People's Agenda

Taproot Edmonton is on a quest to find out what Edmontonians want candidates to be talking about as they campaign for votes in the next municipal election, which will be held Oct. 18, 2021.


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See how the municipal candidates align with you

We distilled 30 multiple-choice questions based on responses to the People's Agenda and asked each candidate to answer them.

Now you have the opportunity to answer the same questions to find out which candidates you are most aligned with.

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An update on the People's Agenda

Sept. 29, 2021

It’s been a long journey, but the train is finally coming into the station on our People’s Agenda project.

Read more about the journey so far and what's next.

Read the update
Candidate responses

Taproot's election site

Find your voting station, wards, and candidates, see the results on election night, and browse all responses to the Taproot survey at our 2021 municipal election site.

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Recent updates

Our latest stories related to the People's Agenda

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What to expect from the new mayor and council

Based on their responses to the Taproot Survey, it appears that Edmonton has elected a council that believes every decision is a climate decision, wants to expand Housing First programs, supports the city's current approach to infill, and wants more bike lanes and wider sidewalks.

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It's Election Day – here's where people told us they stand on key issues
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It's Election Day – here's where people told us they stand on key issues

The Taproot Survey has received more than 16,000 responses since it launched on Sept. 24, as voters sought to gain insight into how they align with candidates on issues like climate change, policing, housing, and transit.

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A screen capture of how the mayoral candidates answered three questions about planning on the Taproot Survey.
News

Fate of City Plan is in next council's hands, says Speaking Municipally

Episode 151 of Taproot's civic affairs podcast takes a look at the magnitude of the planning decisions that the next city council will be making.

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An array of faces of the members of the City of Edmonton's energy transition climate resilience committee
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'The defining issue': How city council candidates want to tackle climate change

Most candidates running for council think the city is on the right track with its Community Energy Transition Strategy, with many thinking it's just a start. But a few feel it's too expensive.

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A screen capture of some mayoral candidates' answers to two questions from the Taproot Survey, one on funding and the other on racism
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New candidates more interested in freezing Edmonton police budget than incumbents are

A couple of questions about policing on the Taproot Survey reveal a divide between new candidates and those who are seeking re-election.

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A screen capture of a tweet from Troy Pavlek reading "Advanced polls just opened. You can now vote for your preferred #yegvote candidate. Many of them have committed to disclosing their donors before election day.  Looking at the "frontrunners" 44 have not, and only 9 have proactively disclosed so far.  Let's take a closer look"
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Speaking Municipally takes a look at donor disclosures

Episode 150 of our civic affairs podcast took a look at the disclosures prompted by a perusal of the answers to a Taproot Survey question.

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An array of racks for solar panels surrounded by trees
News

River valley solar farm not popular among most council candidates

The majority of candidates responding to the Taproot Survey say they don't support the location of a solar farm in the river valley beside the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, even though it is already under construction.

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Puneeta McBryan, executive direction of the Downtown Business Association
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'A critical role': Most candidates support spending as much — or more — on Downtown Vibrancy Strategy

The Taproot Survey of council candidates has revealed many champions for the Downtown Vibrancy Strategy, with the majority of respondents supporting the current level of city investment or more. But a few are opposed, including two incumbents.

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A screenshot of how the mayoral candidates answered Taproot Survey questions on helping the arts and business recover from the pandemic
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Where the candidates land on helping the arts recover from the pandemic

Candidates for mayor and city council are split when it comes to the Taproot Survey question of how much the City of Edmonton should spend to help the arts sector recover from the pandemic — but no one has said the city should spend less.

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A map of all of the public washroom locations in Edmonton
Feature

How public washrooms help make a city work well

Most candidates for mayor and city council agree that Edmonton needs more permanent public washrooms, a move that is vital for a city to work for everyone, says consultant Lezlie Lowe.

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A screenshot from the Edmonton Elections video on advance voting.
News

As advance polls open, see where the candidates stand on finances

As advance polls open for the municipal election, Speaking Municipally took a closer look at the Taproot Survey's questions about finances.

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A screenshot of the mayoral candidates' responses to the Taproot Survey question on the city's approach to the TRC's calls to action
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Where the candidates stand on the city's approach to truth and reconciliation

Here's what the people running for mayor and city council told us when we asked whether they support the city's current approach to upholding the spirit and specifics of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action.

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Taproot survey
Brief

Take the Taproot election survey

Here's your chance to find out how you align with the candidates running for mayor and council in Edmonton's 2021 election.

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A collage of the faces of 76 of the people running for council in 2021
Brief

More ways to have fun with the Taproot Survey

The Taproot Survey will tell you how you align with the candidates for mayor and council in just a few minutes. But if you have a little more time, here are some ways to play around with the data to learn even more.

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A collage of the faces of 76 of the people running for council in 2021
Brief

See how the municipal candidates align with you

We surveyed those running for city council in Edmonton — now it's your turn to answer the same questions and see how compatible you are.

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We want to hear from you!

Do you have questions about the project or perhaps suggestions on how we can hear from more Edmontonians? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at hello@taprootedmonton.ca.