Iveson vs. Leibovici a generational battle.

Polls indicate that Don Iveson will be the next mayor of Edmonton. Of course, polling has been about as on-target lately as the Edmonton Eskimo offence. Polls also said Christie Clark would not be the premier of B.C. (she is), and that Danielle Smith could be the premier of Alberta (she isn’t). But Iveson’s lead… Continue reading Iveson vs. Leibovici a generational battle.

Memo to council candidates: here’s how to get my vote.

The civic election campaign is now officially underway, even though, judging from the thousands of signs that are now mostly knocked down along city boulevards, it has been on unofficially since Labour Day. This will certainly be the most interesting civic election campaign in many years, with an unbeatable mayor stepping down, and six almost… Continue reading Memo to council candidates: here’s how to get my vote.

Pros and cons of Edmonton’s mayoralty candidates.

First off, thank you Kerry Diotte, Karen Leibovici and Don Iveson. Thank you all for giving Edmontonians the best mayoralty race in years, likely better than 2004 when Stephen Mandel upset Bill Smith, and maybe even better than the three-way fight between Bill Smith, Robert Noce and Mike Nickel in 2001. Mayoralty races bring out… Continue reading Pros and cons of Edmonton’s mayoralty candidates.

Kerry Diotte the front-runner … for now.

For months now, the city has been watching a tedious production called Waiting for Stephen to come to its end — is Mayor Mandel in, or is he out? All other potential or rumoured candidates — Karen Leibovici, Don Iveson, Kerry Diotte and Amajreet Sohi — have kept their powder dry waiting for the mayor… Continue reading Kerry Diotte the front-runner … for now.

This was not a prank.

Whatever remaining credibility the single-issue pressure group Envision Edmonton has with the voters has been (or at least should be) shot to hell with the fake reporter scandal (Fakegate?) . If you’re reading this blog, you’re no doubt familiar with the scandal, but I’ll recap. A high-profile Envision Edmonton volunteer, Nathan Black, posed as a… Continue reading This was not a prank.