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We continued our coverage of the upcoming municipal election during the first hour of Royal City Rag on October 2.

Erinn White, President of the Guelph Labour Council joined us to chat about the role of labour council within the city as well as political endorsements and contributions.

It’s an excellent interview and well worth checking out if you missed it. During the interview Erinn explained the process the labour council used to make the recently announced endorsements.

For the record, although the GLC has made candidate endorsements for the 2010 election, they will not be making a financial contribution to any candidate this time around.

For more information on the Guelph Labour Council visit www.guelphlabourcouncil.ca.

Later in the first hour we discussed why we believe changes should be made to the municipal elections act in relation to financial contributions.

We would prefer that financial contributions from unions and corporations are banned, as they have been in Toronto. These groups are not individuals – they cannot vote. Why should they then be able to influence the election outcome through their financial support?

We would also like to see candidates make their financial contributions public before election day, not five months afterwards. Voters should have the right to see who is supporting a particular candidate’s campaign.

For more on this issue, check out Funding city Politics on the www.voteguelph.ca website.

And finally, we tackled what we are now calling Blog-gate, an outbreak of multiple blogging personality disorder on the Guelph Mercury city council blog 59 Carden St

Unfortunately former councillor, Cathy Downer, the campaign manager for mayoral candidate Karen Farbridge seems to be one of the most severe cases that have been identified to date.

Not only was she using five different anonymous identities on the blog (Mark, Patty, Bob, ‘Hide & Seek’ and ‘Real Facts’) but she even had them contradicting each other in an effort to make a particular point.

Apparently it was all intended to correct misinformation on the blog and protect the good name of Farbridge who has since claimed she knew nothing of the blogging disorder.

Inexplicably, Farbridge has not asked Downer to resign. It is hard to imagine a candidate at the federal or provincial level handling an issue of deception in such a casual way.

To make the situation even more interesting we have since learned that this disorder has also afflicted mayoral candidate David Birtwistle in the past (Grunt and Stinky Winky). Fortunately he managed to get his condition under control before the election campaign got under way in earnest. However Ward 4 candidate Cam Guthrie seems to also have been severely affected (according to the Mercury – Karl, Linda, Sandy, Ken, Jim T., Holly and “Bookworm”). He even had the identities encouraging him to run for council. Bizarre. See “Something ‘Stinky-winky’ In Election Blogosphere” for more details.

Which raises the question, are we holding our politicians to a lower ethical standard than we expect from ourselves?

Is it any wonder that there is so much cynicism out there. Perhaps we do need to add none of the above to the ballot.

Check out www.voteguelph.ca for more information on this issue. We will definitely be talking about it on Municipal Election Radio, Tuesdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm.

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Music:
Jack Teagarden, I Swung The Election from Jack Teagarden And His Orchestra
Billy Bragg, There is Power In A Union from The Essential Billy Bragg
Pinky And The Brain TV Theme
Ry Cooder, One Cat, One Vote, One Beer from My Name Is Buddy

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Councillor Ian Findlay

We were pleased to welcome Ward 2 councillor Ian Findlay to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday, September 14. Councillor Findlay. This interview was originally planned for August 28, but had to be rescheduled because of circumstances beyond our control.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we invited all of the current city council, including the Mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. An opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, this was the last in the series.

During a wide ranging discussion Ian touched on growth and development, the new composting plant, the community energy initiative, conserving our water vs. a pipeline to Lake Erie, the downtown entertainment taskforce, downtown pissoirs v. washrooms as well as the great Ward 2 blog.

It was a great conversation and well worth checking out.

You can listen to the audio from all of our conversations, by following the audio links below:

Also, visit www.voteguelph.ca for coverage of the Municipal Election 2010.

Music:
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs 1 from The Suburbs
Paul Quarrington, A Waltz at 3.00 a.m. from The Songs

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Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Mayor Karen Farbridge

We were pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge back to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on September 11. As part of our pre-election coverage, we invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on Royal City Rag for an end of term report.

Mayor Farbridge joined us on July 31 however we were unable to cover as much ground as we hoped in what proved to be a very interesting conversation. The mayor graciously agreed to come back for another chat before the election campaign gets going in earnest.

This week’s conversation focused on the upcoming municipal election campaign, fiscal responsibility, growth and sustainability, governance, accountability and transparency.

Music:
Bob Dylan, Political World from Oh Mercy
Janis Ian, The Great Divide from Folk Is The New Black
Billy Bragg, NPWA from The Essential Billy Bragg

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In our interview on July 31 , Mayor Farbridge discussed growth and its impact on municipal taxation, the Ontario government growth plan Places to Grow, Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy, the new tree bylaw and the protection of Guelph’s urban trees. Check out that interview HERE.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Mayor Karen Farbridge

We were pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge to CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on July 31. As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor, to join us on the show for an end of term report. This is an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

As there was so much to talk about we were unable to cover as much ground as we hoped. Hopefully we’ll get the mayor back for another chat before the election campaign gets going in earnest.

This conversation focused on growth and its impact on municipal taxation, the Ontario government growth plan Places to Grow, Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy, the new tree bylaw and the protection of Guelph’s urban trees.

A great discussion. Definitely well worth checking out.

Keep sending all of your questions in. We’ll endevour to get all them all answered, one way or another, before the election campaign heats up. Questions can be sent to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Music:
Andy White, If You Want It from Songwriter
Stephen Fearing, The Longest Road from So Many Miles

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Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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After a weekend off to attend Hillside, Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU93.3fm this coming Saturday, July 31.

We are pleased to welcome Mayor Karen Farbridge to the show during our second hour, 9-10 a.m.

As part of our pre-election coverage, we have invited all of the current city council, including the mayor,  to join us on the show for an end of term report. This is an opportunity for council to discuss the main issues they see facing the city, talk about the successes of the current term as well as their hopes for the future. It will also give us a chance to ask some questions of them.

Questions for Mayor Farbridge can be sent to info@royalcityrag.ca. We can’t promise we’ll be able to fit them all in, but we’ll do our best.

It should be a fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss it.

As always we’ll wrap it all up with some great music.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Royal City Rag on June 26 focused on community advocacy and municipal politics.

In the first hour we played an excerpt from a great presentation by Liz Benneian, President of Oakvillegreen and a very effective advocate for environmental protection, sustainable planning and building resilient communities.

Liz was in Guelph on April 10 for a talk hosted by the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians entitled “Organizing to Win!”.

An inspiring speaker, her presentation should be required listening for all community activists, especially prior to advocating on a particular issue before city council.

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In the second hour of the show we replayed an interview with Mayor Karen Farbridge from February 2006. The interview is interesting as it was recorded while the Mayor was still teaching at the university, and prior to her decision to run for office again.

Food for thought for all of us as we move towards another municipal election.

We have asked Mayor Farbridge for another interview. Hopefully we will be able to confirm a date for that fairly shortly.

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Music:
Mumford and Sons, Sister from Communion
Basia Bulat, I’m Forgetting Everyone from Heart Of My Own
Nabi Loney, Bright Square from Myspace
Eddie Vedder, Society from Into The Wild
A Camp, Love Has Left The Room from Colonia
Zeus, I know from Say Us
Julia Fordham, Where Does The Time Go from Julia Fordham
Billy Bragg, NPWA from The Essential Billy Bragg

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Royal City Rag on June 26 will be back on the city beat. In the first hour we are going to play an excerpt from a great presentation by Liz Benneian.

Liz Benneian (Photo: Alternativesjournal.ca)

Liz Benneian is the President of Oakvillegreen and a very effective advocate for environmental protection, sustainable planning and building resilient communities.

Liz was in Guelph on April 10 for a talk hosted by the Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians entitled “Organizing to Win!”.

She is an inspiring speaker. Her presentation should be required listening for all community activists, especially prior to advocating on a particular issue before city council.

Later in the show we will be playing an interview with Karen Farbridge from February 2006. The interview is interesting as it was recorded while Karen was still teaching at the university, and prior to her decision to run again for Mayor. Its a good interview and definitely worth another listen. As we are moving towards another municipal election the time is right to give it another airing.

We’ll have more to say about the upcoming election on the show tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it. As usual we’ll wrap it up with some great music.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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