In part one of a two-part episode, we explore why Hamilton City Council decided to launch an investigation into the actions of Cameron Kroetsch. We speak to Cameron and ask whether the claims against him have merit, why council took this route, and what message they are sending to the wider community.
We’re joined by Hamilton Spectator columnist, National Post auto journalist and onetime city hall volunteer Lorraine Sommerfeld, as we discuss some of the themes from the last few weeks in light of the behaviour we are seeing in Hamilton, and the general problem of how to get citizen voices heard in ways which are respectful and don’t waste anybody’s time.
Dave Meslin has been the most prominent voice encouraging the adoption of ranked ballots in municipal elections, something that both Burlington and Mississauga are currently considering. His book “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up” is an essential look at both the massive systemic problems with how our democracies currently work, and the well established solutions that already exist, if we can only have the courage to adopt them.
Audra Williams and her partner Haritha Nanaratna have created a website named ninetyminutesfrom.com. It’s a website that quantifies the communities of the 905 region on factors you won’t find on many real estate websites. Such as Black Lives Matter support, LBGTQ+ and Pride organizations, indigenous issues awareness and voting patterns.
Stay tuned for part two where Joel and Roland discuss the barriers created in city halls, and ask for the first of no doubt many time ‘what on earth is the problem with Hamilton Council?’.
This week we discuss the provincial background to how our cities are run with Zac Spicer, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Administration in Canada. Zac provides a wealth of insight, based on his years as a researcher into Ontario’s municipalities, about the background context which shaped how Burlington’s controversial OP was written and then rewritten, and how debates in other 905 cities are taking shape.
This week we speak to Jason Cassis, founder and partner of Equal Parts Hospitality Inc which owns some of Hamilton’s best known eateries, about the experience of having to shut down operations almost overnight as Covid hit, and his new venture Mamma Rossa Italian Kitchen (mammarossa.ca) – a new type of restaurant that has no physical location and sells exclusively through Uber Eats.