Stephen Mandel

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Stephen Mandel
2013-05-21 Stephen Mandel.jpg
Stephen Mandel on May 21, 2013, announcing plans to retire as Mayor of Edmonton
34th Mayor of Edmonton
In office
October 26, 2004 – October 29, 2013
Preceded by Bill Smith
Succeeded by Don Iveson
Edmonton City Councilor Ward 1
In office
2001–2004
Preceded by Leroy Chahley
Succeeded by Linda Sloan
Personal details
Born (1945-07-18) July 18, 1945 (age 69)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Lynn Mandel
Children Rachel Mandel
Adam Mandel
Alma mater Lincoln College
Miami University
University of Windsor
Profession Businessman
Religion Judaism
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Stephen Mandel (born July 18, 1945) is a former Canadian politician who served as mayor of Edmonton, Alberta. He was elected to three terms as mayor, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, after sitting on council as a councillor for three years.

Mandel received an Associate of Arts Degree from Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University, and his Masters in Political Science from University of Windsor.

He moved to Edmonton in 1972 from Windsor, Ontario.[1]

Mandel owns the Strathcona County’s Lakeland Village mobile home park.[2]

Mandel was active with promoting the city's arts and festival scene. He is also an active volunteer with the city's local Heart and Stroke Foundation and with several local Jewish organizations. Mandel is married to Lynn Mandel. They have two children, Rachel and Adam.

Political career[edit]

Prior to being elected to city council, Mandel ran unsuccessfully for school trustee[3] He was first elected to the Edmonton City Council in 2001 as a councillor for Ward 1. In 2004, he became mayor by defeating Edmonton's three-term mayor, Bill Smith.[1] Mandel credits his successes to the hard work and spirit of cooperation of his council.[4] Mandel retired from politics on October 29, 2013.[5][6]

Mayoralty[edit]

Public Works[edit]

Mandel's city council was responsible for many infrastructural achievements: expansion of the LRT lines, the construction of a new arena for the Edmonton Oilers.[7]

After years of public consultations since 2008, the city approved a plan gradually decommission the City Centre airport by implementing the City Centre Redevelopment Plan. The City Centre Redevelopment Plan aims to mitigate urban sprawl by redeveloping the aging and costly City Center Airport [8] into a sustainable 300 acre inner city neighborhood anticipated to accommodate 30,000 residents.[9][10]

According to sporting organization 'SportAccord', the city has a Silver class partnership with the convention, enabling Edmonton to host many world classed events awarded during the Mandel administration.[11] The city will to host the 2015 FIFA Women's world cup.[12]

Edmonton Downtown arena[edit]

Edmonton Oilers CEO Daryl Katz has entered into an agreement with the city of Edmonton to joint finance the construction of a new arena for the hockey team which the city will own. The entertainment complex, arena and plaza along with neighborhood development, and adjacent Winter Garden LRT Station costing $35M has an estimated budget of $601 Million CAD.[13] The project will be financed between the city with a seed fund valued at $219M CAD. Katz Group will contribute $143M and invest in the neighboring land development. The Albertan government won't fund the arena as Mandel anticipated however the provincial government inadvertently funded $170M through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. $125M will be raised through ticket surcharges.[14] [15] Before construction can commence, Mandel is challenged with securing an additional outstanding $117M to guarantee the financing loans, as the Albertan government won't fund the arena.

Social and Business initiatives[edit]

Responding to an upsurge of domestic spousal violence in 2006, Mandel together with the Alberta Council for Women's Shelters hosted the first 'Breakfast with guys' peace seminar aimed at curbing violence. The event inspired Edmonton's business leaders raise awareness and support among their staff and community. This initiative has since been replicated globally. [16]

To address the needs of Edmonton's Aboriginal community the city conducted the 'Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord Initiative Project', many important documents and agreements with Treaty 6 natives, 'as an accord between Edmonton and the Aboriginal community' were written.[17][18]

In 2011 Mandel commissioned the 'Community Sustainability Task Force', to address problems that mature Edmontonian neighborhoods faced. The organization reported on recommendations through the 'ELEVATE' report.[19][20]

Mandel negotiated with the county of Leduc to amalgamate, 15,600 Acres of land to be used to support Edmonton's anticipated growth, if approved it will be the first major growth since 1982.[21]

IBM granted 400,000 USD worth of expertise and advice to assist local experts in improving the lives of Edmontonians through the effective use of data and technology, listing the city as a 2011 Smart Cities Challenge winner.[22]

In 2012, Mandel embarked on a trade mission to meet business and municipal leaders from Asia, to assert Edmonton's place in global Energy and business trade.[23]

Events during Mayoralty[edit]

The city council approved to support the UofA as home of the Canadian Women's Basketball team, the city will grant 500,000 CAD over 4 years to develop the sport such as introducing youth to the game.[24]

The city of Edmonton and the aboriginals Treaty 6 commenced on a dialog to address the needs of Aboriginal Edmontonians. In 2005 the two parties signed with the Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord.[25]

Mandel started the first Mayor Pride Brunch, in 2005. The event is a fund raiser to raise money for gay pride youth Camp fYrefly. Mandel proclaimed a week in April 2013 as Transgender Awareness week to bring awareness of the challenges Transgender Edmontonians face such as violence.[26][27]

In 2006–2011 the city administration has been criticized by some members of the local press on issues relating to infrastructure maintenance.

In September 2007, Mandel ordered the removal from city property of work by Edmonton sculptor Ryan McCourt, after receiving a 700-name petition that alleged McCourt's sculptures had "hurt Hindu religious sensibilities".

Mandel created the Mayor's Evening for the Arts held at the Francis Winspear Center, out of formerly a luncheon event to an annual festive evening gala. The event showcases the talents of Edmontonian performing artists in a grand spectacle and awards ceremony. In 2012, he celebrated the 25th Anniversary of this tradition. In 2013, Mandel created the 'Ambassador of the Arts Award' awarded at the gala. Honoring significant contributions by individuals or corporations who represented Edmonton artistically on the international or national stage.[28]

Mandel proclaimed the Edmonton Public Library's centennial anniversary to be 'Edmonton Public Library Day' issuing free library membership.[29][30]

City Charter[edit]

To address the challenges of evolving into metropolises, Mandel, together with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, negotiated a memorandum of understanding with the Alberta government.This motion will enable both mayors to work with the Alberta government to draft city charters in 2013, effectively articulating the powers and responsibilities the municipalities have to deal with unique issues of development such as taxation.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jewish Independent[dead link], November 5, 2005
  2. ^ "Mayor Mandel says the trailer park he owns in Sherwood Park won't flood anymore". Edmonton Sun. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Archives Canada". Archivescanada.ca. 2004-10-18. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  4. ^ "The Morality of Politics: Sitting Down with Mayor Stephen Mandel | By Blue Knox – The Wanderer". Thewandereronline.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  5. ^ Karstens-Smith, Breanna (October 25, 2013). "Mandel reflects on his time as Mayor". CTV News. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tumilty, Ryan (October 29, 2013). "Slideshow: Don Iveson promises globally competive Edmonton during swearing in ceremony". Metro News. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Edmonton council votes to bring back Oilers arena deal | NHL | Sports | National Post". Sports.nationalpost.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  8. ^ http://ottewell.gateway.ualberta.ca/articles/opinion/2010/09/16/city-centre-airport-finally-shot-down
  9. ^ Canada (2012-07-19). "Prosperity allows Edmonton to chart a clean, green future". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  10. ^ "City Centre Airport to close in phases | Edmonton | News". Edmonton Sun. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  11. ^ http://www.sportaccordconvention.com/#P754
  12. ^ "Edmonton Named as Host City for Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 :: City of Edmonton". Edmonton.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  13. ^ "Council approves funding for Edmonton arena – Journal of Commerce". Journalofcommerce.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:41 AM MT (2013-01-23). "Agreement for Edmonton arena passed by council - Edmonton - CBC News". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  16. ^ https://www.acws.ca/sites/default/files/documents/TakingaStandPositionDescriptionNov2010.pdf
  17. ^ "Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Accord Initiative Project (2005-2006) :: City of Edmonton". Edmonton.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  18. ^ http://aboriginal-edmonton.com/projects/EAUAC-UAA2004.pdf
  19. ^ "About the Plan :: City of Edmonton". Gov.edmonton.ab.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Edmonton's ELEVATE Report: What it says about Poverty Reduction". Actiontoendpovertyinalberta.org. 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2013-06-14. [dead link]
  21. ^ Stolte, Elise (2013-03-05). "Edmonton wants to annex 15,600 hectares of Leduc County, including airport". Edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. [dead link]
  22. ^ Metro, Staff (2011-03-09). "Edmonton wins 'Smarter Cities Challenge' | Metro". Metronews.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  23. ^ "Mayor Leads China Mission Promoting Edmonton’s Industrial Business, Environmental Leadership :: City of Edmonton". Edmonton.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  24. ^ "Edmonton to be home of Canadian Women’s Basketball Team". Globalnews.ca. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  25. ^ http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/UrbanAboriginalAccord.pdf
  26. ^ "Nenshi proclaims Trans Day of Visibility". CBC News. 
  27. ^ Tamara Gorzalka (June 19, 2008). Queermonton – The first weekend of Pride (661: Cowboy Junkies). Vue Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  28. ^ Nicholls, Liz (2013-02-11). "A new award for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  29. ^ "Global News | Latest & Current News - Weather, Sports & Health News=". Globaltvedmonton.com. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-26. [dead link]
  30. ^ "Edmonton's library marks 100 years with free cards". CBC News. 
  31. ^ Government of Alberta (2012-06-18). "Alberta government partners with Calgary and Edmonton to develop big city charter". Alberta.ca. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

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