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 chose to raise my family in southwest Edmonton and have been a resident for 25+ years. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
Respecting your tax dollars
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. I want to remove barriers and get City Hall moving at the speed of business.
We need fiscal restraint and low taxes for residents and businesses, now more than ever.
Supporting our communities
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). I would champion the topics that I have heard from thousands of residents while I knocked on doors in our Ward, like more efficient weed maintenance and garbage collection, along with a focus on keeping our communities safe.
Putting my experience to work
The challenges that the new council will face following a global pandemic and drop in revenue leave no time for a learning curve. There will also be a new Mayor and many new councillors making decisions for our city. 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 including as Bureau Chief for 630 CHED/Global News covering Edmonton City Council. I know how to effectively navigate administration and get results on the issues that matter to our city.