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
This was an excellent article about the real threat in this election to the continued success of the region. Many of us have worked so hard to develop cooperative relations between the cities in the area. We are finally starting to see the fruits of our labour… with shared data, Global Edmonton, and the new transit M.O.U. that was just recently signed.
It is my strong desire to continue representing St. Albert in this developing region, so we can benefit from all that strong relations with Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Sturgeon County, and the cities and towns around us have to offer. Together we will ALL benefit, grow, and provide brighter opportunities for future generations.
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
Ray Gibbon Drive was a huge addition to the road network in St. Albert. I cannot imagine our city without this option of travel.
It was built surrounded by some controversy regarding the exact route and funding, but it is here today and now we have the issue of how to expand it to the road it was designed to be.
Expanding Ray Gibbon Drive to safely and effectively move goods and people and supporting the economy is a priority of mine!
What makes a neighbourhood a true community, one that exudes comfort, security, vibrancy
and a sense of belonging? One that welcomes residents and visitors alike as a safe, friendly
and interesting place to be? It is difficult to describe and even tougher to achieve, but surely it is
what most of us want from the places that we live.
First I believe it is important to define “Affordable Housing”.
- There is government subsidized housing.
- There is affordable market housing.
- And finally, there is affordable living which goes beyond the cost of housing and starts to include transportation, taxes, utilities etc.
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
St. Albert is the Botanical Art City, so we should apply for recognition in the national award called Communities in Bloom
Enhancing Green Spaces
People, Plants and Pride… Growing Together
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