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Cover art for Speaking Municipally, featuring a cartoon turnip in front of Edmonton's City Hall
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Speaking Municipally considers proposed bike lane expansion

Episode 192 of Taproot's civic affairs podcast takes a look at urban planning committee's decision to consider a couple of options for rapidly expanding Edmonton's bike lane network.

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Cover art for Speaking Municipally, featuring a cartoon turnip in front of Edmonton's City Hall
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Speaking Municipally urges council to step up on housing

Episode 190 of Speaking Municipally challenges city council to spend the money needed to open supportive housing units, even though it's not the city's responsibility.

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Tyler Shandro stands in a suit in front of an LRT station, holding papers
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Return of loitering bylaw looms amid response to transit safety concerns

A proposed bylaw amendment beefs up the definition of "inappropriate behaviours" on Edmonton Transit Service property in an effort to improve both safety and the perception of such on the transit system.

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A bar graph showing the costs of inspections, enforcement, police and fire responses, and uncollected taxes on 31 problem properties, totalling almost $1.4 million
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Councillors seek new tools to crack down on problem properties

The damage done as a result of problem properties has "reached a boiling point," and city council needs new tools to try to deal with them, say two city councillors.

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A woman jogs beside a cyclist on a bridge that curves over the river valley
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100 Street Pedestrian Bridge — gorgeous addition or sop to car culture?

The city is seeking public input on three proposed designs for the 100 Street Pedestrian Bridge, which is intended to "provide an accessible space for pedestrians and cyclists, without impacting vehicle traffic."

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A sign on a door reading "Public Washroom Closed: Temporarily Out of Service until further notice
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Closing washrooms regrettable but necessary for now, says transit boss

Frustration with the closure of public washrooms in transit stations is understandable, but it's a necessary and temporary measure in light of the number of overdoses in these spaces, says the head of Edmonton Transit.

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Transit head celebrates recovering ridership, calls for sheltering solutions

Edmonton's transit ridership has reached 69% of pre-pandemic levels, a recovery that is outpacing Toronto's and is on par with Vancouver's, says Carrie Hotton-MacDonald, branch manager for the Edmonton Transit Service.

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Mayor Amarjeet Sohi wearing a mask during the swearing-in ceremony at City Hall in October 2021
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Council kills mask bylaw but may resurrect mandate

After repealing Edmonton's mask bylaw on March 8, city council is to consider two new bylaws to reinstate the mandate.

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Commission should question police about fatal shooting, says criminologist

The Edmonton Police Commission should ask the Edmonton Police Service hard questions about the recent deaths of a robbery suspect and a bystander, says a criminology professor who studies civilian oversight of the police.

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