Inglewood Rezoning

At Tuesday evening’s public hearing, a rezoning for a piece of land in Inglewood, to allow for small-scale housing, came before City Council. Many community members came to speak about the impact of this land-use change on the community. I was very moved by their concern for the children who attend the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) Islamic School. Inglewood is a very welcoming place that celebrates diversity and this was demonstrated by the passion with which community members spoke.

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Changing LRT Station Name

On Monday, Council unanimously voted to remove the name Grandin from the LRT system and cover a mural depicting the residential school system. Council observed 215 seconds of silence in Chambers. Last Monday, City Hall flags were lowered to half-mast for 215 hours.

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Neighbourly Summer

Getting to know your neighbourhood goes very well with stepping outside to enjoy our beautiful summer! If you're looking for ideas to build a more vibrant and connected community, check out Abundant Community Edmonton's free "Creating a Neighbourly Vibe" online seminars. Sessions coming up June 8 and 14.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-a-neighbourly-vibe-with-abundant-community-edmonton-ace-tickets-106436157412

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Affordable Housing Investment

The City’s investment in affordable housing continues with $10 million in grant funding for 4 sites across Edmonton.

“The future residents will not only have a safe, stable and affordable place to call home, but also a network of support to foster their long-term success.”

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/News-Release---City-invests-in-new-affordable-housing.html?soid=1127191170163&aid=zqOz1e9KxoQ

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Property Tax Notices

Property tax notices were issued on Tuesday, May 25 and property owners can expect them in their mailboxes right away. (If you’ve already gone paperless, your notice is posted online at https://myproperty.edmonton.ca/)

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Front Yards in Bloom

In this time when we’re still called upon to remain distant, the efforts people put into beautifying their yards help bring communities together. If a neighbours’ yard, balcony, or public space brightens your day, nominate them for a Front Yards in Bloom award!

Details, categories, and nomination form at: frontyardsinbloom.ca

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Community Conversation - All Things Transit

I'm joined by Carrie Hotton-MacDonald from Edmonton Transit to answer your questions about the Edmonton Transit System.

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Business Grants

Phase 1 of the Edmonton Economic Action Plan Grant supported 1,089 local businesses impacted by COVID with immediate needs like PPE, equipment, marketing, and setting up websites and e-commerce. Phase 2 grants, focusing on long-term resiliency, will be available soon.

Details: conta.cc/3nLtPF5

More info about the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant: edmonton.ca/businessgrants

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Alcohol Consumption in Parks

You have probably heard that alcohol consumption will soon be allowed at designated sites at several River Valley parks.

I was torn in my vote on this measure. Public engagement surveys leaned towards support, and I value that input. But I was concerned by the public health representatives who noted a lack of public health benefits as well as potential risks. And I have to admit my own bias. I have had family members killed by drunk drivers, and would never want another family to go through that if it could be avoided.

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Bus Network Experience, Concerns, Process

It's a gorgeous spring day in Edmonton and a perfect time to check out the new bus routes on Edmonton Transit. I downloaded the app, put in my address and destination and it directed me where to go. I was a little stressed making sure I had the right stop and went to the wrong one first. Once the bus arrived and I boarded, the app told me when my stop was coming up and when I arrived at my destination. I could even follow along on the map. The bus was partly full with a mom with kids in a stroller, family with children, seniors, some folks off to work, and I met another person just checking out the route.

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