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1) How do you plan to encourage your constituents to become actively engaged in civic politics and city-sponsored events? Communication is my career choice. I was a journalist for nearly 30 years and when I left The Edmonton Journal in 2010 I launched a small business, a communications company. My plan is to hold monthly and informal coffee meetings at some cafe or restaurant in the ward. I realize these might start small, but I'm...

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To be a candidate for council is to answer a lot of questions. Below are a few questions that were sent to me by a voter, along with my answers. Let me point out, though, that I don't have all the answers. No one does. I like to think I'm a quick study. As a journalist I had to do interviews and research for every story and column. A councillor needs such skills, too. He...

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When I was but a lad, starting out in journalism, I found myself in a work practicum at an Edmonton radio station. One of the staff was openly, overtly gay and would often stand right behind me in the radio station, trying to get a reaction. Finally I confronted him, with the news he was making me uncomfortable. Over the next hour he told me his life story, of growing up gay in a family...

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I use this phrase, urban experiences, to describe why I live in Oliver, next door to downtown. What are urban experiences? At one point I would have said they were hip, cosmopolitan, artsy — sort of a jazz-club, cafe culture kind of thing. I’ve come to realize: A) I’m seriously not that cool or cosmo’ to fit in such places; B) The thing I was chasing wasn’t so urban as it was folksy. I missed...

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Several candidates in the civic election campaign are raising debt as a major Edmonton issue. Perfect. We should discuss and debate civic finances and financial strategies. My concern is that reasonable discussion about civic borrowing will be lost in the shrill, “sky is falling” tenor of some campaigns. The comparison of Edmonton’s financial situation to Detroit is not just hyperbolic, it is desperate and ludicrous. If anything, Edmonton’s history is one of being ultra cautious...

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