We want to flatten the curve horizontally, not vertically #ableg

#COVID19AB #yeg #yegcc

Our neighbourhoods, schools, businesses, and hospitals would like to see a sensible end to this exponentially more dire situation. Visualization by Mike Smith
Again, for those in the back:

This has to do with ensuring ICU capability, avoiding burnout in our health care professionals, avoiding a lockdown, & valuing the lives of our ppl.

Everything else, while worth consideration, is distraction or irrelevant in the overall picture.
Unlike masks, this is not a job that can be punted down to municipalities.

We don’t have the needed authority or budgets to patch together a provincial strategy for controlling this pandemic.

Tough as it may be, it’s time to stand up & shoulder the responsibility.

#auma #yeg
There are multiple successful approaches to draw from. Jurisdictions around the world have found ways to mitigate & almost eliminate community spread of #COVID19

The path is there.

For the sake of our economy, which is dependent on the sake of the people, we await your action.

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18 Dec
The death toll in this province due to #COVID19 is a breathtaking tragedy.

And the numbers increase.

Should’ve aimed for #COVIDzero long ago. It would’ve cost less in lives & money.

Our healthcare folks & frontline workers are doing superhuman work.

My heart aches for our ppl
Aiming for “good enough” when it comes to people’s lives is inexcusable, especially if there are verified solutions on the table but they are dismissed due to ideology, pride, or simple inability to understand the science.

It is an absence of sense and compassion.

And it costs.
Read 4 tweets
12 Oct 19
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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25 May 19
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
Read 5 tweets
8 Feb 19
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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