Joel and Roland take a look away from the Ontario election beginning and focus on the municipal candidates declaring their candidacy for this falls election. Why is there such ridiculousness around the public property not being used for campaigning? It is publicly owned and are we not smart enough to know a campaign when we see it?
Coming off our coverage of the fall of Burlington City Council’s decision to reprimand Councillor Shawna Stolte we look at the very public and lengthy response to the situation from Mayor Marianne Meed-Ward. Then we examine the rising cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton as well as the province at large. It seems that people are eager to ignore that a pandemic is still happening. While lockdowns have grown to be unnecessary in the current wave, there have emerged other problems that are not being addressed.
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.
Rory Nisan is city and regional councillor for Ward 3 in Burlington and Halton and Maureen Wilson is councillor for Ward 1 in Hamilton. Both of them join us today to give their perspective on why the municipal votes in Hamilton and Halton to repeal mask mandates were so one-sided, when the public seems far from united on the wisdom of abandoning masks.
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.
This week, Burlington lost an elder statesman of local politics. Former Mayor Walter Mulkewich passed away this week. His legacy in Burlington and Hamilton’s civic as well as political life will be missed by many. If you were involved in local politics in Burlington, there wouldn’t be any doubt that