Since 2010, I have been sharing on this blog my passion for a better world starting with a better Kitchener.

Stand up to Stephen Harper. Vote.

Stand up to Stephen Harper. Vote.

I believe that in a democracy that one of our greatest rights and responsibilities is to vote. Participating in choosing who forms our government is a fundamental way to make our voice heard. Whether you agree with my choice or not, I believe that it is critical that everyone votes.That’s why I am so pleasedContinue Reading

Final thoughts on handling vacancies in local government

Final thoughts on handling vacancies in local government

Both James Bow and the Waterloo Region Record called for the Region of Waterloo to develop a policy for consistently dealing with how to fill vacancies on Regional Council. I wrote the following letter to support them that was published by The Record on Aug. 25 and in the Kitchener Post on Sept. 16. Letter toContinue Reading

We need to engage citizens and value Council seats by holding a byelection

We need to engage citizens and value Council seats by holding a byelection

Last month, I shared my perspectives on why Regional Council should hold a byelection to fill the vacancy representing Kitchener at Regional Council. Despite lack of even a rough consensus with many voices calling for a byelection, Chair Ken Seiling has made a motion to appoint Kitchener’s next Regional Councillor. I plan to stand up forContinue Reading

The birthplace of the blues in Kitchener

The birthplace of the blues in Kitchener

Kitchener is singing the blues. And happily doing so thanks to the hugely successful Kitchener Blues Festival. Our blues tradition began on a February night in 1985 when Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown played to a sold out crowd. That success helped to finance what was to become a series of shows at the venue which plantedContinue Reading

Hold a by-election to fill vacancy on Regional Council

Hold a by-election to fill vacancy on Regional Council

I participated yesterday on a new hour long segment of the Eric Drozd Show on 570 News called Opposing Views (Monday’s at Noon). It brings together three local people to discuss hot issues of the day with Eric. Yesterday’s panel included former Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and Zac Spicer. Listen to the complete segment. TheContinue Reading

Imagine if we treated roads like we treat sidewalks

Imagine if we treated roads like we treat sidewalks

Here are my planned remarks to city council tonight as it considers its policy on adding missing sidewalks: Thanks for the opportunity to address you about they city’s proposed policy on adding missing sidewalks. Sidewalks are a critical piece of infrastructure. They affect the city’s walkability. Anyone who walks frequently to get around notices missingContinue Reading