Old Grey Mayors
By Rob Deutschmann
Rob Deutschmann sits down with community leaders, civic leaders, and others from across Waterloo Region to learn more about their experiences and how those lessons can apply to today's issues.
Episode 28: All the news that's fit to print with Bryan Stortz
Bryan Stortz returns to the podcast to talk about his time running the Kitchener This Week newspaper. This is one of our favourite episodes — full of great anecdotes about running a paper, local politics and the media, and more.
September 9, 2021
Episode 27: Tackling infrastructure challenges with Gerry Thompson
Rob sits down with former Waterloo Region CAO Gerry Thompson to talk about developing the central transit corridor, pushing the ION light rail transit project forward, and that A-word — amalgamation.
August 30, 2021
Episode 26: Working to solve community problems with Linda Terry
On this episode, Rob is joined by Linda Terry, a community organizer and former executive director of the the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries. Linda has spent her career working to solve poverty-related issues including affordable housing, living wages, and age-friendly communities.
August 13, 2021
Episode 25: From engineer to CAO, catching up with former Waterloo Region CAO Mike Murray
Mike Murray joins Rob to share his journey from engineer to Chief Administrative Officer for Waterloo Region.
July 26, 2021
Episode 24: 7 secrets for electoral success with Bryan Stortz
Bryan returns to the podcast to talk about his time as an alderman for the City of Kitchener and shares his Seven Secrets for electoral success.
May 27, 2021
Episode 23: Growing a practice and a community with Don Travers
Joining us for his first appearance on the podcast is Don Travers. Don served on City of Kitchener council in 1979 and the Waterloo Regional Council from 1981 to 1989. A lawyer by trade, Don has made giving back part of his mission through support for many different community organizations. Don shares how he managed serving as an elected leader and growing his law firm at the same time.
May 12, 2021
Episode 22: Building community with Fauzia Mazhar
Our guest today hasn't held public office – yet. Fauzia Mazhar has been an active and vital member of our community for over 20 years. Fauzia has worked with The Working Centre, House of Friendship, the Kitchener Downtown Health Centre, and more. In part of one of our interview, Fauzia shares her and her families journey to Canada, how she got her start in helping people find work, and working with social support agencies and charities to help them support new Canadians.
April 30, 2021
Episode 21: Preserving Waterloo County history with Jean Haalboom
Rob welcomes Jean Haalboom back to the podcast to talk about the history of saving and renovating the Waterloo County Gaol, the oldest Waterloo County buildings in existence.
April 12, 2021
Episode 20: It take a township with Wayne Roth
Wayne Roth joins Rob on the podcast for the first time. Wayne was the Mayor of Wilmot Township from 1997 to 2010. During his 13 year run as Mayor, he oversaw a number of civic projects for the fast-growing township. Most importantly, the amazing Wilmot Recreation Complex and Aquatic Centre. On this episode, Wayne shares the story on what it took to build the complex – and how the township used some great financial sense to keep the project on budget.
March 16, 2021
Episode 19: The Pandemic Tapes with Bryan Stortz
Bryan joins Rob to talk about how the Region of Waterloo's emergency plan from the SARS outbreak in Toronto helped shape how the Region responded to welcoming Syrian refugees and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
March 2, 2021
Episode 18: Looking at child care issues in Waterloo Region with Jane Mitchell
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.
January 22, 2021
Episode 17 - Kicking off season 2 with Bryan Stortz
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.
January 7, 2021
Episode 16: Digging into gravel pits with Todd Cowan
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.
November 30, 2020
Episode 15: Talking heritage protection and more with the awesome Jean Haalboom
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".
November 5, 2020
Episode 14: Ken Seiling talks police services in Waterloo Region
Former Waterloo Region Chair Ken Seiling makes his record fourth appearance on the show with a great discussion about police services in Waterloo Region.
October 27, 2020
Episode 13: Richard Christy
Rob welcomes Richard Christy back to the podcast to talk about his path to being Mayor of Kitchener.
October 14, 2020
Episode 12: Ken Seiling
We're joined by Ken Seiling (on a physically-distance safe Zoom call) for another great conversation with Ken Seiling.
September 1, 2020
Episode 11: Doug Craig
Doug Craig makes his record-setting third visit to the Old Grey Mayors podcast to talk Cambridge's place in the region, the size of Regional government and more.
August 13, 2020
Episode 10: Jane Mitchell
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).
August 5, 2020
Back in the studio with Doug Craig
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.
March 19, 2020
You can't fight City Hall, but you can move it. Talking downtown Kitchener with Richard Christy
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.
February 20, 2020
Talking casinos and gravel pits with Todd Cowan
Rob is joined in the studio by Todd Cowan, former mayor of Woolwich Township.
February 3, 2020
The roots of The Working Centre with Joe Mancini
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.
January 21, 2020
Rob sits down with Brenda Halloran, Mayor of the City of Waterloo from 2006 to 2014 to talk about how she came to office, the Ralgreen Crescent dispute and more.
December 24, 2019
Rob talks with Ken Seiling who served as Chair of Waterloo Region from 1985 to 2018.
December 10, 2019
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
November 25, 2019
Former Wellesley Township mayor Ross Kelterborn as they talk about their history working together on the Waterloo Regional council and Ross's time as mayor.
November 12, 2019
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.
October 28, 2019