For Rice, it comes down to the tried-and-true notion that the city needs to look at its core services, and take a hard look at what falls outside of that.
“Are Edmontonians happy with the current level of service, or are they not happy? Which areas are overserved, and which are underserved? We need to look at what’s underserved, and balance that with the overserved. That is the bottom line.”
Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi straddles Anthony Henday Drive in south-central Edmonton. Rice says her ward is underserved in transit options and that there is a lack of good parks in the area.
She says she has heard a lot about bike lanes from constituents. “In Bearspaw, Ermineskin, Steinhauer, Skyrattler and Blue Quill, people specifically talked about the bike lanes,” she said. “That action happened several years ago, the bike lanes being put in. But people in those neighbourhoods felt that they weren’t being heard about how the bike lanes were being put in.”
She said there were complaints about residents in mature neighbourhoods not being heard when it came to the approval of infill projects in their area.
“What I heard in my campaign, and what is close to my heart, is that people’s voices aren’t heard at City Hall. I heard over and over that decisions are already made before public consultations are held. That was number one.”
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