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Taproot Edmonton presents a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics. We pay attention to City Council so you don't have to! Join us as we delve into conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall.
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This week, OP12 returned and council appears to be a bit more bearish on the idea. Plus, we learn more about the bike routes being built in 2024, and there are six rezonings testing the limits of the new zoning bylaw. Here are the relevant links for this episode: NASH Stephanie's post with fellow presenters Stephanie's post about getting your first…
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The draft Public Spaces Bylaw goes to council amid plenty of opposition. We talk with Omar Yaqub of IFSSA and Cheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow about the potential impact of the bylaw on marginalized communities. Plus, the Katz Group is suing Boyle Street over a $5 million donation. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Guests Omar Yaqub of …
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The downtown pedestrianization report finally went through committee, so we talk with Jason Syvixay and Stephen Raitz, two of the shepherds that guided it through. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Guests Jason Syvixay UDI-Edmonton Metro Stephen Raitz Paths for People Pedestrianization UDI's LinkedIn post Stephen's interview on 630 CHED…
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Valley Line users were left out in the cold when doors didn't function and heat wouldn’t turn on. Plus, EPCOR really leads the OP12 savings charge by cutting off everyone’s water! Here are the relevant links for this episode: Valley Line shelters Valley Line shelters give riders cold shoulder OP12 reallocations Report offers council service cuts an…
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An emergency management committee meeting was punctuated with an actual emergency at City Hall. Plus, several things are on the way out: the downtown farmers market, the name "Oliver", and Adam Laughlin. Here are the relevant links for this episode: City Hall Incident 'Heavily armed' man arrested after shots fired, Molotov cocktail thrown in Edmont…
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City council has declared a housing and houselessness emergency, and a judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the city's dismantling of encampments. We dig into the debate and look back at a month of encampment clearing and shelter space counting. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Emergency declared Edmonton councillors approve Sohi's '…
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This. Is. Speaking Municipally Jeopardy! Edmonton's two actual Jeopardy contestants and the author of The Ultimate Edmonton Trivia Book square off in our annual holiday trivia episode. Enjoy! Here are the relevant links for this episode: Kyle Marshall LinkedIn Edmonton man wins second place on Jeopardy! Sam Papuha LinkedIn Edmontonian Sam Papuha co…
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Amid several high-profile instances of transit violence, the discussion around turnstiles is being recycled. Plus, the Valley Line Southeast LRT doubles its frequency — at least sometimes. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Snow savings City of Edmonton saves $5 million due to scant snow-and-ice removal work on roads Winter businesses gr…
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The federal government has reached a deal with Google to pay Canadian media companies. We'll see if Taproot makes the cut. Meanwhile, city council makes a cut to the proposed budget adjustment increase. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Budget News Release: City Council confirms fall budget adjustments Edmonton city council approves 6.6…
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Budget deliberations are underway at city council, and the province has all but banned photo radar. Plus, we get a new police commissioner who looks a lot like an old police commissioner. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Budget On the agenda: Budget adjustments and rezonings Hold me in abeyance: Your guide to budget terms and processes…
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Reporters in Dallas, Texas have described Edmonton as the Land of Oz thanks to our scramble crosswalks. Plus, we discuss snow clearing on stairs, new community leagues, and budget chicken. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Media on transit Group asks Edmonton to rescind policy banning reporters from transit Clearing stairs Blizzard of c…
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Recorded on the Valley Line Southeast LRT! We're joined by ETS branch manager Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, councillors Anne Stevenson and Ashley Salvador, new Taproot Edmonton managing editor Tim Querengesser, and several others. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Guests Carrie Hotton-MacDonald Anne Stevenson Ashley Salvador Mike Kunicki Tim…
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A proposal to use Downtown CRL funding for office to residential conversions could delay other important projects, and we dig into recent updates on Blatchford. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Downtown pedestrianization New pedestrian plan to promote engagement in the Downtown core Downtown Pedestrianization Plan (PDF) Office conversi…
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The Valley Line Southeast LRT will begin passenger service on Nov. 4, and there's going to be a party. Plus, we discuss the more than two dozen subsequent motions made following approval of the new zoning bylaw. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Valley Line Southeast LRT News Release: Valley Line Southeast LRT opening November 4 Edmonto…
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Taproot's new reporter, Stephanie Swensrude, joins the show. We discuss transit for youth, downtown retail, and of course, the Zoning Bylaw Renewal. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Stephanie Swensrude Stephanie Swensrude LinkedIn Youth transit Fare Policy Amendment — Children Under 12 Downtown retail Grants attract three indie retaile…
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This week, we cover transit improvements for youth and winter, more funding for snow and ice clearing, the latest on the Valley Line LRT, and tennis vs. pickleball. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Transit stuff Edmonton transit needs to be safer and more reliable for youth: survey Edmonton spent $350K to replace 1600 busted bus shelte…
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The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has endorsed a position in support of the Zoning Bylaw Renewal. Executive director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley joins us to discuss how the EFCL came to that position and what it means for community leagues across the city. Here are the relevant links for this episode: EFCL Laura Cunningham-Shpeley on Linked…
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We've got details about how Boyle Street will operate for the next year, prior to their new space opening. Plus, the police perception survey found that 57% of Edmontonians are satisfied with the Edmonton Police Service and feel they’re doing a good job. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Blatchford station City council mulls keeping Bla…
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This week, council heard about the vast majority of parking lots downtown being unpermitted. And, true to form, they decided to do something about it later! Plus, we get the scoop on Edmonton Design Week. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Edmonton Design Week Edmonton Design Week 2023 Email us your answers to the trivia questions before…
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The province and EPS held a press conference to issue a new ban on crime. That'll fix it. Plus, Boyle Street will be out of its location on Sept. 30, and the city will be short just over $70M this year. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Boyle Street Boyle Street to alter services ahead of Edmonton Oilers-led development Boyle Street Com…
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The 170 Street pedestrian bridge to West Edmonton Mall is done, and allegedly the Valley Line LRT will be done soon too. Plus, the northeast river valley park will open later this month. Here are the relevant links for this episode: 170 Street Pedestrian Bridge News Release: New pedestrian bridge connects people, places and communities Speaking Mun…
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The Coalition for Justice and Human Rights is taking legal action to stop the city's clearing of encampments. Plus, we discuss gaps in transit service, the new Edge Fund, development along 99 Street, and the cost of urban sprawl. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Transit gaps Edmonton considers developing transit services for youth and …
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City council has approved an updated funding formula for the police budget. We break down what happened and what it means. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Funding formula Mack's tweet thread Final vote results Mayor Amarjeet Sohi: My Thoughts on the Police Funding Formula Coun. Andrew Knack: Edmonton Police Funding Formula (August 202…
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Taproot co-founders Karen Unland and Mack Male break down the impact of the Online News Act, being blocked on Facebook, and how the company is planning to grow. Plus, we geek out over the use of programming tools for editorial work. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Taproot We're blocked on Meta's platforms Taproot Edmonton is taking a …
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In the summer season closer, Troy and Mack speak with Livia Balone, the director of Zoning Bylaw Renewal at the City of Edmonton. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Fear mongering EPS may be spreading fear with remarks about violence downtown: criminologist Law citation Law society issues citation to another former Alberta justice minist…
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Troy and Mack are Repeating Municipally Episode 33, an episode from 2019 featuring then-planner Anne Stevenson talking about the Zoning Bylaw Renewal project, lending some important context to the upcoming discussion about Zoning Bylaw Renewal which will be going to public hearing in October. ★ Support this podcast ★…
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The police let us know that the city is very, very dangerous and said not to go outside. But the reason has nothing to do with the smoke, and we're still not quite sure how seriously the city is taking this climate change business. Here are the relevant links for this episode: We're going striking Hollywood actors and writers strike after 'disgusti…
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Irfan Chaudhry joins to help us understand the state of anti-racism work in Edmonton following the end of the city's anti-racism advisory committee. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Threads Threads by Instagram Instagram's Threads: all the updates on the new Twitter competitor Body-worn cameras News Release: Police body worn camera tri…
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Corroded cables likely means another Valley Line delay, the city goes into overtime, and the city manager announces the latest reorg. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Bill C-18 When will Canadian news disappear from Google, Facebook? What the Bill C-18 rift means for you A Massive Own-Goal for the Government: Google to Stop News Links …
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Urban planning committee hears from more than 70 speakers about the zoning bylaw renewal. We recap what went down and talk to David Berry, one of the speakers. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Property taxes PSA: 2023 property taxes due June 30 Solar rebates News Release: Edmontonians Jump on Change Homes for Climate Solar Program Davi…
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Taproot reporters Shayne Giles and Ashley Lavallee-Koenig join Karen Unland to recap what they heard at Upper Bound, Edmonton's annual AI week, and share their thoughts on how artificial intelligence is changing their world. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) Upper Bound ran from May 23 to 26…
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Ok, fine, we're going to talk about the election. But you CAN'T make us like it. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Sheriffs extended Edmonton police, sheriff partnership extended to end of year Flair complaints Flair tops Canadian airlines with average number of complaints per 100 flights: CTA EPL Jeopardy Edmonton librarian takes secon…
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Edmonton has a surprise new bigger-than-Hawrelak, as-of-yet-unnamed river valley park. Plus, the Capital Line LRT extension gets its scope trimmed, and new patio rules come into effect. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Lyft arrives Lyft expands ride-booking service to Edmonton, Calgary Air quality Edmonton air quality stalls May long w…
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It's cat week in Edmonton! Plus, additional funding for day shelter spaces, more turnover at the City of Edmonton, and new provincial additions to the paw-lice commission. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Extreme weather PSA: Extreme weather response activated Dog parks PSA: City announces sites for Pop-up Dog Parks Cat Fest Edmonton I…
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Edmonton Unlimited CEO Catherine Warren joins us — more than a hundred episodes after her first appearance — for an update on Edmonton's innovation sector. Plus, the City of Edmonton solar rebate launches. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Grants audit Audit: Edmonton spends hundreds of millions on grants and subsidies without tracking …
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We catch up with Chris Buyze, the outgoing president of the Downtown Edmonton Community League. Plus, airtime for airports. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Coronation PSA: Edmonton recognizes the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III Fire bans Edmonton weather: Record-setting heat to start May Fire Bans — City of Edmonton Chappel…
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Calgary is now the favourite child of the UCP, with arena funding. Plus, the Edmonton Police Service announces that violent crime is up, and we take a closer look at what that might mean. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Oilers paint Ferrell rocks face paint while cheering on Kings in Game 3 An Oilers fan trolled Kings fan Will Ferrell…
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The province announces new funding for the HELP initiative that pairs social workers with police, and the city budget has been finalized so your tax bills will arrive soon. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Talus Dome Talus Dome has an escape hatch after all Spaghetti intersection City considers closing 'spaghetti intersection' near dow…
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Let's Find Out has joined Taproot — we speak with host Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and producer Trevor Chow-Fraser to learn more. Plus, the Talus Dome incident has breathed new life into the discussion about interactive public art. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Pothole repair News Release: City's pothole repair is in motion EPS FOIP In…
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The province announces a plan to recruit 100 extra cops to clean up transit, and the city talks about what YOU can do to help with that. Or maybe just take a scooter instead. They’re back. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Alberta Podcast Network That's it for the Alberta Podcast Network 100 cops News Release: Transit safety and violent…
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Another driver crashes into a Valley Line train, and we're starting to lose count. Plus, Boyle Street gets a new permit, and we get details on the city's podcast spending. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Water and zombies Lead-reducing chemicals now flowing in Edmonton's water: Epcor Edmonton is where you want to be when the zombie ap…
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In the wake of a tragic police incident, we cover other policing news that happened this week. Plus, an update on trains, and affordable housing. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Juno protester Topless protester who crashed Edmonton Junos stage makes brief court appearance Alberta is calling News release: Alberta is calling again ECSD …
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Newly minted Taproot Edmonton reporter Colin Gallant joins to talk about the demise of NextGen. Plus, budget surpluses, meetings with the premier and, of course, parking. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Colin Gallant Colin Gallant at Taproot Edmonton Meet Taproot Edmonton's new reporter Birth control Alberta NDP promise free birth con…
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We follow up on what 102 Avenue looks like with cars on it. Plus, updates on Buffalo art, the Alberta budget, drinking in parks, a police commission investigation, downtown police deployments, and the noise bylaw. Phew! Here are the relevant links for this episode: Emergency alerts 'Glitch' inundates Albertans with emergency alert tests, Smith blam…
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Council votes to open 102 Avenue to vehicle traffic before (after?) the one-year pilot even got underway. But don't worry, the pedway is doing fine. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Hawrelak Park Last Edmonton festival wraps up ahead of 3-year Hawrelak Park closure TransEd testing TransEd testing 'emergency scenario' along Valley Line …
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Edmonton's administration drops a bombshell: apparently the city's relationship with the province is strained. Plus we dig into sandboxes, the screen industry, and buses down the middle of Whyte Ave. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Bare-chested swimming No top, no problem: All patrons allowed to be bare-chested at City of Edmonton poo…
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Council wastes a lot of time hearing about spicy things, but the Mansion Tax may be just a little too spicy for the city lawyers. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Taproot event survey Should Taproot build an event calendar? Chili pepper Comedian chomps chili pepper at Edmonton public hearing while arguing climate change is 'not a huge …
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The provincial government solves downtown safety — all it took was 12 rent-a-cops! Plus, the AI landscape in Edmonton does not look quite so grim. Here are the relevant links for this episode: Kenney and Hinshaw Former Alberta premier Jason Kenney lands new gig at Calgary law firm Dr. Deena Hinshaw, ousted from Alberta, moves to job with B.C. publi…
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Here are the relevant links for this episode: LRT safety City of Edmonton reiterates message on Valley Line LRT: 'If you see tracks, expect a train' Chinatown Dining Week EdmontonChinatown.ca 2023 Menu Postmedia cuts Postmedia moving 12 Alberta papers to digital-only, announces sale of Calgary Herald building Postmedia shakes up its editorial leade…
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