When an issue is brought to a councillor’s attention, he or she has the option of making a Councillor’s Inquiry of the City of Edmonton’s administration staff. A Councillor’s Inquiry gathers information about the issue and makes recommendations that the councillor can then pass onto the council or a committee.

Many of the Councillor’s Inquiries that Dave has made since becoming a city councillor have been citizen-driven. If you’ve got an issue in your neighbourhood that needs attention, please don’t hesitate to contact dave.loken@edmonton.ca, or (780) 496-8128.

 

Councillor Loken on the Vehicle for Hire bylaw 17400 enforcement, November 2016

This inquiry is currently ongoing. To read a copy of the inquiry request, click the link below:

Vehicle for Hire License Inquiry November 2016

 

Councillor Loken, Councillor Nickel, Councillor Banga on the Vehicle for Hire bylaw 17400, June 2016

This inquiry is currently ongoing. To read a copy of the inquiry request, click the link below:

Vehicle for Hire Inquiry June 2016

 

Councillor Loken, Councillor Sohi Inquiry on Photo Radar, October 2014

This inquiry is currently ongoing. To read a copy of the inquiry request, click the link below:

Photo Radar Inquiry October 2014

 

Councillor Loken, Councillor Esslinger Inquiry on Shortcutting, October 2014

This inquiry is currently ongoing. To read a copy of the inquiry request, click the link below:

Shortcutting Inquiry October 2014

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Roadway Snow Clearing Calls, December 2013

This inquiry is currently ongoing. To read a copy of the inquiry request, click the link below:

Roadway Snow Clearing Calls

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Current Practices for School and Playground Areas, November 2013

The City of Edmonton has reviewed school zone practices multiple times in our recent history, in 1996, 2000, and 2005. As co-chair of the city’s traffic safety council initiative, I cannot tell you how pleased I am that as of September 2, 2014, school zones were officially re-instated, just in time for the first day of school.

The 30km per hour speed limit was chosen because it significantly reduces how much time is needed for a vehicle to stop as compared to vehicles travelling at 50km per hour. Additionally, the difference in seriousness of injury between travelling at 30km is significantly less when compared to 50km per hour.

While getting used to driving at these reduced speeds may take some time, it is important for the safety of our children. The signs are not going to save lives– you are. Plan ahead, leave early for your appointments, and let’s work together to make sure our kids get to and from school safely.

You can find more information on the new school zones in the links below.

New School Zones Introduced Around Edmonton Elementary Schools

Why 30?

Councillor Loken Inquiry Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings, June 2013

In the spring of 2013 I met with a Community league leader who expressed concerns that community information and consultation meetings on transportation were offered in all areas of the city except the northwest area of the city. He also asked that I look into how locations are chosen for meetings and into asking that administration give adequate notice for upcoming community meetings.

I did an Inquiry asking administration to look into how community information and consultation meetings are organized. I asked how locations are chosen for city-wide issues. I also asked for information on the method of timeline for giving notice of community meetings.

You can find the reports that came back to Council from administration in the links below:

Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings
Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings – City Policy
Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings – City Procedure
Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings – Directive
Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings – Standards of Practice
Organizing Community Information and Consultation Meetings – Directions Relevant to Councillor Inquiry

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Green Shack Program, April 2013

In the spring of 2013, the termination of the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) funding on the Green Shack Program had a negative impact on many families in the city.  I received many calls from citizens in Ward 3 asking if the City could continue work with community leagues to sustain the Green Shack Program.

As a result I did a joint Inquiry along with Councillor Sohi asking administration to look into options to continue these programs. You can find the report that came back to Council from administration in the link below:

Green Shack Program

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Information on Bus Shelters, May 2013

In 2013 I received numerous calls from citizens who are living in newer developments in Ward 3 indicating that there is limited or no bus shelters at bus stops in their areas. Some of these citizens requested additional bus shelters and were asking how long it takes to install them.

As a result I did a Council Inquiry asking administration to provide a report to transportation committee outlining a comparison of the number of bus shelters located in each ward, the criteria and procedure for requesting additional bus shelters and the time it takes to install these.

You can find the report that came back to Council from administration in the link below:

Information on Bus Shelters

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Remembrance Day Free Transit for Veterans, February 2013

In my role as Co-Chair of the Edmonton Salutes Committee, I was approached by a group of veterans who expressed concerns that many of our surviving war veterans are no longer able to attend Remembrance Day Services. I was asked to see if the City of Edmonton could look at opportunities for Edmonton to recognize the sacrifice of our war veterans by offering free transit (including DATS) for war veterans on Remembrance Day each year.

As a result I did an Inquiry along with Councillors Sohi and Gibbons to ask administration to look into this. You can find the report that came back to Council from administration in the link below:

Remembrance Day Free Transit For Veterans

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry ETS Service to Eaux Claires Transit Centre, October 2012

The opening of the Eaux Claires Transit Centre in August of 2011 brought with it an exciting opportunity for Edmontonians living in North Edmonton to gain greater access to transit.  The goal was to provide access to transit in manner that was easy and efficient, so that current ETS patrons receive a higher quality of service, quicker trips and more individuals accessing the ETS system.

The reality was there were growing pains early in the operations at Eaux Claires Transit Centre.  My office has been contacted by a number of constituents who indicated that since the opening of the transit centre, they had experienced a decrease in the efficiency of the service they receive.

I brought an inquiry to City Administration asking them to provide the business case analysis for the development of the Eaux Claires Transit Centre, along with information both on the efficiencies, and inefficiencies which maybe have been created from the realignment of the related bus routes.  With the goal of identifying these inefficiencies and then rectifying them .

You can find the reports that came back to Council from administration in the links below:

ETS Service to Eaux Claires final report
ETS Service to Eaux Claires Supplement

 

Councillor Loken Inquiry Cell Phone Tower, November 2011

In the fall of 2011, I received many letters from citizens in ward 3 who expressed serious concerns with respect to the installation of a Rogers Cellular phone tower in the Beaumaris community. The main concern that these citizens cited was with the public consultation process that had been undertaken. They felt that the process needed to be reviewed and for there to be improved public consultation to all area residents when applications are made to install cell towers.

Citizens asked me to look into options to update the City of Edmonton’s policy on siting telecommunication towers including an explanation of Industry and Health Canada jurisdiction. During the same period of time, several other communities in Edmonton were echoing similar concerns to their Ward Councillors.

As a result I did a joint Inquiry along with Councillors Iveson, Diotte and Leibovici. You can find the reports that came back to Council from administration in the links below:

Cell Tower Inquiry
Cell Tower Inquiry Supplement 1
Cell Tower Inquiry Supplement 2