Launch Announcement (March 15th, 2021)

We were fortunate that our announcement attracted quite a lot of local media attention. 

  • Three-term Edmonton Public School Board Trustee Michael Janz running for City Council - (Edmonton Journal, March 15th, 2021)
  • Three-term Public School Trustee Michael Janz to Seek Edmonton City Council Seat, Wants Fair Deal for Alberta's Capital City - (Albertapolitics.ca, March 15th, 2021)
  • Michael Janz running for City Council in Edmonton's new Ward Papastew - (Daveberta.ca March 15th, 2021)
  • Janz Running for Edmonton Council, says Ottawa may be the city-building partner in future: Janz said in an interview with Rage Against the Municipal that he’s reflected over many months about Edmonton’s future and has decided to run. He said he sees the city facing a fork in the road, with one direction pointed at austerity and “managing the decline,” and the other being “to think like owners.” Down that fork, he said, Edmonton asks itself what it wants for its future. “I’m optimistic,” he said about that future, adding that the province may play less of a role in building Edmonton, but that the federal government — which has been investing heavily in cities of late — may at least partly fill the gap. (Rage Against the Municipal, March 15th, 2021)

 

Latest posts

May 8th City Hall News

EVENTS

  • Monday May 13th - Summer streets opening party!

  • Wednesday May 15th - Minding the Gap: Police Accountability in Alberta 

  • Saturday May 25th - Harbinger showcase and live podcast recording

  • Youth Council Recruitment!

 

NEWS

  • We Won! Protecting the public interest - public funds for public buildings

  • Ending Pay to play and bill 20: Halt big corporate money taking over City hall!

  • Naming Rights: What’s in a name? Stop the corporate rebrand of public facilities

  • The High Cost of Free Street Parking

May 2nd City Hall News

Events:

  • May 11th - Alberta Bike Swap
  • May 13th - Summer Streets launch party
  • Big Bin Events This Summer! 
  • Fire Hall open houses
  • May 25th - Harbinger Media Network Showcase
  • July 1st - Mill Creek Pool reopening

News & Views

  • Bill 20 is a disaster. Take action
  • Housing Crisis: What is the role of the University of Alberta?
  • What I'm hearing on the Old Strathcona Public Realm Strategy...
  • Understanding property tax increases
  • The Edmonton Police Commission is refusing to share its plans for auditing the local police department with city council. Councilor Keren Tang put forward a motion in December last year to have a look at the plan, which council approved. But now the EPC says it “owns the audit function” and does not “support sharing that responsibility with council.” 

  • Don't fall for privatization: Chicago doesn't own their own streets (Video)

Challenging the U of A: Leading with purpose in housing and land use planning

City Council recently approved a rezoning across the street from the U of A and it got me thinking about all the underutilized or unused space on the U of A main campus.

The expression I often hear at city hall is “highest and best use of city land” – in other words, land that brings benefit to the community (eg, a park or public space) or land that generates revenue for the city to offset taxes and pay for services (Industrial, commercial, residential in that order) 

But what if the University of Alberta could generate revenue and mitigate the housing and climate crisis? The university already has the vehicle: the U of A Properties Trust, an arms length development corporation that pays dividends back into the U of A through innovative developments and land leases.

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