municipal government

Image of Paul Sharman, Burlington Ward 5 councillor

Burlington’s Ward 5 Councillor, Paul Sharman, has slammed Council’s decision to place a rainbow crosswalk at the junction of Fairview Street and Drury Lane, immediately outside Halton Catholic District School Board’s head office.

In a series of tweets between Thursday evening and Saturday, Sharman labelled the decision ‘petty opportunism’ and ‘completely disrespectful of a highly regarded institution. Continue Reading

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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

Graham Crawford and iElectHamilton.ca

Our guest this week is Graham Crawford, one of the leads of iElectHamilton.ca. iElectHamilton.ca has provoked a wave of positive support from many Hamiltonians, and a storm of angry reaction from some of the city’s political grandees. It has already been described as a leftist takeover by university elites, and criticized for being unfairly hostile to delicate incumbent councillors who just want everybody to be positive.

Listen to Graham and decide for yourself.Continue Reading

Reserve Properties 409 Brant St

Reserve Properties Ltd has withdrawn its appeal of the City of Burlington’s decision on 409 Brant St.

The planned development of a twenty-four storey highrise at the corner of Brant and James St, opposite City Hall acted as a lightening-rod during the 2018 municipal election.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