The Ontario Good Roads Association publishes a quarterly magazine that looks at all things infrastructure and transportation that effects our municipal members across Ontario. In this podcast we will select a couple of interesting or pressing articles from the magazine and expand upon and discuss them.
Episode 14 - Are municipal priorities reflected in federal platforms?
The federal election is well underway and you may be wondering how each party's platform sizes up against the most pressing municipal priorities. Thomas and Jared break down party platforms so you don't have to. Tune in to see what the parties are promising and what this means for the sector over the next few years.
Episode 13 - Municipalities and Reconciliation
The devastating discoveries of the remains of Indigenous children on the lands of former residential schools has reignited the call for reconciliation across the country. While the federal and provincial governments have more clear-cut roles to play, many in the municipal sector are wondering what they can do to advance reconciliation.
Thomas and Jared speak with Hornepayne Mayor & OGRA Director Cheryl Fort. As only the second Indigenous female mayor in Ontario history, she is uniquely positioned to discuss the role of municipalities in the reconciliation process.
After the podcast, Cheryl took the time to tell her family's story as well as her experience growing up as an Indigenous person in Northern Ontario. Look for that story on YouTube with the link in the show notes.
Episode 12 - Beyond Carbon Neutral
Did you know that Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) can transform municipal fleets beyond carbon neutral – to carbon negative – in just a short time? What about the fact that it’s not only budget friendly, but could be a revenue generator as well?
Joey Cyples of Enbridge Gas joins Jared and Thomas on the latest episode of the podcast to discuss the transformation of municipal fleets and buildings for a net-zero world using RNG. Circling back to previous discussions on municipal energy transitions in Ontario, the conversation focuses on how this transition can be both simple and cost effective, citing real-world experiences such as the City of Hamilton's new carbon negative bus. They also discuss what’s currently holding this transition back and how other countries such as the United States are well ahead.
Episode 11 - Rising Municipal Insurance Rates
As municipal insurance rates skyrocket across Ontario many municipalities are left wondering why.
Will reforming joint and several liability be the panacea to cure municipalities of these woes or is there more at play here than initially thought?
Join Thomas and Jared as they speak with Jessica Jaremchuk, Director of Risk Management Services at Intact Public Entities about the rising cost of municipal insurance and what municipalities can do to mitigate their growing insurance burden.
Episode 10 - The 413, The Sprawl and Ontario's Future
Thomas and Jared discuss the proposed Highway 413, its contribution to sprawl, and why that isn’t fiscally sustainable for Ontario’s municipalities.
Episode 9 - Local Leadership to a Net-Zero World ft. David Miller
Getting to a net-zero world can’t happen without local leadership. In this episode, and on the eve of his keynote speech at the 2021 OGRA Conference, Thomas and Jared sit down with former Toronto Mayor David Miller who argues that the solutions to solving the global climate crisis are already available.
Hear more about what he has to say on new American leadership, the role of smaller municipalities, and new technologies.