Open Sources (Ep. #427) Show Notes for May 25, 2023

This week on Open Sources Guelph, we’re city folk! Municipal matters are top of mind on this edition of the show, as we look at independence day for three Ontario cities, and then that election to fill the vacant mayor’s seat in Canada’s biggest city. In the back half of the show, we will once again serve in our essential roll as the mandatory stop for all local Green Party candidates who want to get elected!

This Thursday, May 25, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

The Final a-Peel. The Ontario government announced last week that Peel is over. The region will be dissolved on January 1, 2025 as Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon become their own independent municipalities. Not a bad present for Doug Ford to give Bonnie Crombie on the eve of her announced bid to run the Ontario Liberals, but the question now is how much more meddling with municipalities is going to tale place in Ontario these next three years?

DeepStar 6ix. The Toronto mayoral by-election is entering its final month of campaigning, and from all appearances right now it seems like it’s Olivia Chow’s to lose. At the very least, there are about five or six likely mayors in the field of 102 (!!) and they’re facing off in a couple of different debates this week. Candidates are also throwing out policy fast and furiously so what can we expect in the final couple of weeks of this election, and can anyone consolidate enough support to take on Chow?

Clancy Dance. Earlier this year, Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo announced that she would be stepping down at the end of the spring session, which means a by-election will be coming up the road sometime in the next couple of months. The Green Party has gotten ahead of things, buoyed by the local success of the Two Mikes (Morrice and Schreiner), and have acclaimed Kitchener councillor Aislinn Clancy as their nominee. This week, we’ll talk to Clancy about being the first one in the race, why she wants to make a move to Queen’s Park, and the potential fate of Waterloo Region under the current government.

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Chris Young and the Canadian Press.


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