Mike Nickel

City Councillor, Edmonton - Ward 11

Recent Blog Posts

How much does the City spend on debt?
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This is a question my office gets from time to time, usually around budget discussions or the tax deadline. While this information is public and does not appear to be intentionally hidden, it is difficult to navigate through the City website to find all of the information. Recently, I asked Finan...
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Who’s driving the bus?
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You may have been watching what has been discussed at City Council meetings recently and wondered, “Why are they talking about THAT?” Lowering speed limits throughout the city, building bike lanes on some of our busiest streets, building a gondola – who comes up with these ideas? And why do they ...
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It is more than broken…
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The recently released employment engagement survey results for the City of Edmonton showed more than half of City employees have little to no confidence in our senior management to deliver on our civic goals. In an effort to delve behind this figure and other alarming numbers in the survey, I pus...
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How broken we are
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Speaking to a senior business leader recently, we both came to the conclusion that we are in the worst economic recession of our professional lives. The wholesale departure and destruction of our city’s economic capacity, both in regards to our business community and the pressures on the individu...
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Edmonton Transit – The Re-design…to what?
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Edmonton Transit – The Re-design…to what?
One of the primary services available to all citizens in Edmonton is public transit. With a budget over $358 million dollars and more than 2000 employees, if Edmonton Transit is not considered an essential service it is certainly core to the City of Edmonton’s business operations. Operating at an...
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Park Benches, Evictions, and Bus Route Re-Design
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In recent weeks, several City administrative decisions have left many of us scratching our heads. First, there was the whole fiasco around the memorial benches. Deciding to charge past purchasers for ongoing maintenance was insensitive and made no sense … further to that, removing the plaques off...
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Proposed Playground Zone Changes
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I have received a great number of phone calls and emails from my constituents that are voicing their concerns over the lack of common sense the City has applied to playground zones. In an effort to rationalize out a workable solution we have been able to do the following: At the May 8, 2018 City ...
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The Edmonton Disadvantage
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There comes a time where taxes and regulations get to a point where it just breaks your back. Conversations in Council often revolve around Urban Sprawl, but I’m more worried about the industrial and commercial urban decay we’re going through and I believe we’ve reached the breaking point. The ro...
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Bike lane measurement lacking
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I love the potential of bike lanes. With a capability of moving so many people people per hour, how could we not want to embrace that? They work in other cities, so naturally, we should jump on board. Now that we have a top notch bike network, I’m shockingly disappointed at the results. According...
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Under Construction
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I am so thrilled to have been re-elected to serve the constituents of Ward 11! Thank you to everyone who supported. I am looking forward to working with you on community driven goals. The first priority is to take care of the budget. I aim to ensure that everyone is getting value for their tax [&...
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