Edmonton Minute: Council Finished, Federal Election, and Pedestrian Crossing Delays

Edmonton Minute: Council Finished, Federal Election, and Pedestrian Crossing Delays


Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics


This Week In Edmonton:

  • There are no Council or committee meetings this week. In fact, Council is officially done until after the municipal election on October 18th.

  • The Open Street festival is returning to our City this Saturday, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, on 104th Street between Jasper Avenue and 102nd Avenue. The festival will include bike parades, walking tours, design workshops, and street games.

  • The City will be hosting an online session for those in the Boyle St and McCauley neighbourhoods on Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The session will discuss the upcoming community renewal project in those neighbourhoods, where construction is slated to begin in 2023.


Last Week In Edmonton:

  • It's done! The current term of City Council is all but over, as the final City Council and committee meetings wrapped up this past week. Thus, we bid adieu to those councillors who will not be running again - Mayor Don Iveson and Councillors Scott McKeen, Ben Henderson, and Michael Walters. We thank them for their service. You can check out who is running at the election at our Election Candidate Database.

  • Twelve mayors in the Edmonton area (including Mayor Don Iveson) signed an open letter calling for the provincial government to implement vaccine passports, similar to the approach BC and Ontario have taken. However, after the letter was published, Leduc County Mayor Tanni Doblanko said she never agreed with the final version of the letter and her signature was not authorized.

  • Finally, we observe that placing three seemingly untimed scramble crossings in as many blocks has proven to be a challenge for vehicular traffic in the area of Whyte Avenue between 105 St and Gateway Blvd. When confronted with cries that the intersections are causing a significant backlog, the City basically said that they don't care. OK, then! Maybe it's City Hall that could do with a good scramble?




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