In CHP. v. Hamilton, Courts Will Decide on Transgender Rights, Political Party Expression, and Federal Provincial Jurisdiction

It's easily the biggest legal case out of City Hall yet - the Courts will decide on the balance between transgender rights and political party expression, combined with the classic question of Confederation - the divide and overlap between federal and provincial jurisdictions, this case is likely bound for the Supreme Court of Canada.

Here's an overview of some of the issues and background in this case.

The Two Touchstones Joey Coleman is Watching for at Council in 2017

Originally posted on Now.ThePublicRecord.ca, TPR's microblog

I'm breaking with traditional journalistic convention in this start of the year look ahead post. I'll pass on listing topics of debate in the coming year and tackle a bigger issue. In 2017, I'll be watch for progress on two culture touchstones, because no matter the issue, they'll define Council's success during the coming year. The two touchstone issues are dignity and diligence. Will Councillors uphold and enhance the dignity of their offices in 2017?

Coleman: Why I Spoke Up About The Trump Hat

There are those in our community sincerely frightened and hurt by the statements made by Trump against immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, and others. I stand with my fellow community members, silence is not an option.

Ted McMeekin’s Resignation: Hamilton Without Cabinet Seat and Some 2018 Thoughts

"Hamilton's without a seat at the [Ontario] cabinet table for the first time since the Common Sense Revolution"

This was my initial thought and starting premise of my first draft upon learning of Ted McMeekin's resignation from the provincial cabinet Monday afternoon. The idea of Hamilton, Ontario's fifth largest city, not having a seat at the table seems inconceivable, but here we are. For the first time since the Mike Harris Common Sense Revolution of 1995, Hamilton doesn't have a provincial cabinet minister. Hamilton was without a cabinet member from 1995 to 2001 when Brad Clark was named Minister of Transportation. Lack of Cabinet Representation
During the 1995-2001 period, Sheila Copps was federal Minister of Heritage.