• Statement on Blackridge Strategies

    During the 2018 Municipal Election Campaign, I contracted work to Blackridge Strategies for 2 items. Those items were a phone poll in Ward 2 to gage voter sentiments and a “get out the vote” phone message on Election Day as I did not have the capacity to execute these two items myself.  I chose Blackridge because they were local, not some firm out of Ottawa or Toronto.

    Throughout the campaign, my social media, printed materials and website content were produced 100% by me and my campaign team, not Blackridge Strategies.

    I consider former Councillor Ridley a friend, and in fact shared a campaign platform announcement with her, so recent news regarding a smear campaign allegedly coming from individuals with Blackridge bothers me considerably. Criticizing former Councillor Ridley’s parenting is especially troublesome to me because as someone who also has a parental role there have been occasions when a child in my care has had occupied themselves at city hall while I’ve had to fulfilled council duties. I have not faced criticism for this and I think that illustrates the double standard women unfairly face.

    Politics can be combative, but the focus should be the issues facing our community. Obviously in light of recent developments, I will not be contracting future work with Blackridge Strategies.

  • End of 2018 Update

    Today we say goodbye to 2018 and prepare to start a new year. There is no doubt the future holds both challenges and opportunities for our city, and I’m confident we are ready to face them! Please take a minute to read this Ward 2 update and let me know what your priorities for City Hall are in 2019 by clicking the link at the end that will take you to a short survey.

    Today also marks the end of my first month as your city councillor and it has been a busy time. The first thing any new council has to tackle is the appointment of councillors to standing committees, as well as the appointment of both councillors and citizens at large to the 25 boards and commissions our city has.

    In addition to being your Ward 2 Council representative I will be serving as a representative on: Continue Reading

  • Now Hosting #LdnOnt on Rogers TV

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    I am honoured to be the new host, as of January 2016, on #LdnOnt TV London. The #LdnOnt TV show talks about current affairs in London (and the occasional provincial or federal topic) as seen through Londoner’s discussions on social media.

    Lots of traditions of #LdnOnt will be sticking around. Each week I’ll still have a guest on with me, we’ll still have “shout outs”, and your tweets will still be a part of the show. But we’re also trying some new things. We’re going to be trying to include more facebook, along with twitter chat. The show will be a bit more political, and because I’m someone who would consider himself a bit left of centre, some guests will be returning semi-regularly to talk about the issues from a right of centre view, and we might not always agree.

    And as my twitter profile will tell you, I’m a sci-fi and comic book geek, hockey fan and volunteer, and cool uncle, on top of being a political animal. So, don’t expect a button down and tie, the t-shirts will tell that tale.

    I hope you’ll tune in, we’re live, Thursday nights at 9:30pm (and sometimes delayed if the Knights game runs late, but I’m okay with that, I can catch the end of the game in studio).  And be part of the conversation with us. On twitter at: @LdnOntTV. On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LdnOntTV/?ref=hl