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Rose City Politics is a weekly, hour-long show focused on the movers-and-shakers affecting the Windsor political scene. Municipal politics is the emphasis as we dissect, debate, educate and inform on political happenings in Windsor and Essex County.

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SUMMER 2022 (July-Aug)

Windsor Riverfront Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: Summer in the City

Summer is a glorious season in Windsor for residents, and for our Summer 2022 Biz X Magazine column, the Rose City Politics panel opines on what Windsor can do to make summer living better?

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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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Windsor Eats Friday Nights Lights Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: War on Auto or Bikes?

The snow is melting, and with that comes hidden potholes and an annual conversation: cars versus bikes. Rose City Politics dives into the war on cars…or bikes. Jon Liedtke: Cars Rule & Bikes Drool! Or is it Bikes Rule & Cars Drool? Oh the annual conversation, so tired, so outdated, so BORING. We all want…

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Windsor City Halls Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: Windsor’s Council Compensation Review Committee

The City of Windsor’s Council Compensation Review Committee reviews remuneration/compensation and benefits paid to the Mayor and City Councillors, as well as equipment and staffing resources, with a mandate to make recommendations which would come into effect January 1, 2023 for the new term of Council. Rose City Politics dives into city councillor and mayor…

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BIZ X MAGAZINE: 2022, SO Where Do We Go From Here?

2022 is a double election year with both provincial and municipal elections in June and October respectively. The Rose City Politics panel assesses what to expect as the election year starts.  Jon Liedtke: 2022? Expect more COVID responses and politics, lots of politics. With both a provincial and municipal election looming, you’ll beg for the…

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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)

AM800 CKLW: CITY BUILDING: A 2 – ELECTION YEAR AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CITY BUILDING

Why it’s so important to engage in both!  Interview: Kiemia Rezagian – community organizer & advocate Interview: Doug Sartori – Panelist on Rose City Politics Listen to the interview on AM800 CKLW HERE

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Windsor City Halls Photo Jon Liedtke

BIZ X MAGAZINE: 2021 City Council Report Card

The year is 2022. The next municipal election in Windsor is scheduled for October 24. Do you know what your elected representatives’ grades are? In this piece the Rose City Politics panel grades our elected representatives on their performance over the past year leading into the next Windsor election. Ward 1: Fred Francis Don Merrifield…

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Jon Liedtke, panelist of Rose City Politics, says he’s ‘surprised’ to see the province restrict most Ontarians from accessing PCR tests, despite months of calls from the public for testing to increase in Windsor, Ont. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (Sanjay Maru/CTV Windsor)

CTV Windsor: Windsor-Essex expressing frustration over Ontario’s changes to testing guidelines

Some in Windsor-Essex say the recent changes to Ontario’s testing guidelines are indicative of a system that has collapsed, leaving out many people who would’ve needed a PCR test to confirm their COVID-19 status. “We have a government here that is seemingly telling us there’s nothing more they’re able to do. There’s not any capacity…

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