Our Children in Playgrounds

Recently I was at the playground near my house with my grandchildren and they were enjoying the play structures.  While watching my grandchildren I saw a mom running and then heard her calling after her child (2-3 years old) as he ran towards the road.  As a looked up I saw a car driving toward the playground.  I imagined the worst!  Fortunately, the car saw the same scene unfolding and stopped before they got to the playground and mom caught up with her son as he reached the road.  Whew! It really reinforced how vulnerable children were when playing in open spaces or playgrounds.

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What It's Like to Be the Only Woman on Council

I’ve been asked this question more times than any other in my first term on City Council.  I often respond that I have nothing to compare it too as this is my first term.   I have been treated with respect and support from my colleagues over the past four years.   In fact, they have also supported many of the ideas and motions I’ve made to advance women in our city including the support of the Women’s Advisory Committee, creating of the Gender Based Violence Prevention initiative, a child care policy for the city and including gender based analysis plus in council training and implementation throughout city.   They have also supported the Opening the Potential program and many of them mentored women interested in politics as well as attending sessions to meet with women looking at being involved in politics.  Recently Council supported the draft parental leave principles for future policy for elected officials in Edmonton.

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Community Hubs

What is community?   Sometimes it is hard to describe but, when you experience it you know it.   When we feel connected to others and are a part of something bigger than ourselves,  where you can help and receive support from others.   We all need help sometimes.

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Door Knocking

Knock! Who’s there?  Your City Councillor who is running for re-election.  Any issues or concerns with our city at this time?  The most common response was no, not really.  We have a great city!  I agree and want to keep working to ensure it is even better. We do need to have a vision to grow and mature as a modern city but, we also need to take care of our current residents.  

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Action on Dog Park Fencing

Hooray! The fence is coming! The fence is coming! I have been working on this with some really committed dog owners who have shared their stories about the need for fence at Lauderdale Off-Leash Park or Onion Park, located on 127 Avenue between 109 and 113A Streets.

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What Makes Us Feel Safe?

The dictionary defines safety as “the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury” or “something designed to prevent injury or damage.”

Whose responsibility is it anyways?

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Crosswalk Safety

Today the City Auditor presented the results of the crosswalk audit to City Council, and I am pleased to see that the report recognizes the crosswalk program is effectively managed.

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Northwest LRT Expansion – The Time Is Now!

This past week Councillor Dave Loken and I brought forward a notice of motion. This motion should come forward this next week and I am passionate about seeing our communities served well, with access to fast and efficient public transportation.

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