Stephanie Swensrude



Stephanie is a curator and reporter at Taproot Edmonton. She attended NAIT's radio and television program and has worked at CBC, CFJC in Kamloops, and 630 CHED. Stephanie loves to write about city council and learning more about how Edmonton works. When not reporting, you can find Stephanie roller skating, knitting, playing video games, baking, or chilling with her two adorable cats Juno and Pepper.

Recent work by Stephanie

A photo that shows an LRT running beside a tall residential building in Edmonton
housing transit

As Ottawa pushes for density near transit, research shows Edmonton has challenges

The federal government's recent push for cities to change rules that have limited dense housing near high-frequency transit has underlined new research, which shows Edmonton has not added population in many of these areas for decades.

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Garbage at an entrance to Central LRT station in downtown Edmonton.
city council business

On the agenda: Night mayor, lights for bikes, cleaning the core

This week, councillors are set to discuss a nighttime economy strategy, upgrades for lights on active transportation routes, and enhanced cleaning services in the core.

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A sign at Fort Edmonton Park.
city council budget

On the agenda: Brentwood redevelopment, 2SLGBTQIA+ plan, Fort Edmonton

This week, city council meets at city hall (recently re-opened to the public) to discuss the redevelopment of a large housing complex in Woodcroft, the process to create a 2SLGBTQIA+ action plan, and a loan for the Fort Edmonton Management Company.

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A portion of 83 Avenue in Old Strathcona.
city council old strathcona

City recommends removing cars on 83 Avenue near farmers' market

The city is recommending making one block of 83 Avenue between Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard car free.

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Alexander Circle, a park in Glenora.
city council history

City halts project to protect Glenora's character and starts city-wide strategy

The city has decided to stop work on a project that could have added even stricter development criteria in Glenora that, according to the city, would help "conserve the unique character" of the downtown-adjacent neighbourhood through "sensitive development."

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The Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton.
region history

Returning Indigenous artifacts from RAM important but complicated, experts say

Experts say repatriation of artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum is important for Indigenous nations. But repatriating artifacts is not as simple as asking for an item to be returned and museums or other organizations following through. Archaeologists say that's because of legislative requirements, security restraints, and the sheer number of artifacts.

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Four people sit on a couch at the CHEW Project.
health fyrefly institute

Boyle Street to take over CHEW Project operations

Boyle Street Community Services is taking over the day-to-day operation of the CHEW Project on April 1 as the centre has struggled with staffing and new requirements.

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An On Demand Transit bus in downtown Edmonton.
city council downtown

On the agenda: Downtown residential, permitting parking, transit changes

This week's agenda includes a discussion of downtown construction incentives, a program to address non-compliant surface parking lots, and upcoming changes to the transit network.

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A file photograph of city council in council chambers
podcast city council

City and union both lost communications battle, podcasters say

Communications strategies coming from both the city and Civic Service Union 52 (CSU 52) during their tense labour negotiations have been subpar, said Troy Pavlek, co-host of Episode 255 of Speaking Municipally.

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