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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: My quick reply to Don Iveson on Northlands’ Vision 2020 proposal

The following comment was posted as a response to Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson‘s comments on Northlands’ Vision 2020 proposal following the City Administration’s analysis of the plan. I hope to go into more details about Northlands&#8217… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: My quick reply to Don Iveson on Northlands’ Vision 2020 proposal

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Big population growth means it’s time to redraw Alberta’s Electoral Boundaries

Alberta’s population has grown by 517,365 since the last time our provincial electoral boundaries were redrawn to reflect population growth. According to population estimates released on the provincial government’s Open Data portal this week… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Big population growth means it’s time to redraw Alberta’s Electoral Boundaries

Alberta Diary: Lousy polls? Redford Tories execute screeching reversal on southbound Edmonton LRT tracks

Fresh off a train in Edmonton’s Churchill LRT station, Alberta Premier Alison Redford announces $600 million surprise funding for an Edmonton LRT less than a week after her finance minister tabled a budget that didn’t mention it. Below: Finance Minister Doug Horner explains how the spending is really in the budget, even though . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Lousy polls? Redford Tories execute screeching reversal on southbound Edmonton LRT tracks

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Don Iveson asks: Do you support LRT expansion?

Tweet Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson took the the streets, and then to YouTube, to ask Edmontonians if they support expansion of Edmonton’s Light Rail Transit system. The campaign is part of Mr. Iveson’s bid to convince provincial and federal politicians to support the expansion of Edmonton’s light rail transit system, a key part of the . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Don Iveson asks: Do you support LRT expansion?

Alberta Diary: Regional planning, an idea whose time has come again, whether Redwater likes it or not!

The region covered by Alberta’s Capital Region Board. Below: St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, Redwater Mayor Mel Smith and Sturgeon County Mayor Don Rigney.

ST. ALBERT

The Town of Redwater has petitioned Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister to be allowed to quit the Capital Region Board – a plea that no doubt elicited a . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Regional planning, an idea whose time has come again, whether Redwater likes it or not!

Alberta Diary: Welcome to Alberta’s Wild West, where the market sets the value of your vote

Drug store billionaire Daryl Katz, right, discusses his plans for a new Edmonton hockey arena with a representative of the Alberta government. Since Wild West hockey barons may not appear exactly as illustrated, a photo of the real Mr. Katz is shown below. (CBC Photo, circa 2008.)

Look, people, this here is the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Welcome to Alberta’s Wild West, where the market sets the value of your vote

Dead Wild Roses: The Edmonton Arena – The Katz Method:Socialize the Risk and Privatize the Profit

Edmonton taxpayers are going to be fleeced without affection or mercy by the Katz Group. This has been in the cards since this atrocious deal was pre-approved last year. Having done some reading though, we can still pull out of this money trap and it looks as if Katz is giving us the golden ticket . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Edmonton Arena – The Katz Method:Socialize the Risk and Privatize the Profit

Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton City Centre Redevelopment Videos

The City of Edmonton posted the conceptual design videos competing to become the master plan for the City Centre Redevelopment project on their Youtube account. Proposals were submitted by firms from London, Kansas City, Sweden, Vancouver, and Rotterdam, though each has local partners that will be collaborating on the project.

Unlike Councillor Tony Caterina, I . . . → Read More: Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton City Centre Redevelopment Videos

Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton City Centre Redevelopment Videos

The City of Edmonton posted the conceptual design videos competing to become the master plan for the City Centre Redevelopment project on their Youtube account. Proposals were submitted by firms from London, Kansas City, Sweden, Vancouver, and Rotterda… . . . → Read More: Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton City Centre Redevelopment Videos

Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton’s Racism Debate: Lacks Substance and Misses Point

The City of Edmonton has pulled controversial language from its Anti-Racism Campaign after public complaints over a statement on the the campaign’s website regarding “White Privilege.” For more background on the campaign and public uproar, read “City’s Anti-Racism Campaign Targets ‘White Privilege,’” “Race and Racism — Or Putting the ‘You’ in Yeg,’” “Anti-Racism Website Bizarre, . . . → Read More: Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton’s Racism Debate: Lacks Substance and Misses Point

Straight Outta Edmonton: Edmonton’s Racism Debate: Lacks Substance and Misses Point

The City of Edmonton has pulled controversial language from its Anti-Racism Campaign after public complaints over a statement on the the campaign’s website regarding “White Privilege.” For more background on the campaign and public uproar, read “City’s Anti-Racism Campaign Targets ‘White Privilege,'” “Race and Racism — Or Putting the ‘You’ in Yeg,'” “Anti-Racism Website Bizarre, Offensive to ‘Real’ Edmontonians,” Edmonton’s Centre for Race and Culture’s “Letter to the Editor,” or watch Alberta Primetime’s “Alberta’s New Anti-Racism Site” and “Indy Future?” segment.

Although I think the messaging should have been revised, I am disappointed at the lack of public debate on the issue. Not only did the media fail to fully represent the views of proponents, but they framed them to be outsiders, with no understanding of Edmonton or its history. In doing so, real, substantive discussion on what is racism, Edmonton’s unique cultural and racial history, how racism manifests in our city today, and how best to address racism, was prevented from happening.

Instead, we received assertions that Edmonton’s unique history made imported American theories on race inapplicable, with no real substantiation. We can all agree that Peggy McIntosh’s views on race were written with the United States’ racial experience in mind, but that does not prove that they have no relevancy in Edmonton today. In fact, many have applied similar notions as what McIntosh discusses to Canadian society (as well as Edmonton).

Further, limited supporting viewpoints were provided, indicating that Edmontonians as a whole were opposed to these ideas and that those who may subscribe to McIntosh are outsiders just like her. This is a false representation, which denies the diversity of views in our city and attempts to discredit opposing views not on substance, but by who expresses it. I don’t agree with the messaging because of who it targets, how it defines racism, how represents “visible minorities” like myself, and what it implies is the solution — not who is proposing it. The public would have been better served if they received all views on this issue, not the most popular.

However, the biggest problem was that though many were willing to condemn the campaign, few were able to recommend alternative policies. Obviously, many didn’t think it was appropriate, but we didn’t get any public discussion of what the campaign should look like. By failing to do so, we missed the real issue: racism is an issue in Edmonton and we need a strategy to address it.

Policy issues are decided by those who show up. In this particular case, those who showed up had views that differed from the majority of Edmontonians. Hopefully, those who were outraged will take initiatives like developing municipal anti-racism policy seriously and participate in the future.

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