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My Councillor initiative is mental health. I've been a mental health advocate for years, sitting on several boards that promoted education and stigma reduction on the issue. I’m also the son of an alcoholic. And as a journalist, I researched and wrote a number of feature stories about addiction and its relationship with childhood trauma and mental illness.

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Need a question to ask the next federal election candidate that knocks on your door? Ask them about affordable and social housing. Ask them what they plan to do to solve Edmonton’s housing crisis.

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I wanted to thank you. You know who you are. You’re a volunteer in your community, at your church, or community league. You quietly help out the senior next door, or donate to local sports, arts or social endeavours. Maybe you own a business in the ward, or shop loyally at local business. Or you’re a patron of local arts venues, or support one of the countless city-wide or neighbourhood-led festivals.

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There seems to be endless supply of questions about bike lanes. Where should they go? What should they look like? How much should they cost? Do we segregate bike lanes with barriers, or go with those Euro-cool bike boulevards? And those questions are just from people who support the idea.

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City councillors are not given magic wands. We are not all powerful. We can’t tell anyone at City Hall to do anything, really, except by majority vote of council. The only exception is within a system of initiatives, which allow individual councillors to lead city staff in an area of civic need. My main initiative is focused on mental health. This is a passion project, as I’ve advocated for greater understanding of this issue for...

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