Municipal election rundown: July 22, 2021

Municipal election rundown: July 22, 2021

· The Pulse
By Andy Trussler
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Every week in the lead up to Edmonton's municipal election on Oct. 18, we're rounding up the news and announcements you need to know to stay informed.

  • Mayoral candidate Diana Steele published her first YouTube videos explaining what inspired her to run for mayor and her previous education and work experience.
  • Mayoral candidate Mike Nickel is calling for an end to photo radar in the city, arguing that it is "reactive," a "cash cow," and "designed to tax the rich on driving." He is also collecting signatures in support of a letter to the province asking for a "potential reduction or complete phaseout of photo radar."
  • In a blog post about addressing climate change, mayoral candidate Brian (Breezy) Gregg has suggested more funding for public libraries to "displace the commercial services that persistently encourage us to buy more than we need" could play a part in the solution.
  • This coming Saturday, Amarjeet Sohi invites Edmontonians to his community barbecue where they can share their priorities and questions about his mayoral campaign. Earlier that day, mayoral candidate Cheryll Watson will be hosting an event at Jubilee spray park for "door knocking, playing in the sun, and ice cream."
  • For the first time since the 1960s, Edmonton's zoning bylaw is facing a complete overhaul. The next city council will "play a deciding role" in the future of development dictated by this bylaw, and candidate Erin Rutherford pledged in a blog post to keep a "close eye" on the project on behalf of Ward Anirniq.

A list of all of the candidates who have announced they are running in the Edmonton municipal election is available here.

Learn more about Taproot's effort to ground our election coverage in what is important to Edmontonians on our People's Agenda page.