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.
Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil are the two co-founders of Grandmothers Voice, and the first urban Indigenous Center in Halton, but also a new kind of education and wellness centre where a collective of Indigenous Women are providing programs that emphasize healing based on traditional methods, open to all. This includes a Healing/Medicine garden, a Wellness Centre and a Community garden.
As one Ontario election ends, it appears that immediately we look at the upcoming municipal election in the fall. Rumours abound about Andrea Horwath’s intentions in Hamilton. Larry Di Ianni is being Larry Di Ianni again. In Burlington, what Shawna Stolte asked for – a revised closed session protocol – has been delivered. It wouldn’t have happened without her insistence, so why are her council colleagues pretending it had nothing to do with her?
One of the largest music festivals in Canada happens right here in the 905. This year bands like Finger Eleven, The Trews and The Tea Party are playing to crowds of hundreds of thousands on Father’s Day weekend in downtown Burlington. And most important, it’s free. Yes, that’s right free! Executive Director Myles Rusak joined us to discuss,
The NDP made news this week when sitting MPP Kevin Yarde in Brampton was ousted by his own riding association in a nomination meeting for Sandeep Singh. In Brampton North, approximately 150 people were able to over rule the voice of 100,000 people before the provincial election this June. What does it say about our democracy when so few people in a riding association are able to decide the candidates to represent so many people in our places of power?
We look at the four complaints levelled against Burlington’s Shawna Stolte (two upheld by the Integrity Commissioner) and ask why two of Stolte’s colleagues would have used such extreme measures to resolve a matter with a colleague, and look at the wider context of the Integrity Commissioner’s role in Ontario.
Burlington’s Ward Four Councillor Shawna Stolte has today delivered a scathing response to the actions of two of her colleagues, Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith and Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan, who made a secret complaint against her to Burlington’s Integrity Commissioner earlier this year. The report was published—or made available to Burlington City Hall—last Friday, but the was not forwarded to media until Councillor Stolte herself forwarded it today.
At the same time as society has been dealing with COVID-19, another public health crisis has been taking place. This is the epidemic of deaths being caused across North America by overdoses above all from synthetic opioids like Fentanyl. To discuss the scale and nature of the problem, we spoke to Halton Regional Police Service Chief Steve Tanner.