A Lack of Integrity in Hamilton

905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy? The 905er Podcast

There is a disturbing trend emerging in Ontario politics from the Doug Ford government. As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places.  Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23.  Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees.  As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt.  What is Doug Ford's response?  It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings. This isn't a unique trend.  The Ford government is moving ahead with plans to curtail the democratic authority of municipalities by allowing votes to pass with only 30% of councillors support.  With the recent use of the Notwithstanding Clause as a negotiation tactic, its clear to us that this government hates the idea of democracy.  The idea that consultation and compromise is important to ensure the democratic process is vibrant and we all have a say in how our government is run.  Instead this government continues to show that it is their way or the highway, consequences be damned. This episode of The 905er is brought to you by our sponsor: South River Brewing.  Listen to this episode to see how you can save money on your next order by visiting the link below: South River Brewing It takes money and time to create two podcasts a week. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills. Why not buy us a coffee? Or you can support us by becoming a patron for a month, for six months, or forever. See https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Patreon listeners also get to hear our episodes without commercial interruptions. Thanks to our existing patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team. Nicholas Paul: sound editing. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
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The 905er this week is taking a special interest in the Hamilton City Council’s Integrity Commissioner’s investigation of Cameron Kroetsch. For those of you who are not fully aware of the story, Mr. Kroetsch is an activist and advocate busy in the Hamilton LGBTQ community.

He was volunteering as chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to the City Council. Recently, the City Council used it’s Integrity Commissioner to investigate claims that Mr. Kroetsch violated policy when he shared a tweet highlighting a decision the advisory committee made.

Many have criticised the city council for using a mechanism, which was meant to govern behaviour of elected councillors, in such a way against a volunteer. My colleague Roland Tanner and I spoke with Mr. Kroetsch to get his side of the story. As well, we spoke with Joey Coleman of The Public Record to get his analysis of the situation.

This was a pretty big episode for us so we needed to break it up into two parts. Part one is above with Mr. Kroetsch’s interview. Our chat with Joey will be coming on Tuesday.

Enjoy.

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