On June 18, the City of Windsor held consultations for the Downtown Transportation plan at the Windsor Aquatic Centre, downtown. The goal of this meeting was to seek public input on how the City should proceed with managing transit flows into and out of the downtown. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend but I do … Continue reading Windsor Downtown Transportation Plan
Update I was contacted by an employee of Windsor Pride who provided that their rent is approximately $1,000 per month plus utilities, not $1 per month as reported in some media. Canada South Festival Network does pay $1 per month plus utilities. This new information doesn't really change the situation the Pride and CSFN are … Continue reading Parking; Hair Cuts; Not-for-profits; and Water World – Updated
With summer right around the corner, individuals and families are plotting what they will do to fill the hours to keep children happy while the adults maintain some level of sanity. Tourism Windsor-Essex-Peele Island are calling on residence of our region to have a "stay-cation" supporting local festivals, markets and attractions. The value of residence … Continue reading Events and Festivals in Windsor-Essex County – A Festive Region: A Festive Bounty
Schools, libraries and community centres fulfill vital roles in our community, acting as hubs where people gather, access services and programming as well as being as an anchor for neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, our city is facing a challenge in that these facilities are beginning to disappear. On the surface, there are two overriding challenges that need to be … Continue reading Community Hubs in Windsor – Consolidation vs Diversification
In the third and final part of this series I review my top 5 priorities and draw some general conclusions. You can read Part 1 and Part 2. 5) Highlight Locally Relevant Curriculum The fundamental issue here is striking a balance between the highlighting the relevant local curriculum and ensuring the broader needs of satisfying … Continue reading Youth Priorities in Windsor Essex Part 3
Last summer I had the privilege of attending the Your City Your Idea (YCYI) event hosted by YKNOT Windsor-Essex at the Windsor Star Cafe. The goal of this event was to bring together young people in the Windsor-Essex area and determine what their priorities are for the region. What resulted was 70 millennial's brainstorming what they wanted … Continue reading Youth Priorities in Windsor-Essex Part 1
Last week when Statistics Canada announced its March unemployment numbers and many were surprised when Windsor's rate jumped to 11.1%, the highest in the country. After a few panicked seconds, people remembered that Windsor Assembly Plant was shutdown until May for retooling and concluded that the statistical fluctuation had to do with the laid off workers from Chrysler … Continue reading Windsor 11.1% Unemployment… A Grim Hint of the Future?
This week there was a flurry of discussion around development charges (DCs) in Windsor, with the reporting that a proposal is going to Council next week calling for a 51% increase in there existing rates. The response saw an interesting debate erupt on Councilor Chris Holt's Facebook Page between Councilors Holt and Bortolin and Developer Peter Valante. Mr. Valante's … Continue reading Discussion on Development Charges in #Windsor
After a couple of discussions about my first #windsorgone blog, (you can find it here) I decided to change the topic of the second blog from what can be done locally to the following discussion. Be warned there is some data analysis and numbers in the post. About Young People Leaving Windsor An "omission" from my first blog … Continue reading My Thoughts on #Windsorgone Part 2 – Youth
I apologize for the slow posting of this final section. I got hit with the flu... As I mentioned in my first blog, many of the broad reaching catch all phrases of "economic diversification", "entrepreneurship" or "convincing young people to get an education in X field" are really beyond the control of local governments and organizations … Continue reading My Thoughts on #WindsorGone Part 3 – What can we do?