Tuesday, I went to the City of Edmonton's Transportation and Public Works committee meeting. It was actually not as boring as it sounds as a tonne of Councillors showed up to hear the presentation that morning (those there included Councillors Michael Phair, Jane Batty, Kim Krushell, Terry Cavanagh, Janice Melnychuk, Ed Gibbons, Karen Leibovici, Linda Sloan, Bryan Anderson, and Mayor Stephen Mandel).
On another note (unrelated to the presentation I went to), Edmonton City Council operates under the Ward system, with two Councillors for each of the six wards. The City of Edmonton is currently reviewing this system and are accepting public input in the process. Here are the options they are considering:
Essentially there are two questions on the table.
- Should the number of Councillors be increased from 12 to 14?
- Should each ward have single or dual representation?
Out of these questions come four possible choices:
- The current six wards with two Councillors per ward
- Average 118,732 people per ward
12 wards with one Councillor per ward
- Average 59,366 people per ward
Seven wards with two Councillors per ward
- Average 101,770 people per ward
14 wards with one Councillor per ward
- Average 50,855 people per ward
Based on 2005 census data