Terence Harding

City mismanagement at its finest

Dec. 16 and it snowed in Edmonton. Who woulda thunk it? Apparently, not the masters of mismanagement in our city’s administration. Not only did we experience the thrill of getting stuck on our own residential streets, we also got to slip, slide and slither through the downtown.Though our downtown...

Monday, December 20, 2010, 7:30 PM

Fly in the ointment at the budget dance

Is the current economic climate getting you down? Are you tired of hearing the word “recession?” Would you rather not think about the number of unemployed people in Edmonton? Would you like to avoid hearing stories about the working poor in this city who are struggling to make ends meet? Would you...

Monday, December 13, 2010, 7:30 PM

Edmonton's Grey Cup party is something to brag about

Even though the Eskimos didn’t win the Grey Cup last week, Edmonton showed yet again why we are entitled to call ourselves the City of Champions.Being a champion is about more than just winning first prize in a competition. A champion is also someone who is superior at what they do. And a champion...

Monday, December 6, 2010, 7:30 PM

Homegrown festivals are more worthy of funding

It’s a business truism that the best loss to take is the first one. Apparently, the panjandrums of the public purse in Edmonton have never heard that saying. After losing money on the first Indy, they went back to the public trough for more and are getting ready to do so again. To date, we have...

Monday, November 29, 2010, 7:30 PM

How about some useful information on councillor websites?

When you log into the city’s website, you are presented with a plethora of information. You can find out about Agencies and Boards, the City Auditor and even our Poet Laureate, Roland Pemberton. Though you can find out how to get a business license and what the city is doing on environmental...

Monday, November 22, 2010, 7:30 PM

Don't get distracted by city council's bread and circuses

“Bread and circuses” comes to us from the Romans. Roman politicos used elaborate spectacles and free bread to divert the public’s attention away from the serious issues that were affecting them. Credit Edmonton’s city council and administration for doing the Romans one better. They have created a...

Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:30 PM

Make more room for people along Jasper Avenue

The other day I took a walk along Jasper Avenue from 100th Street to 106th Street with the intent of determining what could be done to make it something we could all be proud of. The first thing I would do is get rid of those ugly things in the centre of the street. What they were intended to be is...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:30 PM

We would be wise not to ignore Jasper Avenue

The fact you’re reading this makes me assume you either work or live in downtown Edmonton. Regardless of whether you work, live or play in the downtown, what happens and doesn’t happen there has an effect on you and you should be able to help determine what that effect is.The city has started its...

Monday, November 1, 2010, 7:30 PM

Edmonton can learn a few lessons from Paris

I’m sitting in a very small apartment in Paris as I write this and thinking about what makes this city so livable and what Edmonton can learn from that. I agree that we cannot compare a world-class city with more than a thousand years of history to one on the edge of the bald-headed prairie. A...

Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:30 PM

Voting gives you right to complain

Well, it’s Oct. 18, election day. By 8 p.m. it will all be over but the counting. For the past few weeks, hundreds of men and women have been working very hard for the candidates of their choice. They have been knocking on doors, dropping brochures into mailboxes, pounding in signs, attending...

Monday, October 18, 2010, 5:30 AM

Our film festival shows off more than movies

Last week I got to see some of the best and worst things that make Edmonton what it is. The best came with the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). This is certainly the little festival that grew. And this year it has grown even larger. It looks like there was at least a 20 per cent...

Monday, October 4, 2010, 6:30 PM

Disengaged from Civic politics

All the candidates have filed their nomination papers for the civic election and we are away to the races. Along with a downtown arena, the closure of the airport, sustainability and holding the line on taxes, we are going to hear a lot about voter apathy and whether or not there will be a larger...

Monday, September 27, 2010, 8:30 AM

How about council pay attention to this instead?

Most organization insist their activities reflect their core purpose and are in keeping with their business and strategic plans. I say most organizations because the activities of our city council are a notable exception.Apparently, ensuring our city is well run and efficient gets boring at times,...

Monday, September 20, 2010, 6:30 PM

Solar panels could be shining moment

Some passing strange things in Edmonton of late. One was the city’s announcement of its potential $9,000 rebate to citizens who install solar panels on their homes. This is a great idea and one that should have come sooner. I know if I could come up with the $25,000 it would cost to install a...

Monday, September 13, 2010, 5:30 AM

Gambling on Edmonton's voter apathy

So, what do you think the chances are that October’s civic election will produce a higher turnout than the last one? Will the idea of a publicly-funded downtown area create hordes of voters? Will the prospect of closing the City Centre Airport create a voter groundswell? Will 12 wards generate...

Monday, August 30, 2010, 6:30 PM

The beauty contest of civic politics

Well, it has started. Yesterday, I found a love note in my mailbox. It had a picture of a woman’s face on it and she was offering to do wonderful things for me. I’m sure there will be many such notes from both men and women in the next few weeks as we approach the October civic election. Before...

Monday, August 23, 2010, 6:30 PM

Water for the concrete desert

Is it just me, or are we caught in some kind of time warp in which the same civic issues are played out over and over again ad nauseum? In case you missed it, we have yet another bright idea for making Winston Churchill Square live up to its promise. Unfortunately, the people tasked with changing a...

Monday, August 16, 2010, 9:30 AM

Alternatives to an airport

The city has announced the five finalists for the redevelopment of the City Centre Airport. I support the redevelopment of the land, but I am rethinking what should go there. It would be nice to create a model of urban sustainability. But I’m wondering if the lands could be redeveloped in such a...

Monday, August 9, 2010, 9:30 AM

Not bad for a kickoff to mini doughnuts

I guess it’s true that everybody loves a parade. At least that’s the way it seemed Thursday, given the number of spectators along the parade route. The comments that follow are in no way meant to disparage the hard work of those who made this parade a success. It brought smiles to the faces of...

Monday, July 26, 2010, 2:30 PM

Quicken expansion for rapid transit

Good news about transit in Edmonton this week. A recent report from the city indicates transit ridership into the downtown has increased to approximately 50 per cent in 2009 from about 33 per cent in 2004.This is not a big surprise. When it comes to transit, the dictum is: “If you provide it, they...

Monday, July 19, 2010, 7:36 AM