As I understand it council determined they would not accept the terms of the lease arrangement for the lands required for Gondola towers and stations which were agreed upon in principle by the proponent (Prairie Sky) and city administration.Can someone explain what just happened?
It is what Council is hearing from constituents. I said this before - why wasn’t there a B plan for an alternative site not impacting First Nations burial grounds. Prairie Sky failed here … not the City. I am not the least bit surprised by Council's decision.What a bunch of idiots on council.
Once again Edmonton demonstrates that it is its own worst enemy and deserves every bit the reputation it has. Edmonton has been and continues to be a city that finds every way to not do get something done, or to get something done with very little imagination or vision, while other cities strive to find solutions to challenges to get stuff done.One thing I will note about this project, unrelated to matters of Indigenous consultation and burial grounds, is a lot of Edmontonians very clearly have a very vocal disdain for any project of this innovative variety. All I've seen about it outside of this forum is endless uninformed rejection with zero attempt to even take two seconds to look into what exactly was being proposed here, and that has been the most disappointing part of all. Hell, if WEM was proposed today it'd never even get a sniff of a chance to get off the ground.
I know this sort of stuff happens everywhere all over, but man, Edmonton is just such an incredibly risk averse city.
I personally disagree. I think that if we are to truly get past our colonial ways, and abandon practices that have been recognized as genocidal, that includes understanding that Indigenous concerns run far deeper than petty complaints about where so-and-so died. If a foreign power occupied Canada and started building on graveyards where your ancestors are buried, I'm sure you wouldn't be too pleased with that either.The problem I have is that someone can now say their great great great grandparent died where a project that is beneficial to the city as a whole is planned to be built - killing the project.