Mr. Mayor, it's unusual that you have at least acknowledged my email of May sixth regarding the city manager and his apparent lack of trust to convey confidential information to you (the hiring of former councillor Gilles Prefontaine).
On Thursday, May 14, I was had finished shopping at Walmart around 5:00 p.m. I was in a bit of a rush to get home, and in my hurry, and also absent-mindedly, left my purse in the shopping cart when I returned it at the cart centre. I had hardly driven for another few minutes, when I noticed the purse missing from the passenger seat where it always sits.
This letter is to all the mothers who deliver and pick up their children daily to and from Leo Nickerson School and you know who you are. You are the ones that abandon your cars at the end of Fawcett and Farmstead and then drop your kids at school – once you have safely delivered your children then you speed down Fawcett to get to your next destination with no thought of the children that live on that crescent.
Explanations of why we have to pay so much for utilities in St Albert fall way short. There seems to be no need for transparency by the mayor or city council. With this cash grab they have mandated how do we know when the funds get diverted to certain councillors’ pet projects such as art and bison? Were the taxpayers asked if these funds could be diverted? As stated by others, this city might want to wake up to the fact that economically things are not all roses in this province financially.
I've lived in St. Albert most of my life, and I'm so proud to live and work in this amazing community. However, once a year, in May, my heart and pride sink as we collectively celebrate our dirty little tradition; the St. Albert rodeo.
With so many people expressing their opinions on the provincial election results, I shall add mine. Personally, I am mourning the loss of the PCs as our governing party. I take exception to the pundits who are engaged in vilifying the past 44 years of good, albeit not perfect, government by the Progressive Conservatives. Yes, mistakes were made, but there is no reason to believe that corruption ruled. It did not.
The hiring of Gilles Prefontaine as chief community development officer (position previously known as general manager of planning and engineering) once again illustrates the moral compass of council is broken. Rules must be clearly written or this council seems to exploit every opportunity for personal gain. This group struggles with the difference between right and wrong regardless of reality or perception. It is disappointing that some members of council either have “no comment” or search for...
My household has two people. My utility bill from the billing period Feb. 1 to March 31 was $198.12. My previous bill was $167.59. My water consumption for the present bill was $17.60 and I did not water my lawn at all. I also have a 120- litre pay-as-you-throw bin which costs me $9 per utility billing period. Most of the time that bin is close to empty as my organic waste goes into my green bin and other recyclables into my blue bag.
In the midst of the controversy over the Draper/Crouse decision to appoint Prefontaine to the position of the top official in the planning and engineering department, even though he has absolutely no qualifications as a planner or an engineer, Coun. MacKay has raised the broader issue – “Do we live in a democracy or a bureaucracy?”
Is it just me or have vehicle drivers gotten worse? I am a professional travelling salesman of 40 years and I have more than two million kilometres under my belt. I have received one speeding ticket for eight kilometres over the speed limit and I have been involved in only one accident in the past 40 years when I was hit from behind while I was stopped at a bridge construction site.