Well, today I announced I am running to be your mayor!
I believe we have all the elements in place to become a model prairie city for the 21st century. We have the talent, we have the ideas, we have the institutions and organizations to make this happen.
We need progressive leadership in the mayor’s seat that can provide the vision and hard work needed to turn plans into reality.
Saskatoon's solar energy potential puts us among the top 10 areas in the world according to the National Research Council solar maps. As the conversation about climate change, carbon pricing and alternative energy becomes more serious in our country we have a chance to get ahead of the issue of renewable energy and carbon pricing rather than waiting for rules and regulations be imposed that we have to react to. We have expertise at the UofS campus and the research institutions in this City, as well as a growing sector of companies building capacity in renewable energy and energy conservation. With the talent and expertise in the city already we could create jobs and capacity in a growing sector in the process.
Winter Sanding and Snow Removal - plans for allocating additional money from the budget
Basic city services like winter road maintenance are key to building confidence in citizens that the City is managing our resources well and ensuring safety and civic pride in the community. During the 2016 budget process, City Council allocated $1.04million more to winter road maintenance for the upcoming year. On January 25th City Council received recommendations about how to spend it to get targeted improvements our snow and ice . The report was discussed at the Transportation Committee and it was recommended to allocate this new money this way:
Remember those days, Canada, after being moved by the tragic photographs of Aylan Kurdi, when hearts and minds were opened and there was a widely shared recognition that the human beings fleeing unimaginable conditions in Syria and Iraq were just that, human beings like you and me.
Tuesday June 16th 7-9pm at the Farmer's Market (inside)
This is the first time that the Police Commission has hosted a public forum since I have been a City Councillor. I have been on the Police Commission for the last several years - and I see this as a very timely opportunity to have a dialogue with the community about community safety, to hear directly from residents about their experiences and ideas.
This will be a meeting hosted by City Council directly to discuss the pressure points and priorities for the 2016 City Budget. This is a new and important step in the budgeting process - to invite residents into the discussion months before the City Budget is debated at City Council.
Thursday May 28th at 7:30 PM - Luther Tower 22nd Floor (highest viewpoint in Saskatoon) 1223 Temperance St.
The last 8 months or so at City Hall have been busy and challenging to say the least. This has caused me to reflect on the relationship between City Hall and citizens. It is important that we continually find ways to build a healthy and resilient community, together. In a smaller-sized city like Saskatoon, filled with talented people, we have tremendous opportunities to do this well.
In past years there have been Mayor’s Town Halls in each Ward. This will not be happening this year. Instead, I will be hosting a Ward 6 Forum to discuss how we can rethink the relationship between citizens and City Hall, as it relates to the key challenges we face, our vision for the City, and the actions we can take to make the best of our opportunities. The evening will include some 'civic storytelling' to help set the context and bring the issues to life.
Gathering your ideas for active transportation routes now
The City is looking for your feedback on a new plan for connecting suburban neighbourhoods to the urban core with active transportation routes. There is a quick survey you can fill out here. There will also be a community discussion on Active Transportation on May 23rd at the Farmer's Market. If you have ideas about improving walking and cycling options in Saskatoon - now is the time to weigh in.
"A pain in the Asphalt"
The University Bridge will be closed on May 3rd for the remainder of the summer while the deck is replaced. There will be no lanes open for regular traffic, but on lane open for buses and emergency vehicles. There will be one pedestrian walkway open for walking and cycling during the closure as well. There will be some inconvenience there is no question. There is a traffic management plan posted on the City Website here if you want more information.