January 28, 2016
The Mayors are considered one of the first external presenters to have spoken at an official provincial Cabinet meeting - which speaks to the evolving relationship between Alberta’s big cities and the Province. With the current fiscal situation in mind, the Charter presentation helped identify solutions to .
Next on the Mayor’s agenda was City Council deliberations on Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw amendments that came out of previous Council discussions (). These discussions stretched from Tuesday afternoon to an ultimate conclusion on Wednesday: the approval of Canada’s first regulatory framework to allow the operation of Private Transportation Providers like Uber. The Mayor provided his views on where these amendments will lead: “This is not to encourage a race to the bottom, but to encourage a race to the new normal. Which will include flexible supply and flexible pricing.” The new regulations, which come into force on March 1st, include better enforcement tools for those who operate unlicensed vehicles-for-hire and mandate provincially-approved insurance for all operators. The Mayor took time to reflect on this decision and posted on his about the rationale behind the decision.
To cap off the week, Mayor Iveson addressed the Canadian Home Builders’ Association at their ‘Affordability Matters: A Home For All Albertans’ event on Thursday. The Mayor was part of a panel that included Mayor John Borrowman of Canmore and Mayor Gale Katchur of Fort Saskatchewan in a discussion about how municipalities of different sizes are handling their homelessness and affordable housing challenges. The Social Housing Regeneration Advisory Group, formed by the Mayor in 2014 and mentioned in his remarks, recently reported their recommendations on how to regenerate and redevelop social housing in Edmonton. To sum up, Mayor Iveson stressed the need for creative solutions and the .
This wraps up another week for Mayor Don Iveson. Make sure to check out the Executive Committee’s for Tuesday, with reports including: the status of the Edmonton Film Commissioner, options for different Top-of-Bank zoning approaches and a review of the current public hearing process. Later in the week the Mayor will be heading to Ottawa where he is taking on the mantle as Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus and where the Caucus will be discussing the major issues facing Canada’s largest municipalities.