WOW!!! What a week!
Doug Ford blinked before the entire province this week by capitulating to CUPE and revoking Bill 28. This happened as a result of the mobilization and solidarity of the labour movement in Ontario, the likes of which haven’t really been seen in a few generations.
While that might sound like a reason to celebrate (it is), Doug Ford and his team haven’t wasted any time to back track on previous promises that they’ve made to voters. Namely to keep the Greenbelt intact.
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.
We are joined by John Taylor, Mayor of Newmarket, who as part of the Small Urban GTHA Mayors group has been at the forefront of opposition to the dramatic recommendations contained in the Provinces Housing Affordability Task Force recommendations. We dive into the recommendations and ask what they would mean for 905 region cities and towns.
We livestreamed election night, focusing on the 905 of course.
We had a great time, with some terrific questions answered live on the podcast. Thanks to everybody who joined us.
Not an election that will go down in the history books as being particularly memorable, when all is said and done, but we talked a lot about the way this election was run, and just why the opposition parties, above all the CPC, couldn’t seem to make any significant headway against Trudeau and the Liberals.
We kick off our election coverage with the return of Mike Moffat, Senior Director, Smart Prosperity and Assistant Prof, Ivey Business School, as we look at one of the issues dominating the early days of federal campaigns – housing affordability. Today we’ll be looking at what an expert like Mike thinks the parties should be doing. In future episodes we’ll putting those points directly to party representatives as we explore their platform promises.