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So on Monday night, heading home from her job at WEM, my daughter was assaulted by a man. He deliberately switched seats to sit beside her. He blocked her way out from her seat. He pushed himself into her (no overtly sexual touch), and demanded to know "where we are going." 1/x
This dude was exceptionally loud. My daughter has hearing issues, and decided to feign deafness to ignore this guy without increasing his hostility. He kept pushing and demanding answers. She was terrified that he was going to follow her home. 2/x
She couldn't get past him to get to the driver, to alert him to the issue. No one else intervened. She texted me, terrified and shaking, from the bus. She didn't know if this man was armed, if he would escalate. Fortunately, he lost interest, with her lack of response 3/x
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1. Hey, Aaron! Why do you care about transit so much?

I’m glad you asked!

What I REALLY care about is what transit does & wow! does it do a lot.

Hop on board - let’s tour few of the amazing things we get from a great transit network & why it matters.

#yeg #yegcc #transit
2. Transit is an economic driver. The 2009 Ottawa transit strike had a negative economic impact of about $400 million over 51 days - that’s est. $2.5 billion a year!

In 2019 #yeg that number will be even higher.

Let that sink in a little.

#economy #yegcc
3. A 2016 Auditor’s report estimated transit saves #Yeg about $700 million a year by reducing congestion/ traffic jams, collisions & decreasing parking demand and environmental impacts.

This is big money, folks.

Let’s unpack that.

#transit #savings #yegcc
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EXCLUSIVE: Indigenous transit riders are ticketed and warned at a rate more than seven times their share of Edmonton's population, recent statistics obtained by the @EdmontonJournal show.

#yeg #yegtransit #yegplan #yegcc #yegpoverty…
I spent the last month digging into the data and speaking to advocates about systemic racism on #yegtransit and the importance of mobility for equity. I'll be threading the urgent points I think this piece brings to light here throughout the day #yeg #yegcc #yegpoverty #yegplan
@edmontonjournal First of all, these numbers aren't *news* for Indigenous people living in Edmonton, even if they are newly reported. “It’s very, very commonly known within Indigenous people,”said Dusty LeGrande, a director at iHuman #yeg #yegtransit
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#yeg residents can’t get to the grocery store. So instead, the grocery is coming to them.

I’m not talking shop and click. These are honest-to-goodness, pick apples off the cart shops carrying produce at less than supermarket prices.…
#yegcc #yegfood
It’s being run as a social enterprise to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables into the heart of Edmonton’s food deserts.

It’s a concept that’s already taken off in Calgary.

Fresh Routes Calgary now trucks veggies to 60 different locations, partnering with H&W Produce & others.
.@FreshRoutes sets up near seniors homes, affordable housing complexes and low-income neighbourhoods without a grocery store within walking distance.

They work with local community ambassadors to promote the market and add a social component to the weekly gathering.
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1. I was not expecting this to be so widely shared & requested.

Folks wanted this in a non-fb format - a Treaty Acknowledgement I gave this week in Urban Planning Committee.

It is very brief and therefore imperfect but maybe it helps.

#yeg #yegcc #abpoli #canpoli #treaty6 #TRC
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My grandfather was a soldier in World War II. My family has a history of military service.

The normalization of racial supremacy, the encouragement of it by some political leaders as a path to power, isn’t just abhorrent, it is a threat to our peace & to our communities.

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide let me say:

- how easy it is to stoke economic fear and pair it with racial fear. We have history to prove it. We know that road.

- Canada is not immune. We must always be on guard for the small wedge that opens the door.
Atrocity may explode like a powder keg, but it’s never the big event that is the cause, that’s just the effect.

Like the frog in the pot of increasingly heating water, it’s the prejudices, hate & fear that are allowed to spread & given platforms that lead to the boiling point.
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Was this the first time @edmontonjournal put menstruation on the front page? But @NoWomanWithout is the second #yeg non-profit formed recently to collect menstrual products (see also All Cycles YEG).
It's part of a growing global discussion #yegcc #ableg…
Women and trans folk in shelters aren't the only ones impacted. Low-income girls who can’t access enough products are likely to miss school. Any woman surprised by an unpredictable period in public faces a desperate scramble. #yegcc #ableg (2/...)
New York City made emergency tampons/pads free in schools, jails and shelters. @TorontosMayor declared last May 28 "Menstrual Hygiene Day" and several university campuses now stock backup product. #yegcc #ableg (3/...)

(Didn't ask @doniveson his plans 😏)
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1. “I’m not racist but...”

We’ve all heard the phrase, we all know what it REALLY means, and in light of recent events at 2 #yeg mosques I’ve been asked to make a statement as an elected official.

It may different than what you expect.

2. First, do I condemn this hate and all Islamaphobia? Yes. Of course. As should we all. But that doesn’t solve the problem, does it?

All it does is shout at the symptoms. That’s not how we heal wounds. Just shouting at hate won’t heal racism.
3. Let’s get to the root of the problem and confront a truth. We have seen politicians & pundits light the flames of blame & “otherness” & paint a target on a group of people for their own gain. Is it truly a surprise, then, when someone in their audience sadly takes action?
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Jon Dziadyk flipped faster than a flapjack Thursday morning when news broke that the rookie councillor was asking taxpayers to foot two-thirds of the $67,000 bill for his executive MBA. #yegcc…
“It was inappropriate. … I feel like I broke the trust of some of my constituents and colleagues” - @JonDziadyk on the use of office dollars for tuition. (2/...) #yegcc
But this also raises questions about how councillors prepare for a difficult job.
They vote on technical issues, rife with emotion and politicking, and jump between many complicated subjects in a matter of hours. #yegcc
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Whose needs count the most: the person driving through a neighbourhood or someone living there?

Because did you know, the number of vehicles daily on Jasper Avenue and the number of people living in the neighbourhood around are roughly equal?… #yegcc
City of Edmonton officials released the final designs for the Jasper Avenue upgrade -- wider sidewalks and a tree-lined boulevard supported by 17 cubic metres of structured soil under the sidewalks to let the trees flourish into a canopy.
Construction starts 2020. (2/...) #yegcc
Sure, it's more investment in the core, not the north. But there's a lot of people in Oliver who pay taxes. The city estimates 10,000 new residents will join the existing 18,000 within the next 30 years. Already, the population is larger than the City of Beaumont. #yegcc
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Edmonton rolled out a juicy bonus this month for local homeowners looking to upgrade windows, furnaces and insulation.

But I’ll let you in on a secret. No one thinks this is a silver bullet.… #yegcc #yeg #ableg
#yeg will top up the carbon-tax rebate by an additional 20% for furnaces, windows, insulation... (as it does for solar).
But the bump-up is expected to convince all of 300 homeowners to take action this year (that's 300 of 300,000 eligible properties).
#yegcc #ableg
More is needed and the math shows why.
Read details on the upcoming pilot to get homeowners access to low-interest loans, paid off on the property tax bill.

Also, can we fix how electrical bills currently discourage conservation? Thoughts?… #yegcc #ableg
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.⁦@aaronpaquette⁩’s restated motion on free public transit now on the board.
He clarifies this is not immediate, not for this budget. #yegcc #yegtransit
"It's just a study," says @aaronpaquette.
City is already looking into many elements, including fare policy, but hasn't dug into economic impact of transit. #yegcc is building a city on this; "we should have a deep understanding of what this essential service is." #yegtranist
.@bevesslinger is questioning the use of this. It seems that city officials are already doing most of this work. The new piece is really economic impact.
Transit head Eddie Robar suggests this should come back to council after it approves the new route maps. #yegcc #yegtransit
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Council starting its debate on the road salting and calcium chloride pilot project.
Goal was to reach bare pavement last year with various techniques. Calcium chloride provider Tiger Calcium is in the audience for chemistry questions 😏… #yegcc #yegtraffic
Chemistry 101 - Salt works by disrupting the crystal structure of water molecules as they form ice, melting it, officials tell council.
A corrosion inhibitor works by creating a film on the metal to protect it while the salt still melts the ice.
Did the city see any impacts from the increased road salt on the city fleet? No, says director Janet Tecklenborg.
"We have seen no significant and measurable impact to date." #yegcc
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We're talking a lot about cost increases in #yeg from 2006 to 2016. I want to share some numbers associated with physical growth in that period.

Time for a math thread #yegcc
Since 2006 developed land has increased by 8,500 hectares. And that's from agricultural/reserved land. No roads, schools, services.
A May 2011 report from the city of Edmonton pits the annual operational cost per hectare AFTER neighbourhood completion (that is all capital and operational costs for service installation done with) at $56,772 per hectare.
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