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Individually, we influence the future direction of our communities at elections. We choose the candidate, or political party, that best reflects our values, concerns and aspirations. Yet we do something similar each and every day by voting with our dollars. A column I wrote back in 2007 in The Edmonton Journal described this in some detail. I stand proudly behind this column, though some of the details are now dated. Jessie Radies, for example, is...

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More than a week after city council’s decision on the Molson site and I keep running into upset citizens. I wonder if councillors are feeling the bitterness, as we are on the doorsteps of Ward 6. Council members are often so steeped in the technical details of a decision they lose the cultural ramifications. Mayor Stephen Mandel’s famous line — “no more crap” — was quoted to me a number of times in recent days....

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The residents of Terwillegar Towne are frightened and angry. They are frightened and angry because a 60-unit, housing-for-homeless development is to be built in their community. It is common for neighbourhoods to rise up against development. But communities are most upset when “non-market” housing is proposed for the neighbourhood. What does this say about us? And I mean ‘us’ and not them, the residents of Terwillegar Towne. I refuse to define them as different, let...

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It is a curious thing to run for public office. We are naturally skeptical of the wannabe politician. A common assumption is that candidates crave power, or glory. I spent nearly 13 years as a reporter and columnist writing about the machinations of civic government for The Edmonton Journal. In my experience, civic politicians are mostly just folk — good folk, in fact. It’s one of the reasons I’m running for council. After spending all...

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City council candidates don’t normally talk about death and dying. Campaigns are about hope and assurances. Let me assure you, this will likely be my only mention of death during the campaign. But I couldn’t NOT write about my recent visit to the inspirational Pilgrims Hospice. It’s a curious thing, how a place devoted to dying can feel so full of life. But it does. Pilgrims Hospice is not the solemn, grim and shadowed place...

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