2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot-Take Part 2: Capital

Capital Budget First thing I have noticed is that it is a 7 year budget compared to the 6 year budget proposed in 2018 and 5 Year in 2017. I don't recall the shift to a 10 year plan that is coming but I think it is a good thing in principle. The items up … Continue reading 2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot-Take Part 2: Capital

2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot Take

According to the Mayor and Administration news conference (some audio issues for the first few minutes) there are two big items that are missing from the budget documents. Due to the timing of the budget along with council's strategic planning session tree trimming and economic development are not included and currently have a largely unspecified … Continue reading 2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot Take

Out to the Woodlot…

The latest bugaboo in Windsor is around a wetland/woodlot/clumps of trees in Ward 10 ie. the South Cameron Woodlot and the surrounding lands. Just prior to the weekend the Mayor Dilkens celebrated the province removing the significant woodland/wetland designation, which would in theory allow for development. Social media has been a flutter with discussion condemning … Continue reading Out to the Woodlot…

Priorities, Opportunity Cost and Courage

The past week or so has been interesting, as the direction of the City has been shaped for next 4 years. It began with a "strategic planning" meeting on Tuesday where City Councillors outlined their priorities for the term as part of the second fifth of the City's 20 Year Strategic Plan. To my embarrassment, … Continue reading Priorities, Opportunity Cost and Courage

On Tech Wages, YQG Perception and Leadership

Last week (Jan 23) the Brooksfield Institute put out a report that outlined wage and employment in Tech in CMAs across Canada. Windsor came out of the report ranked with the highest wage gaps between men and women in Canada. On January 30th a rebuttal emerged. Now I have a lot of respect for Yvonne … Continue reading On Tech Wages, YQG Perception and Leadership

The Windsor Research Project – Where are the People?

Where are People in Windsor-Essex? As was mentioned earlier in a previous post, there is a lack of literature on mid-size Canadian cities and urban/sprawl issues which creates challenges in finding comparative context for our community. The vast majority of literature, research and best practices on sprawl focus on large urban centres. Large cities are home to … Continue reading The Windsor Research Project – Where are the People?

The Windsor Research Project – This Old House

This Old HouseDelving into the question of why the region is sprawling out, part the discussion must begin with the historical legacy of housing in our region.As the table above illustrates, Windsor's housing stock is substantially older than other parts of our region. As a result there are challenges in aligning these homes with modern … Continue reading The Windsor Research Project – This Old House