How Public Works

How Public Works

Ever wonder how things happen behind the scenes in municipal government? This podcast explores the people that make our government and communities work. We look for people who support our communities and want to share what they do with the public side, that is you and your neighbours.

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November 23, 2020 57 min
As the mayor of the largest city in Durham Region, Mayor Carter has a diverse community to serve, from historic roots and cultures in the downtown and southern areas of the City, to new communities along the 407, an educational epicenter, and growing hubs of industry and innovation. Oshawa has it all and the Mayor is leading the City into the future.
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Sid is an organizational strategist and performance consultant who understands how organizations and people can be more effective, efficient and affective in delivering services. His contribution to the public sector is to work with political and administrative leaders in finding new opportunities to enhance service, build better relationships and create a collaborative work environment. In the end it is a supported and engaged wor...
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Pete Ewins is the former Director of Canada's Endangered Species Program for the World Wildlife Fund with a focus on flagship species conservation in globally significant regions. Since retiring he has engaged with Project Swallowtail to help citizens learn how to restore habitat in your own backyard. Pete is passionate and engaged about shifting from individual species rescue to creating better environments for all life.
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Dianne Saxe is an environmental lawyer who has an extensive career in advocating for environment, climate and sustainability in our society both locally and globally. In her private practice and as the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne has come to understand much of the issues threatening our planet. Her message is clear and her concerns real as the effects of climate change become more and more visible around us...
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John Henry is the Regional Chair of Durham Region and shares his perspectives, initiatives and successes in the topics of transportation, environment, building sustainable communities and the various initiatives that are underway in the Region and through the partner lower tier municipalities.
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Where our water and sewage go and what happens when we turn on the tap. Mariko is an author and sustainability expert who takes a look at how we connect to our natural environment through the services we use on a daily basis. Great for children wanting to learn about what makes a city work and anyone interested in learning about the things we don't always see.
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North Sannich is a beautiful community on Vancouver Island where there are about 12,000 residents. Murray shares his views on the community, the environment and life in this small town setting
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With climate change comes more extreme and intense weather events. This has given rise to in increased awareness, formalization and implementation of emergency management and response programs. Governments are generally the primary emergency response agency although many large and critical organizations often follow similar protocols. Sonia has been involved in public health and emergency management for many years in the province a...
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RainscapeTO is a local organization that creates rain gardens and other features designed to intercept rain runoff from properties to improve rain water reuse in the urban setting. Jose shares his journey to rainscape and his experiences from his home Town in Spain. He talks about engineering, society and ethical practices. How he found his calling in life is what brings so much focus and passion to what Jose accomplishes.
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Did you know that 1 in 3 people have had experience with or know someone dealing with homelessness? In this episode I had a chance to interview the National Field Organizer, Michelle. We all know this issue exists but how much engagement do we have with those who are experiencing hardship in housing? This sector is often stigmatized to certain groups, but the reality is that homelessness is systemic and pervasive and many are one m...
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Mayor McDonald provides his views and insights on politics, community and civic participation. His long career in provincial and local government has allowed him to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the role of government, the political process and how important it is to listen to and understand the community. He provides valuable perspectives for all those who see civic engagement as a priority
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How we show up anywhere is how we show up everywhere and trying to behave differently in different setting is not how we become effective leaders. This episode explores the importance of integrating the self so that we can be who we are in every setting and thereby bring integrity, trust and confidence into everything we do. This is how great organizations are created. Join Dr. Gedeon on this journey of self discovery where strengt...
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Don't mess with the Don is a group of passionate people working towards keeping the Don River valley as clean as possible. They do this through grass roots activities and encouraging people to get out and walk the valley while learning about the many aspects and issues of importance.
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City planners create the future of our communities. Sean is a prominent planner and professor in Toronto and shares his thoughts and perspectives on how people are the centre of our community. His call to action for you is "to look within" and be heard for your community
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In this interview we explore the journey Helen took as she discovered the lost rivers of Toronto and her significant contributions in this and other related projects.
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