Speaking Municipally

Speaking Municipally

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.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 27 min
This week updates from all across the board: the gondola goes forward, we learn more about headwater protection and the two succeeding and one failing CRLs
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The Gondola is back in the news and we spend some oxygen complaining about the oxygen it's taking up. Plus, the police surprise absolutely no one by very publicly forcing houseless people out into the cold, and a school board trustee raises the alarm on the erosion of trustees' ability to represent their constituents.
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February 12, 2021 31 min
Council unanimously rejects a proposed social media policy and Councillor Sarah Hamilton joins us to explain why. Plus, Troy gets a letter in the mail.
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We're joined by EPSB Ward F Trustee Michael Janz to discuss surplus school sites and a little-known public school board power to levy new taxes. Plus, we address Troy's tweets.
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January 29, 2021 49 min
Newly minted - that could have been an alternate title pun - City Manager André Corbould joins Troy and Mack to discuss getting situated in the new role, his plans for the city and what impact he hopes to make as City Manager. Cliffs notes: he confirms he currently lives in St. Albert
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January 22, 2021 32 min
City council is a bit slow getting back up and running, but they still manage to talk about shisha bars, the new city manager, infill and trickle-down sidewalks. Plus, Troy badly disseminates election tips
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January 15, 2021 33 min
This is a garbage episode, but by that we mean it's about actual garbage. The city unveils new waste collection carts. Meanwhile, Jobber gets US$60M, the trains might finally be on time, and some city employees get a layoff letter. We're back!
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December 18, 2020 44 min
Everyone's favourite annual episode returns for a third year! Join a panel of fired journalists as they navigate their way through EDMONTON JEOPARDY. Who among Stacey Brotzel, Scott Johnston or Ryan Jespersen will claim the coveted Speaking Municipally Jeopardy crown for themselves?
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December 11, 2020 33 min
It's the second-last episode of the year and that means it's budget time! We'll cover all the ideas: good, bad and "coming from Mike Nickel". Plus, Taproot did an end of year interview with the Mayor and we have CLIPS!
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December 4, 2020 35 min
Innovate Edmonton finds a new CEO in Catherine Warren. We talk to her about her plans, approach and if she'll just quit when Iveson leaves. Plus, all that news that happened last week when we were away? Yeah, we'll talk about the new City Manager and the Mayor retiring. Promise.
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November 20, 2020 33 min
Can you guess the three pools administration proposed closing in this year's budget? I'll give you a hint, it's the same ones they propose closing in every budget. Plus, Dr. Hinshaw proposes a solution to COVID-19 that involves "being diligent", "redoubling our efforts" and "really coming together" and the EPS propose buying new clothes as a potential avenue for police reform.
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November 13, 2020 33 min
We speak with a listener about some analysis of council voting records. And could the data about COVID in restaurants from the rest of the world REALLY be true here? In Jason Kenney's Alberta?
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November 6, 2020 31 min
Council approves lower speed limits at public hearing. But even though you're tired of hearing about this, you'll probably still hear about it again before it actually happens. Plus, Mandel shows up again and basically just yells Baba Booey at council.
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October 30, 2020 31 min
COVID in Edmonton is now a concern for the CMOH, but not quite enough of a concern to really do much about it. But, we're doing things about temporary shelters, bylaw omnibus amendments and bridges. Plus Troy uses his self-built platform to vent at a captive audience.
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Council decides 7-6 to grant a new home to a large solar panel farm -- in the river valley. Plus, we'll break down a couple polls and what they mean for the upcoming election. And by "break down" we mean literally break them. They don't matter. Polls are dumb.
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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.
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October 9, 2020 33 min
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.
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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.
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September 25, 2020 38 min
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.
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September 18, 2020 52 min
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.
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