Speaking Municipally

Speaking Municipally

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Taproot Edmonton presents a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics.


The solar installation stops Fern nothing
Oct 23 • 34 min
Council decides 7-6 to grant a new home to a large solar panel farm — in the river valley. Plus, we’ll break down a couple polls and what they mean for the upcoming election. And by “break down” we mean literally break them. They don’t matter. Polls are…
Seething about EATing at the outdoor sEATing without hEATing
Oct 16 • 33 min
We’re prepping for winter on our roads, patios and in our hearts. There will be no calcium chloride in our hearts this year. But healthy skepticism about LRT implementation seems to be forefront in our hearts this episode.
The new OrchKid on the block
Oct 9 • 33 min
Edmonton’s COVID active case count is the highest it’s ever been, and that’s giving the city and the feds significant motivation to end homelessness before November. But will the province be on board? Troy and Mack are joined by Taproot’s new managing…
Councillor Walters on the room where it HaPennes
Oct 2 • 48 min
We talk to Ward 10 Michael Walters for a behind the scenes look at his two terms on council. We talk about drainage, police budgets, regional transit and much more. Plus what lies ahead for the outgoing councillor.
Aloe to 100!
Sep 25 • 38 min
Speaking Municipally has unfortunately lost a summary judgement in a trademark lawsuit. We’ll have the details on that. Plus, indigenous ward names, EPS committees, middle management and a new community bussing pilot.
The Gon-bananas-a plan
Sep 18 • 52 min
Troy and Mack are joined by Jeffrey from Prairie Sky Gondola as he tries to convince them that the Gondola is just cars in the sky, not pie-in-the-sky.
Asking questions to Butter our election coverage
Sep 11 • 34 min
Mack’s off this week, and Troy is joined by Elise Stolte to talk about a new Taproot project called the People’s Agenda which she will sit on steering committee of.
EGGregious violation of the code of conduct are… fine?
Sep 4 • 35 min
This week we do some roleplay: Troy says what he wants about anything as is his free speech right, and Mack defends him for it, and speaks for him while he hides from consequences.
The Walters treetirement plan
Aug 28 • 27 min
Big news out of Ward 10 about the election. Plus, we’ve got news about tanks, hyperloops, Kaycee Madu success stories and a whole host of other things you shouldn’t buy.
A special council meeting to see if you’ve been naughty or rice
Aug 22 • 30 min
This week a date has been set for a special council meeting where, as one councillor will have you believe, the largest witchburning since the red scare will occur. Plus, other fictions, like council endorsing density.
The mask ex-hemp-tion card program goes up in smoke
Aug 14 • 34 min
The City of Edmonton implements an MS Paint-based mask exemption program. Plus, Council has COVID-caused crotchity crankiness. Hear about that.
Making our city plan a little more Currant
Aug 7 • 48 min
Speaking Municipally is back from summer break with a special episode featuring Kalen Anderson, the director of (The) [Edmonton] City Plan.
$11 million is all council is willing to Pear from the EPS budget
Jul 10 • 36 min
This week, council wraps up its very tepid response to the outrage regarding EPS funding by cutting an amount probably less than the staff time required to listen to - and ignore - all the speakers at public hearing. Plus, the COVID financial update came…
It’s like graaaaaaaaaaaaiiiin, on Canada Day
Jul 3 • 31 min
It at least stopped raining in the evening to allow people to set off some illegal fireworks. This week, the school board really gets their act together and organizes so that they can accomplish their goal of *checks notes* doing exactly nothing. Plus the…
Cheryl Johner? More leek Cheryl GONER
Jun 26 • 32 min
This week an Albertan politician takes accountability for what they say confirming that 2020 is not real and something is broken in the matrix. Plus we talk to Brooks mayor and AUMA president Barry Morishita about the UCP’s proposed changes to the Local…
The status quo can’t romaine
Jun 12 • 49 min
We dig into Black Lives Matter, highlighting the voice of Sahr Saffa. And, if you stick around we also cover your favourite bad idea that Gondowon’t get built.
Taking a ReBite out of our carbon emissions
Jun 5 • 29 min
The aftermath of George Floyd’s death boils over worldwide, and we’ll give you some Edmonton context. Plus the State of Local Emergency has ended, and the City wants you to buy an e-bike.
You Butter slow down, the popo is coming for you
May 29 • 33 min
The impossible is possible! We reduced vehicle lanes on Whyte Ave and the Police is ENFORCING vehicle noise. Meanwhile, at City Hall, the Capital Budget moves on unencumbered and new ward boundaries get a face (but not quite a name).
Iveson puts a summer transit shutdown on the Taber
May 22 • 28 min
Troy (via Addie) wins an election and the COVID reopening continues… just in time for hockey.
Foreign Minterference in a Dog Election
May 15 • 36 min
Troy’s cat either won or lost an off-leash park election this week. We break down all the details and talk to the Chief Election Officer. We also cover real news, but that’s at the end so dessert first, vegetables later.
Setting your property taxes is a Tart form
May 8 • 41 min
We have two tax gurus on the show to give you the lowdown on everything you - and apparently we - need to know about taxation and assessment. We got a couple of things wrong last episode. Whoops 😬
We’ve Grazed taxes… or have we?
May 1 • 32 min
The Spring Supplementary Operating Budget Adjustment sets the tax rate at… an amount. It’s either higher or lower than it was before. It’s complicated. We’ll get into it. Plus we’ll talk about how the city is continuing to handle the pandemic, and give…
Special: What the pandemic can teach us about the climate crisis
Apr 28 • 39 min
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips investigates a reader’s question about the connections between our responses to COVID-19 and the climate crisis, as part of Taproot’s contribution to Covering Climate Now.
Hey, maybe just pumperNickel the brakes there, councillor
Apr 24 • 43 min
Councillor Mike Nickel has no chill and we’re joined by Tim Querengesser to talk about why a dismissive, smug tone might not be the best one to take against populists. Plus Jon D from Ward 3 (friend of the podcast) narrowly avoids having a good idea by…
No more Base-bale or lemon soc-curd
Apr 17 • 31 min
Outdoor baseball and soccer are both cancelled, and so are a billion other things in the pandemic, we’ll update you on what’s happening. Plus, in addition to foreign policy development, Twitter is now used to share news about innovation layoffs.
Buy online, don’t wait in Limes
Apr 10 • 31 min
As the local state of COVID-19 emergency finishes its third week we reveal, through investigative journalism, that the siren wailing is not an emergency beacon. It’s your children. We also investigate road closures, dog parks, and hypocritical…
Just Plant yourself at home and watch Tiger King
Apr 3 • 32 min
Has the coronavirus infected our LRT STATIONS? And is a NAME CHANGE the vaccine? Plus a lot of Es. EEDC, e-scooters and E… coronavirus. You cannot escape coverage of COVID.
Edmonton is now in a sTATER TOT of local emergency
Mar 27 • 31 min
Everything you wanted to know about the coronavirus, and a selection of other things we’ll tell you anyway. Plus, the season’s are changing and we’re about to move into Edmonton’s next season: Construction (but no festivals)
Edmonton is now a quarantine calzone
Mar 20 • 35 min
We tried really hard to find non-covid related news. We did not succeed. Get your intersection of municipal politics and pandemics here.
Barley, malt, corn, hops, yeast, asorbic acid and a slice of lime
Mar 13 • 34 min
Coronavirus plans to kill us all so Edmonton city council compensates by hopefully having vehicles on roads kill us slightly less frequently.
Cuts are Artichoking Edmonton’s higher ed
Mar 6 • 34 min
Council’s on break so we go up one level of government and discuss what Alberta’s 2020 budget might mean for Edmonton and catch some updates to a couple previous stories
Keeping the speed Breaduction plan in the oven
Feb 28 • 33 min
Council committee got a look at the Core Zone and speed reduction bylaw amendments… and didn’t do a lot with them. Plus, one simple fix! Cyclists hate him! How one ward 3 councillor is single-handedly solving snow removal.
Moving forward with the regional transit recALMONDation
Feb 21 • 32 min
Who needs Sherwood Park! We’ll make our own regional transit system, and it’ll have high quality service and no fares! …Wait, no, it’ll have neither of those things. But Edmonton will run it. Meanwhile, both winter and the province are giving Edmonton a…
Park well during blading or get tomaTOWED
Feb 14 • 35 min
The county with a very, very, very large hamlet squashes our regional transit dreams and foreigners throw some shrimp on the barbie and interfere in our traffic calming
EPS wants to Matcha face to a crime
Feb 7 • 30 min
This week, it’s a loose-leaf bag of topics: Gondolas, rezoning, bench plaques, facial recognition, and snow clearing - but we promise it’s not calcium chloride
Alfalfantasizing about open option parking
Jan 31 • 33 min
Turns out open option parking DID actually come to committee this week. Plus, smart fare implementation is delayed to 2021 and the Journal loses a provincial affairs podcast and an Editor in Chief
Debating Density Agrain
Jan 24 • 30 min
New higher density developments pop up in Oliver and Keheewin, Council says it’s not too open to question why it talks behind closed doors, and the Gondola still just Gondolwon’t stop coming.
The Gourd-medal winning podcast
Jan 17 • 33 min
We’re back, and we won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for best podcast! Let our award-winning voices regale you with tales about calcium chloride, development subsidies, city managers and a casino
2eoPEARdy
Dec 20, 2019 • 38 min
It’s a Christmas Miracle! The holiday tradition continues a second year of Edmonton Jeopardy. Competing this year: Councillors Knack, Hamilton, and Paquette!
Figuring out what EEDC has Gouda do
Dec 13, 2019 • 33 min
LRT vs. BRT is put to rest, at least for the west, and we learn what the future of the EEDC will be.
You See (a) Pea Sized Budget Adjustment
Dec 6, 2019 • 34 min
Three little pigs - municipal, provincial and federal - build some fiscal houses and big bad Twitter blows them all down. Meanwhile, Michael Walters spends the week running for mayor.
Commit to our transit priorities? Pecan’t do it!
Nov 29, 2019 • 31 min
We’ve debated it a billion times, but we’re a billion dollars short so let’s re-litigate LRT! Plus our bus network redesign passes ~with contention~ and our mayor might be losing control of council’s message.
Too many Fareomatics spoil the broth
Nov 22, 2019 • 33 min
In the latest episode of “Troy talks a lot: The Podcast” Troy and Mack (but mostly Troy) talk about some of the advantages of free transit, why it didn’t happen, and why climate change was not the best argument to make in service of free transit. Plus…
To understand pedestrians, walk a Chamomile in their shoes
Nov 15, 2019 • 37 min
Dad (Mack) is out of town so NO RULES PODCASTING. Troy talks to Sarah Hoyles, Executive Director of paths for people and tries to goad her into fights with the city. Plus, there’s a focus on bike lane nomenclature.
Cutting the celery for city staff
Nov 8, 2019 • 34 min
While lead poisoning threatens to kill us all, Troy and Mack talk about snow plowing in a post-substance-that-shall-not-be-named era, budget cuts and plagiarism!
Reading the LRTea Leaves
Nov 1, 2019 • 31 min
We have to talk about the provincial budget, so we’re getting it all in this episode. Find out what grants-in-lieu mean and if we’ll still be building the west LRT. Plus, gondolas (and trick-or-treaters)
The Fruits of Edmonton’s Tech Investments (LIVE)
Oct 25, 2019 • 46 min
Councillors Hamilton and Knack join Troy and Mack to talk about tech, innovation and how City Council can best enable it. This episode was recorded LIVE in front of an audience at Startup Edmonton for Startup Week
Pumpkin up our support of heritage buildings
Oct 18, 2019 • 31 min
It’s a slow news week, so Troy and Mack take plenty of room to breathe, and probably relax just a bit too much. No alcohol was consumed in the recording of this episode. Heritage buildings, smoking regulation, regional garbage and Mike Nickel’s garbage…
Leaf my commute alone!
Oct 11, 2019 • 32 min
This week Extinction Rebellion had a few people standing on a bridge and the economic interests of the entire Edmonton Metro Region ground to a halt. Plus, calcium chloride is CANCELLED. And so is free transit on election day.
Garlic pressing the wrong button
Oct 4, 2019 • 32 min
One of the biggest and most contentious political motions of this council is derailed for at least a week because one guy pressed the wrong button. That’s how our democracy works. We also share more data about who gets transit fines, and the data should…
The downtown farmers market isn’t doing grape
Sep 27, 2019 • 31 min
Council approves two more towers and denies zero towers, shocking no one. Plus, we have an update on the downtown farmers market and share information about a wildlife underpass you probably haven’t heard of.
Scootin’ Makes Chiveson Cranky
Sep 20, 2019 • 29 min
Big Daddy Iveson is upset about e-scooters and will turn this whole (not actually a) pilot around! Plus transit fines might be decreasing and we follow up on the WEM Footbridge and Terwilliger expressway.
The sour reality of cLIMEate anxiety
Sep 13, 2019 • 37 min
Troy and Mack are joined by Chris Gusen to talk about the need for Edmonton to take immediate and meaningful action on climate change, and how we’re doing so far.
The MacQuinoaN Report
Sep 6, 2019 • 33 min
The provincial government has released the “blue ribbon” MacKinnon report; Troy gives you the pessimist’s take. Meanwhile there are new futures on the horizon for EEDC, Edmonton Global, Rossdale and calcium chloride.
Emergency Rejuicing of our Climate Ambitions
Aug 30, 2019 • 34 min
CLIMATE EMERGENCY, CLIMATE EMERGENCY! We also talk about tech, the missing middle and Open Streets but are any of those really EMERGENCIES? Because the CLIMATE is an EMERGENCY.
Time to stop CarbIn up and start cutting
Aug 24, 2019 • 33 min
Troy is tired from Fringe, but that won’t stop us from talking about the newest Fringe drama. We also delve into the climate emergency, AirBNB licensing and why scooters reveal how a councillor and our mayor have Chronic Bad Take Syndrome
Our First AniseVersary
Aug 17, 2019 • 33 min
Speaking Municipally is a year old! We’ll update you on all things you missed over the “summer”. Scooters, theatre, cannabis, LRT and about a billion other things!
Edmonton’s affordedible housing strategy
Jul 26, 2019 • 31 min
Council’s on break so in Mack and Troy’s last episode before the summer break, Duncan Kinney joins to talk about Edmonton’s affordable housing strategy
The renderings were a lie… berry
Jul 19, 2019 • 32 min
According to Don Iveson complaining is a summer sport in Edmonton… Troy goes for the gold. We break down the Library and how bike lanes and Keillor Point prove that the City hates fun.
Writing a pun title every week is chard
Jul 12, 2019 • 31 min
Has Edmonton lost the “creative spark” on development? I’m not really sure if we answer that question but Troy and Mack certainly rant about TOD. Also ranting about: Homelessness crisis, “SafeCityYEG” map and the Vision Zero annual report.
Developers are Cumin for our heritage buildings
Jul 5, 2019 • 33 min
There’s a couple heritage buildings that may have their heritage ending soon, plus we discuss whether public art needs to be installed within electric scooter distance of downtown
Council Still Can’t Dill with the Playground Zone Times
Jun 28, 2019 • 34 min
Julie Kusiek fills in for Mack this week and on the roster for discussion is the Core Zone, Engage 106-76 and, of course, Playground Zone times.
The Berry Bad Calcium Chloride Plan
Jun 21, 2019 • 28 min
Calcium chloride is inexplicably back on the agenda… well, sort of. We’ll talk about it. Plus we’ll have updates on EPCOR’s river valley solar farm, the new Lewis Farms rec centre, and Troy is a soothsayer in so many ways.
Stirring up our SideWok Strategy
Jun 14, 2019 • 33 min
The Nordic spa finds a home in Ft. Edmonton, and the WEM footbridge finds a home in someone else’s credit card statement. Plus, the affordable housing moratorium in five core neighbourhoods might be coming to a close.
The Supplemental Crabapital Budget Adjustment
Jun 7, 2019 • 31 min
Council is asked to spend a bit more money on a few more things like crosswalks and enterprise software, and Waste Management, despite being asked, still cannot manage waste.
Cornfusion with the 104st market location
May 31, 2019 • 34 min
This week Mack and Troy are joined again by Mel Priestley to delve in-depth into the confusion over the Downtown Farmers Market and where it will call home in the future.
Just Some UpDates
May 24, 2019 • 31 min
Mill Creek, the WEM Footbridge to Nowhere, vehicle noise, bike share, boring City Council reports and parking all make an appearance but we don’t talk at length about any of them. Like the title says, these are just some updates.
Let me Hemp you with that motion, Councillor
May 17, 2019 • 32 min
Speed limit reduction passes! Distracted walking is still legal in Edmonton, Andrew Knack proves Einstein’s definition of insanity is “calling in to City Council meetings” and Mill Creek Ravine daylighting gets an update.
Will developers produce parking without minimums?
May 10, 2019 • 32 min
Iveson’s State of the City address was this week and we’ve got the Cliff’s notes. Meanwhile City Council peeks over the edge of the Precipice of regulating parking and contemplates jumping. City admin suggests that we shouldn’t bid on the commonwealth…
A whole garden of speed reduction PLANts
May 3, 2019 • 29 min
Springtime has a whole bunch of plans for speed reduction popping up through the frost. We talk about all the bad ones, and Troy’s. Plus a couple downtown towers try to peek through; one rejected and the other still up for debate.
We’re not trying to Drupe you but we might get a Core zone
Apr 26, 2019 • 31 min
Troy’s uncharacteristically happy after seeing a political success and back gives an update about a rave in an abandoned powerplant for SingularityU. Meanwhile Mike Nickel gets more populist and votes against learning things.
The Orange Dot
Apr 19, 2019 • 35 min
We’re living in Kenney’s Alberta, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the massive change of government. Mack and Troy show the echoes of the past in the election results and break down what these results might mean for the City of Edmonton. This…
Updating the zoning Arugulations
Apr 12, 2019 • 34 min
Mack and Troy are joined by Anne Stevenson, a senior planner at the City of Edmonton to talk about the plan to updating the city’s zoning regulation, last updated in 2001. Jon D from Ward 3 (friend of the podcast) does not make an appearance.
A political rising starfruit
Apr 5, 2019 • 29 min
An article published about Sarah Hamilton that called her “Edmonton’s political rising star” left us star-struck… or just confused. Plus, we have election coverage, city-owned land sales, cyclist tickets, crosswalks and of course we’ll hear from the best…
The Sage Wisdom of LRT Operations
Mar 29, 2019 • 35 min
Special guest Don Iveson makes an appearance on this episode to discuss transit fare policy. Mack and Troy also dig into the city’s TLC 4 LRT plan which can be essentially summarized as “indiscriminately shutting down LRT stations”
Butternut Delay Speed Reductions Further
Mar 22, 2019 • 31 min
Troy spends a full day yelling at council about speed limit and he’s got the deets on everything to do with council’s plan to reduce speed limits. Meanwhile, Mack and Troy’s honeymoon period with Elise Stolte’s articles appears to be waning as they…
So Longan to the market on 104 street
Mar 15, 2019 • 28 min
City market announces their move out of the downtown core into the definitely-developed Quarters. Meanwhile, the specter of residential speed limits continues to haunt Edmonton City Council
Limiting Liquor-ice Separation Distances
Mar 9, 2019 • 31 min
Mack and Troy are joined by special guest Mel Priestley to discuss everything you wanted to know about liquor store separation distances and more. Plus, we’ll have an update on the Mayfair golf course “decision”
Ripe or not, here I kumquat
Mar 1, 2019 • 32 min
Council has to deal with an upcoming return of the Mayfair issue and grapple with the question of how many downtown towers is too many, neither of which they really want to. Fluoride makes an appearance as well.
Brian Mason has beef that cud lead to the end of milking the cash cow
Feb 22, 2019 • 25 min
Transportation Minister Brian Mason attempts to put the cash cow out to pasture, Tony Caterina is the latest councillor with questionable ward expenses and the popo naming victims might be a gogo.
CocOH NO! Another Train Delay
Feb 15, 2019 • 31 min
It’s the valentine’s day episode! We talk about trains, love, and councillors asking really, really bad questions at council meetings. Also city employees speeding in playground zones.
Excuse me while I fennel my ward money into an MBA
Feb 8, 2019 • 30 min
A city councillor took some heat for some questionable usage of his ward funds - but that’s the only thing about Edmonton that was hot. We talk about LRT stations as refuge from the cold and business owners’ chilly response to the closing of 95 ave.
Squashing requests for data
Feb 1, 2019 • 27 min
The city is squashing requests for data. There’s a walkway that strolled straight through the city’s bureaucracy, and requests for information come to a head at city hall. Plus, Mack makes news.
Re-lease the Greens
Jan 25, 2019 • 35 min
Mack and Troy are joined by guest Michael Janz to talk about the Mayfair golf course lease. Council also gets a brief update about calcium chloride and LRT alignments.
A New Season
Jan 18, 2019 • 31 min
It’s a new season and Mack and Troy bring you a healthy dose of experimentation, and update you on bike share, suicide barriers and Whyte towers
JeoPEARdy
Dec 21, 2018 • 39 min
Troy and Mack are joined by Elise Stolte and Chris Chang-Yen Phillips for the first game of Edmonton Jeopardy!
Council poinsettias the budget at a 2.6% increase
Dec 16, 2018 • 31 min
Council passed the budget on the last day they had to do so - we’ll give you the highlights and hot city council gossip. You’ll also get an overview of Iveson’s end of year wrapup. Plus a special announcement!
Veggies, get to the CHOPPA
Dec 7, 2018 • 28 min
The budget is well underway and motions were made… and quickly unmade. As well, the police is getting more money, but LESS more money. We also touch on transit stations, helicopters and the doomed metro line
Some people still aPeachiate city services
Nov 30, 2018 • 29 min
Mack’s out of the office, so Troy and Kirsten Goa talk about parking revenue, budget discussions, child-friendliness and ill-advised tweeting from a National Post reporter.
Streisand’s Favourite fruit was a SLAPPle
Nov 23, 2018 • 33 min
This week a sitting city councillor will stay that way after he lost the UCP nomination in Edmonton-South. He might struggle to get back up to city hall because of all the Grey Cup Festival caused traffic snarls, though. We also talk (very carefully)…
We might Guava problem with following through on our priorities
Nov 16, 2018 • 33 min
Council chambers are full of people exercising their democratic right and speaking to council; Troy breaks down why that’s stupid and why they shouldn’t. And meanwhile we’re back to the old refrain: city administration does not seem to be following…
Looking at Olive the competing priorities
Nov 9, 2018 • 30 min
This week it’s all about the budget. We’ll tell you all about the items competing for your dollars and where we’re finding “savings”. As well we’ll update you on the good, mediocre and Cartmell-level ideas being proposed by City Council
Time for Knecht to Peas Out
Nov 2, 2018 • 27 min
The chief of police is out, so we’ll have an interim chief during the budget discussions. Mack and Troy question the lack of questions asked about our police budget, and Troy shares a very harsh indictment of the Office of Traffic Safety and council’s…
No Raisin to go forward with the innovation hub
Oct 27, 2018 • 27 min
There’s no reason to go forward with the innovation hub. It’s dead. Forever. Happy Halloween. Don Iveson also gets fed up with lack of provincial funding for municipal projects as the debate around the capital budget begins.
The Juicy New Melonnovation Hub
Oct 19, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode we talk with Eliza Barlow and Therese Kehler, the writer and editor of Taproot Edmonton’s newest story on EEDC’s lease on the 103st building that they plan to use as the location of their new “Innovation Hub”. Read the full reporting here,…
Oregano Transit For You
Oct 13, 2018 • 28 min
Lots of transit this week! In the last election “BRT” was the dogwhistle word candidates use to say “I hate transit”; we’ll help you learn about the new words councillors are using today! Meanwhile downtown, two community leagues are pushing back against…
Lettuce on the bus for free
Oct 5, 2018 • 32 min
Free transit is on the table after Councillor Paquette issued a notice of motion to examine what free transit might look like in our city. We have an update on Terwiliger Drive, calcium chloride and whether you have to walk half a kilometre to refill your…
Terrawillegar Drive
Sep 28, 2018 • 29 min
Traffic on your roadway? Just embiggen it to enquicken all the cars. Or something. This week council was off so we took a deep dive into Terwillager Drive, and some of the upgrade plans. Spoiler alert: they’re all bad.
Mixed Greens
Sep 21, 2018 • 28 min
Council approved the tower on two single family home lots in Oliver and OK’d the contingency plan for the Metro Line signalling system. Edmonton also has an Access Without Fear policy now. Plus, provided you’re 10m away from a door or window, we also have…
We’ve Bean here before
Sep 15, 2018 • 27 min
Don Iveson has a 5-point plan to hold taxes to inflation that includes having the suburbs pay their way. The FISE event might not make the cut this year, Edmonton explores more Sanctuary city implications and administration still seems to be running the…
Thinking about the need to Maca cut
Sep 7, 2018 • 21 min
Council’s got budget on the mind and is thinking about the places where they might need to Maca cut. The City Auditor reports an ongoing culture change, and the Edmonton Integrity Commissioner is officially announced. Meanwhile, Calgary is beating us in…
History is a radish best preserved
Aug 31, 2018 • 22 min
Edmonton City Council is determined to ensure that Accidental Beach remains an accident while making clear that large towers south of Whyte Ave were not an accident. They were always supposed to be there. The plan says so, see? Meanwhile at Blatchford…
Put your organics in a different rutabega
Aug 24, 2018 • 24 min
Secondary suites are legal in Edmonton, and we’re rezoning some developments to allow the already legal weed. We talk about a lot of garbage - we don’t mean that pejoratively, it’s about organics - and Troy lets you know about the biggest stealth…
Picking a Root
Aug 17, 2018 • 22 min
This week Council is picking a root. The centre LRT turns out to be less of a circulator and more of a couple lines here and there. Council is walking back playground zones… maybe. A report comes back that might give councillors more of a heads up about…
Council can’t beet the heat on Admin decisions
Aug 10, 2018 • 33 min
City Council has to walk back several decisions made by city administration like removing the memorial bench plaques and the Heritage Festival barn evictions. Mack and Troy also take a look forward at the big issues that will be coming up this year.
Speaking Municipally: A Podcast About Edmonton City Council
Aug 2, 2018 • 2 min
Curious about Edmonton City Council? Join Troy Pavlek and Mack Male in a new podcast that dives into the how’s and why’s of Edmonton politics. Week-to-week, you’ll follow important issues as they move from issues to debates to bylaws.