Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion: Pro­file of Ward 5

The An­thony Hen­day splits the old ar­eas from the new

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Ward 5 is a tri­an­gu­lar district in the city’s south­west, bor­dered on one side by the North Saskatchewan. It’s mostly res­i­den­tial with some com­mer­cial — the most prom­i­nent be­ing the Mar­ket­place at Calling­wood.

The An­thony Hen­day splits the ward down the mid­dle, and di­vides the more es­tab­lished part of the ward, con­sist­ing of neigh­bour­hoods like Calling­wood, Lym­burn, Westridge from the newer and still de­vel­op­ing ar­eas of The Hamp­tons and Edge­mont.

Most peo­ple live in houses with very few con­dos and town­houses.

Fit­tingly for a res­i­den­tial ward, many res­i­dents raised con­cerns about schools.

There are sev­eral ele­men­tary and ju­nior high schools, with a new K-9 school open­ing in Granville, how­ever some lo­cals say there still aren’t enough high schools to keep up with the south side’s pop­u­la­tion boom.

“There is only one high school and it’s Catholic, so if they want to go to a pub­lic one they have to go all the way to J. Percy Page on 163 Street,” said Faye Ser­afin who lives in the Calling­wood area. “It’s a very old school.” How­ever, al­though high schools are far apart, the tran­sit sys­tem in the area com­pen­sates for some of th­ese is­sues, some res­i­dents say.

“We are not re­ally wor­ried about the LRT,” said Erin Han­ni­gan, pres­i­dent of the Calling­wood-Lym­burn League, adding that the West Edmonton tran­sit hub just out­side the ward means it’s easy to get to other parts of the city via bus.

Ac­cord­ing to Han­ni­gan, the ward also faces some of the is­sues com­mon to the rest of the city.

“Of course there is al­ways con­struc­tion,” she said.

She men­tioned crime was an­other is­sue that needs at­ten­tion, not­ing that “we have re­ceived some com­plaints of ar­son and break-ins quite a bit.”

Ward 5 is one of the wards which will have to elect a new rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Coun. Michael Oshry was first elected to of­fice in 2013 and is not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

Cur­rently there are eight can­di­dates run­ning for the po­si­tion of Ward 5 coun­cil­lor.

courtesy elec­tions of­fice

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