The Local Government Cafe Podcast

The Local Government Cafe Podcast

If you are a local government enthusiast, looking for fresh conversations over a hot cup of morning coffee (or tea or while you’re driving, or walking the dog ... you do you) ... you are in the right place. Welcome to the Local Gov Café Podcast. Hosted by Susan Gardner and Ann Mitchell, this podcast is devoted to having conversations that matter. We’ll be covering the full menu of municipal topics. You’ll discover guests who bring insight and inspiration to the issues that drive and challenge communities. We’ll be talking with leaders in policy, practice, consulting, and academia to put a spotlight on civic government and the people who make it all happen.


January 17, 2023 25 min

CAMA (Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators) is a national association for City Managers and CAOs, with a focus on administrative excellence in local government. Executive Director Jennifer Goodine drops by the cafe to talk about her own career in local government, the mandate of CAMA, and the association's ongoing work to support senior municipal leadership across the country.

Mark as Played

Inflation is making it more difficult than ever to run our municipalities.  Keeping all the line items "status quo" is not an option for leaders who want to deliver the best value to citizens for their tax dollars.

Tune in as Kelly Rudyk (It's Logical Consulting) explains Priority Based Budgeting, an innovative approach to developing the municipal budget. This approach expands the traditional focus on property taxes, fe...

Mark as Played

Could there be a better time to listen to our communities on how they want their politicians to behave? Especially when we’ve seen so many examples of just how bad things can go if we don’t set the right expectations.

In this episode, we’re joined by Mayor Cheryl Christian, Regional Municipality of West St. Paul, offering an inside perspective on Manitoba's mandatory codes of conduct for municipal council members. And, we get s...

Mark as Played

Local government reform is always a political hot potato - and the significant changes currently underway in New Brunswick are no exception. Join us for a deep dive on the process that is changing the face of communities across that province. Paul Lang, Executive Director, Kent Regional Services Commission gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how it's all happening – whether communities want it or not.

Mark as Played

Local government guru George Cuff joins Ann and Susan in the Cafe! When things go off track in municipal governance (as they sometimes do), George is often called in to find out what's happened - and to advise on how to make it right. In this episode he shares tips on how to avoid getting "Cuffed”.  Tune in as George outlines the key strategies municipalities should use to avoid governance pitfalls and ensure they are meeti...

Mark as Played

Are more women entering or leaving politics? Today in the café, Susan and Ann are chatting with Taneen Rudyk, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Taneen talks about her ongoing role of councillor of the Town of Vegreville, Alberta and the challenges she has faced as a woman at the forefront of local government. Plus, a look to the future and what's ahead for FCM.

Mark as Played
August 7, 2022 15 min

Susan Gardner and Ann Mitchell welcome you to the Local Gov Cafe.

Tune in to this first episode to learn about your hosts.

You'll discover why they are so passionate about local government. And you'll find out what they have in store for the episodes ahead.

Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.


    It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

    The Dan Bongino Show

    He’s a former Secret Service Agent, former NYPD officer, and New York Times best-selling author. Join Dan Bongino each weekday as he tackles the hottest political issues, debunking both liberal and Republican establishment rhetoric.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


    © 2023 iHeartMedia, Inc.