Tim Querengesser

Managing Editor

Tim is the managing editor of Taproot. He has worked with words and stories for more than 20 years, sometimes as a reporter, sometimes as a magazine writer, sometimes as an editor, sometimes as a documentary writer, sometimes as a book ghostwriter. Tim completed journalism school at Carleton and earned a master's degree from Trent, both in Ontario, where he's originally from. Tim, his wife and his young son live in Bonnie Doon, and enjoy exploring cities, riding their bikes, and (currently) playing with toy excavators.

Recent work by Tim

An LRT rolls eastbound into The Quarters, past several surface parking lots.
city council business

Land sales signal change could be coming to The Quarters

Several city-owned lots in The Quarters are in the process of being sold to developers, giving at least one city councillor a glimmer of hope that there is legitimate progress to revitalize the 106-acre neighbourhood.

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Former city manager Andre Corbould dressed in army fatigues in the desert sands of Afghanistan
city council podcast

City manager's departure doesn't erase underlying challenges, podcasters assert

While city manager Andre Corbould's sudden departure is something of a Shakespearean melodrama — did he jump or was he pushed? — the issues at the heart of his resignation will continue to vex city hall.

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A bicycle is locked with other bicycles at a bike rack on a street in Edmonton.
active transportation old strathcona

City invests in better bike parking at schools, but reaching it remains tough

The City of Edmonton has set aside $75,000 for schools and other organizations to improve bike parking, but some cyclists suggest challenges remain to feel safe riding to those new spots.

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A photo of a city sidewalk with snow cleared from most of it and a portion left unshovelled
city council health

Calgary outdigs Edmonton in accessing funds to help seniors shovel

As a fresh dump of snow blankets the city, an advocacy group says Edmonton is not doing as well as Calgary at helping low-income seniors access $1,300 per household in provincial funds to help pay for snow removal and similar services.

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A person in a purple business suit stands at a microphone while raising their left hand to take an oath of office
city council epcor

Smith's policy could push UCP-aligned councillors into open

So sweeping are Premier Danielle Smith's recently proposed changes to gender-affirming care, treatments, and therapies that municipal politics will be fundamentally shaped by the discussions that follow — including, as discussed on Episode 249 of Speaking Municipally, the 2025 election.

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A photo from 2013 of the city hall council chambers, showing empty desks for councillors without glass partitions between them.
city council podcast

A council that can't meet adds to its to-do list

While security questions following the Jan. 23 shooting attack at city hall are obvious, the effects will be felt in other ways, too, co-hosts Mack Male and Troy Pavlek observed in Episode 248 of Speaking Municipally.

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A picture looking up at a flight of stairs and an entranceway below the city crest, where a sign reads "Council Chamber".
city council shooting

City cancels meetings after attack at city hall

The city has cancelled its council meetings from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in the wake of the events of Jan. 23, when a person allegedly walked into city hall with a long gun, fired several rounds, and lit several incendiary devices.

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A person stands at a microphone while there is a sign that reads "Edmonton Unlimited" behind them.
technology business

Catherine Warren ousted from Edmonton Unlimited

The board of Edmonton's innovation agency has decided to part ways with its founding CEO three years into her term.

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A group of people stand on the side of a road holding signs. One reads "Housing is a Human Right"; another reads "Shelters Are Not A Home."
city council shelters

The numbers and realities of Edmonton's shelter system

Here's a look at what we know about the supply of shelter space and the factors that affect demand.

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