Hamilton councillors face the challenge of voting on a $3.1 billion gift from the federal and provincial governments and vote for sleepy nap-time instead. Will the horn on the Hamilton’s political clown car wake them? Parp! Plus we look at LPAT being LPAT and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s intervention in the HCDSB Pride flag debate.
Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council’s webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT – why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert – probably not.
Joel and Roland discuss the connection between political donations and the policy priorities of the Ford government. If any single subject can be said to encapsulate the priorities of the provincial government since 2018, it must be the efforts to weaken the legislative checks and balances on what can be built where, and who gets to have a voice in shaping development proposals.
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.