Edmonton Minute: Mayoral Forums, Political Endorsements, and a New Hope Mission

Edmonton Minute: Mayoral Forums, Political Endorsements, and a New Hope Mission


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


This Week In Edmonton:

  • In the run-up to the municipal elections later this month, several groups are hosting mayoral forums and debates. Today at 6:00 pm, the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations will hold a mayoral forum, while the Edmonton Public Library will be holding an online conversation with mayoral candidates on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

  • The Edmonton International Film Festival continues this week with over 180 independent films, including everything from feature films to 10 minute short stories. Most in-person screenings will take place at Landmark Cinemas, downtown, and Garneau Theatre, just south of the High Level Bridge.

  • There will be no scheduled City Council meeting this week, as the current Council is done until the election on October 18th, absent any emergency meetings surrounding COVID.


Last Week In Edmonton:

  • In a controversial move, outgoing Mayor Iveson has endorsed a number of candidates for council, and there have also been a number of recent endorsements by NDP MLAs. Some have complained that this signals partisan politics being introduced into City Hall. We disagree. Partisan politics has always dominated City Hall, it’s just been hidden. At least, if candidates are open with their political alignments, voters know what they’re getting!

  • It emerged that Edmonton police handed out around 1,800 tickets as part of Project TENSOR (Traffic Enforcement Noise/Speed Offence Reduction). We’re on the fence about this. Is this really the best use of police resources?

  • The new Hope Mission Herb Jamieson Centre opened its doors to welcome Edmonton’s most vulnerable men on Friday. The 400-bed shelter cost $16 million, paid for by the provincial and federal government, as well as over 4,000 Albertans who donated to the centre.




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