Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi: Candidates race to fill Michael Walters’ seat

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Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, formerly known as Ward 10, has a new name and it will soon have a new city councillor as incumbent Michael Walters is not running for re-election.

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The southwest Edmonton ward is bordered by Calgary Trail and Gateway Boulevard on the east and Whitemud Creek Ravine on the west. The area is also home to an above-city-average senior population.

Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi (pronounced E-PEE-KO-KA-NEE-PIU-TSI-YA) is Blackfoot for northern migration of the bison for calving season. Bison were vital to the Blackfoot people and in the winter, the animals would migrate up to 300 kilometres north of the North Saskatchewan River to the safety of artesian wells where they would gather and birth their calves.

About 44 per cent of the ward’s residents are homeowners, while 28.5 per cent of Edmontonians have lived in the region for five years or longer.

The ward is gaining all of the communities lost by Ward Pihêsiwin and is losing some areas, such as Greenfield and Duggan, due to the new ward boundaries.

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Who is running?

Rhiannon Hoyle

2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Rhiannon Hoyle. Supplied photo.
2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Rhiannon Hoyle. Supplied photo. jpg

Hoyle has a political science degree from the University of Alberta and she says she’s been serving the community for almost 10 years through the Heritage Point Community League. Hoyle helped secure $1.6 million to build three needed playgrounds in the ward. Hoyle also said she’s the only candidate with business experience, co-owning and operating AirChekLab Inc. and with that she has experience managing taxpayers’ dollars. “People can feel confident that I would protect and take care of our finances,” she said.

Hoyle’s platform is “community driven” and is running on four campaign pillars — empowering effective, collaborative leadership, driving economic development, enhancing livability and building a sense of belonging.

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More information about Hoyle’s platform can be found on her website, Twitter account and Facebook Page.

Scott Johnston

2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Scott Johnston Supplied photo.
2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Scott Johnston Supplied photo. jpg

Johnston has nearly 30 years of experience covering city hall as a radio reporter for 630 CHED and he hopes to bring those skills to city hall and deliver results. During his time at city hall, he said he’s worked with 45 different councillors, six city managers and five mayors. “I’ve been able to work well with all of them,” he said.

He said Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi residents can count on him to push for fiscal restraint and to stand up for small business. COVID-19 has affected small and medium size business owners and Johnston said the city needs to put in place policies that reduce the cost burden to run a business in Edmonton. He added constituents have brought to his attention that weed maintenance, snow removal and roadway maintenance can be improved.

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Find out more about Johnston’s campaign on his website, Twitter account and Facebook page.

Glynnis Lieb

2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Glynnis Lieb. Supplied photo.
2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Glynnis Lieb. Supplied photo. jpg

Lieb comes from a mental health and addiction background and is a social psychologist that has worked for both government and not-for-profit social services and as a post-secondary instructor. She said she can see a mental health decline in the city for the next two to three years due to the pandemic and because of that “we have to not only focus on economic recovery, we have to focus on social recovery because people are going to struggle,” she said.

Accessible public transit, affordable housing, maintaining public services, climate action and 2SLGBTQ+ equality are some of the highlights of Lieb’s platform.

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Get to know Lieb and her platform more on her campaign website, Twitter account and Facebook page.

Jon Morgan

2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Jon Morgan. Supplied photo.
2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Jon Morgan. Supplied photo. jpg

Morgan spent the last 14 years working in transit for the City of Edmonton and said his platform is based around his experience, observations, time in the community and working with the city.

He said he has a lot of concern around the privatization of essential services and homelessness and poverty in Edmonton. He said the homeless population has grown throughout the pandemic and the response has been policing poverty and reliance on transit when focus should be on “housing first and social and community supports,” he said. Morgan’s platform includes reducing homelessness, transportation, Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation and the arts.

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More information can be found on his campaign website, Twitter page and on Facebook.

Jennifer Rice

2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Jennifer Rice. Supplied photo.
2021 Edmonton civic election. Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi candidate Jennifer Rice. Supplied photo. jpg

Rice is a former public servant and a university professor specializing in mathematics and education. She said she is committed to balancing the equation between tax dollars paid and the services constituents receive.

Rice’s platform has five focus areas including core municipal responsibilities, fiscal efficiency, community safety, infrastructure improvements and caring for green spaces. She said her platform was created by listening to concerns at the doors and online. Rice said taking care of infrastructure like filling potholes, maintaining roadways and sidewalks and snow clearing are some of the core responsibilities that need to be carried out at a high level.

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Read more about Rice’s platform on her campaign website and Facebook page.

Jason Carter

Postmedia was unable to get in contact with candidate Carter or find a website showcasing his platform.


Current councillor: No incumbent

Population of the ward: 75,978

Eligible voters: 45,386

New neighbourhoods: MacEwan, Rutherford, Heritage Valley, Graydon Hill, Paisley, Desrochers, Chappelle

Neighbourhoods lost in re-districting: Greenfield, Duggan, Aspen Gardens, Royal Gardens, Westbrook Estates, Rideau Park, Lansdowne, Pleasantview, Lendrum Place, Parkallen, Malmo Plains, Grandview Heights

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