It has been an interesting campaign! Win or not, I want to extend my appreciation to those that helped in my campaign, and to those that offered to put up signs in their yards on my behalf.
My thanks to Lisa W and Dudley H for assisting with my flyer and speech preparations;
My thanks to all the Keegano members that listened to my speeches, offered to help, and offered constructive criticism;
My thanks to John H for assisting with Flyer delivery;
My thanks to Mike B and Trevor S for assisting with Social Media;
And last, but definitely not least, thank you to all of the Ward 11 citizens that are taking the time today to go out and vote!
I have been asked by several people how they find the location of their polling station to vote on Monday. The City was kind enough to set up the following website, all you have to do is enter your address, and it will tell you where you go to vote:
The airing schedule on Shaw TV Channel 10 is as follows (We are Ward 11):
Thurs Oct 17 12-3pm
12-12:30pm Wards 1 & 2
12:30-1pm Wards 3, 4 & 5
1-2pm Wards 6, 7, 8 & 9
2-3pm Wards 10, 11 & 12
Fri Oct 18 7-10pm
7-7:30pm Wards 1 & 2
7:30-8pm Wards 3, 4 & 5
8-9pm Wards 6, 7, 8 & 9
9-10pm Wards 10, 11 & 12
Sat Oct 19 11am-2pm
11-7:30am Wards 1 & 2
11:30-12pm Wards 3, 4 & 5
12-1pm Wards 6, 7, 8 & 9
1-2pm Wards 10, 11 & 12
Thursday Oct 3, 2013
7 – 9pm
J. Percy Page Composite High School
2707 Mill Woods Road NW
Tue Oct 1, 2013
7 – 9pm
Harry Ainlay Composite High School
4350-111 Street NW
Tonight is the southside debate. If you miss it, here are the others:
Mon Oct 7, 2013
11:30am – 1:30pm
Shaw Conference Center
9797 Jasper Ave NW
Thurs Oct 10, 2013
7 – 9pm
Italian Cultural Center
14230 – 133 Ave NW
Come Try Out our City’s Recreation Facilities!
Here is a 15 minute video on why we should consider increasing the speed limit on the Whitemud.
If elected, would you acknowledge your own privileges and work with minorities and vulnerable populations to increase the quality of life for all Edmontonians? If so, how would you do that?
Other than a back injury, I have never had the misfortune of a long term debilitating injury or disease, and I have never had other people dependent on me to provide for them while I was hurt.
I understand that sometimes life throws curveballs that knock us off our feet. The best way to mitigate this, and to give people the opportunity to get up again is to ensure that we have a solid safety net in place, at all levels of government.
On a short term basis, our municipal government needs to ensure that we have beds and shelter for disadvantaged in the cold of winter.
On a longer term basis, at the municipal level, as part of the FRESH program we discussed above, we can use community gardens to provide excess food to the Food Bank, and to ensure those with lower incomes are given space in public garden areas to grow food.
Additionally, we need to give all of our citizens the opportunities to improve their physical health by supporting community recreation centers; and by supporting our public libraries we can give immigrants, new citizens, and similarly disadvantaged citizens a chance to improve their communication and computer use skills, which greatly increase their job prospects, and thus their upward mobility in our society.
This project needs your support! Three Icelanders are going to spend the next year attempting to build an easy to use encrypted email program. This is something that anyone running a small business that requires data security should consider backing.
Regarding the topic of transparency, would you be willing to disclose the funders of your campaign and the amount of money that they have donated prior to E-day? Also, do you have any concerns regarding campaign financing? Does it need to be reformed?
I am certainly willing to discuss funding. In my case, I am self-funding my election platform, which by our Municipal Election rules means the most I can spend is $10,000. This means I am limited in the number of signs, flyers, and telephone calls I can make to constituents to get my message across. As a result, possible communications to voters in my and other Wards are skewed in favor of those Candidates with wealthy backers. The upside to the self-funding strategy is that I am not beholden to anyone besides my electorate when it comes time to voting in City Council on issues where vested financial interested must be balanced against the quality of life for City residents.