Edmonton Minute: LRT Delays, Gondola Concerns, and Airport Strike Averted
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This Week In Edmonton:
On Monday, at 9:30 am, there will be a City Council meeting. On the agenda are the complaints against Councillor Janz for his social media post, land agreements for the Prairie Sky Gondola project, and more than a dozen bylaws allowing the City to undertake and finance various projects. If Council doesn’t make it through the full agenda on Monday, there is a continuation scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 am.
On Tuesday, at 9:00 am, there will be a meeting of the Agenda Review Committee, followed by a 9:30 am meeting of the Council Services Committee. Also on Tuesday, at 1:30 pm, there will be a City Council Public Hearing to deal with several bylaws.
- There will be a non-regular meeting of the Community and Public Services Committee at 1:30 pm on Wednesday. The Committee will have an in-camera discussion regarding applicant interviews and appointment recommendations for the City of Edmonton Youth Council.
Last Week In Edmonton:
The Chief of Papaschase First Nation, Calvin Bruneau, expressed concern that the Prairie Sky Gondola project would disrupt traditional burial grounds. The Rossdale neighbourhood is the location of a proposed station, but Bruneau said the area is a “very historic and sacred site.” He doesn’t want Council to approve the agreement as it stands, noting that Indigenous peoples should have been consulted much earlier in the process.
- The Valley Line LRT extension has been delayed - again. Cracks were found in 18 of the piers that support elevated portions of the track. During a walkthrough of the project, the City and TransEd, the public-private partner, discovered the issues. How does that even happen?!? Engineering teams are now exploring options, but no revised opening date has been provided. Apparently, there will be no additional costs to the City as the contract with TransEd has provisions to protect taxpayers. We’ll see…
- A strike at Edmonton International Airport has been avoided. Airport security screening officers at EIA were supposed to take job action but will return to the negotiating table at the end of August. The screening officers are in a dispute with GardaWorld, the security firm contracted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, over wages, pensions, and working conditions and have rejected the employer’s previous two offers.
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