Posts Tagged ‘city budget’

Friday the 13th: Jason Writes Edmonton Headlines

That winter, and now gas prices, is really hitting Edmonton’s budget hard. We’ve gone from a surplus to a deficit in just a few months (and without doing all that much). Speaking of the City needing money…It’s going to cost you more to park in Edmonton (at meters anyway).

I enjoy the endless debate of LRT vs. BRT (that’s bus rapid transit). Yes, it’s likely cheaper to claim a lane as a bus lane and zip some buses around on more express routes. But, as this column mentions, while you can find plenty of folks who like taking a train, subway, maybe even a streetcar (in my opinion) you won’t find many people talking about how much the love public buses.

The Journal’s business section has a lot of stories on Stantec. But, I guess, Stantec does kick a lot of business butt.

Police in Edmonton and Leduc have used DNA to link a man, already charged with a sexual assault, with other assaults in Edmonton, Vegreville, and B.C.

Guards at the Edmonton Remand Centre have been complaining of unsafe conditions. Today, an inmate is dead and another is charged with his murder.

While wildfires begin to burn around Alberta, the City of Edmonton is reminding people to be careful with their cigarette butts, since firefighters were putting out fires all over Edmonton because of careless smoking.

The wind we’re experiencing is not helping contain those wildfires. And in Edmonton the wind is knocking out power.

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Do you miss Premier Ed Stelmach already? He says we’re ready for the next boom. This time.

What about David Swann as Liberal leader? Do you miss that yet?

Some of the early costs of an oilspill cleanup are starting to come in. With about one third of the spill cleaned, the costs will be going up. It’s the worst spill in Alberta in four decades.

Beginning this fall you can ask to see your home inspector’s license.

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Leduc is keeping it local. Which is kind of ironic since they’ve got the Edmonton International Airport right there.

Get ready for your parents to move in with you.

Laughter continues to be thought of as a good medicine.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming to Edmonton. I had to double-check this didn’t have anything to do with press junkets for the new Conan movie.

Watch out for black cats today.

 


City Budget Headlines

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It’s budget day in Edmonton!

OK, so technically yesterday would be budget day, since that’s when your city council passed the 2011 budget, but today is the day we all get to talk about it. And complain about our 3.85% tax increase.

Atcually, that’s fairly reasonable. Depending on who you talk to. (Councillors Kerry Diotte and Linda Sloan voted against the budget. That doesn’t mean they’re anarchists who don’t believe in planning or finances. No, Diotte wanted to cut more, while Sloan felt too much was cut. Which probably means the porridge budget is just right.) The final tax increase will be known once the Alberta government figures out the education portion of your tax bill in the spring.

The southeast LRT line seems to be moving ahead just fine. Though that west line is not quite ready yet. And by “not quite ready” I mean people be hatin’. More on that in January. More on the proposed lines, right now, from The Charrette.

Now that the budget is done, councillors can relax with a quiet presentation on arenas from Northlands.

Oh, man, it’s about to get real up in City Hall. (more…)


Business Closing Headlines

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We'll miss all your sweet sales, and your lovely window displays.

Good day, Edmonton. I’ve got more business-closing news to report from Whyte Avenue today. (Recently it’s just been bars.)

After eight years on the avenue, most recently between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard, Nokomis Clothing is closing. Make sure you send them out with a bang, Edmonton. Buy everything they have, buy all the local and Canadian-designed clothes. Do it, do it!

We’ll miss you, Nokomis.

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We’re still waiting on city council to approve the 2011 budget. They didn’t finish the job yesterday, but it should be finalized Thursday. It was first predicted with a 5% tax increase, and that will likely be as high as it is. It might even come in at 4%. (Though some other fees, like water, are also being increased.)

Money is the bottom line of the budget. But sometimes you need to think beyond just the last few pennies and try to build an Edmonton that’s more than bricks and pavement.

Epcor’s not paying the City of Edmonton as much, in dividends, as was promised for the Goldbar waste water treatment plant. I’m sure that was something people warned against before it happened…

Transit fares are going up (of course). But the real problem I have with the increase is the amount. Fares will be $2.85. Who carries dimes?

This is a new take on the NIMBY argument (not in my backyard.); the LRT can’t run through Chinatown on its proposed course because of bad Feng Shui.

After the jump we’re going to talk about healthcare. Because we don’t do that enough. (more…)


Edmonton’s December 7 Headlines

Good morning, Edmonton!

For nearly two years, people have been fighting to keep the Scona Pool open. It’s now back in the regular budget (the last two years it was only in for a year of funding at a time). This is a testament to neighbours telling City Hall they want a resource, then showing what could be done with it. People brought in new management, booked that pool up, and started renovating. Good for everyone involved in the Scona Pool!

Tomorrow’s the big day for the LRT expansion. City Council should be giving all the new plans approval. Riverdalians were being reassured by city staff that the train won’t disrupt their neighbourhood. Neighbourhood renewal may be scaled back just a touch as the 2011 budget is finalized. We should now exactly how everything shakes out by the end of today.

Shifting away from City Hall… (more…)