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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,…

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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…

Police Association Blasts Bowman & Councillors as Cause of Problems

The police union leadership told a town hall pointed to a negligent attitude by Mayor Brian Bowman and councillors as a major cause of the 911 emergency call response problems facing Winnipeg. The town hall was convened by Charleswood-Tuxedo council candidate Kevin Klein, who cited feedback while campaigning door-to-door that residents fear property and violent…

Winnipeg Watchdog, Marty Gold, Interviews Dean Koshelanyk

After one term as Trustee for Ward 9 in the Winnipeg School Division, Dean Koshelanyk is seeking to step up to City Council, in a seat where the incumbant is retiring. In this 15 minute podcast, he explains his basic platform running for election in Point Douglas: common sense. As the oddly-shaped ward sprawls from…

The Winnipeg Watchdog Interviews Candidates - Tim Diack

The prevalence of horrific violent incidents fuelled by meth addicts has become a top-of-mind issue for Winnipeg residents this year - and one candidate for Mayor says it is even worse than voters are aware. And as an active police officer with decades handling drug traffickers and informants, Tim Diack (DiackforMayor.ca) would know. In this…

Winnipeg Watchdog Reminds Candidates to Follow the Rules if Elected

After a complaint about the 2010 Assinboine bike lane consultation, the City Auditor admonished the consulting process for leaving many area businesses off the stakeholder list and for not clearly stating possible affects on trafic flow, slanting the process to feedback from the bike lobby. Councilors swore, it wouldn't happen again. After a truck route…

Marty Gold Speaks with a Business Owner Impacted by No Right Turn

The Winnipeg Watchdog - Marty Gold continues his investigation into the New No Right Turn law. Just before the civic election in 2010, the City of Winnipeg embarked on a rushed construction of new bike lanes. All had issues, and when it came to the Assiniboine Avenue project, the City Auditor reported to councilors it…

PART 3 - Marty Gold Investigates - No Right Turn in Winnipeg?

The Winnipeg Watchdog Podcast with Marty Gold investigates what other's won't. Marty fights for the little guy and isn't afraid to go after those in power if they've done wrong. An official in the Public Works department said he'd look into whether a traffic study was made public before No Right on Red Signs went…

Winnipeg Watchdog - No Right Turn Part 2

A planner with the Public Works department had some insight into why No Right Turn on Red signage was suddenly put up at intersections alongside the new bike lanes on McDermot and Bannatyne through the core of the city. But the "how" part regarding whether public and city councillors were explicitly told this was going…

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