Edmonton City Plan: Strong Schools and Strong Communities

(Published Fall 2021 in my role as EPSB Trustee)

As I reflect on my eleven years as your EPSB Trustee, I cannot state strongly enough how school systems are impacted by municipal context. As I read the proposed Ten Year Facilities Plan update 2020-2029, many interesting questions come to mind.

$5B School Building Boom

In 2015, I was EPSB Board Chair and Alberta was in a $5 billion school building boom. We opened 19 new schools, many in suburban neighborhoods outside the Henday.  Five years later with our current economic challenges, I don’t know if we will see an investment like that ever again.

Looking ahead, it makes more social, environmental, and fiscal sense to help families live closer to existing schools and playgrounds...

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)


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