Feb 12th City Hall E-News

February 12th City Hall E-News

  • ACTION: RSVP for Transit Camp 2023
  • READ: Mansion Tax / Progressive taxation options to be discussed Wednesday
  • WATCH: Homeless Edmontonians at greater risk of facing health challenges
  • READ: City of Edmonton restricts Hiring, Travel, spending on consultants
  • READ: Forty-Two Percent of Ontario Condos Are Used As Investment Properties (The Maple)

City Hall E-News Feb 5th

A healthy city is a happy city. How we care, or fail to care, for the most vulnerable among us directly impacts the healthcare available for the rest of us.

This week, one of the big agenda items is a conversation with Dr. Chris Sikora, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Edmonton. He's joining our Community Public Services Committee on Tuesday morning at 0930AM. I invite you to attend, speak, watch online, or submit questions you would like me to ask. REGISTER: https://pub-edmonton.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=f0e0c375-a3fd-4f3c-a92f-1d63fc85517d&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English

Some of the general topics I would like covered are:

  • What are the negative impacts of the housing system on the broader health care system? (e.g. emergency wait room times)
  • What are we doing to prevent medical discharge into homelessness?
  • How are deaths or injuries to those with no fixed address tracked? How are deaths reported?
  • How are amputations or other traumas tracked and reported to the public?
  • How are Emergency rooms coping? Including the Children's hospital?
  • How do young people under 18 get supported with health care needs?
  • How many folks in Edmonton have serious medical conditions that are in need but are houseless (diabetes, cancer, other)?
  • How are unhoused pregnancies supported?
  • How are burn treatments handled when someone can't be safely discharged for care?
  • What is the wait time for addiction recovery beds? How many recovery beds are available?
  • What is the plan for discharge after completing recovery treatment? Back onto the street or is there a bridge program?

Please let me know if you have other suggestions.

City Hall E-News February 5th, 2023

  • WATCH: "Building Hope: Substance Use in the Trades" - New Film added to our Feb 16th event
  • READ: Are bigger and heavier vehicles a threat to public safety?
  • READ: Living Local with local recreation centres
  • ADOPT: A heritage chicken and receive eggs for a year
  • READ: Mansion Tax: Taxing the 4800 homes over $1,000,000 an extra $60/month would raise an additional $5.3Million
  • READ: "With the UCP's help, Edmonton's police chief is out to undermine the mayor"
  • CITY PROVOCATIONS from around the internet
  • You can read last week's newsletter here: michaeljanz.ca/updates


City Hall E-News: Jan 30th, with Question of the Week

We're starting out this week's City Hall E-News with a new segment, "Question of the week" - Just hit reply and tell me your thoughts...

Jan 23rd: Question of the Week: Recently the City of Edmonton enacted a parking ban to assist with the neighbourhood snow removal.

Did you sign up for text/email notifications in advance from the City of Edmonton, and if not, why? I'm curious! 

How could this communication be better integrated? Hit reply, and let me know your thoughts!

City Hall E-News January 30th, 2023

  • TAKE ACTION: Edmonton Actions on Downtown and Transit Safety from Mayor Sohi
  • NEWS: SAFER STREETS: We're receiving new Safe Crossings in Ward papastew! 


  • FOUR CITY OF EDMONTON SURVEYS: Changing neighbourhoods to meet changing needs:

  • RSVP for upcoming events

  • CITY PROVOCATIONS from around the internet

City Hall E-News - January 22nd

If you would like more targeted updates or join me in advocating on an issue, please sign up at www.michaeljanz.ca/takeaction

City Hall E-News January 22nd, 2023

  • RSVP: Love in the Time of Fentanyl - Community Conversation and film night
  • RSVP: Transit Camp 2023
  • ACTION: Snow Removal Update
  • READ: Provincial Government targets inclusionary zoning, restricting cities ability to require more affordable housing in new development projects
  • READ: City Council signed a sponsorship agreement with a national beverage sponsor (Coke-Cola) but I’m not allowed to tell you very much about it.
  • READ: Further steps towards a municipal lobbyist registry.
  • WATCH: Going wild for dog parks
  • Provocations from around the internet...

Seven Edmonton City Building Projects I'm excited for in 2023

There's a lot of positive energy in Edmonton at the moment.

Over the Council recess, I jotted down seven Edmonton projects that I'm excited for in 2023. Some big, some small. Some Public, some private. Some breaking ground, some cutting ribbons.

As a disclaimer, this is very much a personal list of projects that from neighbourhood conversations that I feel have been overlooked or underrated. I didn't have a particular matrix or scorecard, but decided to profile these projects because I think they represent incremental improvements. Each in their own way will have a positive impact on our community, economic, climate, culture, or urban planning goals as we continue to build an Edmonton for everyone!

As I listen to friends in Toronto, Vancouver, or other cities bemoan the high cost of living, housing, and the long commute times, I can't help but smile at the incredible quality of life we are able to provide. I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be in 2023!

I invite you to share your own projects that get you excited!

Sole Source Agreements, Campaign Donations, and the need for a Lobbyist Registry

Next week, Edmonton City Council will be asked to approve a $26.5 Million Dollar sole source agreement for the Qualico Pedway. (https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/ledcor-26-5m-non-competitive-pedway-edmonton-contract).

One of my campaign commitments was strengthening the public interest, and I’ve petitioned about our need to create a lobbyist registry for municipal politics here: https://www.michaeljanz.ca/lobbyist_registry. I am working on a subsequent motion to this effect.

One of my favourite quotes attributed to Benjamin Franklin is “Sunshine is the greatest disinfectant.” My second favourite is by Lester Freeman in HBO's The Wire where he instructs the young police to “Follow the Money…”

Prior to the sole-source contract debate next week, I want to raise a few general questions I’ve been receiving from constituents about transparency at city hall: campaign donations and lobbyist transparency.

Drink Local - Supporting Our Local Beer Scene

Supporting our local craft beer scene is easy with so many fantastic opportunities and creative brewers. I recently had the opportunity to convene a table of local brewers alongside the Alberta Small Brewers Association to explore a few questions:

  • How can we support local brewers in expanding market opportunities, including city festivals and events?
  • How can we help grow opportunities for beer tourism, including inviting locals to be "tourists in their own backyard"

The more money we can keep circulating between friends and neighbours in our local economy, the more prosperous our city. Local brewers add to our local identity, they add creativity, and can be an attraction for other entrepreneurs to set up nearby.

Thank you again to: 

Alley Kat
Bent Stick
Blind Enthusiasm
Odd Company
Ale Architect
And others for your participation and feedback.
Let's not forget the non-alcoholic beverage scene as well:

Your Views: Capital Budget 2022

Administration has put forward a new 4 year capital budget which includes everything from roads to bridges to recreation.

Do you have questions you would like me to ask? Click here to read the full budget.

Councillors have until November 7th to submit written questions to the administration to receive a written response. (Prefer Video? Here's a video and powerpoint of the Budget Presentation we received October 31, 2022 (Council Agenda, item 7.1 Proposed 2023-2026 Capital Budget

(Photo taken at a recent Economic Forecast event hosted by UDI)

Connect with Michael

Address: 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 2nd Floor, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7