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CITY OF EDMONTON YOUTH COUNCIL'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

WRITTEN BY VICE-CHAIR ANUJ KRISHNAN

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It is month two of CEYC's new monthly newsletter and we have a lot to get through. The past month our teams have worked like crazy, so let's see what they have been up to! This 2nd edition is subject to change and revision.

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Missed our first newsletter? Here it is. 

Executive News
Voting Committee Member Applications

Our applications for the 2021-22 term are open and we are incredibly excited. There are seven VCM vacancies to be filled. By far, CEYC is the most impactful way youth between the ages of 13 and 23 can take part in municipal government. CEYC has taken steps to address accessibility in the candidate criteria and processing. If you or someone you know would be interested in applying, share the posting below!

Sister Cities of Nashville & City Hall School

This month we took the time to meet with fellow youth from our city sister Nashville. We hope to set up an experiential program in the coming years, allowing Edmonton youth the chance to explore the Country Music Capital of the world. The executive will also present to nine schools from across Edmonton this month, as part of City Hall School, connecting the dots between municipal government and youth.

General Assembly Meetings

Our last General Assembly meeting was on April 7th, 2021, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm over Google Meet. Alongside our regular updates, the committee discussed findings from the demographics survey, formulating solutions to increase CEYC’s outreach and diversity; while building on our approach to the CSWB Taskforce report. Our next General Assembly meeting is May 5th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Subcommittee Initiatives
Community Safety and Well Being Response

Our recommendations to Report #8543 will be found in a publicly available letter to City Council anticipated to release during May. In the succeeding months, our objectives include increasing accessibility to our recommendations through the publication of multiple mediums of communication. For reference, click the box below to learn more about the Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Taskforce Report.

Youth Tackling COVID Webinar

Our May 1st Webinar from 6:00 - 7:30pm is meant to empower youth by giving them the tools and information to make decisions regarding their physical & mental health during the pandemic. Speakers from the UofA and Kickstand Alberta will join us; discussing vaccine and virus education, mental health education, providing youth with the opportunity to fight misinformation during the coronavirus infodemic. Join us, you might just win an eGift card! 

Food Waste and Insecurity Information Report

We are researching how gaps in Edmonton food security might be filled with food destined for waste. Currently, we are examining redistribution initiatives around the world, interviewing local organizations, and determining how best to meet the needs of reducing waste. 58% of food produced in Canada is lost. This has enormous economic and environmental costs! We will publish our findings and recommendations as an information report for City Council.

CEYC Blog

We are back and posting every Saturday! So far, we have introduced some of our writers as well as published two posts: LGBTQ2S+ restaurants in #YEG and a book review/personal reflection. Starting mid-May, the Blog is looking to up our posts to bi-weekly publications. Some articles to keep an eye out for: volunteer opportunities for youth, an opinion piece about online vs. in-person classes, tips on how to live more sustainably and a personal reflection in regards to racial identity. Happy Reading !!

Youth Tackling COVID Webinar

Our May 1st Webinar from 6:00 - 7:30pm is meant to empower youth by giving them the tools and information to make decisions regarding their physical & mental health during the pandemic. Speakers from the UofA and Kickstand Alberta will join us; discussing vaccine and virus education, mental health education, providing youth with the opportunity to fight misinformation during the coronavirus infodemic. Join us, you might just win an eGift card! 

Bike Plan Implementation Guide Reponse

Alongside Paths for People, will we be presenting our response to Report #7889 on May 11th to the Urban Planning Committee. The Edmonton Bike Plan will guide how biking fits into our city in the future and will support the City's vision of a connected, accessible city. Check out our social feeds for some info on mobility and safe streets. For reference, click the box below to learn more about the Bike Plan Implementation Guide.

Paths For People Workforce

This Workforce handles all collaboration between the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Paths for People. Besides our response to the Bike Plan Implementation Guide, we are working on a day of programming during the beginning of summer with members of CEYC. This would involve meeting up at a chosen street, learning about safer streets and other initiatives, and adding to the street with things such as chalk. We hope that this will be educational, but also serve as a fun bonding event between our two organizations

School Visits Presentations

We’ve been hard at work identifying schools and organizations, sending out contact information, and scheduling visits! There have been some barriers with response rates, likely due to the pandemic and the online nature of our presentations, but we’ve been pushing through to reach dedicated schools that are still interested. If you know of a school or organization that could benefit from a CEYC visit, let us know below.

City of Edmonton News

Edmonton's ETS Network Redesign is Live!

Click the button below for some useful resources and trip planners as we transition to a new and improved transit network. Go public transportation!

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Thank you for taking the time to read the 2nd edition of our new monthly newsletter. We are proud of what we have already achieved and are excited for what will come next. Edmonton's youth are invaluable, and we will continue to provide them with platforms and initiatives to empower their voices and ideas. If you or your organization are interested in collaborating or forming a partnership, let us know!

Have Your Say on Youth Vaping in Edmonton by Filling Out Our Survey
Mar 15, 2020

This report will be used to describe and present the rising issues within youth vaping in Edmonton. Please try and answer this survey to the best of your ability! This survey is strictly confidential and is only used for the sole purpose of gathering information to present to the Edmonton City Council. 

Survey Link: https://www.tinyurl.com/ceyc-vaping-survey

Future of Edmonton Essay Contest featured in CBC Article
Apr 30, 2019

'We want to get Edmonton youth thinking forward'

CBC article on the Future of Edmonton Essay Contest, how it connects to the City of Edmonton 2050 vision and gets perspectives from youth on the city that they want to live in.

CEYC's stance on the lowering of youth minimum wage
May 31, 2019

Opinion article featured in the Edmonton Journal on where the youth council stands on the lowering of youth minimum wage in Alberta.

Liquor Consumption in Public Parks
Jan 01, 2020

"Youth council wants Edmonton to end liquor ban at picnic sites"

CBC article on the youth council's recommendation to urge the city to allow Edmontonians to consume liquor in public park spaces

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