municipal government

Does Zeeshan Hamid have what it takes to launch a serious challenge to Gord Krantz in Milton? It’s a battle between a computer scientist and an incumbent mayor who doesn’t have an email address. But it’s an Ontario municipal election, so the guy unreachable by modern technology is obviously the favourite right? Right. But Milton has a real choice to make at this election. Listen up.Continue Reading

Keanin Loomis

In the run up to the municipal election on October 24th we want to give our listeners the opportunity to hear directly from candidates in some of the most hotly contested and important races. We’re kicking off today with an interview with Keanin Loomis. Keanin certainly got out of the gate early, and has been up front with policy ideas since day one. Will that be enough to tip the balance towards him and away from names that may be more familiar?Continue Reading

We are joined by André Côté, Head of the Secure and Responsible Tech Policy program at Toronto Metropolitan University, to discuss what exactly is begind the PC government’s proposal to introduce strong mayor legislation for Toronto and Ottawa. Is it an idea with merit? And even if it is, are these proposal well thought out?Continue Reading

Rents have jumped in the last year. Why, and what are we doing about it? Gary Carr has announced he is running for Regional Chair again, torpedoing Jane McKenna’s hope of an easy election to be regional chair of Halton. Does McKenna have what it takes to be a serious challenge to Carr? We look for evidence. And Peel District School Board has a racism problem, as trustees resist doing what the province has ordered them to do, and abolish streaming.Continue Reading

Alan Kan writes the #munipoli matters newsletter, focusing on the news and politics of municipalities not just here in the 905 but across the country as well.  Today we talk with him and ask him to share his take on what he predicts will be the more interesting municipal elections in the region.Continue Reading

As one Ontario election ends, it appears that immediately we look at the upcoming municipal election in the fall. Rumours abound about Andrea Horwath’s intentions in Hamilton. Larry Di Ianni is being Larry Di Ianni again. In Burlington, what Shawna Stolte asked for – a revised closed session protocol – has been delivered. It wouldn’t have happened without her insistence, so why are her council colleagues pretending it had nothing to do with her?Continue Reading

This is not going to be anybody’s election for the ages, unless something very unexpected happens on Thursday. W, as the the saying goes, TF? And talking of unbelievable, Councillor Terry Whitehead, Hamilton’s regular challenger in the crowded field of challengers for ’worst councillor in Ontario’, really went off on one last week, in a manner that rekindled concerns for his wellbeing. But in the current climate of political self-immolation, does being the living definition of a loose cannon actually harm Whitehead’s chances of re-election?Continue Reading