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’ proposal and the plans of… Continue Reading →

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, Alberta’s population reached 4,196,457 in 2015, up from population… Continue Reading →

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 it wasn’t ...

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 ...

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 powerful ho-hum ...

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 Wild West. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...