Author Archives: AnnekaBakker

A growing city requires changes in representation

October 2014 City statistics show Edmonton as the fastest growing city with a population now sitting at 877,926 with 30,000 new residents calling the City of Festivals home, every year. This massive growth brings complications to how the city governs, … Continue reading

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Crosswalks and pedestrian safety

Crosswalks and pedestrian safety has been a hot issue this season. With the unfortunate accidents of Jasper & 119 St, as well as 95 Ave in Strathearn, it is clear that we must do more to create a conducive environment … Continue reading

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Exciting New Skatepark Opens! Free Recreation!

June 2014 I want to share my excitement about the opening of the brand-new Fulton Ravine South Skatepark in my ward. There are only a few skate parks in all of Edmonton, and this brand new one is already very … Continue reading

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Speeding versus community livability

May 2014 I have heard much concern on the issue of speed limits, and photo radar over the past few months. While we all need to get from point A to point B quickly, efficiently and safely, it is important … Continue reading

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High Level Waterfall: where to go from here?

The High Level Bridge Great Divide Waterfall has been an Edmonton icon since the valves were first turned on in 1980, following its private donation by artist Peter Lewis. Even though the waterfall has been out of commission since 2009, … Continue reading

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The Winter Parking Conundrum

Three years ago, the winter streets of Edmonton rarely saw a full cycle of neighbourhood blading. At that time, citizens were quite vocal that the general policy of ‘freeze it where it falls until it thaws,’ was not sufficient. In … Continue reading

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Let’s End Poverty in Edmonton

DECEMBER 2013 Around this time of year, we often reflect on how fortunate we are — to maintain our health and to live in a prosperous city with opportunity. However, throughout Edmonton there is a large population of those who … Continue reading

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City borrowing to build is ‘smart debt’

There are a number of misconceptions about the city’s budget that I would like to clarify. First, the city is not legally allowed to run a deficit in our operating budget, meaning we cannot take on debt to run the … Continue reading

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Rules of the winter-free road

The City of Edmonton is proud to launch the third season of our bike awareness and education campaign, “Let’s Get There Together.” This campaign encourages cyclists and motorists to watch out for each other and share the road, to ensure … Continue reading

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