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Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers, wants a new downtown arena. This is hardly news. Certainly Mr. Katz has a bold vision for a new arena district and has spoken about his desire to help revitalize Edmonton’s downtown core. I share this goal and can see the potential for an arena to make a positive contribution; however, the discussion around the new arena is still lacking, and I’m not yet sold on the funding plan.

Most troubling is the absolute lack of discussion about what would become of the existing Rexall Place, which is not only situated in Ward 7, but is also only a stone’s throw from my own neighbourhood. With a new arena, it’s likely Rexall would close, or would at least become much less active. Rexall Place (along with its parking lots) sits on 20 acres of land with an existing LRT station and is, for better or worse, the main anchor for 118 Avenue. While it’s certainly possible to imagine a better use for the site, a vacant arena is not it. (continue reading…)

When Statistics Canada released information about Canadians’ travel habits in 2008, I was disappointed – yet not surprised – to see Edmonton singled out as the most car-dependent city in the country. While both fuel prices and environmental concern are on an upward trend recently, neither seem to have made much of a difference with regard to transportation in Edmonton. (continue reading…)

With less than 3 months until the next Municipal Election on October 18th, 2010, my team and I have worked hard to update the website to better engage in a dialogue with you, the citizens of Ward 7 and of Edmonton. We’ve added links at the top so that you can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Connect2Edmonton (which will host its own election forum later on). Most important is this blog, where I will add detail to my election platform. Please check back here throughout the run-up to the election and consider lending a hand. I want to make sure that I am hearing your opinions and concerns so that I can better represent you through the election, and, I hope, afterward as well. (continue reading…)

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