Platform for Ward 11

Keren Tang: Connect. Engage. Transform.

Creating a Vision for Ward 11 and the City

Ward 11 is being transformed.  Changes to our transit system, natural spaces, and neighbourhood revitalization are underway or on the way. This state of change presents us with the opportunity to share our ideas and collectively improve our community.

One major change is the Valley Line LRT, which will be completed by 2020.  It will change the landscape of Ward 11, connecting our mature neighborhoods, Mill Woods, the business districts of our ward, and the greater city.

In preparation for this coming transportation corridor, Ward 11 residents have a wonderful opportunity to come together and voice ideas for neighbourhood revitalization, community development, and stronger social connections. This vision should come from community members.  The next City Council will be tasked with renewing the City’s strategic plan. Through active engagement, we can work together in Ward 11 to ensure our vision is reflected in that of our City.

As a member of City Council, I will listen to and learn from the rich experiences and wisdom of Edmontonians. I know we can express our vision in a way that will ensure Ward 11 remains a place people delight to call home.

Through our collective effort, we will make Ward 11 a more connected community that better serves the needs of all residents.

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Vibrant Communities

One of the reasons I love Ward 11 is the variety: mature neighbourhoods with single-family homes, newer developments full of young families, essential business and industrial zones, all joined together by Mill Creek. Ward 11 has it all, for all ages of Edmontonians! When it comes to many changes and challenges that Edmonton faces as a growing city, Ward 11 has the opportunity to be a leader. By working together, we can ensure that our neighbourhoods remain vibrant, our infrastructure is well-maintained, and all members of our community have opportunities to live, work, and play close to home, and city-wide.

Safe streets. Streets that are safe for kids are streets that are safe for all ages and abilities. You’ve told me your concerns about the impact that light rail transit (LRT) construction will have on your neighbourhood streets and the dangers of short-cutting and speeding. I’ll work with you on traffic-calming measures so that your kids can play safely outside. Road safety contributes to healthy communities.

Neighbourhood maintenance. From sidewalks, snow-clearing and alleyway beautification, to dry ponds and drainage—neighbourhood infrastructure needs to be maintained and constructed in a timely manner. Well-maintained streets and beautiful back alleys also contribute to neighbourhood pride, safety, and a sense of belonging. I will make sure the interests of Ward 11 are heard by Council and that we see real results that benefit all of our neighbourhoods and residents. 

Easy access to amenities. You want to be able to get around easily—to access libraries, transit and seniors’ housing. The new LRT line will connect Ward 11 to Edmonton, from north to south. It will create opportunities for new developments, like Ritchie Market. I will work with you to leverage LRT development to bring businesses into Ward 11 and revitalize our local economy.

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Local Economy

We’re lucky to live in a city with a strong, growing local economy. It’s what has attracted so many of us here in the first place. For generations, people have been moving to Edmonton for the jobs, and putting down roots because they’ve fallen in love with the city. To ensure the continuing economic health of our city, we need to keep attracting new Edmontonians and giving them reasons to stay. To do so, we need to maintain and upgrade our aging infrastructure, create affordable housing options, encourage entrepreneurs, offer quality services, and make responsible spending decisions.

Fiscal sustainability. Many of you feel the burden of continuous tax increases year after year, even though you recognize the need for increasing services and programs to support our well-being. I will advocate for responsive and flexible revenue streams for Edmonton, and regional collaboration, so that we can stabilize taxation without sacrificing quality of services.

Support for local jobs & businesses. I will work with you to streamline City permit processes so that they empower entrepreneurs and cultivate new job opportunities. I see the need for more job coaching services to help people transform skills into new opportunities. If we encourage businesses to develop and thrive in Ward 11, you will have more opportunities to work close to home.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Located on Treaty Six land, Edmonton has the second largest urban Indigenous population in Canada. Our communities have been shaped by our combined history and the unique experiences of our neighbours from around the world . I believe we should celebrate our broad ethnic and cultural diversity. Our multicultural history comes with a legacy of discrimination and the City needs to take a leadership role against racism. I am also aware of the challenges faced by women and the LGBTQ community. As your City Councillor, I am committed to representing you.

Housing for everyone. We all need a home. Shelter meets one of our basic human needs. From single family dwellings and heritage houses, to affordable housing and modular homes, we need a variety of options for Ward 11 residents. Investing in housing will alleviate homelessness, promote safety, and benefit our well-being.

Welcoming, inclusive communities. I want to see greater diversity of representation in civic committees and an intentional effort to reach out to those who face barriers to participation. I will work with you to deepen relationships between Ward 11’s different cultural communities. As President of the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition, and a recent immigrant myself, I know that safe, healthy communities benefit everyone.

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Healthy Environment

Edmonton is a green city, quite literally. The North Saskatchewan River Valley system, including Ward 11’s Mill Creek Ravine, is the largest urban park in Canada. It’s essential to the character and health of our city, and we have a responsibility to maintain and protect it. Edmonton is increasingly a green city in the figurative sense, too. We’re a leader in waste management, water treatment, and conservation. But there’s still room for improvement. I’m committed to supporting access to healthy green spaces, improving transit and active transportation options in Ward 11, and reducing the city’s energy consumption.

Space for parks and playgrounds. I believe access to nature, like our beloved Mill Creek, is vital for healthy, happy lives—today and for generations to come. As our city grows, I want to ensure development does not come at the expense of green and natural spaces.

Reliable transit. Like many of you, I use the bus to get to work. I have heard your concerns that without fast, reliable bus routes, your jobs might suffer. I will work with you to explore how planned transit changes will impact you and to find a solution.

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Engagement and Transparency

I believe the City needs to improve how it approaches public engagement to empower ordinary citizens. The City must prioritize engaging with citizens, experts, businesses, and community organizations. Often when talking to my neighbours in Ward 11, they tell me they feel ignored by City officials and don't think the City's engagement strategies give them a voice. This is no way to build a city.

Local solutions to meet local needs. If elected, I will collaborate with you on an ongoing basis. I am committed to making decisions together. Strengthening neighbourhood networks, such as community leagues, will allow us to respond to safety concerns and engage residents on important issues such as infill, transit infrastructure, and derelict housing in evolving neighbourhoods. We can create stronger communities and more effective local leaders.

Transparent campaign financing. I am also committed to increased financial transparency. I have chosen not to accept corporate or union donations for my election campaign, and I’ve challenged all candidates to do the same. I am approaching campaign financing in a fresh way—I am only taking contributions from individuals and have pledged not to accept any donations from corporations or unions. I want to see campaign financing reform to better reflect the values of our democratic society.

Keren Tang Financial Disclosure for the Period Ending September 18 2017 (PDF)

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