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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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RCP SHOW: Detroit River Shark Watch

Don, Jon and Doug are on board tonight for our usual election time segments: Ward Race 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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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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Rino Bortolin on Rose City Politics Photo Jon Liedtke
Rino Bortolin on Rose City Politics Photo Jon Liedtke

CBC WINDSOR: Rino Bortolin not running in municipal election after 2 terms

Windsor Coun. Rino Bortolin has announced he won’t be running in the upcoming municipal election — not for mayor or as a candidate in his downtown ward. Bortolin said that he wanted to spend more time with family after an especially demanding two years, though the decision was not an easy one to make. “I have loved being a city…

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

CTV News: ‘Does it pass the smell test?’: City tax bill leaflets featuring photos of mayor stir controversy

Flyers mailed out with the final tax-bill featuring Windsor council’s recent accomplishments but boasting photos of the mayor are stirring up debate, with some calling the leaflets “unethical.” The leaflets in question tout record investments in Windsor’s auto industry, including the $5 billion dollar LGES-Stellantis battery plant investment and other tidbits from the 10-year capital…

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Drew Dilkens Tax Flyer Insert Photo Jon Liedtke

CBC Windsor: Windsor mayor stands by promotional insert sent with tax bills

The mayor of Windsor, Ont., is defending a promotional insert included with tax bills that critics say looks like a campaign advertisement. “I do not apologize for communicating with the residents in my city and telling them about all the great things that are going on here,” Drew Dilkens said on Monday. Dilkens has not…

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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: City of Windsor ‘most likely’ decreasing number of polling stations for municipal vote, as officials hope new strategies boost turnout

Doug Sartori says he remembers casting his ballot in the 2018 municipal election at a polling station that was just blocks away from his home in Ward 1. But this October, that same polling station may no longer be open. That’s according to a City of Windsor map which suggests the number of polling stations…

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Premier Ford Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: Here’s what Ontario’s next government should focus on

For June, the Rose City Politics panel opines on the provincial election and what the next government must focus on. The election’s over and it’s time for the government to get to solving the problems. Rose City Politics tells you what the government needs to focus on post-election. There are numerous issues the next government…

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Premier Ford Photo Jon Liedtke

WINDSOR STAR: Windsor West, Windsor-Tecumseh candidates battle it out in election debate

Trevor Wilhelm Transit, the environment, mental health and the housing crisis were among the talking points Thursday as candidates from the Windsor-Tecumseh and Windsor West ridings squared off in back-to-back debates. Hosted by the Windsor Law Centre for Cities, the online debate focused on priorities for Windsor and Tecumseh, along with provincial issues that have…

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Stellantis-LG EV Battery Plant announcement Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: Windsor’s EV Battery Plant

For May 2022, the Rose Rose City Politics panel opines on the recently announced Stellantis-LG EV battery plant and what it means for Windsor Essex. First 2500 jobs. Now 3200 jobs. The potential of up to 15,000 spinoff jobs. An entirely new supply chain. Economic diversification this is not, but it is great, necessary, and…

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