As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places. Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23. Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees. As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt. What is Doug Ford’s response? It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings.
Kearns states that Parr was unwelcome at a campaign event because of Parr’s prior “disgusting use of language designed to incite hurt and embarrassment”. At the event, she claims he “shoved his phone in my face in front of my children, family, friends and supporters telling me to ‘call the cop’s’ …. Which we did.”
As we’ve mentioned before, we can’t cover every race, but we can highlight some of the races we think are most interesting. This week we’re focusing on the Halton Regional Chair race. For the first time since the position became elected in 2000, there are three candidates in the race with clearly established credentials and contrasting platforms. Andrea Grebenc, former chair of the Halton District School Board did reply, and joined us to set out why she thinks she’s the right choice for the job.
As politics becomes more polarized, the gap between ‘disagreement’ and ‘enmity’ is blurred to the point of invisibility.
But when you use words like ‘corruption’, you had better know what you’re talking about. Words matter. And it also matters that, even if we disapprove of a particular action, even if we wouldn’t do it outselves, we notice the difference between acting legally and without hypocrisy and acting ‘corruptly’.
We look at two examples today …
Rents have jumped in the last year. Why, and what are we doing about it? Gary Carr has announced he is running for Regional Chair again, torpedoing Jane McKenna’s hope of an easy election to be regional chair of Halton. Does McKenna have what it takes to be a serious challenge to Carr? We look for evidence. And Peel District School Board has a racism problem, as trustees resist doing what the province has ordered them to do, and abolish streaming.
Alan Kan writes the #munipoli matters newsletter, focusing on the news and politics of municipalities not just here in the 905 but across the country as well. Today we talk with him and ask him to share his take on what he predicts will be the more interesting municipal elections in the region.