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B.C.'s Mayors Need To Listen To Their Citizens

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Leaders have a responsibility to resist their own cynicism and scratch beneath the surface to hear what people -- even those who are opposed -- are saying. What is the core concern driving the speaker? Is it affordability? Safety? Mayors should ask genuine questions of people, and actually listen to their responses

B.C. Cities Gathering To Find New Ways To Charge Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

At a time when many B.C. taxpayers are struggling under the weight of their heavy tax burden, growing personal debt, and an incredibly high cost of living, our locally elected officials are there to remind us all of how hopelessly out of touch they are.

Shame On You For Shaming A Dead Drug Addict

James Di Fiore | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

When he was still in office, all of these criticisms were fair game. The man was an addict, and most progressives I know understand that addiction is a mental health issue and needs to be treated as such. Nonetheless, the man was in charge of our nation's largest metropolitan, and being an addict did not absolve him from the rightful criticism he received. But then he sought treatment. And then he was diagnosed with cancer. And then he died.

When Political Skeletons Should Remain In The Closet

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

London Mayor Matt Brown temporarily suspended his duties following his disclosure of an affair with deputy mayor, Maureen Cassidy.What are the real issues here? Did the indiscretion impair either of them in their council functions?

Toronto's Medical Officer Is Wrong About the Gardiner East

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Toronto's medical officer last week argued that replacing Gardiner East with an 8-lane boulevard (the Remove Option) is preferred over realigning Gardiner East (the Hybrid Option) to connect with the DVP.This is one case where I argue the doctor does not know best.

Doug Ford, Thank You For The One Promise You Did Keep

John Mraz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics
John Mraz

In 2012, referring to council, Doug Ford said: "I can't get anywhere with these monkeys." Was that a term of endearment? How can Mayor Ford expect to get anything done at City Hall when you use such language? Oh, that's right. Since then, he mostly hasn't. No need to answer. When you told the father of an autistic child who rightly and democratically challenged your views to "go to hell," what were you thinking?

Rob Ford Needs a Crisis Communications Plan

Rania Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rania Walker

The daily, international circus that Rob Ford is circumventing so disastrously right now demonstrates why it's so important to have a Crisis Communications Plan and stick to it. In every crisis there is an opportunity to learn and to grow and to become stronger. Here's hoping that this week is a little quieter for Ford.

There's More to Toronto Than Rob Ford

Jon Packer | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Jon Packer

So for those salivating for a Toronto reset, I suggest a more modest brand refresh -- one where an asterisk is added to our otherwise great city. Here we can note our city's mind-numbing congestion, condo lined waterfront, failed Olympic bids, overpriced housing and political mismanagement. All this without clouding the overwhelmingly positive attributes this city has to offer.

Rezoning Protest Continues

CBC | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Community activists are expected to attend a public meeting at Vancouver City Hall today to protest what they say is a lack of consultation on rezonin...

Talk Vancouver: Tell City Hall What You Think

Shachi Kurl | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

More and more, we're doing work, finishing errands, having fun and connecting with friends and family via our smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Engaging with your local government online is an extension of that. You no longer have to postpone dinner or sacrifice checking your kids' homework to attend an evening town hall meeting. You can tell city hall what you think from your phone on your commute to work, or from your couch at the end of the day. Local governments are trying to make it easier for you to have your say about transportation, or the cost of living, or city budget priorities, or your library or community centre's opening hours.

City Hall Pay Is Out Of Control

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers and watchdogs often focus their attention on the top of the government salary spectrum. Government executives are increasingly overpaid, especially at the municipal and regional district level. But it's not just the top end that is out of control. Taxpayers are overpaying for labour throughout the system.

Learn From Laval and Montreal -- Limit Mayoral Terms

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

I believe the time has come for the National Assembly of Quebec to legislate a limit on a mayor's tenure in the province's cities. As in many other jurisdictions, two terms are more than sufficient, whereas clinging to power for extended periods of time leads to cronyism and conspiracy as has been well demonstrated by the Montreal and Laval experience!

Municipal Golf Courses Have Taxpayers Tee'd-Off

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Golf revenues are slowly on the decline across Canada. Some B.C. leaders have missed the simplest way of fixing this problem: getting taxpayers out of the golf game all together. It's one thing for taxes to go to essentials like water, sewer or public safety, it's another thing to know you're subsidizing luxuries like municipal golf courses. If you can find a service listed on, government shouldn't be providing it.

Toronto Union, City Reach Deal

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - An 11th-hour tentative deal between the City of Toronto and the union representing its outside workers has set a hard line for any upcoming ...

Toronto Union Given 'Take It Or Leave It' Offer

CBC | Posted 04.04.2012 | Canada

The city and its 6,000 unionized outside workers appear to be nowhere near reaching a new labour deal as a weekend deadline for an agreement draws nea...

Death and AIDS Action at Toronto City Hall

Thom Vernon | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
Thom Vernon

If somehow you have gotten through the last 30 years without HIV/AIDS impacting your life, kudos to you. For the rest of us, it's been different. That's why Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford's proposed cuts to funding to HIV/AIDS prevention and services has provoked outrage.