Family Violence

Family violence impacts everyone, not just the victims and the perpetrator. It has been said that family violence doesn’t discriminate; it’s not limited to a particular economic or cultural segment. It affects us all.

The repercussions are emotional, physical, financial and spiritual.  It destroys people’s sense of wellbeing and safety at home, work and in the community.  

There is a significant ripple effect in the workplace and the community.  It is a pervasive social issue, but there is hope and we all have a role to take. Social change doesn’t happen overnight; it’s going to take time and collective effort.  

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Blatchford is taking off!

September was a big month in the development of Blatchford as the Blatchford Renewable Energy Utility was officially completed and the first Energy Centre opened! The utility includes a 570 borehole geoexchange field and the Energy Centre, which holds the mechanical equipment for the District Energy Sharing System. Part of Council’s vision for this community was to make it a leader in energy innovation. The utility will replace traditional furnaces, air conditioners and boilers in homes and buildings with a centralized system that distributes and shares heating and cooling energy between all types of buildings in the entire neighbourhood. Council’s vision is to create a community that will be a leader not just in energy efficiency, but in people-centred design.

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Two Traffic Safety Conferences: Bringing Learnings from Around the Globe to Edmonton

Edmonton was privileged to host two international traffic safety conferences this past week. The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) Conference happens once every three years and, in its 65-year history, this is only the fourth time it has been in Canada. More than 200 people attended from 33 countries to learn about the latest research on impairment and traffic safety. The second conference was the 11th Annual International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety. Sessions covered many areas of traffic safety from infrastructure to enforcement.

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Construction Updates Ward 2

Every summer, construction projects around the City get going with new and renewed infrastructure. Some of the biggest projects are well on their way within Ward 2, including the Yellowhead Freeway conversion, Blatchford, Northwest LRT, and neighbourhood renewal. It’s fair to say we have a lot to be excited about.

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What to do this summer?

School is officially out which means that children and teens have a lot of time on their hands. Wondering what you can do in our City? There are many affordable or free activities for families to participate in over the summer. 

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Gender Based Violence and FCM

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Ward 2 Spring News

Every few months I put out a newsletter to keep residents in Ward 2 updated on what’s happening. If you would like to subscribe, sign up at the link on the bottom of bevesslingeryreg.ca, and click here to see the Spring newsletter!

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Community Gardens

One of my favourite times of year is spring, it brings everyone out of their houses after a long winter. Neighbourhoods come alive again with outdoor events, children playing and neighbours chatting together. For some, it may be their first summer in Edmonton, something that we have all come to love, for others, it might be the first time spending summer in their new neighbourhood, but for everyone, it’s a time that we can celebrate community. Just as people come out of their houses, so plants begin to make their way out of the soil. In Edmonton, we are fortunate to have many wonderful community gardens that bring people together with a common goal of growing food and meeting others.

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My thoughts on Residential Speed Limits

There has been all kinds of discussion surrounding what to do with residential speed limits, its coming back to Council on May 14th. 

Making our City safe is a priority, but I recognize and have heard from many that whatever we do it needs to be simple, consistent, cost effective and that we need to be mindful of sign fatique. 

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Vision Zero

A few years ago we realized as a City that we needed to take action to ensure that no matter which way that individuals and families use the road, or interact with it, they know that they will be safe. We unanimously decided as a Council to implement Vision Zero. The Vision Zero program involves many areas working together to achieve the goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2032.

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