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

Councillors Ashley Salvador, Tim Cartmell, and Jennifer Rice in council chambers.
city council budget

On the agenda: Budget adjustments and rezonings

This week, council returns from a break to start its deliberations on the fall supplemental budget adjustment on Nov. 21, with continuations if required.

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A narrow hallway inside an apartment building in Edmonton.
business housing

Financialization of housing puts Edmonton's affordability at risk, advocates say

Investors own nearly half of all purpose-built rental buildings in Edmonton, and as National Housing Day approaches, housing advocates warn that the city's lauded affordability could disappear if governments do not act on this fast-moving trend.

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Several people hold podcasting microphones while riding the Valley Line Southeast LRT.
city council transit

Valley Line opening means resources could be redeployed, transit director says

The opening of the Valley Line Southeast LRT has the potential to improve transit elsewhere in the city, the Edmonton Transit Service's director suggested during a trip on the train with a crew from Speaking Municipally.

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Nine students dig at three excavation sites at Historic River Lots 23 and 24 in St. Albert.
history region

Field school findings reveal pieces of St. Albert's Métis history

Dozens of beads, a French medicine bottle, and an artifact that pre-dates European contact are among the items unearthed by an archeological field school exploring the often overlooked history of Métis people in St. Albert.

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A smiling man wearing safety glasses operates a tool that breaks down plastic for recycling.
technology business

Student with two startups among winners at ASTech Awards

A University of Alberta student who has co-founded two startups — one that decentralizes plastics recycling and another that uses AI to better understand the shape of wounds — was among the recipients of this year's ASTech Awards.

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A rezoning sign in front of a brick building in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood.
city council budget

On the agenda: Budget adjustments, anti-racism, shelter rezoning

This week, council will take its first official look at the fall supplemental budget adjustments, hear updates on the carbon budget and anti-racism efforts, and consider a rezoning in Boyle-McCauley.

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A pointy-topped, 23-storey tower made of glass and steel in downtown Edmonton.
city council climate

On the agenda: Climate action, homelessness, and office tower conversions

This week, council committees are set to discuss climate action, projects to help homeless and vulnerable Edmontonians, and whether to incentivize office tower conversions, among other topics.

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Councillors Sarah Hamilton, Erin Rutherford, and Ashley Salvador sitting in council chambers
city council zoning

On the agenda: Zoning, transit safety, and construction accountability

This week, city council will continue a public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw renewal on Oct. 23. Council will also have a private non-regular meeting on Oct. 23 to discuss updates on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and pre-budget submissions, and it will meet on Oct. 24 with a continuation scheduled for Oct. 25 if required.

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An audience applauds as four people in front of the room smile, with the Let's Find Out banner behind them
city council river valley

Urban national park in Edmonton seen as opportunity for reconciliation

The proposed national urban park in Edmonton's river valley needs to be developed with reconciliation in mind, says the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.

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