Episode 1.06 – Councillor Nathan Colquhoun of Sarnia

Nathan is a director/owner of Storyboard Solutions, Refined Fool Brewing Company (author note: really good beer), Burger Rebellion and Cafe Mexico and city councillor for the City of Sarnia.

You can follow Nathan on Social Media on Facebook and Twitter


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To frame the conversation below are some topic areas. The first half of the show is standardized (more or less) with each guest talking through these themes.

  • The first part begins with you, as we introduce you as the guest. Who are you? What is your day job (if not a full time politician)? How do you engage the community? Why did you run for council? What drives you?
  • Who are your people? If you represent a ward/whole community what does it look like (urban, suburban, rural)? Who are your constituents – what do they do for a living, what are the issues you see in your inbox or talking to people week in and out. 
  • Describe your municipality as a whole. Paint a picture for someone who has not been to your town or community before or has only seen it as a sign on the side of a road. What is working, and what is not, what are you building towards? .
  • What is your region, what is in common/different between your community and your neighbourhood? Most municipalities are a part of some upper tier government, how does your community fit into that upper tier?
  • Finally, how does your community and constituents fit into SW Ontario as a whole? Why should someone in Kitchener or London (as examples) care about your community? What should a Torontonian know about your community and why it is important?

The second half of the show is a bit more political/policy related. We may not get to all of these topics and this might not be the order we discuss them in.

  • COVID Impacts on Sarnia? 
    • What would be talking about if COVID didn’t happen?
  • Chemical Valley in the era of climate change – Climate adaptation plan that is in the works? 
    • Economic diversification is it in the cards? 
  • Housing affordability – Affordable Housing Project Scrapped 
  • Local Reconciliation – Aamjiwnaang First Nation
  • Airport status – selling it off? 
  • Where do you want Sarnia to be in 10 or 20 years? Challenges/Opportunities 
  • Magic policy wand – change one thing, what do you change and why?

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