Get to Know Who's Running: Lana Palmer (Ward Dene)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on October 18, 2021, and I think it's important for locals to get to know the City Council candidates running for their particular ward (as well as their Mayoral candidates, of course). I chose to get more involved in the election this year and so wanted to give each candidate a chance to tell us a little about themselves, their vision, and why you should vote for them. I have sent a 10-question questionnaire to each of the 2021 Edmonton Municipal Election candidates and will post their responses (100% as written) here as they come in. With that said, let's get to know...
"I believe in an Edmonton with the brightest future ahead. A future you and I can help build together. I believe we can build an Edmonton where people wake up excited every morning because they are happy, feel safe and have a purpose. A city that is a beacon of light in the true north. A city where every person can go to work feeling that their representatives at City Hall have the best interest of the community in every decision they make. That their hard earned tax dollars will be spent wisely. That every decision will be made taking into account their consequences, not only to the immediate future but for generations to come. A city where city council believes that it's not about being "in charge" but about taking care of those 'in our charge'."
We are a City that is not fiscally responsible. The reality is we have a lot of expenditures. Our costs have increased, and our revenue has decreased or is stagnant. We need to find more efficient ways to get things done. I will advocate that we incentivize contractors, employees, and citizens to identify waste so we can eliminate or manage.
Innovation and Initiative
We need to be more forward-thinking and innovative. We have the ingredients for success right here; we need to use them. The University of Alberta offers world-class nanotechnology recognition. The tech sector in the downtown core provides diversity. We need to create the talent these sectors need and attached more of this industry. I think that cryptocurrency is definitely on the rise, and there is an opportunity for Edmonton to become the crypto capital of Canada. We need to get ahead by positioning our city as a leader, and why not do that now.
When building new or renewing neighborhoods, we need to consider community sustainability in the short and long term. We need to develop welcoming, functional, and practical communities for all Edmontonians, ones that can accommodate Edmontonians from all walks of life. What is the point in being in the community if you are not part of the community?
There is inequity in funding opportunities between newer and older schools in Edmonton regarding school playground replacement. Funding for school playgrounds in Ward Dene has denied due to policy bureaucracy. Essentially technicalities from when they were erected prohibit access to public funding.
I believe the gateway out of poverty is education. Education comes formally from our Institutions but many essential programs aid in that journey. City Council needs to have positive relationships in order to actually get things done. Relationships with nonprofits, with businesses with other branches of government. The lack of collaboration and understanding between stakeholders is hindering aid to our most vulnerable. I will work in building those strong relationships. There are a few critical stakeholders in Ward Dene that need a strong ally in city council. C5 and The Mustard Seed are two examples.