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.
Policies and campaign updates
- Mayoral candidate Kim Krushell committed to protecting and preserving the city's neighborhood renewal program as part of her core services and maintenance platform pillar. Krushell helped establish the program as a city councillor in 2009.
- Mayoral candidate Mike Nickel published his policy on crime, safety, and community policing, which is meant to work in tandem with his policy on homelessness. Council candidate Haruun Ali tweeted about the policy and said more emphasis should be placed on supportive housing and safe injection sites.
- In response to the city's re-introduced mask mandate, mayoral candidate Amarjeet Sohi instructed his campaign door-knockers to wear masks, cancelled his Ritchie campaign barbecue, and will limit upcoming indoor events.
- Mayoral candidate Michael Oshry pledged to accelerate the development of Blatchford in a recent blog post.
- A bus stop advertisement for council candidate Rhiannon Hoyle was vandalized last week. Many people on Twitter shared their support of Hoyle in the wake of the incident.
Weighing in on the campaign trail
- Former Alberta Urban Municipalities of Alberta (AUMA) president Barry Morishita told CTV that Edmontonians should expect a high turnover in upcoming elections, which he theorized to be a result of COVID-19 and many veteran politicians not running for re-election.
- Cryptocurrency might be a municipal election talking point, reported Global News. Ward Dene candidate Laura Palmer has promised voters she will build a "cryptocurrency-friendly city."
- Edmonton Journal columnist Keith Gerein offered his thoughts on crime in Chinatown and how the neighbourhood must battle social stigma to pursue economic resurgence.
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.
Photo: Edmonton's Chinatown. (Shawna Lemay/Instagram)