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Edmonton’s urban core was once the butt of snark and cynicism. I won’t repeat the slander, it doesn’t matter today. During this most recent economic downtown, construction in Ward 6 was the engine of the Edmonton economy. New towers, along with major renovations of existing buildings in Ward 6, spawned a flock of construction cranes over the greater downtown, representing investment, jobs and economic spinoff in the range of $5 billion.

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Ward 6, the historic, cultural and urban centre of Edmonton, is finally getting the attention it deserves and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it.

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My Councillor initiative is mental health. I've been a mental health advocate for years, sitting on several boards that promoted education and stigma reduction on the issue. I’m also the son of an alcoholic. And as a journalist, I researched and wrote a number of feature stories about addiction and its relationship with childhood trauma and mental illness.

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Need a question to ask the next federal election candidate that knocks on your door? Ask them about affordable and social housing. Ask them what they plan to do to solve Edmonton’s housing crisis.

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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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