Aung San Suu Kyi has faced condemnation over Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya people. Picture: AP

Steve Cardownie: Aung San Suu Kyi’s not fit to be linked with our city

In my column of January 23 under the headline “ is Suu Kyi worthy of our city’s top honour?” I wrote that the Lord Provost, Frank Ross, had written to Aung San Suu Kyi the previous November condemning the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar forcing approximately 700,000 Rohingya people to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape slaughter and persecution at the hands of the military.

Joanna Mowat is one of two councillors to be invited on a fact-finding mission to California and Canada

Steve Cardownie: Tories poised to pull the plug on IT trip invite

The Conservative Group on Edinburgh Council met last night to determine its response to an invitation from the company CGI, which provides IT services to the council and which has been the subject of some criticism, with its performance coming under under intense scrutiny by councillors and officials.

Edinburgh's festivals generate than �300 million for the Scottish economy. Picture: PA

Steve Cardownie: Festival naysayers are always proved wrong

As the main Festival season of August approaches we are already beginning to hear the prophets of doom, the naysayers who would have us believe that the influx of visitors is a akin to a plague of locusts and that we should pull up the drawbridge whilst exclaiming: “Enough is enough!”

Then council would like to move more people from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital into the community. Picture: Greg Macvean

Steve Cardownie: This learning disability plan should work

The city council has put it’s proposals for a Learning Disability Strategy out for consultation and anyone with an interest in the issue should take the time to read the plan and comment if they so wish. The council intends to adopt a full plan by the end of this year and all the views that are expressed will be considered.

Council leader Adam McVey. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Steve Cardownie: McVey wrong to try to usurp Hyslop’s power

First of all, let me say that I do not support the Scottish Government’s position on the tourist tax, as I fully support its implementation in the city of Edinburgh. And, as the former Festivals and Events Champion for nigh on 20 years, I have consistently expressed this view both privately and publicly.

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