Edmonton councillor feels infill development utility pilot project is unfair

Councillor Aaron Paquette is willing to bank that if the city pays for water and sewer installations in an industrial park in his ward, the spin-off revenue will pay for much-needed improvements downtown that are holding up development. Paquette, who…

Edmonton’s very own single-use plastic ban could mirror federal one

There seems to be strong support in Edmonton for the single-use plastic ban announced by Ottawa for 2021. Parallel what was announced federally, city council’s utilities committee is getting an update on its call for a ban on single-use plastic…

Opinions clash on Calgary flood mitigation berms

The City of Calgary’s utilities and corporate services committee received its annual flood resiliency update on Wednesday. The committee heard details of the work that’s taking place to protect and mitigate the impacts of a 2013 flood. An expert panel…

Future Edmonton property tax hike one option to plug $93M Blatchford shortfall

The City of Edmonton’s administration has opened the door to introducing a property tax increase to help pay for bringing in a more expensive, greener utility for Blatchford. The funds would cover off an anticipated $93-million investment from the federal…

Edmonton will see utility rate hike; council may consider full privatization of garbage collection

City council’s utilities committee recommended Friday that Edmonton utility bills should go up 2.5 per cent a year for four years. That would increase residents’ monthly bills by $1.15 for single-family homes and $0.75 for multi-family units. By the time…

Some Edmonton city councillors questioning why Blatchford needs more money

A new report released just prior to Edmonton City Council’s utilities committee meeting Thursday calls for another $52 million to be invested in Blatchford’s district energy system. That investment would be on top of the $115 million that appears in…