City Hall

We hope to use this page to provide an ongoing perspective on city governance in the months leading up to the municipal election. We acknowledge that we are not unbiased, but we believe our contribution will be valuable. General issues are listed in the menu on your right, and a list of specific concerns can be found at the bottom of this page.



Charlie Brown and the municipal football

    It's the nature of city government to want control. That's not always a bad thing, but how much control is needed in City discussions with residents?     The Stratford City website has been a bone of contention for  years. Posts are sometimes...

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Transportation Master Plan

In the fall of 2021 the City of Stratford sent out a request for proposal (RFP 2021-49)  to complete a Transportation Master Plan by early 2023.

The preliminary plan is now on the Engage Stratford website.  See the report


Useful links:

City of Hamilton: A citizens guide to the class environmental assessment process


The Queen/Trow development and Stratford's Official Plan

The proposed 3 1/2 storey apartment complex on Ontario Street between Queen and Trow (the old Chinese restaurant) is an ongoing and very contentious issue.  At the heart of the controversy is the role of our Official Plan in Stratford’s development. Council has overridden the recommendations of the Official Plan to permit a structure that is wholy out of keeping with the neighbourhood, and this decision is being appealed at the Ontario Land Tribunal by a local citizens’ group, SOS Statford. Learn more about this group and their action.

Should there be rules for amending our Official Plan? If councillors feel free to disregard it, what is the point of having one? We continue to watch this issue. The appeal should be reviewed in the summer of 2022.

Climate Change Coordinator
Xinyi Glass Factory

The Xinyi issue is ongoing. GCS has continued to file freedom of information requests to uncover the details of this issue, which may go back as far as 2017. We have also filed complaints regarding the conduct of someindividuals involved in the agreement.

We are learning that these things can take a great deal of time, but we intend to persist.

Stratford Declaration of Climate Emergency

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In February of 2020 the Councils of the City of Stratford, the Township of Perth South , and the County of Perth approved the annexation of lands south of Stratford.

Most of the background for this action appear in the  City documents on annexation.

Three letters were written by Stratford’s mayor to the MMO requesting an MZO.