An Inquiry About the SW Leg of Anthony Henday

If you live in Edmonton, you’ve likely heard about or experienced first-hand the lengthy delays that are a direct result of the ongoing construction on the southwest leg of the Anthony Henday. I used to commute using this leg of the Henday every day but have had to find alternative routes for the past two months and will continue to do so until the end of September when the construction is expected to be complete.

Normally I’d post or write a letter complaining about this but have, instead, written my City Councillor, MLA, and the Minister of Transportation asking for further information. My goal is is to gain greater insight into why we’re faced with this issue. Specifically, I’d like to know: 

Proposed Fire Fighting Payment Structure

A letter I wrote to the City of Edmonton’s Utility Committee and my councillor in opposition of a proposal to change the City’s Fire Fighting payment structure:

I’m writing to you in response to a news story I read about City Council considering a proposal that would see an adjustment to the Fire Fighting payment structure for the citizens of Edmonton. The proposal is to be discussed at the Sept 1, 2011 Utility Council meeting as agenda item 6.2 – 2012 Operating Budget Guidelines – Public Fire Protection Water Services Update – Proposed Amendment to Proposed Bylaw 15816. I am against this proposal and believe the cost of Fire Fighting services should remain – rightly – covered by property taxes and included in the City’s annual budget.  

Shaw Plays Victim of Evil CRTC

This month I looked at my latest cable/internet bill and was surprised by a nice increase in the amount owing. At first I thought I’d been late on my last payment. Nope, that wasn’t it so what could it be? I did some investigation and found Shaw has passed along a tax imposed by the CRTC as part of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF). What’s interesting is that the CRTC said the following regarding the tax: