Jane Mitchell returns to the (virtual) Old Grey Mayors studio to talk about two topics that have been top of mind for Waterloo Region residents in the last few months – daycare and conservation authorities.
We're kicking off season 2 with our good friend Bryan Stortz. Bryan recently retired after twenty years at the Region of Waterloo as Director of Communications. He sits down with Rob to share stories on the birth of the ION, negotiating to get GO train service and how he got into public service.
Todd Cowan returns to the podcast for another great episode. Last time he was on, Rob and Todd discussed casinos. This time, they're digging deeper to discuss the in's and out's of gravel pits in Waterloo Region.
Jean Haalboom was the first councillor elected to the newly created Doon Pioneer Park area in Kitchener in 1997. In 2000, she was elected to the Waterloo Regional council and ended her political career with 20 minutes to go before the deadline in 2014. Rob and Jean served as council together from 2010-2014 and worked together at the Grand River Conservation Authority. Haalboom has been committed to protecting our heritage long before it was "cool".
Jane Mitchell started her career in public service as a Waterloo Region District School Board from 1990 to 2000. She was then elected to the Region of Waterloo Council representing the City of Waterloo from 2000 to 2018. Jane was also the first women chair of the Grand River Conservation Authority from 2010 to 2015.
Jane joins Rob for a chat about how she got into politics, her experiences representing her constituents and the inner-workings of how things got done (and sometimes didn't get done).
In this episode, Rob talks with former Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig about taxes and infrastructure. Craig's focus is on how municipalities can't provide services and repair infrastructure when property taxes kept at or below rate of inflation.
Richard Christy was mayor of the City of Kitchener from 1995 to 1997 and lead the city through the beginning stages of its downtown revitalization. Rob and Richard discuss that part of the city's history - plus how Richard got into politics, moving from Ottawa to Kitchener, and why he thinks the downtown malls of the 80s and 90s hurt local businesses.
Rob is joined by Joe Mancini from The Working Centre. Joe and his wife Stephanie founded The Working Centre in 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. Newly married and just graduated from St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, the young couple saw the potential for building a community of interest around responding to unemployment and poverty, developing social analysis and engaging in creative action.
Long time mayor of the City of Kitchener, Carl Zehr, sits down with Rob to talk about the Economic Development Investment Fund's impact on the city's downtown and where Kitchener is headed now.
“The centre of a city is so important. It’s the heart that makes a city tick. If you don’t have a strong core, the rest will start to deteriorate. In the 80s and 90s people would say ‘I never go downtown, why would I do that?' That’s the point they weren’t feeling pride in their city, It was clear something had to be done.” - Carl Zehr
Welcome to the first episode of Old Grey Mayors. To get things started, Rob talks with Doug Craig, former Mayor of Cambridge, Ontario. Doug talks about how he got into municipal politics, the building of the city's hall, and what's happening today with issues on the location of a new sports multiplex for the City of Cambridge.