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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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