From simply turning on the lights or faucet, to our public transportation and roadways, the decisions made locally impact our lives daily. These are the decisions that we have the greatest influence on, but often have the least awareness to. Understanding the power we hold as citizens is key for an outcome truly reflective of the values we have as a residents.
This week, I was honoured to be a guest on Rose City Politics - an hour-long podcast focusing on the movers-and-shakers affecting the political scene with an emphasis on municipal issues. We sat down together to review the new goals put forward by the city for the 20 year strategic plan, and a had a fun lightening round about hot items affecting decisions here in Windsor.
Some of the topics we highlight in our discussion include:
✔️ Why a 20 year strategic plan shouldn't include items that are considered basic care for residents.
✔️ How strategically improving green space, by considering permeability could help combat affects of climate change in Windsor.
✔️ How we can improve poverty by considering economic development within the region in a calculated way.
You can download the episode anywhere you get your podcasts - including Itunes and Spreaker.
Follow Rose City Politics on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on important happenings in the region.
So how can you become more aware of what's happening in your municipality?
Increase Your Understanding - Verify information by considering it’s source, and cross check with other sources. Don’t rely on stories with a single viewpoint. Follow verified accounts for sources like CTV Windsor, CBC Windsor, or the Windsor Star on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated daily.
Interact with Your Community - Venture out in your neighbourhood. What do you like about your neighbourhood, and what could make it a better? What would make Windsor a better place to live? Get to know your neighbours, and consider what would be important to them too.
Participate in the Conversation - Join a neighbourhood group or come out to a community event. Get to know your City Councillor. How are they working to improve your community? Advocate for issues you feel will have an impact on your life in the city.
BONUS Sneak Peak!
Next week, we will announce our collaboration in a give-a-way with a pretty incredible voice in the community.
Stay tuned for details!