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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.

    The secret federal government plot to steal our river valley

    The secret federal government plot to steal our river valley

    This week, we discuss City Plan measurements, the National Urban Park initiative, a looming CSU52 vote on the city's "best and final" offer, and the implications of ending EndPovertyEdmonton.
    Correction: We incorrectly stated that outgoing EndPovertyEdmonton executive director Erick Ambtman is a current member of the Edmonton Police Commission. In fact, his last meeting as a commissioner was on Nov. 16, 2023.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Shout-out!
    Sugared and SpicedCity Plan
    Executive Committee Meeting Minutes: Feb. 28, 2024National Urban Park
    Explainer: the battle over a proposed national urban park in EdmontonCSU52 vote
    Unionized city workers to vote directly on Edmonton's offer, delaying potential strike or lockoutCity of Edmonton Proposal Vote Information | CSU 52News Release: City is considering both employees and taxpayers with CSU 52 best and final offerCity of Edmonton offers wage increase with retroactive pay, hybrid work in 'best and final' deal to CSU 52 membersMedia Statement: Statement on 2023 Financial ResultsEnding EndPovertyEdmonton
    EndPovertyEdmonton's Funding Reduced by Edmonton City CouncilCity slashed End Poverty Edmonton funding in private meetingMack's blog posts about EndPovertyEdmontonNov 2023: EndPovertyEdmonton Rejects Hateful, Prejudiced Resolutions in AlbertaMay 2023: EndPovertyEdmonton's 2023 Alberta Provincial Election PrioritiesMarch 18, 2014: Edmonton aspires to eliminate poverty within a generationAffordable housing
    Federal government announces $175M to build affordable housing in EdmontonThe City's new Affordable Housing Strategy brings hope for a brighter futureBuilding more homes that Canadians can afford in EdmontonOrganic waste
    Edmonton needs new plan for organic waste with influx from apartments and population growthRapid fire
    Renewable energy developments in Alberta to face strict new rulesA new phase is in the works for Alberta's 1,000 km/h high-speed trainAlberta NDP leadership candidate to focus on climate change, droughtSpeaking 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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    • 39 min
    Six rezonings, 10 bike routes, and 12 OPs

    Six rezonings, 10 bike routes, and 12 OPs

    This week, OP12 returned and council appears to be a bit more bearish on the idea. Plus, we learn more about the bike routes being built in 2024, and there are six rezonings testing the limits of the new zoning bylaw.
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    NASH
    Stephanie's post with fellow presentersStephanie's post about getting your first job in journalismOP12
    Report offers council service cuts and new fees to meet OP12 goalsGeorge Spady
    George Spady looks to relocate detox program to Jasper PlaceEdmonton detox unit moving; supervised consumption site future unknownBike lanes
    Ten routes mark first bike projects from $100M investmentE-scooters
    E-scooter operators remain bullish on Edmonton regionRezonings
    On the agenda: OP12, George Spady, six rezoningsExplore Edmonton
    Explore Edmonton granted one-time $6 million cash infusion from reserve fundsRapid fire
    Romance novel boom spurs new bricks-and-mortar bookstores in AlbertaEdmonton Valley Zoo announces additions to wolf pack ahead of Family DayEndPovertyEdmonton's Funding Reduced by Edmonton City CouncilSpeaking 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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    • 32 min
    Public spaces (just not for you, specifically)

    Public spaces (just not for you, specifically)

    The draft Public Spaces Bylaw goes to council amid plenty of opposition. We talk with Omar Yaqub of IFSSA and Cheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow about the potential impact of the bylaw on marginalized communities. Plus, the Katz Group is suing Boyle Street over a $5 million donation.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Guests
    Omar Yaqub of IFSSA | Islamic Family & Social Services AssociationCheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing SocietyPublic Spaces Bylaw
    Bylaw 20700 — Public Spaces BylawEdmonton proposes bylaw changes banning panhandling, megaphones and moreEdmonton draft bylaw has rules for protests, spitting, biking on grassHere's what you need to know about Edmonton's proposed public spaces bylawOpinion: Proposed public spaces bylaws an attack on Edmonton's marginalizedOpinion: Bylaw would give perception of safety at expense of most vulnerableICE District / Boyle Street
    Katz Group launches court battle with Edmonton homeless organization over $5M donationRapid fire
    City of Edmonton workers join library counterparts, vote 91 per cent in favour of strikeEx-mayor Nenshi loathes partisan politics. He may run for NDP leader anywayExplore Edmonton granted one-time $6 million cash infusion from reserve fundsThis episode is brought to you by Strathcona County which has launched Select Strathcona, a new investment attraction website helping site selectors, developers, investors, and businesses looking to expand — making it easier to get the right information to make the next, best investment decision.
    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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    • 48 min
    Walking you through the downtown pedestrianization plan

    Walking you through the downtown pedestrianization plan

    The downtown pedestrianization report finally went through committee, so we talk with Jason Syvixay and Stephen Raitz, two of the shepherds that guided it through.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Guests
    Jason SyvixayUDI-Edmonton MetroStephen RaitzPaths for PeoplePedestrianization
    UDI's LinkedIn postStephen's interview on 630 CHEDPaths for People: Downtown pedestrianizationAction Plan (PDF)New nine-step plan aims to improve pedestrian experience in downtown EdmontonEpisode 62Other
    Edmonton proposes bylaw changes banning panhandling, megaphones and moreEdmonton takes another step to rename central neighbourhood Wîhkwêntôwin, remove Oliver monikerRapid fire
    Alta. government unveils drought advisory committee to prepare for dry seasonOilers winning streak dies one win from history. So what?Pause on renewables projects to lift at month's end as plannedThis episode is brought to you by Strathcona County which has launched Select Strathcona, a new investment attraction website helping site selectors, developers, investors, and businesses looking to expand — making it easier to get the right information to make the next, best investment decision.
    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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    • 54 min
    Water we gonna talk about this week?

    Water we gonna talk about this week?

    Valley Line users were left out in the cold when doors didn't function and heat wouldn’t turn on. Plus, EPCOR really leads the OP12 savings charge by cutting off everyone’s water!
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    Valley Line shelters
    Valley Line shelters give riders cold shoulderOP12 reallocations
    Report offers council service cuts and new fees to meet OP12 goalsCity Hall update
    City cancels meetings after attack at city hallNews Release: City makes safe and steady progress on City Hall restorationDamage in Edmonton city hall attack estimated at $100K, meetings canceled next weekWater ban
    Tim Cartmell's postMandatory ban on non-essential water use for Edmonton and Capital Region is anticipated to continue until mid-day Sunday, February 4Edmonton councillor has questions for EPCOR about equipment failure, water banBan on non-essential water use in Edmonton region expected to last until Sunday, Epcor saysBan on non-essential water use in Edmonton area due to pump failure at water plantDanielle Smith
    Alberta premier says legislation on gender policies for children, youth coming this fallRapid fire
    MP Blake Desjarlais reelFlair Airlines owes $67 million in unpaid taxes as CRA opens door to seize carrier's property'Never been done before': Edmonton man driving around the world in 17 monthsSpeaking 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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    • 35 min
    Emergency Managed

    Emergency Managed

    An emergency management committee meeting was punctuated with an actual emergency at City Hall. Plus, several things are on the way out: the downtown farmers market, the name "Oliver", and Adam Laughlin.
    Here are the relevant links for this episode:
    City Hall Incident
    'Heavily armed' man arrested after shots fired, Molotov cocktail thrown in Edmonton city hall'Heavily armed' suspect acted alone in Edmonton City Hall shooting: policeCity Hall shooter chargedPolice charge man after attack on Edmonton city hallStories of bravery emerging after Edmonton City Hall shootingGrade 1 students from Edmonton public school on field trip at city hall when shooting occurredSingle-Use Items
    Edmonton to increase fee for paper and reusable bagsOn the agenda: Bag fees, flood mitigation, travel budgetWîhkwêntôwin
    Oliver no more: Edmonton neighbourhood adopts new Cree nameCity Market
    Edmonton Downtown Farmers' Market forced to move amid high utility costs, low foot traffic"Critical financial situation": Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market board recommends shutdown'Shocking' closure of Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market sparks new collective seeking kitchen spaceEdmonton Unlimited
    Catherine Warren ousted from Edmonton UnlimitedAdam Laughlin
    Top bureaucrat exodus continues in Edmonton with fifth deputy city manager departure in one yearEpisode 128: The former big cheese on inteGRATED infrastructureEdmonton Oilers
    Will the Oilers' streak pay off with a Stanley Cup? What history saysFossil first
    72-million-year-old sturgeon discovered in Edmonton is a fossil firstSpeaking 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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    • 35 min

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