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Taproot Edmonton presents a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics. We pay attention to City Council so you don't have to! Join us as we delve into conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall.

Speaking Municipally Taproot Edmonton

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    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

Taproot Edmonton presents a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics. We pay attention to City Council so you don't have to! Join us as we delve into conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall.

    A 242M Capital Line Item Increase

    A 242M Capital Line Item Increase

    This week we discuss an updated capital budget, and a new train. Plus, the police commission declines to show up to a council meeting in this, the city of champions.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Police commission
    City councillors call relationship with Edmonton police commissioners 'unhealthy' and 'frustrating'Sean Amato's tweet threadCapital budget
    Edmonton council approves increase to $10.4B capital budget to build housing, renew roads and fix facilitiesEdmonton adds $262 million in capital spending on buses, LRT vehicles, infrastructure repairs and housingCapital Line LRT
    News Release: City awards Design-Build contract for Capital Line South LRT Extension projectEdmonton's Capital Line LRT to extend south as council approves bylaw to borrow $585MCost for Edmonton Capital Line LRT south extension balloons by $242 million, council approves in secretTransit ridership
    News Release: Transit ridership up 130 per centOpen Data CatalogueMore scooters
    News Release: Third e-scooter and e-bike vendor coming to Edmonton's streetsBlatchford
    Edmonton city councillor's idea to sell some undeveloped Blatchford land sputters outCity of Champions
    Should Edmonton bring back 'City of Champions' slogan?From the Taproot newsroom
    Sustainable fashion house hosts runway experience to build city's sceneNew doc recreates Edmonton's norm-busting Flashback nightclubTaproot Edmonton roundupsRapid fire
    News Release: City adds new water bottle-filling stationsYEG Departures Roadway construction to end this fall58 per cent of Canadians not following Oilers-Panthers Stanley Cup final: surveyBusiness membership
    Introducing Taproot Edmonton's Business MembershipThis episode is brought to you by the Edmonton Public Library which is hosting another instalment in its Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Don't miss Dr. Marie Wilson in conversation with Chief Wilton Littlechild on June 19. The Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners will discuss what we can do to further reconciliation across Canada. Tickets are now available for this EPL fundraiser.
    Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!


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    • 30 min
    The police's urban planning department

    The police's urban planning department

    Boyle Street has had the permit for its site revoked…again. Plus, the police have declined a public audit, and we'll talk about Sohi's polling numbers. Is it really that time already?
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Guest: Jack Farrell
    @_jack_farrellJack Farrell at St. Albert GazetteBoyle Street / CPTED
    Boyle Street denied permit to build south Edmonton overdose prevention sitePermit denied for Wolf Den overdose prevention site in EdmontonJack's tweet threadHow EPS got involved in city planning — The YEG YellerEPS CPTED trainingPolice audit
    Edmonton police commission refuses to release audit plan to city councilMichael Janz's tweet threadFrom the Taproot newsroom
    Tim Querengesser, managing editorPadmanadi and Seoul Fried Chicken tackle Calgary expansions differentlyCouncil to decide if U of A's proposal to redevelop farmland into housing can start planningTaproot Edmonton's roundupsWhat are you curious about? Let us know at hello@taprootedmonton.caLRT music
    News Release: Travel to the tunes of Tchaikovsky and more in downtown LRT stationsStephanie's tweet2011: Mercury Opera's 104 Underground (an operascape)Sohi trouble
    Edmonton heading in 'wrong direction,' Sohi on the ropes: Leger pollPoll results show Edmonton city council faces a tough re-election roadCivic Matters: Downtown Edmonton during the Oilers' playoff runDistrict planning
    Edmonton district planning decision could be weeks away, signals plans may be sent back for changes'Citizens are abandoned and angry': Public speakers distrustful of Edmonton district planningRapid fire
    Increase in Edmonton's paper, reusable bag fee takes effect July 1Taste of Edmonton announces presale tickets ahead of 40th anniversary'We are at risk of running out': Calgarians asked to use 25% less water than yesterdayThis episode is brought to you by the Edmonton Public Library which is hosting another instalment in its Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Don't miss Dr. Marie Wilson in conversation with Chief Wilton Littlechild on June 19. The Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners will discuss what we can do to further reconciliation across Canada. Tickets are now available for this EPL fundraiser.
    Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!


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    • 46 min
    Untangling the housing knot (LIVE)

    Untangling the housing knot (LIVE)

    A conversation at the summer institute of the Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative about what Edmonton can and should do to contribute to the alleviation of the housing crisis.
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    Guests
    Joshua Evans, associate professor of human geography at the University of Alberta and director of the Affordable Housing Solutions LabEric Rice, a writer and researcher working with Taproot to better understand Edmonton's housing ecosystemHousing links
    Canadian Housing Evidence CollaborativeEpisode 265: An Accelerated discussion on housingEdmonton Affordable Housing Maintenance FundProtect, Enhance, Grow: Investing in Edmonton's Community Housing Sector'Damned If We Do, Damned If We Don't': Examining the Municipal Problematization of Homelessness in Edmonton, Canada During COVID-19Books
    Homelessness is a Housing ProblemThe Tenant ClassNote: The series of Q&A interviews by Rice to be published in the fall by Taproot Edmonton is made possible through funding from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
    Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    An Accelerated discussion on housing

    An Accelerated discussion on housing

    We're joined by Christel Kjenner, director of the housing action team at the City of Edmonton, to get an overview of what the city is doing about the housing crisis.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Christel Kjenner
    Christel Kjenner on LinkedInNovember 2021: The future of affordable housing according to our Christel ball (Episode 154)Housing at the city
    Affordable Housing StrategyHousing Accelerator FundFeb. 21, 2024: Building more homes that Canadians can afford in EdmontonHousing context
    Calgary population surges by staggering 6%, Edmonton by 4.2% in latest StatsCan estimatesLack of clarity in district plans could erode trust, councillors sayEdmonton mayor names 16-member task force to tackle housing and homelessnessHousing advocates say big money is transforming rental markets. And Alberta could be a poster childNew standard could help shift Edmonton's growth patternFifteen years after the original strategy, Edmonton has a new plan for homelessnessRapid fire
    The 'Redmonton' party no more: Alberta NDP's base has shifted to CalgaryEdmonton Fringe raises $100,000 in donations, unveils 2024 themeTroy's tweetSee us in person!
    May 30: Speaking Municipally Live: Untangling the housing knot at the Foundry RoomThis episode is brought to you by Park Power, your friendly, local utilities provider (and title sponsor of Taproot's Regional Roundup). Park Power offers electricity, natural gas, and internet to homes, businesses, and farms throughout Alberta. Learn more at parkpower.ca.
    Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Molson Canadian Tire Activity Plus® Recreation Centre Presented by Boston Pizza

    The Molson Canadian Tire Activity Plus® Recreation Centre Presented by Boston Pizza

    There's a new task force on housing and homelessness. Plus, everything is a district, recreation centres will soon be sponsored, and we discuss police accountability.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Housing task force
    Edmonton mayor names 16-member task force to tackle housing and homelessnessState of the CityClean energy retrofit
    Edmonton finalizes clean energy retrofit loans programLauren Boothby's threadPolice accountability
    Edmonton mayor disturbed by images of police response to pro-Palestinian protestersMessage to the U of A community: Update on encampmentProtesters attend Edmonton city hall meeting after police teardown of U of A pro-Palestine campDisruptive meeting could trigger security changes at Edmonton city hallTweet about commission meetingDistricts
    Rice Howard Way to become Edmonton's new entertainment districtDowntown Edmonton 'education district' could spur revitalization, school leaders sayExperience Edmonton's Arts District2015: Coffee Bureau and Lock Stock Coffee have revived Edmonton's coffee districtNaming rights
    Edmonton's Terwillegar rec centre to get a new, sponsored name2022: Jumpstart Inclusive Playground now open in EdmontonRapid fire
    PSA: Have fun in the sun in Edmonton's spray parks, opening this weekendNews Release: New EPark App launches todayCanada's 100 Best restaurants list snubs Edmonton; three bars crack top 50See us in person!
    May 21: Don't let the pink slime get you: AI's role in a healthy media ecosystem at Work Nicer Beaver House.May 25: Edmonton International Cat Festival at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan.May 30: Speaking Municipally Live: Untangling the housing knot at the Foundry Room.Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!


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    • 43 min
    The Queen of Nexopia

    The Queen of Nexopia

    Summer is here, and it comes with the sale of a riverboat, scooters, and summer streets. Plus, council writes a very sternly worded letter to the province. It'll work this time, they promise!
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Tim Querengesser
    Tim's workLinkedIn profile@TimQuerengesserEdmonton Riverboat
    Meet the new owners of the Edmonton RiverboatSummer streets and scooters
    PSA: Summer Streets gives Edmontonians safer spaces for outdoor funWhere are Edmonton's e-scooters?Bill 18/20
    Bill 20 offers power to accelerate housing through property tax breaksEdmonton city council asks Alberta to scrap Bill 18 and Bill 20 for consultationChanges to city charters, Municipal Government Act meant to bolster housing, cut costs: McIverEdmonton mayor, Alberta government meet to talk about Sohi's 6-page funding letterSohi sends 6-page letter to Smith detailing ways Alberta can help EdmontonFederal government and Boyle Street Community Services invest in vital community building in downtown EdmontonCalgary's single-use items bylaw repealed, businesses no longer required to charge bag feeEdge Fund
    Edmonton grants $4.7M to 17 organizations through Edge FundEdmonton's biggest rec centres face name change in new sponsorship dealRapid fire
    The City of Edmonton finally has a 'Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion' & it's here to stay (for now)Premier Danielle Smith's tweetEdmonton fire chief Joe Zatylny resigns effective May 10See us in person!
    May 21: Don't let the pink slime get you: AI's role in a healthy media ecosystem at Work Nicer Beaver House. Taproot CEO Mack Male and Ethically Aligned AI founder Katrina Ingram will discuss the uses and abuses of AI in media. Generative AI is flooding the world with "pink slime journalism," but it's also helping responsible companies like Taproot carry out our work more deeply and efficiently. We'll explore those realities at this community event associated with Upper Bound, Edmonton's annual AI conference. Tickets to our event are free.May 25: Edmonton International Cat Festival at the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan. We're thrilled to be a media sponsor for this 10th annual celebration of all things feline. We've asked our friends at Zoe's Animal Rescue to share our booth, so come by to meet some members of the Taproot team, and give a kitty a skritch while you're there. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and kids get in free.May 30: Speaking Municipally Live: Untangling the housing knot at the Foundry Room. Our civic affairs podcast is recording live during the Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative's summer institute, and you're invited. Hosts Troy Pavlek and Mack Male will discuss how the City of Edmonton can help alleviate the housing crisis; their guests are Joshua Evans of the Affordable Housing Solutions Lab and writer/researcher Eric Rice, who is working on a project with Taproot to help us better understand the housing system. Tickets are free.This episode was brought to you by Inventures, the breakthrough innovation event from Alberta Innovates that is happening in Calgary from May 29 to 31. Inventures will bring more than 4,000 entrepreneurs, startups, scale-ups, academics, investors, and industry leaders together to cultivate relationships, showcase emerging technologies, and capitalize on Alberta's innovation advantage.
    Speaking Municipally is produced by Taproot Edmonton, a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts, all in the service of informing Edmontonians about what is going on in their community. Sign up to get The Pulse, our weekday news briefing. It's free!



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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Podcast Insomniac ,

What’s really happening in Edmonton

Troy and Mac really do their homework to help us stay informed on the workings behind the walls at city hall. Although not guaranteed to keep one’s blood pressure down, I still appreciate their highlights of the machinations of council workings.

DWLNO60 ,

So many hot takes

Two overgrown undergrads parrot the standard #yegtwitter lines about municipal affairs. It’s not a bad roundup of what’s going on in city council. But their analysis of the issues is sometimes superficial, and — sorry guys — their jokes aren’t funny. Two stars for trying. But it would be less of a hate listen if they took a more journalistic tone and cut back on the echo-chamber editorializing.

JAJ0179 ,

Other topics

Great show, very informative. I have never heard the fire department mentioned, that must be a big budget line too, any future episodes planned to discuss the state of that area?

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