Your voice on council.

My name is Scott Johnston, and I am running to be your voice on council in the new riding of Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi (Ward 10). Which ward are you in?

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About Scott Johnston

I had been in the radio and media business for four decades — almost 30 years covering City Hall. Over that time I've had the chance to see what works and what doesn't. And now, I have the opportunity to share my thoughts and experience with Edmontonians. 

I’ve worked hard to gain a deep understanding of Edmonton, City Council, and what goes into a successful (or failed) policy. Municipal government has a direct impact on the everyday lives of Edmontonians and I want to share my thoughts and opinions to hopefully help to shape where our city goes. 

I'm proud to say that I've gained the respect of current and past city councillors and other community builders for my pragmatic and reasoned approach. 

I’ve volunteered with the Terwillegar Riverbend Area Council (TRAC) as well as my local community league and keep that experience and the hard work of volunteers who serve their communities in mind with what I write. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. 


Business Oriented

COVID-19 has put a magnifying glass on the way our city treats small and medium sized business owners. It’s also made us rethink how and where we work. Whether it’s the business community, post-secondary schools or the charitable sector all these groups are job creators and Council needs to put in place policies that reduce the cost burden to run a business in our city, are more flexible and are responsive to feedback to help those who are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. 

 

Community Minded 

Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi is one of the fastest growing parts of our city. We need to be intentional about how we grow and develop our communities so they make sense for residents. Residents deserve to have an advocate for them on council that is focused on keeping their taxes low, communities safe and thoughtfully planned roads (that are also plowed on time in the winter). 

 

Experienced 

The challenges that the new council will face following a global pandemic and drop in revenue leave no time for a learning curve. I’ll be able to hit the ground running from day one and be a strong advocate for Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi through applying my three-plus decades of experience covering Edmonton City Council. I know how to effectively navigate administration and get results on the issues that matter to our city. 

News

The Provincial Budget: The latest on the hospital, LRT and housing

The basic overall plan for the provincial budget tabled last week was, cool your jets, we don’t have any money. An $18 billion deficit will do that to grandiose ideas.  

Why I’m running for city council

Many of you have heard my name for years. “Scott Johnston, 630CHED News.” My beat working in Edmonton radio was civic politics. Some even described me as the “voice of city hall.”  Maybe you heard me on Oilers broadcasts talking to the players about wins and losses after games.  Now I want to win with you.

Audits show city’s snow and ice policy needs improvement

A round of audit reports are coming out that join previous findings by City Auditor David Wiun’s branch showing ways that both service and value for money can be found within Edmonton’s road maintenance department. Image courtesy City of Edmonton website

Now is the time to rid Edmonton businesses of tax eating red tape

So far they’ve talked a good game at City Hall, however the need to “walk the walk” is upon us to get rid of the red tape that is plaguing Edmonton’s businesses. Especially those job creating start-ups that are yet to get going.  

Very quietly homes are selling at Blatchford

What is happening at the Blatchford development might surprise you. Especially with the pandemic wreaking havoc on Edmonton’s economy. Half-million dollar homes are selling.

I've had the opportunity to work with Scott for decades in both the sports and community arenas. I have found that he understands and cares very deeply about the key issues facing our Edmonton. I look forward to Scott Johnston providing his level-headed and balanced approach to solving to key issues facing our City. When elected, Scott will be an immediate asset to Edmonton's City Council, and I strongly endorse his run to represent Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi.

Patrick La Forge - LA FORGE Management Corp

Scott Johnston is a character, in the grand tradition of newsroom characters I met during my quarter-century as a journalist. Scott worked damn hard for radio listeners. He was fair, balanced and accurate in his reporting. Thus, he built rapport and trust with even dreaded politicians, whose egos are sometimes bruised by such accurate reporting. Public service can be hard and bruising. Scott often brought his sense of humour to the fore at just the right press scrum or difficult interview. To have that deft human touch, around cranky politicians, is rare. I think it speaks particularly well of his character.

Scott McKeen - Edmonton City Councillor 

I have known Scott for almost twenty years. In his role as City Hall reporter for Corus Radio, and as a loyal son and support to his mother at our Devonshire Village retirement community; I have found him to be a good, respectful, principled, informed Edmontonian. I believe that Scott would be an effective Councilor for our City, and for Southwest Edmonton.

Greg Christenson - Christenson Developments

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