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The Political Trenches: Local Government At Work

The Political Trenches: Local Government At Work

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Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World.

Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance.
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FULL INTERVIEW: FCM President Taneen Rudyk

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"G" is for Good Governance
"G" is for Good Governance
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, is dedicated to the letter 'G', which stands for Good Governance. We chat with the Municipal Consultant George Cuff. We also dive into some news stories that are making the headlines. Stories We Talked About This Episode: Kamloops Mayor Wants Input from Failed Council Candidates https://infotel.ca/newsitem/kamloops-mayor-wants-input-from-council-candidates-that-lost/it96455 Tickets based on your income? https://globalnews.ca/news/9425788/bc-traffic-fines-connect-income/ Consolidation and Amalgamation takes Toll on Municipal Staff https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/village-minto-new-brunswick-firing-reform-1.6716493 *************************************************** Learn More About George Cuff: Website: https://www.georgecuff.com/ *************************************************** Abuse Against Elected Officials: Bucking The Trend Website: BuckingtheTrend.ca Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bucking-the-trend-tackling-abuse-in-the-political-realm-tickets-476489211057?aff=Website *************************************************** Follow The Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2023
34:13
February 01, 2023
FULL INTERVIEW: Fire Chief Jamie Coutts
FULL INTERVIEW: Fire Chief Jamie Coutts
In "F" is for the Fire Service, Ian and Chris sat down with Fire Chief, and Growing Up Fire Podcast Host, Jamie Coutts. You can now listen to the entire interview. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
21:38
January 25, 2023
"F" is for Fire Service
"F" is for Fire Service
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, we chat with the "Growing Up Fire" Podcast Host and the City of Chestermere Fire Chief Jamie Coutts. We also dive into some news stories that are making the headlines. Stories We Talked About This Episode: Ethics in Elliot Lake: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/elliot-lake-mayor-court-removed-conflict-of-interest-1.6708438 Most Indebted Town in Ontario: https://www.mymuskokanow.com/122736/news/bracebridge-set-to-become-one-of-ontarios-most-indebted-municipalities/ Municipalities Take A Loss: https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/red-deer-county-owed-almost-8-million-in-unpaid-oil-and-gax-taxes/ *************************************************** Fire Chief Jamie Coutts Growing Up Fire Podcast: Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/growing-up-fire/id1541922376 Website: https://growingupfire.com/ *************************************************** Abuse Against Elected Officials: Bucking The Trend Website: BuckingtheTrend.ca Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bucking-the-trend-tackling-abuse-in-the-political-realm-tickets-476489211057?aff=Website *************************************************** Follow The Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2023
35:52
January 18, 2023
FULL INTERVIEW: Green Municipal Fund Council Chair, Mayor Alan DeSousa
FULL INTERVIEW: Green Municipal Fund Council Chair, Mayor Alan DeSousa
In "E" is for the Environment, Ian and Chris sat down with Green Municipal Fund Chair, Mayor Alan DeSousa of Saint-Laurent, Quebec. You can now listen to the entire interview. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
27:19
December 21, 2022
'E' is for the Environment
'E' is for the Environment
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, We chat with the Green Municipal Fund Council Chair, Mayor Alan DeSousa. We also dive into some news stories that are making the headlines. *************************************************** CLIPS FROM THE NEWS: Ontario Cities and the Housing Crisis: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-passes-housing-bill-23-1.6666657 Town of Sudbury rescinds CFO Job Offer: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/city-sudbury-rescinds-offer-cfo-alberta-1.6680441 Chestermere Council Fights Alberta Inspection Office: https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/chestermere-council-rejects-opposes-provinces-governance-investigation Regina Council Votes to Support City Manager: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-passes-housing-bill-23-1.6666657 *************************************************** Follow The Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
34:46
December 14, 2022
FULL INTERVIEW: Australian Local Government Consultant Chris Eddy
FULL INTERVIEW: Australian Local Government Consultant Chris Eddy
In "D" is for Down Under Ian and Chris sat down with Australian Local Government Consultant Chris Eddy. You can now listen to the entire interview. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
29:09
December 13, 2022
"D" is for Down Under
"D" is for Down Under
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, We chat about a council taking a CAO to court over the budget, Municipalities needing to address homelessness, and provincial and federal downloading to municipalities. We are joined today by Australian Local Government Consultant and Host of the "Local Government News Roundup" Chris Eddy. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
34:31
November 30, 2022
FULL INTERVIEW: CAO Laura Swain, and Frm. CAO Pam Malach
FULL INTERVIEW: CAO Laura Swain, and Frm. CAO Pam Malach
In "C" is for CAO Ian and Chris sat down with CAO for Parkland County Laura Swain, and Former CAO for the RM of Sherwood Pam Malach. You can now listen to the entire interview. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
32:30
November 23, 2022
"C" is for CAO
"C" is for CAO
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, We chat about budgeting in a post-pandemic world, what happens when your municipality gets inspected by the provincial government, and the rise of threats against local elected leaders. We are also joined by the Parkland Country CAO Laura Swain, and former CAO and now Owner of Clean Plan Consulting Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and wherever you get your favourite podcasts. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
36:47
November 16, 2022
FULL INTERVIEW: FCM President Taneen Rudyk
FULL INTERVIEW: FCM President Taneen Rudyk
In "B" is for Big Changes, Ian and Chris sat down with Federation of Canadian Municipalities Taneen Rudyk (Town Councillor for the Town of Vegreville, Alberta). You can now listen to the entire interview.  *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
25:41
November 09, 2022
"B" is for Big Changes
"B" is for Big Changes
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, we talk about the big changes at the local level of government in British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba. We are also joined by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Taneen Rudyck (Councillor for Town of Vegreville, Alberta). Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and wherever you get your favourite podcasts. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
37:08
November 02, 2022
'A' is for Amalgamation
'A' is for Amalgamation
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. In today's episode, we talk about municipal election season, by-elections in Alberta, Municipalities moving to a four-day work week, and what's the big deal with the word amalgamation. Be sure to tune in every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and wherever you get your favourite podcasts. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022 Episode segments Edit audio
29:21
October 18, 2022
Introduction: Into the Political Trenches
Introduction: Into the Political Trenches
Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work, a new online show dedicated to local governance here in Alberta, across Canada and Around the World. Each week, Co-Hosts Ian McCormack (President of Strategic Steps Inc.) and Christopher Brown (Host of the Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown) come together to talk about the big news and issues facing municipal governance. The show Launches on October 19th, 2022. *************************************************** Follow the Political Trenches: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PoliTrenches Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086156288954 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI2i25ZVKTO84oUsLyO4jig Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/ *************************************************** Follow Strategic Steps Inc: Strategic Steps Twitter: https://twitter.com/strategic_steps Strategic Steps Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/ Back the Show: https://www.patreon.com/CrossBoderInterviewPodcast The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc © 2022
00:47
October 15, 2022