By Mack Male
Here are some of the key items on the agenda:
- Administration will provide a verbal report on supporting vulnerable Edmontonians this winter. As of July, Edmonton had just 627 permanent shelter spaces, less than half the number needed. The province said on July 18 — when shelters in the city were experiencing record attendance — it would provide $5 million to create 450 temporary shelters this winter, and last week it said in a statement that Edmonton would have 1,727 shelter spaces. Homeward Trust says more than 3,000 people in Edmonton are experiencing homelessness.
- Executive committee has recommended approval of a series of budget changes to facilitate the creation of about 74 affordable housing units. Despite submitting "very strong and compelling" projects to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation totalling about $80 million, just two were approved, for a total of about $15.4 million. Another $4.9 million will come from Alberta's Affordable Housing Partnership Program. "I am disappointed. I'm pretty sure we all are disappointed but we will continue our advocacy to the feds," Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said.
- Coun. Andrew Knack is expected to request the creation of a policy to compensate businesses negatively impacted financially during major construction projects. The policy would provide financial assistance directly to business owners, not landlords. A previous draft policy proposed reducing property taxes during the construction project up to some sort of cap, with the forgiven taxes to be repaid after the project is complete should revenue increase beyond pre-construction values.