EPS and UCP win big in Edmonton’s police funding deliberations. But what was the police chief hiding?
Weeks of acrimonious debate around public disorder and the policing budget have come to a temporary conclusion in Edmonton, and the winners—to the tune of at least $22 million—are the UCP, the Edmonton Police Service, and the local business lobby.
At issue have been two sources of funding: a funding formula introduced during the Iveson years, and a pot of money derived from the city’s photo radar fines.Read more
Edmonton’s police chief, police commission, business associations, and a collection of conservative politicians brought an incredible amount of political pressure to bear on Edmonton’s city council over the past month in order to secure a $22 million increase in base police funding from the city and the continued existence of a police funding formula that has continually increased the police budget.Read more
Here’s what it took to learn that EPS Chief Dale McFee is one of the most well-paid police chiefs in the country
Until we asked for it, the salary of Edmonton’s chief of police was a secret. Let me tell you the ridiculous story of what it took just to find out about Chief Dale McFee’s luxurious $340,000-a-year salary.Read more
Jason Kenney has resigned, but he’s not leaving until there’s a new UCP leader, so I regret to inform you that we have entered Kenney’s lame duck period. No long-term goals, no power over his caucus, dwindling influence, and worst of all for us, no consequences. After all, he’s already lost; so brace yourself, things could get wacky.Read more
Robert Houle, a law student presently working as a part-time strategic advisor to city councilor Anne Stevenson, has filed a complaint against Edmonton Police Commission chair John McDougall and commissioner Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse regarding inflammatory statements made by the two about Houle earlier this May.Read more
A quarter of Edmonton’s homicides this year have been people shot dead by police. Do the EPS really need $3.8 million worth of weapons?
Edmonton Police are relying more and more on their guns, a report filed with the police commission shows. In 2021 Edmonton police pointed a gun at a civilian 337 times, a 39 percent jump from 2020. Even incidents when an officer just pulls their gun out of its holster and holds it a “low ready” position, were up by more than a third.Read more
City council notebook: Questionable fixes on the table as Edmonton city council delays decision on police funding
Edmonton’s city council failed to make a decision on a contentious change to the city’s police budget Friday, instead spending most of the afternoon discussing dubious reforms that quickly drew criticism from both councilors and members of the public.
City manager Andre Courbould pulled together a draft version of the city’s reply to Justice Minister Tyler Shandro’s demand under the Police Act that the city "take action" on violent crime and disorder and submit a public safety plan to the province within two weeks.Read more
A word to Edmonton’s city council: Don’t waste your time trying to appease Tyler Shandro and the police lobby or you’ll never get out of this mess
Mayor Sohi, and the members of Edmonton city council: even a crank like me feels a bit of sympathy for you, stuck in a trap laid by former city councils and the provincial government. While the city struggles with growing homelessness and a horrific drug crisis, right-wing blowhards and the powerful police lobby are trying to pin every crime in the city on you for budget cuts that you haven’t even made.Read more
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce will avoid $150k in property taxes in 2022 thanks to provincial exemption for business lobby group
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce—an advocacy organization that lobbies for the interests of ‘the business community’—owns over 11 million dollars of property in the heart of downtown Edmonton, profits from renting it out, and yet is exempt from paying taxes on most of it thanks to a loophole meant to support community organizations. In 2022 alone, the lobbying group will dodge taxes totalling nearly $150,000.Read more