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 PEGGO Failing Young Mother 80% of the Time

In this podcast I go into additional details I received from the young mother Nicole, and she confirmed that 4 out of the last 5 times using PEGGO - it failed. She listed the 'world class' cities she's taken public transit, and compared those to the pathetic performance of her hometown: "people who are paying…

Posties Play Grinch at MP’s Christmas Open House

It's a tradition in Manitoba for elected officials to host a community gathering at their offices for the Christmas Season. The offices of civic, provincial and federal politicians are decorated with Christmas trees and ornaments, baked goods, treats and apple cider. Fellowship is in abundance and politics per se, takes not just a back seat,…

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PEGGO Failing Young Mother 80% of the Time

In this podcast I go into additional details I received from the young mother Nicole, and she confirmed that 4 out of the last 5 times using PEGGO - it failed. She listed the 'world class' cities she's taken public transit, and compared those to the pathetic performance of her hometown: "people who are paying…

Posties Play Grinch at MP’s Christmas Open House

It's a tradition in Manitoba for elected officials to host a community gathering at their offices for the Christmas Season. The offices of civic, provincial and federal politicians are decorated with Christmas trees and ornaments, baked goods, treats and apple cider. Fellowship is in abundance and politics per se, takes not just a back seat,…

Marty Gold Asks How Does Bill 46 Go Unnoticed ?

The new federal drinking and driving laws in Bill 46 have not raised an eyebrow among the sizeable human rights crowd in Manitoba and the media isn’t raising the alarm about the legislation at all, and that doesn’t seem right. In this podcast Marty Gold tries to figure it out because in the 1980’s, activists…

Marty Gold Asks - Why does 311 keep this a secret?

Mayor Brian Bowman will be spoke via video-link with the Parliamentary Committee on Health about the meth crisis in Winnipeg Tuesday morning, and an important aspect of the discussion wasn't fully discussed between the Mayor and Members of Parliament: the collateral affects - beyond crime - of meth use on the general public and property…

Marty Gold Says - It Was a Parking Authority Cash Grab

Citizen journalism has a history of helping drivers in Winnipeg get their problems with the Parking Authority in front of City Council and the public. We know a thing or two about their dirty tricks and bureaucratic bumbling. After arts patrons and others in the Exchange District took an almost $300 hit Wednesday night when…

Marty Gold Says - City "Experts" at Wasting Money

Bungling City of Winnipeg bureacrats are bleeding taxpayers dry and maybe someone has to kick Mayor Bowman in the shins under the table to get him to finally pay attention. Marty Gold takes 10 minutes to recap 3 recent examples of waste he's covered in previous podcasts - PEGGO, bike lanes, and the 311 service…

Marty Gold has Questions for Police & Councillors

The backlog earlier this year at the Ombudsman's Office was indeed, a sign that the Winnipeg Police Service was targeted by a series of Freedom Of Information requests and there was subsequent jockeying of information and redactions. Now, news reports about FOI results provided by the Winnipeg Police Service paints the brass, if not Chief…

Marty Gold Says - Criminals are Running Wild In Winnipeg

One woman, a mother protecting her children, blinded in a botched 2AM home invasion on Flora; a 19 year old woman, a store clerk, beaten unconscious for taking pictures of two thieves in St. Vital; a third young woman robbed at a bank machine in St. Boniface. That’s a small sample of the mayhem in…

Winnipeg Watchdog - Council Has To Get A Grip On Transit

The new City Council will get to work this week, and for bus riders - and no doubt bus drivers - it won’t be a minute too soon. And it’s not just late and disappearing buses stranding users and PEGGO payments card fiascos that are rattling transit customers. As Marty Gold explain in this podcast,…

Do Young People Want to Stay in Winnipeg?

Over the summer, I asked my daughter what one of her high school friends was doing. Her response has raised all sorts of questions for me about our community. Apparently her friend is worried that she will be the last person from their high school friendship group left in Winnipeg after all the others have…

Marty Gold - PEGGO Bus Pass Rip Offs

Considering the amount of airtime and ink spent on enhancing city bus transit services in the Mayoral platforms, solving the constant repeated failures of the Peggo bus card payment system should have been a major announcement from a candidate. It’s the election issue that wasn’t. Marty Gold tells the podcast audience some real life details…

The Mayors EPC Model - Is It Politicians Padding Their Pockets?

Four years ago, Brian Bowman said he'd restore trust in City Hall. One of the tools he promised, was to allow your elected councillors to vote for Committee Chairs and therefore, who would be on the Executive Policy Committee. Then, he claimed he wasn't allowed to let councillors vote because of a provincial law, so,…

More and More Needles Found Discarded in Winnipeg

Listeners reacted to the Winnipeg Watchdog revealing how many needles the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is handing out to meth addicts in the city, by telling of their own horror stories and frustration in having to deal with the results. Marty Gold pieced together their experiences through 3 popular mixed-use neighbourhoods, and it is apparent…

Marty Gold Asks: What Policies Can Everyone Get Behind

Never mind what divides voters and politicians of Winnipeg - what policies can everyone get behind and support when the next council is elected? That good question was posed by a listener, wondering whether any of the candidates have struck on an idea or two that qualify. The top of mind answer was yes, such…

What's Old is New Again; Time to Revive RAG's in Winnipeg

When the NDP government of Ed Schreyer declared Winnipeg would become "Unicity" in 1971, and surrounding municipalities would be rolled into a centralized administration, part and parcel of the Community Committee system was something called Resident Advisory Groups, or RAGs. Now, the idea has been resurrected by Charleswood-Tuxedo candidate Kevin Klein who pledged to create…

Marty Gold Puts Meth-Ematics of WRHA Free Needle Program Under the Microscope

In the summer of 1988, a young MTN reporter met with a Duffy's Taxi driver, who had noticed an emerging public safety issue was being missed by the media and wanted it brought to public attention: needles discarded by drug addicts on streets and boulevards. "T's and R's", crushed Talwin and Ritalin pills, was becoming…

Marty Gold Asks: Why Would Participatory Democracy Irk Brian Bowman?

A faux media controversy this weekend about which residents signed the nomination papers of challenger Jenny Motkaluk gave Mayor Brian Bowman a chance to show his contempt for a basic democratic principle - voters helping people get their name on the ballot so the public can hear issues debated, instead of watching incumbents win by…

Winnipeg Watchdog Says Special Tax Breaks Hurt Schools

While the Mayor and the Premier can expediently cut a deal to ride the 'Jets are cool, downtown's alive and well' wave and backstop True North Square, it seems the Winnipeg School Board got its budget throat cut without even being asked if they prefer a sharp or a dull blade do the cutting. One…

The Winnipeg Watchdog Delves Into the Mystery of the Garbage Hill Sign

The speed of city crew to dismantle an 11 letter sign mounted on a hilltop opened the eyes of a lot of Winnipeg voters this week. As art installations go, GARBAGEHILL was simple, and it was beautiful. It made people laugh, it made them talk, it made them proud, and now- it's made them unite.…

Winnipeg Watchdog Marty Gold is Asking Who Knew What & When at Hydro

Recently we heard disturbing news that complaints regarding sexual abuse and racist behavior towards First Nations communities affected by Manitoba Hydro development projects, were repeatedly ignored for decades. What we did not hear about, is who, specificially, might have been reasonably expected to know about the claims of abusive conduct, or have been responsible to…

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