My Take

Nelson Quarry in Burlington has announced proposed plans to expand their operations to adjacent properties they own. On a new website, Nelson briefly mentions their plans, and talks about their desire to turn the quarry over to the public once quarrying operations cease. “Over the next 25 years, we intend to expand the quarry operations …

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As many of you know, before I entered politics, I spent 22 years as a journalist. I worked with employers and clients including the Toronto Sun, Vision TV, CBC, CHCH News, Chatelaine, Ryerson University and more — committed to keeping people informed about the issues that impact their lives. It helped me prepare for my …

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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.