely exciting development for West Edmontonians, and it equips us with another forward-looking measure as we adjust to the pressures of a fast-growing city.
One of the most captivating and challenging projects that has come before council since I was elected is the Valley Line West LRT and all of the critical decisions that surround it. I campaigned on ensuring that we see the West LRT project break ground within my term in office, as I believe it to be a formative city-building opportunity for West Edmonton.