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Rose City Politics is a weekly, hour-long show about the politics, behind the chatter, and movers-and-shakers affecting Windsor.

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September 2022

Windsor City Hall Photo Jon Liedtke
Windsor City Hall Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X Magazine: WINDSOR 2022 ELECTION

For September 2022, the Rose City Politics panel asks Biz X readers if they know who they are voting for and why? With the municipal election next month (October 24, 2022), now is the time to take stock of the candidates and issues before you head to the polls. Jon Liedtke Windsor has a municipal election shaping up to be not only exciting, with numerous candidates, some with diverse ideologies and backgrounds, but […]

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Jon Liedtke & Don Merrifield Jr. Rose City Politics Photo CTV Windsor
Jon Liedtke & Don Merrifield Jr. Rose City Politics Photo CTV Windsor

CTV WINDSOR (VIDEO): Windsor advance polls offering drive-thru voting

Windsor residents can begin casting their votes in the upcoming municipal election this week, with advance polls opening up Wednesday. The first of eight early voting opportunities opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, closing at 8 p.m. When the weekend rolls around, voters can head to Mic Mac Park…

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AM800 CKLW the Dan MacDonald Show
AM800 CKLW the Dan MacDonald Show

AM800: ELECTION ROUNDTABLE

Rose City Politics was invited by AM800 CKLW’s Dan MacDonald to talk about the 2022 Windsor Municipal Election. LISTEN HERE Jon Liedke, Doug Satori, and Don Merrifield Jr. joined the Dan MacDonald Show to break down the election, specifically:

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Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Debate Drew Dilkens and Chris Holt
Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Debate Drew Dilkens and Chris Holt

TRANSCRIPT: MAYORAL DEBATECHAMBER OF COMMERCE

On Sept 29 2022, The Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2022 Windsor Mayoral Debate, moderated by Craig Pearson from the Windsor Star, and featuring Drew Dilkens, Chris Holt, Benjamin Danyluk and Matthew Giancola. Rose City Politics has transcribed the frontrunners (Chris Holt and Drew Dilkens’) answers and rebuttals from the debate and…

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Detroit Auto Show Lincoln
Detroit Auto Show Lincoln

2022 Detroit Auto Show

Rose City Politics received press credentials for the Detroit Auto Show. This is our story. It’s been three years since the last Detroit Auto Show, cancelled since early 2019 due to a self-imposed change of season from Spring to Winter and of course multiple years of COVID-19. With the event wrapping up, we wanted to…

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RCP SHOW: Detroit River Shark Watch

Don, Jon and Doug are on board tonight for our usual election time segments: Ward 9 Die Roller, This Week in The Mayor’s Race, This Week in Council Races, and Election Tips. Rose City Politics is brought to you with the kind support of LiUNA Local 625: Building Better Communities. Support the show on Patreon.com/RoseCityPolitics.…

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Windsor City Hall Photo Jon Liedtke
Windsor City Hall Photo Jon Liedtke

2022 Windsor Election Candidate Q&A

We asked every candidate running for either mayor or ward councillor in Windsor to answer our Rose City Politics 2022 Windsor Election Candidate Questionnaire, Windsor’s most comprehensive municipal election candidate compendium, which features 16 questions that we devised that yields the most pressing information for candidates. Rose City Politics 2022 Windsor Election Candidate Questionnaire answers:…

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RCP SHOW: ZuuZuu & Escobar

Don, Jon and Doug are joined by WindsorOntario subreddit moderator “ZuuZuu” to talk about their coverage of the municipal election, Die Roller lands on Ward 1, This Week in The Mayor’s Race, a discussion on press releases and earned media for ward candidates, and For Your Consideration. Rose City Politics is brought to you with…

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RCP SHOW: Don Makes it Creepy

Don, Jon and Doug talk about Mayor Dilkens’ health care announcement, break down municipal candidate sign wars, plus the Die Roller dictates we analyze Ward 8, and For Your Consideration. Rose City Politics is brought to you with the kind support of LiUNA Local 625: Building Better Communities. Support the show at Patreon.com/RoseCityPolitics. Find us…

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RCP Show: Know Your Ward with Frazier Fathers

Guest panelist Frazier Fathers joins Don, Jon and Doug to talk about the demography of Windsor’s wards, Die Roller decides on Ward 7, federal electoral district changes in Windsor-Essex, and the lawsuit filed by fired unvaccinated city workers. Rose City Politics is brought to you with the kind support of LiUNA Local 625: Building Better…

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RCP Show: Back Door to the City

Jon, Don and Doug roll the Die Roller and break down Ward 10, review the reaction from municipalities to the province’s proposed strong mayor powers, and talk about eyebrow-raising municipal honours in Windsor. Rose City Politics is brought to you with the kind support of LiUNA Local 625: Building Better Communities. We appear monthly in…

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RCP Show: Dungeons and Dragons and Driving

Don, Jon and Doug try out a new segment called Die Roller and analyze Ward 4, and talk about the debate around Mayoral Candidate Chris Holt’s Vision Zero policy announcement. Rose City Politics is brought to you with the kind support of LiUNA Local 625: Building Better Communities. Read our stuff at BizXMagazine.Com and RoseCityPolitics.ca.…

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Doug Sartori, a panelist on the Rose City Politics podcast as seen on June 23, 2022. (Sanjay Maru/CTV News Windsor)
Doug Sartori, a panelist on the Rose City Politics podcast as seen on June 23, 2022. (Sanjay Maru/CTV News Windsor)

CTV WINDSOR: Municipal election kicks off with hotly contested races in Windsor

Rich Garton CTV WINDSOR The nomination period for the municipal election has closed, with dozens of candidates in Windsor putting their names in for a chance to serve on council. According to the City of Windsor website, there are 56 candidates registered across all 10 wards and in the mayoral race, 11 of whom will…

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Mayor Dilkens at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. Photo Jon Liedtke Aug 1 2015
Mayor Dilkens at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. Photo Jon Liedtke Aug 1 2015

Picking a Lane for Windsor’s pools

Op-Ed by Melinda Munro The ideology of swimming is back under discussion in Windsor with the recent decision of City Council to double down on closing the municipal pool at Adie Knox Herman Community Centre. On the one hand, we have a Council focussed on efficiency and cost management taking the position that Wards 1…

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Premier Ford Photo Jon Liedtke

Strong Mayor Governance and Windsor

Premier Ford announced this week he would introduce strong mayor legislation for both Ottawa and Toronto in 2023 and other Ontario cities in 2024. Like a bull in a china shop, the 800 pound gorilla is again chest beating and charging our democracy during ongoing municipal elections. All that’s old is new again.

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Rose City Politics host Don Merrifield in Windsor, Ont. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Chris Campbell/CTV News Windsor)

CTV WINDSOR: Commentators continue to question Windsor CAO’s dismissal, was a 20-year bylaw violated in the process?

Nearly four months since the City of Windsor and its CAO Jason Reynar parted ways, political commentators remain curious about how the relationship ended. Local watchers also wonder if the city violated its own 20-year bylaw in the process. “It was kind of done in haste. It was kind of done quickly and we didn’t get a lot…

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