56 episodes

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 Political Trenches: Local Government At Work Cross Border Network

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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.

    Full Interview: Yellowknife City Manager Sheila Bassi-Kellett

    Full Interview: Yellowknife City Manager Sheila Bassi-Kellett

    Welcome to the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work.

    Our guest today is Shelia Bassi-Kellett, the outgoing City Manager for the City of Yellowknife.

    Shelia has been a dedicated and visionary leader who has made significant contributions to the advancement of local government administration.

    With a commitment to inspiring and leading the way for city employees to continuously improve the delivery of programs and services to residents, visitors, and business owners, Shelia has established herself as a prominent figure in the field of municipal management.

    In her role as City Manager, Shelia has demonstrated a profound understanding of administrative leadership.

    Throughout her tenure, Shelia has remained committed to the smooth and efficient operation of the municipality. She tirelessly works to explore and develop new, more effective ways of administering city programs, constantly seeking opportunities for innovation and improvement.

    Under her leadership, the city of Yellowknife has witnessed notable advancements in service delivery and operational efficiency, enhancing the overall quality of life for residents and fostering a vibrant environment for businesses.

    Through her tireless efforts and innovative initiatives, Shelia continues to make a lasting and positive impact on the communities she serves.

    With that Shelia, Welcome to The Political Trenches.

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    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/
    Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/

    The Political Trenches is Part of the Cross Border Network

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    • 39 min
    'Northwest Territories'

    'Northwest Territories'

    Welcome to 'The Political Trenches: Local Government At Work,' the podcast where Ian McCormack and I delve into the heart of the most significant municipal news spanning Canada from coast to coast to coast.

    In each episode, we dissect the decisions and explore the dynamic landscape of local governance.

    Today We are Starting a New Cross Country Tour. Throughout the next couple of months, we will be bringing on guests to talk about the municipal sector in every single province and Territory in Canada.

    And Today We are heading to the North West Territories to speak with Outgoing Yellowknife City Manager Shelia Bassi-Kellett.

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    Stories In Today's Show:

    Rocky Mountain House council wants municipal inspection
    https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/rocky-mountain-house-council-wants-municipal-inspection-7326539

    Town of Outlook, RM of Rudy win municipal award
    https://www.sasktoday.ca/central/outlook/updated-town-of-outlook-rm-of-rudy-win-municipal-award-8461442

    Dysfunctional N.B. municipality gets 3rd government-appointed overseer in 6 months
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-lakeland-ridges-government-supervisor-appointed-1.7118144

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    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/crossborderinterviewswithchrisbrown

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    The Political Trenches is Part of the Cross Border Network
    © 2024

    • 41 min
    Full Interview: Jordan Ruegg, President of the Alberta Development Officer's Association

    Full Interview: Jordan Ruegg, President of the Alberta Development Officer's Association

    Welcome to “Z” is for Zoning on the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work.

    Our guest today is Jordan Ruegg, President of the Alberta Development Officer's Association.

    Jordan has served on the ADOA Executive since 2015, holding a number of positions, including Membership Chair, Education Chair, Vice-President and President.

    He also serves as the ADOA’s liaison to the University of Alberta’s ALUP Advisory Committee.

    Beginning in February 2015, Jordan has been employed by Smoky Lake County, first as a Planning and Development Officer and currently as the Manager of Planning and Development. In his current position, he is responsible for a variety of tasks regarding planning and development including but not limited to: issuance of development permits, subdivisions, bylaw amendments, rezonings, open houses, road closures and policy and bylaw drafting.

    With that Jordan Welcome to The Political Trenches.

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    Learn More About Alberta Development Officer's Association:
    Website: https://adoa.net/
    Contact: https://adoa.net/contact-us/

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    Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3GISqEX 
    Spotify Podcast: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thepoliticaltrenches 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/crossborderinterviewswithchrisbrown

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    Follow The Political Trenches:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/crossborderinterviews
    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/
    Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/

    The Political Trenches is Part of the Cross Border Network
    © 2024

    • 35 min
    "Z" is for Zoning

    "Z" is for Zoning

    Welcome to 'The Political Trenches: Local Government At Work,' the podcast where Ian McCormack and I delve into the heart of the most significant municipal news spanning Canada from coast to coast to coast.

    In each episode, we dissect the decisions and explore the dynamic landscape of local governance.

    Today we bring you the Letter, “Z” is for Zoning. Later in the Episode, we will be chatting with Alberta Development Officer's Association President Jordan Ruegg

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    Learn More About Alberta Development Officer's Association:

    Website: https://adoa.net/
    Contact: https://adoa.net/contact-us/

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    Stories In Today's Show:

    Weighing in on the future of city council
    https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/weighing-in-on-the-future-of-city-council-8418334

    Sask RMs call for more baseline training for municipal leaders
    https://globalnews.ca/news/10341859/sask-rms-baseline-training-municipal-leaders/

    Electronic voting can't be trusted in this fall's municipal election, says CBRM councillor
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cbrm-councillor-says-electronic-voting-can-t-be-trusted-1.7131120

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    Subscribe to Show:

    Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3GISqEX 
    Spotify Podcast: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thepoliticaltrenches 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/crossborderinterviewswithchrisbrown

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    Follow The Political Trenches:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/crossborderinterviews
    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/
    Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/

    The Political Trenches is Part of the Cross Border Network
    © 2024

    • 37 min
    Full Interview - Frederic Diebel the former Mayor of the Township of Nairn and Hyman

    Full Interview - Frederic Diebel the former Mayor of the Township of Nairn and Hyman

    Welcome to “Y” is for Youth on the Political Trenches: Local Government At Work.

    Our guest today is Frederic Diebel the former Mayor of the Township of Nairn and Hyman.

    Fredric is trailblazer in the realm of municipal governance. Elected at the tender age of 19 as a councillor, then elected as Deputy Mayor by his council colleagues, and then subsequently sworn in as Mayor of his community in early 2022.

    Frederic's journey stands as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring young leaders across the nation.

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    Listen To The Show:

    Apple: https://apple.co/3tro7PN 
    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3yHuDQd 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/crossborderinterviewswithchrisbrown
    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/

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    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/
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    The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc

    © 2024

    • 33 min
    "Y" is for Youth

    "Y" is for Youth

    Welcome to 'The Political Trenches: Local Government At Work,' the podcast where Ian McCormack and I delve into the heart of the most significant municipal news spanning Canada from coast to coast to coast.

    In each episode, we dissect the decisions and explore the dynamic landscape of local governance.

    Today we bring you the Letter, “Y” is for Youth. Later in the Episode, we will be chatting with former mayor Frederic Diebel

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    Chapters:
    0:00 - Opening
    0:07 - Introduction
    0:54 - News Stories From The Last Two Weeks
    19:20 - Interview with Former Mayor Frederic Biedel
    38:06 - Closing Remarks
    40:27 - End Credits

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    Stories In Today's Show:
    Judge blasts Manitoba municipality for trying to remove councillor who missed meetings during work hours
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/rm-thompson-councillor-court-decision-1.7116428

    Enterprise, N.W.T., in political limbo after majority of hamlet council quits
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/enterprise-nwt-council-resignations-1.7120211

    Mayor of Gatineau resigns citing difficult climate for municipal politicians
    https://sasknow.com/2024/02/22/mayor-of-gatineau-resigns-citing-difficult-climate-for-municipal-politicians-2/

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    Subscribe to Show:
    Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3GISqEX 
    Spotify Podcast: podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thepoliticaltrenches 
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/crossborderinterviewswithchrisbrown

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    Follow The Political Trenches:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/crossborderinterviews
    Website: https://www.crossborderinterviews.ca/
    Website: https://www.strategicsteps.ca/

    The Political Trenches was Produced and Edited by Miranda, Brown & Associates Inc

    © 2024

    • 41 min

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