HOPE FOR A BETTER EDMONTON

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Mark Hope is one of the ONLY Candidates in all wards of Edmonton who did not take campaign donations from Developers, Unions, or anyone else who will require decisions to be made by City Council.  We need to get the money OUT of politics, and ethics IN! 

One of the most important items to do is make this common practice illegal to eliminate conflict of interest, and level the playing field during an election. 

HopeforabetterEdmonton.com has an almost open-source political policy: the public will help make the decisions on individual issues. 

We are continuing a movement for a more open and transparent local government, and to bring common sense to the City Council.

Transparency is an extremely important part of any platform, since Edmontonians deserve more information so they can make the best decisions possible and help build a better Edmonton.  As such, I have decided to be transparent about financial information prior to the election.  

Contributions: 

Self funded:                       $1000.00

Sam, Private Donor:          $1000.00

Van, Private Donor:           $1000.00

Mary-Ann, Private Donor:   $100.00 

Total:                                 $3100.00

I am proud to have run a campaign without Developer and Union Donations.  This has shown, not only ethics, but financial restraint and efficiency that can’t be matched.  

The Movement:

 YOU can have your say on the issues with our online survey, but Mark Hope already has these ideas ‘for a better Edmonton’:

Transportation

Photo Radar: The cash cow needs to end. This is an issue of safety, not revenue generation. Let’s reallocate some of these resources toward education and enforcement of other dangerous traffic violations that are proven by data.  With the remaining resources, increase the usage of speed indicating signs, and/or introduce rumble strips across roads to make drivers more aware to reduce their speed when entering school zones.  Through feedback in the online survey, it has been determined that the percentage of enforcement in school zones, construction zones, and proven high accident areas should be increased to at least half of all enforcement, and taken away from where it isn’t needed for safety.    

Speed limits also need to be addressed, with input from the community. Some roadways seem to have unrealistic limits put on them, whether that is too high, or low.  

Likewise, road construction needs to begin on added lanes to major arteries, and Terwillegar Dr should be the freeway it was meant to be, starting with a 40th Ave overpass.  We need to work with the Provincial government to make adding lanes to the Henday a priority, as well as a second overpass for Terwillegar Drive. 

Public Transit needs improving, and has lagged behind most, if not all, major cities. Road congestion can be improved by moving towards a quick and convenient mass transit system of Bus and LRT.  This won’t happen overnight, but we need to get going now.  This also helps us acheive our goals for a better environment, and stimulates the economy with funds entering the city from the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Bike lanes have faced criticism of in the past, although I have kept an open mind while speaking to a number of cyclists and bike lane advocates.  I would like to collect data on the downtown grid on usage, especially in the winter, and the effect on the overall transportation system as whole.  Consultation with the motorists and cyclists alike is necessary to find a system that works for everyone rather than one that pits us against each other. Since cyclists and pedestrians are the most likely group to be injured in car accidents in Edmonton, we need to make sure we have a safe system.  I would prefer to see bikes kept a safe distance away from vehicles as much as possible and look at alternatives such as raised lanes, and wider sidewalks or multi-use paths designed specifically to share between pedestrians and cyclists.

Finances

By nature, we are fiscally responsible.  Tax money doesn’t come to the city for free.  It is hard-earned money from tax payers, who deserve a City Council who spend it wisely.  I’m not against spending money, especially with the big picture in mind, but currently millions of dollars are being wasted, and I won’t stand for it.  The economy can be stimulated with infrastructure while costs and interest rates are low, and the Provincial Federal Governments are willing to split costs. 

As a City, and a Country, we have goals to be more environmentally friendly.  I would like to work with the EEDC to find the the best ways to achieve our goals in a way that will also save money over the long term, plus encourage economic growth through inovation in this sector.   

Taxes have risen a lot in the past and should stay right around the rate of inflation.  We need to be realistic: Now is not the time for cuts, but it is also not the time for an increase. 

We need to get Developer and Union campaign donations out of the election process, and limit spending to even the playing field. I feel so strongly about avoiding a conflict on interest, that I am refusing these donations.  This means I have a much smaller budget to spend, but it is the ethical choice.  We need more of that in politics.  

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Open Government

Edmontonians deserve more input in running the city, rather than have a City that runs them.  Transparency should mean easy access to information as it happens, and full disclosure before a decision is final.  Information needs to be put in front of people where they will see, making the public aware of how their voice can be heard. This will allow for input before it is too late. 

I will meet with the community, be active on social media, return calls and e-mail within 48 hours, have surveys, mailing lists, etc.  We can have better consultation, in less time, and for less money than is being spent now.  I am already walking the walk, and have proven it with the survey here. 

It is time we have someone who represents what people actually want their city to be!

46 Comments

  1. Branden

    Mark is awesome!!! Vote for Him

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    • mark.hope

      Thank-you. You are also awesome!

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  2. walter

    Well good on you Mark. We will need a lot of faith to go with hope as people keep voting the same old Dinosaur as it has a long history. Making in roads on the real trail is not so easy. But people want it then vote for it. Good luck

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    • mark.hope

      Thank-you Walter, It is greatly appreciated. I hope you did the survey here!

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  3. Will Maitner

    Noticed there was nothing about the downtown bike lanes.

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    • mark.hope

      (***UPDATE***) It appears I had the wrong figure for the new downtown bike grid: $11M was previously spent on bike lanes in the city, and it was seen as a failure by cyclists and non-cyclists alike. The new bike grid downtown cost $7.5M, and will have $625,000 in maintenance costs per year. I still have my concerns about it, but we will get data on how effective it is, and can adjust as it is necessary. At the same time, I would support looking at what other cities have done to reduce congestion in the downtown core to see if we can make traffic flow more efficiently. I have kept an open mind while speaking with a number of cyclists, and welcome their input. It is important that everyone is allowed a voice, and informed decisions can be made on those, as well as collected data.

      Hi Will, Thanks for the question. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this issue as well, since I plan to be a true representative of Edmontonians, and their voice on City Council. I will include it in a survey to learn more. I would be open to hearing from experts and bike lane advocates, but considering our long winters, I question if we really need bike lanes, especially if it adds congestion, and sees little use. No matter what, $11,000,000.00 is a pretty steep price tag, and we need to avoid wasting our tax dollars as much as possible.

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      • Adam Bentley

        As seen in downtown stats, bike lanes actually reduce congestion because they allow 4 to 6 bikes to use an equivalent amount of space as 1 car. Bike volumes into downtown doubled this year while car volumes dropped by 500 per day.

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      • Dayton Danielson

        Mark honestly, we need people that can get the figures right the first time. Mark you say the bike grid cost $625,000 to maintain. Could you be more clear please. The way I see it, the road has to be maintained with or without a bike grid. Are you saying this is an extra cost on top of regular road maintenance? If so, please explain why. Could you check your numbers. Maybe you have the wrong figures again. Also curious if you have actually been on the bike grid with a bike?

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    • Dayton Danielson

      Get out and use the bike lanes. Buy a bike if you don’t have one. Good for your health and the environment.

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  4. Colin Craig

    On behalf of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, I would like to invite you to participate in a survey we’re sending to candidates.

    Survey responses will be shared with the media, our supporters and posted online.

    Could you please provide me with an email address so that I can email you the survey?

    Thank you,
    Colin Craig

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    • mark.hope

      My e-mail address is: hopeforabetteredmonton @ gmail .com

      Reply
  5. Jude Almutawa

    Hi,
    My name is Jude and I am a Grade 6 student at Windsor Park school. My class is studying the levels of government (including city council). My class would be extremely thrilled if you are able to come. If you are able to come please email my teacher at stacie.l.arends@epsb.ca

    Thanks,
    Jude

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    • mark.hope

      Hi Jude, Thanks for reaching out to me. I think it’s great that students learn about the government, so they can grow up with an understanding of how things work. I am currently working with a grade 6 student in ward 9 who is following, and blogging about the campaign trail leading up to Oct 16. I also have plans to visit St. Mary School to discuss democracy with the students there. When were you hoping for a visit? Since your school is in Ward 8, you may want to inquire with the candidates there, but if I can fit you in, I would love to meet with you as well.

      Take care,

      Mark Hope.

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      • Addison

        hey mark hope i am a grade 6 we are doing a student vote and i am voting for you i like your platform and I hope you improve the bike lanes because my dad rides his bike to work most of the year so thanks.

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        • mark.hope

          Thank you so much Addison! I appreciate your support, and I hope your family votes the same way! 🙂

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    • Belinda

      I am also a grade six student. Even though I can’t vote,I’ll ask my dad to vote for me!

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      • mark.hope

        Thank-you Belinda, I’m happy to see that! It’s great that you are paying attention to the election. What are the key issues for you?

        Mark Hope

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  6. Lorraine Turchansky

    I shared this on Facebook, but couldn’t find Mark there:

    I’m trying to keep engaged in the municipal elections, especially since there is no incumbent in Ward 9, so we have an opportunity to make a real improvement in our representation. I know it takes courage to seek public office, and I am more than happy to chat with any candidate or candidate’s representative that comes to my door. At the very least, I will read whatever printed information they drop off. Problem is, our condominium does not welcome canvassers and so I and my neighbours are unlikely to experience their outreach. (This despite Section 52 of the Local Authorities Election Act, which makes it an offence to refuse candidates access to apartment or condo residences.) When I called 311 City of Edmonton to ask if there was city policy or law governing this, I was told no, take it up with your board. Even they are apparently unaware of the LAEA provision. I want our Ward 9 candidates to know this; please share if you want it known in your ward too.

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    • mark.hope

      Hi Lorraine, Thanks for the message. I’m not at your doorstep, but I’m more than willing to talk! Improving representation is very important to me. I think we can do a better job of it, and save money compared to past consultations.
      I did not know about the issues with condo boards. Maybe I can get together with a group of you who are interested in learning more? Or you can always contact me here, on twitter ( @VoteMarkHope ), http://www.facebook.com/hopeforabetteredmonton or by e-mailing me: hopeforabetteredmonton@gmail.com
      I also plan to do some live broadcasting over facebook, youtube, and twitter where Edmontonians can ask questions for me to answer live, and I can talk about questions I have been asked the most.

      Mark Hope.

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  7. Sabine Brasok

    What’s your opinion of photo radar?

    Thank you.

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    • mark.hope

      Hi Sabine, My opinion is it should be about safety, rather than revenue. I have seen the maps side by side, with one showing the areas where accidents have occurred, and one showing where photo radar is deployed. They don’t match. I also don’t like that the allowable number of kilometers over the limit was reduced without warning, since precedent had been set previously. I would support photo radar in School and Construction zones, along with proven high accident areas. Furthermore, I think we need more focus on other types of driving infractions, since speed isn’t the only problem. In fact, following too closely is the top cause of accidents in Edmonton, but if nobody knows that, and we aren’t doing anything about it, those accidents will continue.

      Thanks for the question. I would be interested to hear your opinion on it as well. Have you filled out the survey?

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  8. Ursula davidson

    I am liking what I’m hearing here but would like to know more about you as a person- a little knowledge goes a long way!! Thank you.

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    • mark.hope

      Hi Ursula,
      I have purposely tried to leave me out of it, and just focus on the issues and solutions. After all, it is what we are going to DO that matters.
      That said: I’m one of five children and spent part of my childhood in Ottawa while my Dad worked under the Finance Minister, Don Mazenkowski. My parents later owned a business, so I was always surrounded by business talk. When most kids my age would’ve been listening to Disney sing-a-long tapes, I listened to business audio books on road trips. I still do that to this day.
      I am proud to say I have been to every province in this beautiful Country, and I have also traveled the world extensively. I believe travelling is a form of education, and you learn a lot about where you are from by doing it.

      I went to NAIT for Business Admin, I owned my own business, and then went into Marketing and Business Development where I have taken leadership positions for the past number of years.

      I now have my only family: a wife and three year old boy named Bentley, who means the world to us. I want to make Edmonton a better place for him, and for everyone. I am a man of principle, and ethics will drive my decisions, while being fiscally responsible.
      If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

      Mark Hope.

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  9. Ursula Davidson

    I did already. I said it would be beneficial to know more about your person.

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    • Ursula davidson

      I Already like your response and am happy to know you have good business sense because I do think we need a good businessman in Government to guide the way. I also agree on photo radar as a lot of the problems are caused by other things other than speed— even too low of speed!!!! I also worry about the money spent on bike lanes—is this actually paying for itself and helping the problem with traffic movement???? It seems there are more negatives than positives for this to progress any further

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  10. Tom Ajith

    I like your views and would like to render my support to see you elected. All the best and hope to see you across the finish line.

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    • mark.hope

      Thank you so much Tom! It means a lot to me, and I’m so happy seeing this swell of momentum from people who believe in the same things. Together we bring Hope for a Better Edmonton!

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  11. Silvia Ortiz

    How do I order a sign, Mr. Hope?! Are you having a meet and greet?

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    • mark.hope

      I definitely want to have a meet and greet, I just need to find a suitable location. Any ideas? I was also thinking of doing a facebook/twitter/Youtube live event so I can talk to people and answer questions. I’ll e-mail you to get your address for a sign. Thanks for your support!

      Mark Hope

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      • mark.hope

        I’m planning a quick Facebook live event Sunday Evening at 8pm to answer as many questions as possible.

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  12. Ray Tralnberg

    Good afternoon Mark,

    Could you please provide us with an email address to which we can send you a document requesting your position on an urban deficiency that affects Ward 9? Unfortunately, this websites formatting does not permit a copy and paste of our request.

    Best regards,

    Ray Tralnberg
    President
    Terwillegar Gardens Homeowners Association

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  13. Edmonton Coalition for Human Rights and Justice

    Invitation to Town Hall on Community Safety

    The Edmonton Coalition for Human Rights and Justice has invited all Mayoral, ward candidates and school board candidates to a community town hall on Community Safety.

    Thursday October 13
    Tegler Theatre, Concordia University of Edmonton
    (7128 Ada Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4)

    Doors open at 5 pm
    Presentations start at 6 pm
    Dialogue until 8 pm

    The town hall will be moderated by Sandra Song and Farzad Zare-Bawani

    The purpose of this town hall will be to educate candidates on the internal struggles within the community and provide a space for candidates to share their thoughts and plans on the issues if they are elected.

    Edmonton Police Service reacted swiftly and brilliantly in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in Edmonton. This public institution is one that we all deeply care about – from the health and well-being of our officers to the importance of the right to safety and security for all Edmontonians.

    We invite you to join us in this conversation. Let’s talk about roots and let’s talk about action.

    Please rsvp to akafeera@gmail.com or call 780.666.5196.

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    • mark.hope

      Thanks for the invite. There are a few events taking place Thursday evening, but I hope I can at least stop in for part of it.

      Mark Hope.

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  14. Alex S

    How would you prioritize the foot bridge over Whitemud Drive, between Bulyea Heights and Brookside? That would greatly improve bike access from Bulyea and nearby areas to LRT and all places north and east of here. Just one example: it’s a 34 minute bike ride from my house to Southgate, but would only be about 20 minutes if the bridge was there. Drivers would benefit too from somewhat less congestion on Terwillegar Dr.

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    • mark.hope

      I will need to look into this more. I know the city has it on a list of possible projects, but there would be a number of variables to consider, and our administration studies these things and prioritizes accordingly. You are not alone in asking about this though, so there is obviously some demand for it, which works in your favor.

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      • Alex S

        Thanks for replying.

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  15. Stephan

    Very good job mark you are awesome

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    • mark.hope

      Thank-you. You have a keen eye, so I’m sure you are awesome too. 🙂

      Reply
  16. Sheila Kraus

    MARK! ID LIKE TO SOME SIGNS FOR U, FLYERS! CALLS!

    PLEASE. ALL ME IN IN UR WARD! I WANT TO VOTE FOR U TOO!
    AND I WANT A SIGN!

    Sheila K

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    • mark.hope

      Everyone is welcome to help during this election, and get a sign! Thank you so much!

      Reply
  17. Carol

    What is your opinion on the Winter snow clearing or lack of i! Also the parking issues in Terwillegar especially in Winter when parking bans are largely ignored and the City does nothing. I am specifically referring to South Terwillegar ? I have not seen a vehicle towed in the seven years I have lived here.

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    • mark.hope

      Thanks for the question Carol,
      We need clear communication as to when snow clearing will occur and you can’t park there, and then if they don’t listen, those vehicles are usually towed, so I would need to look into why that isn’t occurring, as you say. The city has decided to use a different technique this year, essentially salting the roads before it is supposed to snow. My biggest concern with that is with vehicles rusting, along with cost.
      What parking problems do you see other than during snow clearing? I live in South Terwillegar as well, and I only see cars parking too close to corners. Is there something else I’m forgetting?
      As with everything else, we need to be communicating with the public to know how they want to be represented, and what they want to be a priority. It is a tough balancing act to decide where to allocate funds when there are limited resources, but the more we can engage with the public, the closer we will be to getting it right. I want to be your voice on City Council for this reason.

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  18. Martin

    Good morning. What is your view point on infill in the SW? I live in Twin Brooks and we have been very concerned over the last 5 years of the City’s plan to remove the children’s soccer field and only green space for condo development as part of the First Choice program. This development will be very intrusive to our area, increase traffic near the school, put more bloating on the school, daycare etc. Putting up condos in a soccer field in a semi-mature area would require analysis, capacity management studies etc. What are your thoughts on how this was introduced and what could be done to preserve our communities green space?

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    • mark.hope

      Thank-you very much. This isn’t just about me, this is all of us sharing our views and working together for a Better Edmonton!

      Reply

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