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    Meet Emily, the newest addition to my office. She’s 24 x 32 and acrylic on canvas. Despite being in motion, she’s a permanent fixture for the next four months. Emily has been graciously loaned to me from the local and exceptionally talented Alison Service. I met Alison when she was serving at Sofra Restaurant and because I like to chat with servers we eventually talked about her art career. After that we just...

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Nearly 4,000 photo-radar tickets were issued on the rebuilt Scona Road in September and October of 2013. Speeds along the hilly stretch between the Low Level Bridge and Saskatchewan Drive are limited to 50 km/h. Yet the average recorded speed is a bit over 60 km/h. The question, then, is this: Who is in the wrong — lead-footed drivers, or the City for establishing an unreasonable speed limit? 

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To me, policing is on the list of  the most important jobs in the world. Teachers are on that list, too. Inner-city aid workers. And of course … City Councillors for Ward 6, the best Ward in Edmonton.  But of all those jobs, policing is perhaps the most trying. You graduates will put yourself in harm’s way to keep us safe. And by that, I don’t just mean physically.  

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The future Valley LRT line is a dream and a vision, represented today by lines on a city map. Once built, it will run from Mill Woods in the southeast, through downtown, to Lewis Estates in the far west end. That it has been controversial is no great surprise. Pushing LRT infrastructure through existing neighbourhoods is certain to negatively affect some or even many people. The Valley Line alignment was approved in 2009. Yet last...

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Save the Footbridge are a group of engaged citizens who formed around the Southeast LRT line and its social and environmental impacts. Specifically, the group is opposed to the selected route and in particular the dismantling and reconstruction of the river valley footbridge linking Downtown and Cloverdale. The issues these folks raise are worthy of serious consideration. Edmonton’s river valley and river are jewels; the footbridge is not only a commuter route for pedestrians and...

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