What would you tell a brand new neighbour about the best of your community?
Around the world, we love our city and naturally, we want to make films about them! If you are interested in cities or community development, we are certainly in the golden age of Youtube!
During the pandemic I recall a number of commentators lamented the end of cities. They were wrong.
More and more folks are choosing to return and reinvest in cities (~20,000 people per year each year for the last ten years in Edmonton!), and making movies about them!
Here is the recap of our June 1st 2023 Event with Dr. Irvin Waller.
My simple message: We cannot afford not to make violence prevention a priority. We are already paying far more for the consequences.
As I said in my introduction, as taxpayers want to make every single dollar whether it is spent on health care, education, prisons, or policing is securing the best return on investment in terms of keeping people safe and ending violence. Much of this is a provincial responsibility, and we need them to step up far more. Collectively, if we do our jobs as civil society in preventing violent crime, we will make the job of police officers a lot safer, easier and reduce their workload.
According to the Edmonton Police Commission one new police officer to the system is ~$190,000. 100 new police officers as promised by Premier Smith is about $20 Million per year. The prison system is another enormous cost. Those are the public costs of reaction (policing and prisons) not prevention. The private costs bourne by individuals through trauma, let alone auto insurance, home insurance, business costs, Fire insurance, missed work time or lifetime due to the costs of violence are enormously staggering.
Please watch and share with interested neighbours.
June 5th City Hall E-News:
- EVENT: TBD - Ice Cream on YOUR block/Condo Patio hosted by YOU with your City Councillor. (Date and time TBD)
EVENT: 6PM June 24th: Will Tech Save Us? Technology, climate change, cities, and transportation. An evening with techwriter and host of the fantastic "Tech won't save us" podcast and author of the book: Road to nowhere: what Silicon Valley gets wrong about transportation.
- EVENT: 6PM June 29th: Better Buildings, Better Communities: An evening with Seattle Architect and green building expert Michael Eliason
- EVENT: 6PM June 7th, Bike Month: Join us mid-route! Bike Mill Woods to Downtown with Clr Tang and Janz
- EVENT: 1-3PM June 18th, Bike Month: Bike fix/chat with Clr. Salvador at Tawatina Bridge
- EVENT: June 8th: SDGs and sustainable, equitable transportation? Together | Ensemble 2023
The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative. Edmontonians are invited to continue sharing feedback on the draft Zoning Bylaw until July 30, as the project enters a newly added “Advise Phase” of engagement before the draft Zoning Bylaw is presented at public hearing in October 2023. Visit engaged.edmonton.ca/ZoningBylawRenewal to share your thoughts by filling out an online survey, using the 'Ideas' tool or emailing [email protected].
- Public Pools are open!
- Sprayparks are open!
- The High Level Streetcar is open!
- Waterparks and Washrooms are open!
- Take-a-ways from the "Ending Violent Crime" evening with Dr. Waller...
And as always... Provocations from around the internet....