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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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September is coming, and it will bring more discussion about future bike routes in our community. In June, Council adopted a new approach to public engagement for bike routes that means your input will have more impact on decisions about the location and design of these routes. The new approach launched this spring, with sessions to seek input on a downtown bike route that would use either 102 Avenue or 103 Avenue.

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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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