A Quiet Christmas

With the focus on provincial politicians’ holiday travels in the news, people are—rightfully—asking their elected officials at all levels how—and where—they spent their holidays. I stayed home and didn’t leave the metro Edmonton region over the holiday season.

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Holidays and Mental Health

The holiday season can be a difficult time for mental health. This year may be particularly hard. People are struggling with job loss, facing the loneliness of isolation, and dealing with the grief of losing loved ones.

If you’re struggling, you don’t have to go through it alone.

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Snow Clearing Season

Here comes the snow again! It’s been a pretty mild season for snowfall so far, but chances are this isn’t the only big drop we’re going to get before winter’s through.

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Racially Motivated Attacks

Three women have been assaulted in two racially motivated attacks in our city in the span of a week. It’s reprehensible and utterly unacceptable.

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Budget 2021

The 2021 City budget was approved today, with a zero-percent tax levy increase. This is the first zero-percent increase since 1997.

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The City Plan

After 2 years of public engagement, thousands of conversations, and 3 days of public hearings featuring 33 speakers, the new City Plan was approved by Council yesterday to address one big number: 2 million. It’s only a matter of time before Edmonton’s population hits that milestone, and the new City Plan is a guide to growing our city in a sustainable way to give all our citizens the opportunity to thrive.

View the City Plan at edmonton.ca/cityplan

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YWCA Rose Campaign

“You can make a difference to someone experiencing domestic violence. Recognize abuse, respond appropriately and refer to community resources.” —Lana Wells

I was honoured to attend this morning’s YWCA Edmonton #RoseCampaignYEG virtual event. December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, marking the 1989 murder of 14 women at l’Ecole Polytechnique.

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Budget 2021 Hearing

Yesterday was a very full day, as Council heard from over 70 Edmontonians about potential impacts of proposed cuts in the 2021 budget. Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak and represent the concerns of their communities and organizations.

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New Safe Mobility Strategy

The new Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025 will be presented to Council’s Urban Planning Committee on December 1.

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IDEVAW 2020

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Learn more about gender-based violence, and what we can ALL do to stop it, at https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/initiatives_innovation/gender-based-violence-and-sexual-assault-prevention

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