From Association of Municipalities of Ontario press release June 9, 2016 – Members’ Legislative Update The Ontario Legislature rose June 9 and will resume on September 12th, 2016. A number of bills of interest to municipal governments were debated in this session, and are outlined below. Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act – carried in Third Reading …

Province bans union/corporate donations to elections; trails Act; payday loans regs; cap & trade; affordable housing; & more bills Read More »

My Take: Why Burlington (VT)’s Bernie Sanders matters to Burlington, ON

Bernie Sanders has one key message: get big money out of politics. The former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in this fall’s election, recognizes that money has a way of buying influence of decision makers, to act in ways that aren’t always in the public’s best interests.

Bernie’s not for sale. It’s a powerful message, as relevant for Burlington, Vermont and the rest of the U.S. as it is for Burlington, Ontario, Canada, where I serve as a city councillor.

I’ve registered to run for reelection as your councillor for Ward 2 in the Oct. 27 municipal election. It’s been an honour to serve and work with you over the last four years to make our city better. I appreciate the time and expertise you’ve volunteered, and the input you’ve provided to me on the …

Election 2014: Running for re-election to Ward 2 Read More »

Funding for Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, a highway through the escarpment in North Burlington and uploading social costs previously downloaded to the property tax base are emerging as three key issues in the provincial election Oct. 6. Though there are many issues in the election, including education funding, tax increases, jobs, and the environment – these are the main concerns facing the municipality and Burlington taxpayers.