Confiscation and Sale of Provincial Property

EDMONTON, Alberta: (April 1st, 2024) Edmonton City Councillor Michael Janz gave orders to commence the seizure and sale of Government of Alberta property in order to offset the over ~$60 million in property taxes that Premier Danielle Smith and Jason Kenney have failed to pay over the last five years, despite numerous warnings. 

"It's a real shame that it has come to this, but we're starting with Government House. Next, we might proceed with confiscation and sale of the $30 Million dollar "War Room", or, ultimately the provincial legislature." said Councillor Janz.

Since 2019, Premiers Kenney and Smith have failed to pay the grants to cover the property taxes on Government of Alberta buildings. Since over 60% of the provincial government property is in Edmonton, this disproportionately harms Edmontonians who pay higher taxes to offset this provincial cutback.

In Estimates last week, Minister Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver indicated that, unlike the hundreds of millions set aside for the billionaire owner of the Calgary Flames for a new rink, the provincial government had no plans to pay their back taxes owed to Edmontonians.

"We urge the premier to pay her outstanding property taxes so our capital city afford to pay for the high-quality public services for Edmontonians."

As background, in December 2023, Councillor Janz penned an oped about the provincial tax arrears in the Edmonton Journal that he urges you to read and share: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/michael-janz-alberta-govt-needs-to-pay-its-property-taxes-too

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2023 Vital Signs Check-up: Let's talk about local food, food waste, and ensure every child is well-nourished.

On Thursday, November 9th, I had the privilege of sitting in on the 10th annual Vital Signs report to the community about the health and well-being of the Edmonton community. This report is a partnership of the Edmonton Community Foundation as well as the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and many other partners. Read on to learn more about their work as well as see some very challenging infographics.

October 30th, 2023: City Hall E-News

(October 30th 2023) City Hall E-News

  • Pleasantview Dog Park Opening - Saturday, November 4th, 3:00PM
  • Sunrise Valley Line South East LRT - Saturday November 4th, 5:15AM
  • Ed Talks: Big Ideas for a Better Edmonton - 6:00PM November 28th, 2023
  • STRONGTOWNS - Events with Founder Charles Marohn - December 13/14th
  • Re-cap event Video: Chris Bruntlett: The Human Case for fewer cars in our lives
  • Book Launch: Indictment: The Criminal Justice System On Trial by Ben Perrin: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indictment-the-criminal-justice-system-on-trial-edmonton-tickets-708135832337 (November 27th)
  • NEW: Snow Removal Interactive Map and details about Snow and Ice Control improvements winter
  • News: Homes not Hotels - Short Term Rentals and Air-BnB issues: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2276773955515

Reminder, please share these events or this newsletter with a friend and encourage them to subscribe at michaeljanz.ca/updates

Safe, quality, affordable, rental homes for all


Advocates call on the Edmonton City Council: take action on short term rentals, protect renters.
Media Availability: Friday, September 22nd 11:00AM - City Hall Councillors Offices (2nd Floor)
"As the housing crisis worsens, across Canada, advocates warn that renters are being left out of the conversation, and now more than ever require enhanced protections. Our first priority as Municipalities must be to help keep rental housing affordable". - Michael Janz
Advocates and community members will be available to call for action to protect renters and improve housing availability in Edmonton and across Alberta. 
Address: 1 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 2nd Floor, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7