In light of the special challenges facing communities right now with the coronavirus outbreak, Municipal World is launching a new podcast series, as well as a pandemic response document collection, both devoted to sharing vital information for municipalities. Hosted by Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner, the MW Shares: Municipal Pandemic Response podcast will keep municipal decision makers updated on what’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on local government. Guests include experts, leaders, and practitioners from across North America as they discuss the challenges for communities as they deal with the coronavirus outbreak.


To help municipalities the legal and operational challenges they are dealing with, Jody Johnson, Director, Legal Services for Halton Region will be joining us each Friday to provide a recap of important developments over the past week, and thoughts about what we might be encountering in the days ahead.

In addition, our team will be working to broadcast two additional podcasts on Tuesday and Thursday, bringing in additional authoritative, credible voices to speak to the issue.


The guest on our launch episode today is Brian Lambie, a well-known expert on communications in the municipal sector. He discusses strategies for municipalities to effectively communicating with the public at this time – and shares details about a new document from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario that helps them do just that.

Through this important and time-sensitive project, we’ll explore the municipal response to managing the crisis now, sharing ideas and best practices during a time of emergency, as well as casting an eye to the future, to the steps that will be required for economic recovery. We hope you are able to join us.

For communications guru Brian Lambie, now is the time to rise to the occasion with decency, honesty and a strong communications plan – and there’s a critically important role for council.