Edmonton Minute: Voting Info, Candidate Info, and Campaigning Heats Up
Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics
This Week In Edmonton:
It’s the final week of the campaign! Advanced voting opened on October 4th and continues until this Wednesday (October 13th). If you haven’t voted by then, you’ll have to wait until election day. There is one advanced voting poll per ward, and you can find yours here.
To help you decide on how to vote, check out our candidate election database. We now have photos and contact info for almost every single candidate and video interviews for all 23 council candidates who participated (this was only offered to council candidates, not mayoral candidates). We’ve also added the first candidate responses to the survey we sent out last week, and will add even more as the answers are sent back to us.
- There will be no scheduled City Council meeting this week, as the current Council is done until after the election. The first meeting after the election will be on October 26th at 2:00 pm, shortly after the swearing-in of the new Council.
Last Week In Edmonton:
Edmonton Public schools called for a "firebreak" closure of all schools in the province. While the board may not get their wish on that issue, the provincial government did grant the board's other wishes - the reinstatement of contact tracing in schools and a resumption of AHS notification of positive cases.
- Dow chemical announced a huge upgrade to its facility near Edmonton in Fort Saskatchewan. The site will be retrofitted to be net-zero for both direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions, while increasing production of ethylene and polyethylene by 300%. Win-win!
- The rating agency Moody's concluded a periodic review of the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority (ERAA). The review said that the Regional Airport Authority will face losses of traffic until 2023-2024, but that its credit should remain at the A2 level until that time. So was it necessary to bail the airport out with further taxpayer dollars? As we said before, no. No it was not. A key point of Moody’s review was that there is a lack of competition around the use of airports in Canada, as the geography is vast and the density of population low.
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