council civility

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Over the last few weeks, observers of Burlington city politics have noticed a growing rift in council.  So much that when Joan Little of the Spectator commented on it in one of her columns, the Mayor decided a rebuttal was in order.  What is going on in Burlington City Hall?  Joel and Roland discuss what we know and what it means.Continue Reading

Three of Burlington’s seven member council have issued a strongly worded rebuttal that appears to be a response to a message sent at 6:40am this morning by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward via her Twitter account. The tweet tacitly stated that three unnamed councillors, who could be deduced to be Councillors Lisa Kearns (Ward 2), Shawn Stolte (Ward 4) and Paul Sharman (Ward 5), had voted against additional Rainbow Crosswalks in Burlington.Continue Reading

Cameron Kroetsch and Joey Coleman

In part one of a two-part episode, we explore why Hamilton City Council decided to launch an investigation into the actions of Cameron Kroetsch. We speak to Cameron and ask whether the claims against him have merit, why council took this route, and what message they are sending to the wider community.Continue Reading

In 2019-20 I was invited to volunteer for a committee to look at improving the operation of advisory committees.

Here’s my undoubtedly frustrated delegation from last Thursday (Sept 17th) when the staff report ‘informed by’ our recommendations reached the committee stage.Continue Reading

We’re joined by Hamilton Spectator columnist, National Post auto journalist and onetime city hall volunteer Lorraine Sommerfeld, as we discuss some of the themes from the last few weeks in light of the behaviour we are seeing in Hamilton, and the general problem of how to get citizen voices heard in ways which are respectful and don’t waste anybody’s time.Continue Reading