Weeknotes, Oct 13 – Oct 19 2020

Earlier this week, I plugged my nose and took a deep dive into the City of Windsor’s 20 Year Strategic Plan from 2016. In my post, I admitted that I could not find the 4-year strategic plan that we were supposed to be guided by, but a reader found it:

Our mayor has a B.Comm degree and an MBA. He knows that a strategic vision document doesn’t involve a group of city councilors making up a wish list of items that they then on vote with red stickers to receive funding every four years until 20 years have passed.

And yet, here we are.

“Telling our story”

This article Policing Protests: A Double Standard from the Council of Canadians captures this feeling of disconnect that many of us are feeling while we witness RCMP inaction in Nova Scotia. I have found that following public policy agencies has been even more useful than following local journalism for in-depth and meaningful coverage of complex issues.

Last week I had forgotten to duly note this important work of journalism from The Toronto Star

Public health won’t tell us which employers have COVID-19 outbreaks. But we obtained WSIB data to help paint a picture, By Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star, Sun., Oct. 11, 2020

The CBC did a similar bit of reporting using similar methods in August of this year.

Sarah Mushtaq’s guest column in The Windsor Star asks some good questions

Which neighbourhoods have amenities (such as swimming pools — public and private — golf courses, tennis courts, libraries, science centres, art galleries, playgrounds, parks, green spaces, sidewalks, streetscaping, street lighting, bus stops, bus shelters, etc.) and which do not?

Amenity mapping, as Pitter calls it, looks at the type and number of amenities that exist in a certain area. In talks, she encourages residents to explore their own neighbourhood as well as two other neighbourhoods they may be unfamiliar with to compare and contrast the differences.

Amenities should be studied to eliminate inequities among local neighbourhoods, Sarah Mushtaq, The Windsor Star, Oct 17, 2020

Just before the 50 minute mark of last week’s episode of Rose City Politics is a short discussion of the recent telephone town halls for resident of the wards of Windsor to raise matters of concern with their councillor and their mayor. I bring it to your attention because I share the concerns of the hosts who point out that the software used is usually employed by political parties. Evidently, the polling questions asked in some of the other Ward meetings were much more political in nature than the Ward 4/5 event that I listened in on.

I have some other recommended reads: