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Nita Jalkanen never thought she would run for council. But that changed earlier this year after witnessing what she now calls ‘“the end of democracy.”
Jalkanen paid Environics Research Group $5,000 of her own money to ask 300 Edmontonians about aspects of the arena deal.
Even though the majority of people surveyed opposed the use of taxpayer dollars, council finalized the agreement with the Katz Group on May 15.
“I just reached a personal tipping point, and I thought, no. that’s it,” she said. “I cannot sit back and watch something that I believe in, and that’s our system of democracy, no longer function.”
Despite her opposition, Jalkanen insists she isn’t running on the arena issue. Instead, she wants to focus her energies on correcting what she calls a disconnect between council and the will of the people.
She also wants the city to get back to basics and improve infrastructure like roads.
“These are just the foundations upon which our city is built and they’re important,” she said.
“And people want to get to and from work efficiently without $4,100 repair bills to their cars.”