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WARD 10: RICHARD FEEHAN

ActivatED ENDORSES: RICHARD FEEHAN

Richard Feehan has well informed progressive values, decades of experience in the social service industry, and extensive community roots.

As a social worker, he has spent the last 35 years involved in Edmonton’s social service. He has served as Vice President of Family Services at Catholic Social Services, program director for the Edmonton Social Planning Council, and an independent businessman in private practice. He prioritizes talking to people about their lived experiences in their communities, and improving the process of citizen consultation. Feehan strongly believes in equity, and views social disintegration as stemming from inequality.

Feehan is committed to increasing density, and supporting mature neighbourhoods. He connects an increase in density to financial and environmental sustainability, as well as livable and lively communities which are vital for the social and financial health of Edmonton. He believes that by increasing density the City  would require less energy and resources to build and maintain infrastructure (eg. roads), thereby decreasing unit costs for city services.

It is essential to Feehan that Edmonton grows in rather than out in order to help protect valuable farmland surrounding Edmonton. He envisions a city that “doesn’t forget our connection to the land”, and believes that Edmonton’s thriving food culture requires preservation of agricultural land.

Public and active transit are priorities for Feehan. He notes that bicycle commuting has seen a huge increase in Edmonton over the last few year. As such, he supports a priority network of bike infrastructure, and wants to ensure that the city works with communities to find the best routes. He prefers separated infrastructure for self-powered transit, and would like a higher priority on snow, ice, and gravel clearing of bike routes and paths. Feehan views that integration of active transportation and walkability into communities is essential for community vibrancy and health.

Feehan supports the expansion of the LRT as rapidly as possible, and views public transit as essential to both the economic and environmental goals of cities. He emphasizes accessibility and ridership for public transit, and as such, supports keeping fares low and frequency high with simple and direct routes.

Feehan is strongly against the use of public-private partnerships, and draws on the experience of other cities as well as research done by organizations such as the Canada West Foundation. He cites that there is no evidence that P3s decrease overall infrastructure cost, and believes this model of funding essentially transfers funds that could be used for the public good to private profit. Feehan emphasizes that Edmonton and the surrounding municipalities must work together to ensure a fairer funding scheme for the region to ensure that our growing City’s needs are met.

Feehan will be releasing his campaign funders prior to Election Day. With regards to campaign financing, he supports a funding limit for candidates, and views the control of the development industry as a serious problem.

For more information, check:

Website: feehanward10.ca

Facebook: feehanward10

Twitter: feehanward10

Email: richardfeehan.ward10@gmail.com

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5 thoughts on “WARD 10: RICHARD FEEHAN

  1. This candidate looks like he would be a great councillor for Edmonton. I’m curious, however, about what your analysis of Michael Walters returned? He has a similar platform to what you have described above, and has some strong qualifications. For example, he was previously the Greater Edmonton Alliance organizer, working to save farmland. Would you mind telling me some reasons that Feehan matches your criteria where Walters does not?

  2. I just can’t agree with this endorsement.

    The platform listed above could have been issued as a checklist for Edmonton’s progressive council candidates: bike lanes, LRT, densification, urban agriculture, etc, etc, etc. This is not a criticism of these policies (I support pretty much all of them) so much as it is a criticism of using them as a basis for support when literally dozens of other candidates in this election are advocating more-or-less exactly the same things. The only thing above that resembles a point of distinction–Feehan’s suggestion that the the city turn down federal funding for the SE LRT if it comes with the condition that the project be financed via a P3– suggests an ideological rigidity that would be inappropriate for the fluid and relationship-focused nature of our system of municipal governance.

    Although Michael Walters hews to many of the same progressive bullet-point policies (his more sensible approach to the SE LRT being one exception), his history and accomplishments offer a real and compelling reason to vote for him. This is a person who dedicated years of his life to helping Edmonton’s most disadvantaged citizens by doing what so few of us well-meaning progressive types do: building real, face-to-face relationships with them. Who managed to get literally hundreds of people to show up at a city council meeting to support urban agriculture (which anyone who has any experience doing any sort of political organizing will recognize as not much short of an act of god). Who started and successfully ran his own business. If Karen Leibovici’s constant repetition of the phrase hadn’t emptied it of all meaning, I’d call him a “doer.”

    The big elephant in the room of this election is that no one is arguing about anything because everybody supports essentially the same things. In situations like this, it becomes even more important to look at the person. Walters’ record is one of a leader adept at relating to people and rallying them around common interests. I couldn’t think of a skill more appropriate for a city councillor.

    The points above suggest that Richard Feehan would make a serviceable city councillor. I think a closer look at Michael Walters’ record would indicate that he would make a great one.

  3. Please respond to my emails. If you are going to make endorsements, please be prepared to explain them. I have no doubt that Richard Feehan is a reputable candidate, but as a resident of Ward 10, I have witnessed Michael Walters take on a very forward thinking leadership role. So I would really like to hear your explanation as to how you selected one over the other.

  4. Not posting dissenting comments seems somewhat contrary to the spirit of your enterprise…

    • Hi!

      The not posting (any) comments hasn’t really been trying to not post dissenting comments, it has really been a lack of time resources on the part of our organizers to spend adequate time monitoring our website. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for your comment.

      -ActivatED

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