First day on the job for new city council

· The Pulse
By Andy Trussler
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After a hard-fought election campaign, mayor-elect Amarjeet Sohi and 12 city councillors will be sworn into office on Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Council chambers have limited capacity to align with public health orders, but Edmontonians are invited to watch the ceremony via livestream or on the The Wall at the Stanley A. Milner Library downtown.

Sohi beat out 10 other candidates in the race for mayor on Oct. 18 with 45% of the vote. He will be joined by four incumbents — Tim Cartmell of pihêsiwin, Sarah Hamilton of sipiwiyiniwak, Andrew Knack of Nakota Isga, and Aaron Paquette of Dene — along with eight newcomers: Michael Janz of papastew, Karen Principe of tastawiyiniwak, Jennifer Rice of Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, Erin Rutherford of Anirniq, Ashley Salvador of Métis, Anne Stevenson of O-day'min, Keren Tang of Karhiio, and Jo-Anne Wright of Sspomitapi.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural city council meeting will decide on calendars, seating arrangements, and appointments to specific agencies.

A look up the stairs at City Hall to the doors to Council Chambers.

Edmonton's new city council will be sworn in on Oct. 26. (Mack Male/Flickr)

The city posted official election results online on Oct. 22. Voter turnout was 37.6%, compared with 31.5% in the 2017 election. For a closer look at election results by individual voting station, you can use this interactive tool by J. Karen Parker, program manager of data analytics at the City of Edmonton. And for a glimpse of where the new council stands on various pertinent issues, check out their answers to the Taproot Survey.

The results of two provincewide referendum questions on daylight saving time and equalization will be released on Oct. 26, along with the names of those chosen to be put on a non-binding list of nominees to be considered for Alberta's next appointments to the Senate.

Unlike Calgary, Edmonton did not release the results on those votes at the same time as the results for mayor, council, and the two school boards. Early results indicate that most Albertans voted in favour of removing equalization from Canada's constitution, whereas adopting daylight saving time year-round did not see strong support in the larger municipalities that have released results.