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MW Shares: Municipal Pandemic Response podcast keeps you updated on what’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on local government. Guests include experts, leaders, and practitioners from across North America as they discuss the challenges for communities in the face of coronavirus. We explore the municipal response to manage now, sharing ideas and best practices during a time of emergency, as well as casting an eye to the future, to the steps that will be required for economic recovery.

Series launch: March 24, 2020

 

COVID-19: Recap, Ep 23 - Spooky Halloween rules and creative COVID testing - Jody Johnson

Pandemic-friendly treat tables? Jody Johnson, Director of Legal Services, Halton Region joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss cities tightening the reins for upcoming ...

Municipal broadband and COVID-19, Pt 2 - Jesse Hirsh

The conversation continues with internet strategist Jesse Hirsh! Jesse joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share his thoughts on fibre vs wireless connectivity and ...

Municipal broadband and COVID-19, Pt 1 - Jesse Hirsh

Home-grown broadband? Internet strategist and tech talk expert Jesse Hirsh joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss how the pandemic has changed our relationship ...

COVID-19: Recap, Ep 22 - Parkas on the patio, mandatory masks and Halloween - Jody Johnson

Patios through Christmas? In this latest update on the municipal response to COVID-19, Jody Johnson, Director of Legal Services, Halton Region joins Municipal World CEO ...

Pro tips for virtual meetings Pt 2 - Jan Enns

Polish your presence! Communications expert Jan Enns and Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner continue the conversation, with more tips and tricks on how to zoom ...

Pro tips for virtual municipal meetings Pt 1 - Jan Enns

In the wake of COVID-19, how we meet and gather – for work or play – has changed forever. Physical distancing, self-isolation and mandatory quarantine ...

COVID-19: Recap, Ep 21 - Snitch lines, water fountains, and dancing in the street

COVID snitching? Director of Legal Services, Halton Region Jody Johnson joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss municipal snitch lines, working from home, and ...

Municipalities take the lead on mask mandates - Rob Shirkey

Wearing masks outdoors? Lawyer Rob Shirkey joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss how municipalities have stepped up in mask legislation and why some ...

Many questions and few certainties as municipalities plan for the future - Brian Rosborough

AMO Executive Director Brian Rosborough joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to explore the unknowns for municipalities going into 2021, lessons learned from the COVID-19 ...

COVID-19: Recap, Ep 20 - Back to school, beach troubles and municipal money - Jody Johnson

Municipal COVID-19 relief funds, beaches, masks, schools and more are discussed, as Jody Johnson and Susan Gardner return with Episode 20!

Navigating chaos in times of crisis, Part 2 - Peter De Jager

Reclaim your power! Change management expert Peter De Jager joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss strategies and structures to cope with the ongoing ...

Navigating chaos in times of crisis, Part 1 - Peter De Jager

Change management expert Peter De Jager joins Susan Gardner to discuss why understanding the foundational principles of change is now more important than ever – ...

Canada’s Black entrepreneurs: adapting to the new normal - David Betty

David Betty from the Canadian Black Chambers of Commerce joins Susan Gardner to discuss the challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs during COVID-19, tools they need ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 19 - Municipal money, mask mandates, and a new mini bubble - Jody Johnson

The mask mandate trend moves West! Jody Johnson joins Susan Gardner for week 19 of the weekly recap to discuss masks, new legislation in Ontario, ...

Systemic racism in Canadian communities, Part 2 - Harold Usher

In Part 1 former City councillor and local government veteran Harold Usher joined us to share his thoughts on the ongoing challenges for visible minorities ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 18 - Municipal funding, mask mandates and the Atlantic bubble - Jody Johnson

A safe economic restart for municipalities may be on the horizon. Jody Johnson joins Susan Gardner for week 18 of the weekly recap to discuss ...

Systemic racism in Canadian communities, Part 1 - Harold Usher

Former city councillor and local government veteran Harold Usher joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to share his thoughts on the ongoing challenges for visible minorities and how ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 17 - Increasingly complex challenges for municipalities, as pandemic continues to shift - Jody Johnson

So much to cover! Jody Johnson, Director of Legal Services for Halton Region, joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner for the Week 17 recap. On ...

Digital transformation in the face of a pandemic, Part 2 - Ben Perry

In Part 1 IT specialist Ben Perry joined us to discuss the significant uptake on digital solutions we’ve seen during the pandemic and how municipalities ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 16 - The mask debate, social gathering and porta potties - Jody Johnson

The great mask debate rages on. Jody Johnson joins Susan Gardner for week 16 of the weekly recap to discuss masks, the Atlantic bubble, and ...

Digital transformation in the face of a pandemic, Part 1 - Ben Perry

Does working from home make your teams more productive? IT specialist Ben Perry joins Susan Gardner to discuss the significant uptake on digital solutions we’ve ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 15 - Threats to social cohesion, budget cuts, and virtual Canada Day - Jody Johnson

Jody Johnson joins Susan Gardner for week 15 of the weekly recap to discuss the continued reopening and Ontario’s emergency extension, threats to social cohesion ...

The long term financial impacts on municipalities from COVID-19, Part 2 - Nolan Crouse

In Part 1 change management consultant Nolan Crouse joined us to discuss the long term financial impacts of COVID-19 on rural communities. Today he shares ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 14 - Masks, Outdoor Meals, and Dreams of Hockey - Jody Johnson

As we mark the 100th day of the pandemic, Jody Johnson joins Susan Gardner to discuss municipal authority under legislation and case law for requiring ...

The long term financial impacts on municipalities from COVID-19, Part 1 - Nolan Crouse

A social and financial pivot is on the horizon. Change management consultant Nolan Crouse and Susan Gardner discuss the long term financial impacts of COVID-19 ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 13- Stage 2, Beaches and Bicycle Frenzy - Jody Johnson

Are municipalities ready for stage 2? Jody Johnson & Susan Gardner unpack a long list of COVID-19 topics in this episode: reopening plans, childcare, masks, ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 12- Protest marches, booze regulation, and food trucks - Jody Johnson

Halton Region Director of Legal Services Jody Johnson joins Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner to discuss ongoing protests across the country, the extended state of ...

Virtual conferencing, public service, and the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on municipalities - Brian Rosborough

What are the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on municipalities? AMO Executive Director Brian Rosborough joins us to give us his take on this question and ...

Liminality: Preparing communities for a new world ahead, Part 2 - Mark Mullaly

In Part 1 consultant and researcher Mark Mullaly explained the concept of liminality as it applies to municipalities during COVID-19. Today he guides us through ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 11- Heatwave, long-term care, and ShopHERE - Jody Johnson

The heatwave is here. Jody Johnson and Susan Gardner discuss how Canadian municipalities are keeping their cool. Plus concerns for long-term care, Google Canada’s support ...

Liminality: Preparing communities for a new world ahead, Part 1 - Mark Mullaly

As we wait on the threshold of a post-COVID world, we find ourselves in a liminal space, pondering both past and future. In today’s episode, ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 10 - The Second Wave is coming - Jody Johnson

The second wave is coming; is Canada prepared? Some experts have their doubts. Jody Johnson joins us for the weekly recap to discuss summer camps, ...

Tough decisions ahead for Canadian municipalities, Part 2 - Christina Benty

In Part 1, Christina Benty shared her thoughts on creating a culture of good governance in chaotic times - and the tough decisions ahead for local ...

Tough decisions ahead for Canadian municipalities, Part 1 - Christina Benty

Municipalities have tough decisions ahead! Christina Benty joins us to talk about COVID-19 challenges for municipal councils and why it's so important to create a ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 9 - The long weekend and the delicate tipping point - Jody Johnson

What happens when the long weekend and COVID-19 collide? Jody Johnson joins us to discuss big changes ahead, Mayor Ford’s show of support for municipal ...

The challenges of being a mayor during COVID-19 - Dawn Arnold

How has COVID-19 affected elections? A year delay? Mayor of Moncton, NB Dawn Arnold joins us to provide some insight on the electoral changes from ...

Fostering a culture of innovation in times of emergency, Part 2 - Rob Adams

In Part 1 CAO of Whitchurch-Stouffville Rob Adams shared his secret to fostering a culture of innovation during times of crisis. Today he takes us ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 8 - Reopening: A Paradox - Jody Johnson

The paradox of reopening. The threat is still out there but people are being recalled to work – and can go to the cottage (maybe). ...

Fostering a culture of innovation in times of crisis, Part 1 - Rob Adams

Rob Adams, CAO of Whitchurch-Stouffville, joins us for this first episode in a two-part series to share his strategy for fostering a culture of innovation ...

Tackling social media's keyboard warriors, Part 2 - Brian Lambie

What do you do when social media chatter starts getting out of control? Think of it like a cocktail party, says @brianlambie, as he walks ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 7 - Reopening, reconnecting, and pondering the double bubble - Jody Johnson

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? While some provinces prepare to open back up the question remains - are we ready? ...

Tackling social media's keyboard warriors, Part 1 - Brian Lambie

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, public anxiety is high and the trolls are setting bait. Brian Lambie joins us for this first of a 2-part ...

COVID-19 & the Art of Municipal Management - Michael Duben

Michael Duben, President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association and CAO for the District of Muskoka, joins us to discuss impact of COVID-19 on municipalities, ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 6 - Easing restrictions and financial shortfalls - Jody Johnson

Financial crisis looms for cities in the midst of emergency. Jody Johnson joins us for the weekly recap on municipal response to COVID-19. Today we ...

Finding peace and productivity in the midst of disaster - Aisha Ahmad

Drawing on her own experience working in crisis and disaster situations, Aisha Ahmad suggests a different way of looking at the challenges we are facing ...

Helping main street businesses survive COVID-19 - Chris Rickett

From the City of Toronto, Chris Rickett joins us to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on main street as business grinds to a halt ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 5 - Municipal deficits, provincial action, and green space - Jody Johnson

Tune in for our weekly round up of municipal COVID-19 stories with Jody Johnson. We’re talking about provincial action for municipalities in British Columbia, Ontario, ...

Cities and the legacy of COVID-19 - Richard Florida

Richard Florida is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and School of Cities. His books include The Rise of the ...

Impact of COVID19 on rural and Indigenous communities - Sarah Minnes

In this episode, Sarah Minnes, President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation joins us to talk about the impact of COVID19 on rural and Indigenous ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 4 - Mental health, self care and the Easter Bunny - Jody Johnson

As we head into a long weekend, Jody Johnson joins us for the weekly recap on municipal response to COVID-19. Plus, an important discussion about ...

Canada's municipal administrators respond to COVID-19 with spirit of collaboration - Jeff Renaud

Jeff Renaud, CAO of the Town of St. Stephen and President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) joins us to discuss the challenges ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 3 - Grappling with the “now normal” in local government – Jody Johnson & Jennifer Heath

In this episode, we take a look at the municipal response to COVID-19 in recent days, including implications for municipalities and employers, grappling with workplace ...

FCM taking action during COVID-19 crisis - Carole Saab

Without question, COVID-19 has begun to critically impact municipalities across Canada, as well as the organizations that support them – including their regional, provincial and ...

The Economics of Pandemics - Kadie Ward

Economic development expert Kadie Ward joins us to talk about the economic impact of COVID-19, what we are likely to see now and in the ...

COVID-19: Recap, Week 2 - Working municipal magic during a crisis - Jody Johnson

Director of Legal Services for Halton Region Jody Johnson joins us to discuss COVID-19 and that special kind of municipal magic that keeps essential services ...

New resources for responding to the COVID-19 crisis - Mary Rowe

Municipal World is excited to be part of a new partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and other organizations across the country, to support ...

Council's role in communicating COVID-19 - Brian Lambie

Communications guru Brian Lambie joins us to discuss his belief that rising to the occasion with decency, honesty and a strong communication’s plan is a ...

A Time for Innovation - Dana Clarke & Joel Carnes

We were excited to have Dana Clarke, founder of the Municipal Innovators Community and Joel Carnes, President of the Alliance for Innovation. Join us for ...

COVID-19 & emergency measures for council meetings - Jody Johnson

Jody Johnson Director of Legal Services for Halton Region joins us for the first in a series of weekly episodes to provide an update on what ...

Organizational questions about COVID-19 and social distancing - Peter De Jager

Special Episode! Change strategist and Municipal World columnist Peter De Jager joins us to discuss communicating the implications of social distancing to your organization and ...

Preparing local communities - Joe Preston

Joining us for our first episode of MW Shares Municipal Pandemic Response is Joe Preston, former member of Parliament and currently the Mayor of the ...