As Amarjeet Sohi begins his first full year as mayor, he plans to turn some of his attention to continuing the work of developing a robust and efficient Edmonton region.
Former mayor Don Iveson left behind the legacy of a strengthened region, with an emphasis on collaboration and developing joint approaches to issues such as transit and economic development. Sohi said he will endeavour to continue that work as he represents the city on the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board.
He plans to focus on advancing economic growth, with a particular interest in the potential to invest further in hydrogen, as well as the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and geothermal sectors. Sohi will also be looking to foster alignment on climate change, especially when it comes to energy transition and renewable energy.
"Whether it's investing in technologies that reduce emissions or investing in technologies that capture emissions and utilization of those emissions, I think that's an area where there's potential for us to continue to work on," Sohi told Taproot.
Another key issue Sohi said he's particularly passionate about is tackling social issues like houselessness, mental health, addictions, and the overdose crisis.
"Edmonton is the centre for social services and a hub for programs that people rely on in the region, but we are disproportionately affected by those social issues," he explained, adding that he wants the region to continue to advocate for support from the provincial and federal governments.