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Taproot Edmonton presents a weekly discussion on key stories in municipal politics. We pay attention to City Council so you don't have to! Join us as we delve into conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall.
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We're prepping for winter on our roads, patios and in our hearts. There will be no calcium chloride in our hearts this year. But healthy skepticism about LRT implementation seems to be forefront in our hearts this episode.
Edmonton's COVID active case count is the highest it's ever been, and that's giving the city and the feds significant motivation to end homelessness before November. But will the province be on board? Troy and Mack are joined by Taproot's new managing editor Emily Rendell-Watson to break down this week's topics.
We talk to Ward 10 Michael Walters for a behind the scenes look at his two terms on council. We talk about drainage, police budgets, regional transit and much more. Plus what lies ahead for the outgoing councillor.
Aloe to 100!

Aloe to 100!

2020-09-2538:29

Speaking Municipally has unfortunately lost a summary judgement in a trademark lawsuit. We'll have the details on that. Plus, indigenous ward names, EPS committees, middle management and a new community bussing pilot.
The Gon-bananas-a plan

The Gon-bananas-a plan

2020-09-1852:39

Troy and Mack are joined by Jeffrey from Prairie Sky Gondola as he tries to convince them that the Gondola is just cars in the sky, not pie-in-the-sky.
Mack's off this week, and Troy is joined by Elise Stolte to talk about a new Taproot project called the People's Agenda which she will sit on steering committee of.
This week we do some roleplay: Troy says what he wants about anything as is his free speech right, and Mack defends him for it, and speaks for him while he hides from consequences.
Big news out of Ward 10 about the election. Plus, we've got news about tanks, hyperloops, Kaycee Madu success stories and a whole host of other things you shouldn't buy.
This week a date has been set for a special council meeting where, as one councillor will have you believe, the largest witchburning since the red scare will occur. Plus, other fictions, like council endorsing density.
The City of Edmonton implements an MS Paint-based mask exemption program. Plus, Council has COVID-caused crotchity crankiness. Hear about that.
Speaking Municipally is back from summer break with a special episode featuring Kalen Anderson, the director of (The) [Edmonton] City Plan.
This week, council wraps up its very tepid response to the outrage regarding EPS funding by cutting an amount probably less than the staff time required to listen to - and ignore - all the speakers at public hearing. Plus, the COVID financial update came through and things are looking bad… but not bad enough to stop building freeways.
It at least stopped raining in the evening to allow people to set off some illegal fireworks. This week, the school board really gets their act together and organizes so that they can accomplish their goal of *checks notes* doing exactly nothing. Plus the e-bike rebate is cancelled because *checks notes* McKeen didn't read reports before.
This week an Albertan politician takes accountability for what they say confirming that 2020 is not real and something is broken in the matrix. Plus we talk to Brooks mayor and AUMA president Barry Morishita about the UCP's proposed changes to the Local Authorities Election Act
We dig into Black Lives Matter, highlighting the voice of Sahr Saffa. And, if you stick around we also cover your favourite bad idea that Gondowon't get built.
The aftermath of George Floyd's death boils over worldwide, and we'll give you some Edmonton context. Plus the State of Local Emergency has ended, and the City wants you to buy an e-bike.
The impossible is possible! We reduced vehicle lanes on Whyte Ave and the Police is ENFORCING vehicle noise. Meanwhile, at City Hall, the Capital Budget moves on unencumbered and new ward boundaries get a face (but not quite a name).
Troy (via Addie) wins an election and the COVID reopening continues... just in time for hockey.
Troy's cat either won or lost an off-leash park election this week. We break down all the details and talk to the Chief Election Officer. We also cover real news, but that's at the end so dessert first, vegetables later.
We have two tax gurus on the show to give you the lowdown on everything you - and apparently we - need to know about taxation and assessment. We got a couple of things wrong last episode. Whoops 😬
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