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Municipal Affairs With Chris Brown Cross Border Network

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From the bustling streets of Vancouver to the serene coastlines of the Maritimes, and all the way up north to the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, we're embarking on an expedition that will connect us, inform us, and empower us.

This isn't just another show; it's your portal into the pulse of your local community and every community across our vast and diverse country.

    Life As A Rural Municipal Leader

    Life As A Rural Municipal Leader

    Welcome to 'Municipal Affairs”, I'm your host, Chris Brown.



    In today's show, we shine a spotlight on the pivotal role of a councillor in a rural municipality, exploring the unique challenges and triumphs encountered in these environments.



    Joining us for this insightful discussion are two esteemed guests: Councillor Robin Kurpjuweit from Cypress County, Alberta, and Councillor Deanna Stang from Sturgeon County, Alberta. With their wealth of experience in rural municipal leadership, Robin and Deanna offer invaluable perspectives on the intricacies of serving as a councillor in a rural setting.



    Throughout our conversation, we'll delve into the multifaceted responsibilities of rural municipal leaders, examining the diverse issues they grapple with on a daily basis. From infrastructure development to community engagement, we'll explore the accomplishments and challenges that shape the rural landscape.



    Moreover, our guests will share invaluable advice for prospective candidates considering a foray into rural municipal politics. Drawing from their own journeys, Robin and Deanna will offer insights into the skills, mindset, and commitment required to make a meaningful impact as a councillor in rural Canada.



    Join us as we embark on a journey through the heart of rural governance, gaining insights from those who are at the forefront of shaping the future of our rural communities.



    Please note that this episode was recorded live at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta Conference in Edmonton in March, and is only available in audio format.



    So with that, This is Municipal Affairs.



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    Municipal Affairs is Part of The Cross Border Network

    ©2024

    • 41 min
    Association of Manitoba Municipalities Spring Convention

    Association of Manitoba Municipalities Spring Convention

    Welcome to 'Municipal Affairs”, I'm your host, Chris Brown.

    Today’s episode is dedicated to the 2024 Association of Manitoba Municipalities Spring Convention, where councillors, mayors, and reeves gathered in the vibrant city of Brandon, Manitoba. Hosted at the Keystone Centre, this bi-annual event serves as a crucial check-in for municipal leaders from every corner of the province.

    Throughout the three-day conference, attendees had the opportunity to engage in discussions, workshops, and networking sessions aimed at addressing the diverse needs and challenges facing Manitoba's municipalities.

    Among the distinguished guests was the Honourable Ian Bushie, Minister of Municipal and Northern Relations, who shared insights on the Kinew government's collaboration with municipalities and his vision for addressing their concerns.

    After his speech, in an exclusive one-on-one interview, we had the privilege of sitting down with Minister Bushie to delve deeper into the government's initiatives and his role in facilitating dialogue with municipal leaders.

    Additionally, delegates heard from AMM President Kam Blight regarding the work that AMM is doing to help Municipalities from across Manitoba.

    We caught up with President Blight on the convention's final day to gain perspective on the path forward for municipalities post-convention. We explored common issues voiced by municipal leaders across Manitoba, as well as the unique challenges they face. Our discussion also touched upon the eagerly anticipated Federal Budget release scheduled for later in the week.

    But the conversations didn't stop there. Throughout the conference, I was able to connect with municipal leaders from across the province for insights and perspectives that will be featured on our sister show, Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown. Tune in starting Monday, April 29th, as we bring you exclusive interviews highlighting the voices and experiences of Manitoba's municipal leaders.

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    Municipal Affairs is Part of the Cross Border Network
    © 2024

    • 37 min
    The Chief, Part 3: From Elected to Executive

    The Chief, Part 3: From Elected to Executive

    Welcome to 'Municipal Affairs”, I'm your host, Chris Brown.



    Today marks the continuation of our ongoing series dedicated to exploring the vital role of Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) in municipal governance. In this installment, we explore a fascinating phenomenon: the transition from elected office to the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) within municipalities.



    Our discussion will centre on the experiences of three distinguished guests who have traversed this unique path, offering insights from different regions across Canada.



    First, we have Duane Nicol, who brings a wealth of experience from the City of Selkirk, Manitoba. Having served on the City Council for over a decade before assuming the position of CAO in 2014, Duane offers a firsthand perspective on the transition from elected representative to administrative leader.



    Joining us as well is Jocelyn Whaley, whose journey spans multiple municipalities in Alberta and Manitoba. After her tenure as a Councillor in Leduc County, Alberta, Jocelyn took on the role of CAO in both Brazeau County, Alberta and the RM. of Riding Mountain West, Manitoba. Currently serving as Director of Infrastructure in Athabasca County, Jocelyn offers a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in such transitions.



    Lastly, we have Jody Murray, whose experience bridges the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From her time as Mayor of the Town of Bishop Falls to her current role as CAO of the Town of Portugal Cove - St. Philip's, Jody brings insights shaped by her diverse municipal leadership journey.



    Throughout our discussion, we'll explore the motivations behind these transitions, the skills and perspectives gained from elected office, and the nuances of balancing administrative duties with political acumen.



    Join us as we delve into this intriguing intersection of municipal governance and leadership.



    This is Municipal Affairs.



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    MMA Leadership Summit: https://municipaladministrators.ca/event/mma-leadership-summit/"One of the greatest determinants of success for a municipality is the quality of relationship between Council and their administration. This peer-panel session will try to tackle the question: In today’s political climate, how and where should municipal administrators lead? Our experienced panellists will share their insights on how administrators can navigate the political environment to support good governance, long-term thinking, vision setting, and making better decisions."



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    ©2024

    • 1 hr 7 min
    "There Wasn't Any Surprises," AMM on Manitoba Budget

    "There Wasn't Any Surprises," AMM on Manitoba Budget

    Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I am Your Host Christopher Brown.



    On April 2nd, Premier Wab Kinew and the Governing Manitoba NDP tabled the Manitoba Provincial Budget.



    Now according to the province - “Budget 2024 delivers on the government’s commitments to rebuild health care across Manitoba and lower costs for families”



    Manitoba’s Minister of Finance who tabled the 2024 Budget said, “We’re making smart, targeted investments. We can take steps to fix health care and lower costs, and we can do it while being responsible with public money and charting a path back to balance.



    "That’s what Manitobans can expect from our first budget.”



    We chatted with Kam Blight, the President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities for his reaction to the provincial budget.



    We will discuss his key takeaways from the budget, and how the budget will impact municipalities across the province.



    This is Municipal Affairs.



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    Municipal Affairs With Chris Brown is Part of the Cross Border Network

    ©2024

    • 18 min
    Local Matters: ABNDP Leadership Candidate Gil McGowan

    Local Matters: ABNDP Leadership Candidate Gil McGowan

    Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I'm your host Christopher Brown.



    While we typically focus on local governance issues, we recognize the importance of the broader political landscape on municipal affairs.



    That's why here on the Municipal Affairs we decided to sit down with federal, provincial, and territorial leaders to delve into their perspectives on municipal governance, and how their levels of government are addressing municipal concerns.



    Todays Guest is Gil McGowan, the current president of the Alberta Federation of Labour and currently running to be the next leader of the Alberta NDP.



    In our one-on-one interview, we will discuss his leadership aspirations, his vision for Alberta's future, and perhaps most importantly for our audience, his vision for municipalities across the province, both urban and rural.



    This is Municipal Affairs.



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    Municipal Affairs With Chris Brown is Part of the Cross Border Network

    ©2024

    • 57 min
    Local Matters: ABNDP Leadership Candidate Naheed Nenshi

    Local Matters: ABNDP Leadership Candidate Naheed Nenshi

    Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I'm your host Christopher Brown.



    While we typically focus on local governance issues, we recognize the importance of the broader political landscape on municipal affairs.



    That's why here on the Municipal Affairs we decided to sit down with federal, provincial, and territorial leaders to delve into their perspectives on municipal governance, and how their levels of government are addressing municipal concerns.



    Todays Guest is Naheed Nenshi, the former three term Mayor of the City of Calgary and currently running to be the next leader of the Alberta NDP.



    In our one-on-one interview, we will discuss his leadership aspirations, his vision for Alberta's future, and perhaps most importantly for our audience, his vision for municipalities across the province, both urban and rural.



    This is Municipal Affairs.

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    Municipal Affairs With Chris Brown is Part of the Cross Border Network

    ©2024

    • 39 min

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