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In two of the posts in question, Nickel called out other councillors for approving temporary bike lanes during the pandemic. But the decision was one of city administration to add more space for cyclists and pedestrians to distance. The other post called out Mayor Don Iveson for approving spending on these added shared-use lanes, although it wasn’t a decision of council.
Councillors will now hold a hearing for Nickel on Sept. 2 to discuss and vote on possible sanctions. In her report, Pytel recommends a letter of reprimand be written by Iveson and issued to Nickel for his actions.
Other penalties could include requiring a letter of apology or suspension from council committees that Nickel sits on.
In a social media post immediately following the report, Nickel said Pytel’s decision is “one of the greatest attacks on democracy in Edmonton’s history.”
“Now city council will vote on whether to sanction me and try to silence my voice. Let me be extremely clear. I will never be silenced and I will not back down when I believe in something,” he said. “They are trying to censor my voice of opposition.”
More to come.