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.
Does Zeeshan Hamid have what it takes to launch a serious challenge to Gord Krantz in Milton? It’s a battle between a computer scientist and an incumbent mayor who doesn’t have an email address. But it’s an Ontario municipal election, so the guy unreachable by modern technology is obviously the favourite right? Right. But Milton has a real choice to make at this election. Listen up.
This week had huge news in Hamilton. Local area MPP Donna Skelly earned some local headlines, by saying that #Hamilton city council made the wrong call in not expanding its urban boundary earlier this year. And the PC government tabled legislation based on the Housing Task Force report, and this gives a lot of power to developers, restricting municipalities in how they respond to proposals, and puts it all basically on the Ontario Land Tribunal to sort it out.
Rory Nisan is city and regional councillor for Ward 3 in Burlington and Halton and Maureen Wilson is councillor for Ward 1 in Hamilton. Both of them join us today to give their perspective on why the municipal votes in Hamilton and Halton to repeal mask mandates were so one-sided, when the public seems far from united on the wisdom of abandoning masks.
We discuss Halton Region’s crucial vote last week against expanding the urban boundaries of its municipalities to allow development on farmland. It’s the top-level or single tier municipality to do so, in what appears to be a major sea-change in public opinion in favour of halting sprawl in the 905. We invited on two councillors who took part in the vote, Burlington’s Paul Sharman and Halton Hills Jane Fogal, who have opposing views about the right decision for Halton, to explain their perspectives.
HCDSB Trustee Brenda Agnew joined us late last week ahead of her new motion to support the raising of the Pride flag over Halton’s Catholic Schools, folliowing last years highly divisive decision not to do so. We ask why she’s bringing another motion now, what she expects from her fellow trustees this time, and why she believes HCDSB’s decision over the Pride flag is so important.