With last week’s stunning news that the province intended to take away municipalities right to consider ranked ballots, we reached out to multiple politicians who had been at the forefront of adopting ranked ballots, or, in Burlington’s case, beginning the process of public consultation. Mayor Marianne Meed Ward generously made
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?’.
The story of Burlington’s Official Plan review goes to the heart of how we build a better future in the 905. What does this divisive experience say about local democracy and development in Ontario? What works? What is broken? What needs to change? Over the next several weeks, I hope to shed some light on these questions.
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.