Community Conversation on Crime and Safety with EPS

I've heard from folks in Ward 2 concerns about crime and safety. What can we do? I've invited Edmonton Police Chief and Staff and community representatives to join me for a conversation about crime and to answer questions.

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Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

Like many Edmontonians, I was extremely upset by the violent incident at Rosslyn School. No form of bullying is ever acceptable. The incident is made all the more disturbing in that it appears to have been racially motivated. There is no place for racism, hate, and violence in our city.

The City has created an Anti-Racism Advisory Committee made up of citizens that have lived experience of racism. The work is ongoing as they make recommendations on actions we can take to create lasting change and put an end to racist attacks in our community.

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Park Maintenance

Connecting with green spaces is so important for physical and mental health. Our City parks and open spaces will see improved maintenance service this year compared to the start of the season last year when service was suddenly scaled back due to COVID.

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132 Avenue Renewal

The 132 Avenue Renewal Project Team is looking for public input as they move into the project design phase. You can:

- register for an online session where the team will go through design options and answer questions,
- review some of the proposed options in report and video formats, and
- provide feedback through an online survey.

Use the “Attend / Review / Share” tabs under “Engagement Opportunities” at edmonton.ca/132avenue

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Street Labs

Some good news for neighbourhoods. Vision Zero Street Labs are quick, creative, inexpensive solutions to enhance safety and livability.

Some of the ready-to-go measures include curb extensions, parklets (small public spaces), wayfinding signs, and more. But all Street Labs are tailored to suit the needs of the community, as identified by the people who live there. Street Labs are community-led, City-supported.

Learn more about how Street Labs can make your neighbourhood safer and more beautiful at edmonton.ca/streetlabs

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Bus Network Redesign Concerns

Yesterday, Council voted 11-2 against a motion to postpone implementing the Bus Network Redesign (BNR) just days before the scheduled April 25 launch. This would have just been delaying the inevitable, and would have been an expensive delay at that. The launch was already postponed from last fall. The current system has not been overhauled since the 1990s. It worked well for a city of less than half a million, but it doesn’t serve a city of one million and growing. This change needs to happen to serve an underserved city.

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Did Council Vote To "Defund the Police"? No.

In the interest of combatting misinformation, City Council did not vote to “defund the police” this week. That’s an attention-grabbing slogan, but it doesn’t capture the nuance or details of the situation.

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Street Sweeping Season

You can tell spring is here when the street sweepers come out! Street sweeping will start after the long weekend and carry on over the next 7-8 weeks.

Schedules will be posted on edmonton.ca/streetsweeping, and on neighbourhood signs. You can help by making sure your vehicle is off the street when sweeping crews come through.

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Pop-Up Gardens

Over the course of a challenging and isolating time last year, 29 pop-up community gardens were set up across the city, helping to bring neighbours together and improve food security. Would you like a temporary pop-up garden in your community? Read the guidelines and submit your application at: edmonton.ca/popupgardens

Deadline for applications in April 4.

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Westmount Good Neighbour Plan

The City and Homeward Trust are gathering public input to create a Good Neighbour Plan for the supportive housing going up in Westmount. You can watch the Supportive Housing Info Session, fill out an opinion survey, and ask questions at: https://engaged.edmonton.ca/westmountsupportivehousing

Online feedback will be accepted until April 13.

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