People have called Edmonton home for thousands of years. We all benefit today because of the care of this land, and the investments of time, resources, and human creativity of all those who came before us. The decisions we make today rely on our collective investment in this place through our taxes, but also our investment of time and care of others, of the planet, and our communities as well as our labour, entrepreneurship, economic activity and creative expression.
As your Councillor you will be entrusting me and all of Council with important decisions about how we will direct the legacy we’ve inherited, the investments we are making today, and how we will build the City we are leaving our children. This is a responsibility we can not take lightly.
I worked through the last City of Edmonton budget with a group of other volunteers to determine where investments aligned with the draft City Plan and co-wrote an economic case for a local food system during the last Municipal Development Plan deliberations. I have a strong interest in how public investment in communities can best drive private investment for community revitalization and I have worked in tandem with others on developing social enterprises and community investment co-operatives. More recently, I’ve played a role in exploring alternative financing models for the proposed Rollie Miles Recreation Center.
Every decision, and especially our budget decisions, need to be connected explicitly to our City Plan and our stated values and priorities and we need the metrics to align with this goal. Priority based budgeting and our Carbon Budget are both important steps in the right direction.
Well-being metrics, long term cost/benefit analysis, complete life cycle costs, GBA+, and impact on local economic development are all possibilities for capturing a more complete understanding of the implications of a decision.
Clearly communicating the factors that will influence decision making provides communities, City Administration, service providers, non-profits, entrepreneurs, investors and everyone who helps build our City, a bit more certainty and sets expectations as we navigate an uncertain future.