Edmonton Minute: Budget Adjustments, Duplicate Payments, and Bylaw Officers Acting As Police
Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics
This Week In Edmonton:
On Monday at 9:30 am, there will be an Executive Council meeting. They will receive a report on City Infrastructure, receive the annual report of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (to which taxpayers paid $1.2 million), and consider a loan of $1.688 million to the Fort Edmonton Park Corporation.
- Council will meet twice this week. On Thursday for a City Council Non Statutory Public Hearing to consider the Supplemental Capital and Operating budgets of the City and on Friday for a City Council Non-Regular meeting to appoint board members to the Airport Authority and the Police Commission.
- There will also be three Committee meetings this week - the Urban Planning Committee on Tuesday, the Community and Public Services Committee on Wednesday and the Utility Committee on Friday.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- The City Auditor revealed that the Social Development Branch of the City made a duplicate payment of $293,000 to a recipient who had already been paid! The City did ultimately recover the money, but this doesn't give us great confidence in the City's accounting practices!
- City of Edmonton bylaw officers have now been given the green light to start policing COVID-related violations. "We are going to be more aggressive in our enforcement," said Adam Laughlin, the Interim City Manager. We're not sure turning Bylaw Officers into defacto Police is really the best idea, and the province really shouldn't be enabling this.
- More shakeups were announced to an already greatly disturbed school year. All students in Grades 7-12 will move to at-home learning on November 30 (today!) for the remainder of 2020 and the holiday break for all students will start early on December 18th.
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