With leadership front and center in this election, this question from the St. Albert Gazette and the subsequent answers are telling for how each candidate for mayor will interact with their council.
Council relationships have been in the spotlight since George Cuff released his municipal inspection report on St. Albert at the end of August.
In his report, Cuff referenced what he saw as a lack of collegiality, respect and co-operation between council members. He described two voting blocks on council and noted interpersonal conflicts sometimes got in the way of council business. Continue reading
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?
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
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What is open data? Open data is the release of municipal data for unrestricted public viewing and use. This data can be a tool to help foster problem-solving applications than help enhance the urban landscape. The data and easy access to it is foundational for a smart city.