Edition #63 — East City Plans, Ford’s Cuts & the Federal Election Campaign

Posted July 5, 2019 —First off, the panel congratulates our colleague and veteran panelist Sean Conway, who was elected as a councillor for Curve Lake First Nation last week.  It has been almost two months since our politics panel weighed in on our City Council, Queen’s Park and the federal election race.  If a week is a life-time in politics, then what is two months?  Our panelists rise to the challenge by offering a bleak assessment of the conundrums facing Peterborough city planners in preparing for new residential developments in East City, then the panel gives a frank deconstruction of the Ford government’s efforts to save money, and they conclude with a critique of the current federal election campaign thus far.  Elizabeth May comes off smelling like a rose.  The other leaders? Have a listen…

PROGRAM SEGMENT INDEX: Use these time markers to go to the segments you want to hear.

  • Intro: 0:00 – 1:40;
  • Planning problems in Peterborough’s East City: 1:40 – 7:09;
  • Ontario politics: 7:21 – 32:08;
  • Federal election campaign so far: 32:22 – 54:03
  • Sign-off: 54:04 – 55:01

I’m experimenting with musical inserts to break up all the spoken words on the podcasts.  How does this music affect your listening experience?  Keep or drop?  Please let me know; email below…

Music credits — Creative Commons, non-commercial use: Mauricio Goldenberg – Bumerang; Guitario – Le Conquerant; Madi – J.S. Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude 1


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  • A discussion-based radio program all about politics from Peterborough, Canada, about 130 kms. northeast of Toronto.  In the Peterborough area, you can find us at 92.7 FM.  If you are not in the Peterborough area, you can also live-stream the program from the Trent Radio website.
  • An archive of Peterborough-focused podcasts. Our current podcast is at the top of this page.
  • Pints & Politics is also an informal gathering of local pundits at the Garnet Pub on Hunter Street near Aylmer in downtown Peterborough every Thursday at 5:00 p.m.  The format is entirely unstructured beyond the sharing of names.  We talk about whatever people want to talk about.  As we meet in a public space, everything is on the record. Curious?  Join us.  You don’t have to drink beer.  Listening skills are helpful but seldom required.  Good ranting skills are essential.

Pints & Politics will be broadcasting our program every two weeks on Trent Radio.  Our next broadcast will be on Thursday, July 18, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 92.7 FM.  We’ll be broadcasting every second Thursday throughout the spring and summer until mid-August.  Our program dates are  July 18, August 1 & 15.  If you miss a show and want to catch up, the podcast of each show is posted the next day on this site.  Go to the “Archive of all our podcasts” tab at the top of this page.

Future Topics:

July 18: An expert guest panel including Councilor Kemi Akapo, Deputy Police Chief Tim Farquharson and Peggy Shaughnessy of Whitepath Consulting will look at Peterborough’s opioid crisis and assess what the community learned at the July 11th public meeting at Market Hall.

August 1:  Justin Million, Elisha Rubacha and other local poets read from their work.

August 18: Our politics panel returns for an update on City Hall, the provinal scene and the federal election.

If you think of a panel topic we should cover, please let me know at bill (dot) templeman (at) gmail.com.

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On the radio show and in these podcasts, we explore political culture, ideas, trends, issues, electoral politics (municipal, provincial and federal), and the practice of politics in traditional and social media, all from a Canadian perspective.  While our programs are Peterborough-focused, we also tackle provincial, national and international issues.   We discuss articles, news stories, media comments, and the latest buzz.  We talk with guests from a wide range of backgrounds and affiliations.

While we don’t shy away from taking a stand, we strive to present a diversity of opinion.

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Host: Bill Templeman