The Pulse: June 10, 2024

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  • 21°C: A mix of sun and cloud. 30% chance of showers in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 21. UV index 6 or high. (forecast)
  • Blue/Orange: The High Level Bridge will be lit blue and orange for the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup playoffs. (details)
  • 0-3: The Edmonton Oilers lost to the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on June 8. (details)
  • 6pm: The Oilers play the Panthers at Amerant Bank Arena for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. (details)

Row housing in Blatchford.

On the agenda: Capital budget, Blatchford, police audit

By Stephanie Swensrude

This week, council will discuss the capital budget, a police audit, and the one councillor's proposal to consider selling land at Blatchford.

There is a public hearing scheduled for June 10, a city council meeting scheduled for June 11 with a continuation on June 12, and a city manager recruitment committee scheduled for June 12.

Here are key items on the agenda:

  • City administration recommends increasing the 2023-2026 capital budget by $262.6 million in the spring capital budget adjustment, scheduled for debate on June 11. Administration said a $175-million grant from the federal government to implement a housing action plan will cover most of the increase. (Recently, the hosts of Speaking Municipally, Taproot's civic affairs podcast, spoke to Christel Kjenner about the new team that's tasked with achieving the plan.) There are new projects and increases in scope that require budget adjustments, like an additional $7 million to replace and renew buses, and $4.5 million for LRT cars. The proposed adjustment also includes an increase of $23.3 million for the Edmonton Police Service, for expenses like body armour and IT systems, though some of that funding is covered by a federal grant.
  • The Edmonton Police Commission said it will not provide city council with information about the Edmonton Police Service's internal audit plan. "The audit plan has traditionally been an inward facing document and we feel a public facing audit program will diminish overall effectiveness," the commission wrote in a letter that will be discussed at a council meeting scheduled for June 11. "We have full confidence in our current audit function under direction of the commission." Coun. Anne Stevenson, who sits on the commission, spoke to Global News in her capacity as a councillor about her disappointment in the decision. "I feel there's some great work that happens through the audit function, but Edmontonians don't get to see that."
  • Coun. Tim Cartmell is set to push council to in turn ask administration to calculate how much money the city could make if it sold undeveloped sections of Blatchford to private developers. Cartmell is scheduled to introduce a motion on June 11 that asks for a report about maintaining Blatchford policies for the existing homes and allowing private companies to develop the remaining land outside those policies. Cartmell's 12 colleagues on council will either need to support, amend, or strike down the motion.
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Headlines: June 10, 2024

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Happenings: June 10, 2024

By Debbi Serafinchon

Here are some events happening today in the Edmonton area.

And here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

Visit the beta version of the Taproot Edmonton Calendar for many more events in the Edmonton region.