Blog Issues

Consultant Fees

It is concerning that while Core Services continue to be delivered at lower than expected levels the City's service providers are being laid off or hiring positions frozen.  The Auditors Report was clear that the City's excessive use of Consultants was impacting the financial health of the City.  I will advocate to engage in contracts and financial commitments that reduces this practice of overspending.

Consulting Fees Spike Despite Auditors Report


Mobility Issues

Ward Métis Mobility Concerns

Walking through the communities since October 3, 2020 we have struggled with many of the icy sidewalks and roads which is a completely different experience to campaigning through the summer months.

We have many seniors and people who have mobility issues living in our mature neighborhoods. Seniors who have contributed to the tax base of our city for generations and who should be able to retire comfortably in place.  The Covid pandemic has highlighted how we have failed this generation on several levels.

Walking through the mature communities it is concerning to see how many of the bus routes are being cancelled.  People have spoken to me about the concern that they will now have to walk ‘longer’ distances to access transit. Or wait – they can go online and book. I can’t imagine suggesting that to my 84 year old mother. Or better yet – they can telephone because we know how efficient that can be.

What resonates with many residents is – Why do we see ‘large’ commuter buses driving through communities at 2 pm? Isn’t this the time of day that small buses could be used?

I don’t often resort to sarcasm however April is just around the corner and transit, taxation and the City Plan will be affecting our mature communities in the name of densification.

Will accessing public transportation become so inconvenient under the current City Plan that seniors (who are on fixed incomes) have to rely on more expensive options?

They want you to choose transit by giving you fewer alternatives.  I want to be your voice and give you more and better choices.  I believe in more efficient roads, more efficient cars and more efficient public transportation and letting people choose what works for them.




Gold Bar Park Wastewater Treatment Facility (1956)

This news is extremely disappointing after community residents have invested their time and effort to oppose this expansion to the Gold Bar Park Wastewater Treatment Facility.
As your candidate for Ward Métis please let me know what you think - I would oppose this proposal by EPCOR and support a trunkline to the Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Treatment Facility.
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We're incredibly disappointed to share that despite tremendous and unanimous opposition, EPCOR Canada, a private corporation, is continuing with their unacceptable and irresponsible proposal to reroute and construct a major future sewage trunk-line, and the associated future sewage expansion, to Gold Bar Park.
Next city council meeting: April 12, 2021
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New campaign brochures

We have been in the community listening to your concerns. We will be delivering our new campaign brochures soon. 

Infill Development

Residents who live in our mature communities have invested, renovated existing homes, have raised families and contributed to their community, in some cases for a long period of time and they deserve a strong voice at City Hall to represent their communities with a balanced approach to renewal. Walking through our mature communities and seeing lawn signs posted by residents opposing infill development means we need City Council to listen, protect the homeowners, hold developers to full account for infractions to the existing homeowners to enable future growth.

It's not a conversation about banned or imposed infills but how to prevent unintended repercussions in the revitalization of our mature neighborhoods and encouraging positive benefits of development.

Garbage Collection

Information regarding Edmonton Cart Rollout - the city is making it your responsibility to request a small bin

Garbage Bin Rollout

Small (120L)
Garbage Cart

A small garbage cart is available by request, for households that produce less waste. 


*Request a small cart by February 12, 2021

The small garbage cart monthly rate will decrease by $3.90/month to $43.32/month starting in October 2021.

  • Suitable for households with 1-2 residents
  • Fits approximately 2-3 regular garbage bags
  • Picked up once every two weeks, year round
  • Height: 95cm (37.5")
  • Width: 47cm (18.5")
  • Depth: 62cm (24.5")
  • Volume: 120L

Large (240L)
Garbage Cart

The large garbage cart is the default size.

If you prefer a large cart, you do not need to do anything and one will be delivered to you. 


The large garbage cart monthly rate will increase by $1.10 to $48.32 starting in October 2021.

  • Suitable for households with 3 or more residents
  • Fits approximately 4-6 regular garbage bags
  • Picked up once every two weeks, year round
  • Height: 111cm (43.5")
  • Width: 68cm (26.5")
  • Depth: 69cm (27")
  • Volume: 240L

The Bike Plan

The City of Edmonton released their updated Bike Lane Plan

86 page report:

  • Costs not clearly identified
  • More proposed winter biking
  • More traffic lanes removed

I'm hearing deep concern in the communities and how this will affect our mature neighborhoods.  The Bike Plan

Caroline Matthews - Your Voice for a New Choice

Auditors Report

Pre-Covid Concerning Trends from 2000 - 2019

  • $910 to $2,586 property tax for a typical single detached house
  • Operating spending increased from $830 million to $2.5 Billion
  • Debt per Capita rose from $699 per resident to $3,124 per resident

Are your priorities being heard?

City Financial Condition Review

City Productivity and Performance Audit Part 1

City Productivity and Performance Audit Part 2

Edmonton Votes to Remove Parking Minimums June 2020

Community Steps to Date

We have delivered the first 20K campaign cards to the communities therefore we will no longer be posting steps to date.  We will be in the communities with our new brochure soon.  Looking forward to door knocking when the Covid climate is safer.

In the meantime - please email, text or phone and I am available to connect virtually to listen to you!

Caroline Matthews and her team of volunteers have been walking through your communities dropping off campaign leaflets. Follow our progress or request a visit to your neighborhood as we get the word out that you have a GREAT candidate for the October 2021 civic election.  Keep an eye out for our Green Toques as we visit your community.  We look forward to your engagement, stop us to say hi and share YOUR VOICE for a NEW CHOICE at City Council. Email: [email protected]

Date Community Number of Houses Covered
January 28, 2020 Denton 402
January 26, 2020 Parkdale 354
January 21, 2021 King Edward Park 364
January 20, 2021 Bergman 403
January 16, 2021 Beacon Heights 773
January 10, 2021 Eastwood 462
January 09, 2021 Elmwood Park 352
December 05, 2020 Newton 420
December 03, 2020 Virginia Park 210
December 02, 2020 Fulton Place 247
December 01, 2020 Terrace Heights 354
November 28, 2020 Bellevue 584
November 24, 2020 Idylwylde 312
November 22, 2020 Bellevue 332
November 21, 2020 Avonmore 275
November 21, 2020 Capliano 368
November 20, 2020 King Edward Park 295
November 19, 2020 Montrose 383
November 15, 2020 Kenilworth 830
November 14, 2020 Holyrood 1078
November 13, 2020 Bonnie Doon 352
November 12, 2020 Abbottsfield 303
November 6, 2020 Avonmore 103
November 6, 2020 Strathearn 335
November 5, 2020 Newton 584
November 4, 2020 Avonmore 438
November 1, 2020 Alberta Avenue 511
October 31, 2020 Rundle Heights 264
October 31, 2020 Highlands / Bellevue 368
October 28, 2020 Fulton Park 228
October 27, 2020 Fulton Park 315
October 24, 2020 Beverly Heights 1104
October 23, 2020 Cloverdale 239
October 22, 2020 Rundle Heights 285
October 21, 2020 Gold Bar 610
October 20, 2020 Highlands / Bellevue 271
October 19, 2020 Bonnie Doon 298
October 19, 2020 Forest Heights 551
October 10, 2020 Forest Heights 846
October 4, 2020 Capilano 571
October 3, 2020 Highlands / Bellevue 229
October 3, 2020 Ottewell 624
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