Do I support a new library? The question is not simple and it is not black and white. Anyone who has a yes or no answer is doing a disservice to the residents of St. Albert because this is complicated.
St. Albertans have to opportunity to express their opinion on whether to pursue building a library, aquatics and additional ice surfaces during the upcoming election. All are needed in the future and are competing for scarce municipal dollars. Overwhelming for or against results will provide the next council with a clear path, but my concern is that the path will not be so clear, that our community will come out looking to further pursue one, two or possibly all three projects and we need a mayor and council capable of coming up with non-traditional solutions. I would love to see our library branch attached to the next and much needed high school. We also need to build a new fire hall in the next few years so why not build the two together and find synergies in land, parking, and operations. Or why not partnering with some of the needed sports and recreation facilities?
Public transit is often one of the most emotional and contentious issues of any area of public policy. It is a heavily subsidized service with huge capital and operating costs and elected officials are constantly trying to justify it. I am a supporter of public transit! It needs to be fast, convenient, simple, reliable, efficient, affordable and integrated with other modes of transportation. Continue reading
One of the biggest frustrations residents of St. Albert express to me is traffic on the trail and the synchronization of the lights. This has become one of my highest priorities from this election.
The Smart City Initiative is how we can fix this problem, and I’m proud to be spearheading this project. Continue reading
We have an exciting opportunity here to engage in conversation about a capital project – the branch library – and for the first time in St. Albert’s history it can be heavily talked about on social media. I see this as a wonderful chance for anyone running in the election to listen to the residents wishes and concerns.
I have been watching various conversations and wanted to make sure a few numbers and facts are correct for this debate. And I want to make clear my position on this issue Continue reading
Saturday July 1st I was at the Farmer’s Market and a young girl of 13 approached me with a great question. She had recently been travelling and saw some bike sharing stations and wanted to know if we could do the same here in St. Albert?
First off, I was impressed with Stella’s question and how well she articulated it. I love our youth! Continue reading
The city spend millions of dollars planning neighbourhood facilities master plans. The current process is to wait until the neighbourhood is about 50% built out. We do this to allow resident input into the plan. I have concerns with this process: Continue reading