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905 Round Up - Division at Burlington City Hall

905 Round Up - Division at Burlington City Hall

July 22, 2021
 

Over the last few weeks, observers of Burlington city politics have noticed a growing rift in council.  So much that when Joan Little of the Spectator commented on it in one of her columns, the Mayor decided a rebuttal was in order.  What is going on in Burlington City Hall?  Joel and Roland discuss what we know and what it means.

 

Then we take a stroll down to Hamilton, where this week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city to announce funding for 95 social assisted housing units.  This announcement of course sparked furious debate on when the federal election would be announced.  Joel doesn't think that it's going to happen, and that maybe, just maybe the announcement was just a mix of wanting to get some good publicity as well as an excuse to get out of Ottawa after two years.

 

We give you our take on it all this week!

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Flavio Volpe targets the future of the Car Industry with Project Arrow

Flavio Volpe targets the future of the Car Industry with Project Arrow

July 20, 2021

This week we are joined by Flavio Volpe, President of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association, who talks to us about Project Arrow, and how it has the potential to change the auto industry in Canada, internationally, and be part of the electric future of transportation.

Flavio was a wonderfully engaging guest, and you won't want to miss hearing him speak about the innovation and discovery that is happening in one of Canada's most economically crucial sectors, as it faces the the challenge of moving from an oil-based to sustainable energy-based industry.

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10,000 Reasons For Better Cities

10,000 Reasons For Better Cities

July 15, 2021

We have another milestone to celebrate, and two stories that remind us why the news in the 905 Region needs more coverage, because they are issues that you are unlikely too see receiving much coverage in legacy media. 

In the dock this week ... Hamilton and Brampton duke it out for the 'most dubious council behaviour' award.

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Jason Cassis Opens Up About Opening Ontario Up

Jason Cassis Opens Up About Opening Ontario Up

July 13, 2021

Almost exactly a year ago, Jason Cassis of Equal Parts Hospitality was one of the first guests on the 905er Podcast, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry. He returns now to give us an update on all that has happened in the interim - and there is a lot.

While everybody knows that restaurants, bars and so many other businesses have been hurt by COVID, Jason's description of the full spectrum of challenges - which are not likely to disappear quickly even if COVID is finally under control - is a must listen.

For the chain of hotels launched during the pandemic Jason mentions, see The Laundry Rooms.

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Taking Names: Roundtable with Laura Steiner of the Milton Reporter.

Taking Names: Roundtable with Laura Steiner of the Milton Reporter.

July 8, 2021

Roland and Joel welcome Laura Steiner, editor of the Milton Reporter to discuss the awakening to history that is happening right now, and the challenges it poses for our national self-image as 'Canada the Good'. Along the way we dive into how one of Ontario's oldest highways came to be named for a Scottish aristocrat who never visited Canada - Henry Dundas - and the problematic and contradictory aspects of his life.*

Then we turn our attention to one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities, Milton. Milton is also named for a person who never visited Canada, the poet John Milton (although surely also because it was a town with important mills). As Milton has changed rapidly from a small rural settlement to a major urban centre in recent years, almost everything has changed except the name of the mayor. What challenges is Milton facing? Is political change coming to join the rapid urban transformation?

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*Notes for history geeks:

You can read more the novel mentioned by Roland, Joseph Knight, here. The novel adds fictional detail to the real life story of Knight, a slave transported from Africa to the West Indies, and then to Scotland, where he was declared to be a free man in a court case in which Henry Dundas played a role. However Dundas also played a key role in undermining an attempt to end the slave trade in 1792, prolonging the period when Britain considered slavery indefensible on its own shores, but legal, and highly profitable, everywhere else in the Empire.

905 Round-up: Homage to Caledonia?

905 Round-up: Homage to Caledonia?

July 6, 2021

In today's episode Roland and Joel look at three different aspects of modern Canada, and their ties to the past. The refusal to even acknowledge the dead being identified at Residential Schools across the nation by seemingly all PC and Conservative politicians on Canada Day. The environmental catastrophes seen in locations like Chedoke Creek, and the urgent need to change the nature of our relationship with the environment and our failure as 'stewards of the land' since we obtained it. The abandonment of all plans by the developer to build homes on 'Mckenzie Meadows', also known as 1492 Landback Lane.

Bonus History Lesson: How Scottish History Repeated Itself In Canada

Across Canada we live surrounded by references not so much to Great Britain as to specifically to Scots and Scotland. Macdonald, Dundas, Strathcona, Caledonia, Caledon, "Mckenzie Meadows", "Douglas Creek", Hamilton, Dundurn, Crieff. Many are names that most people would struggle to explain today, named for largely forgotten Scottish settlers or city worthies. Others are names we know only too well, the foci of the current awakening to the most brutal aspects of Canada's past. Two are manufactured names used for branding the housing developments on disputed lands between the township of Caledonia, where almost every street name commemorates Scotland, and the Six Nations Reserve.

Some Scots came to Canada after being violently forced from their traditional homelands; the last sight of the country of their birth literally being a view of their homes being burned to the ground by the British military as part of the Highland Clearances. Other Scots (especially the ones who tended to have places named after them, or statues raised in their memory) were wealthy and well educated before they arrived in Canada, or, in the case of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, never put a foot in North America at all.

These men came in the service of the British Empire, and lived lives that were dedicated to protecting and expanding British, loyalist, and Christian 'civilization' in North America by whatever means necessary. Ironically, these highly effective officials of the British Empire's most racist, unjust and vicious acts did to Canada's indigenous peoples what a century earlier had been done to their own ancestors in the Scottish highlands. Those highlanders crimes? That they were viewed by Scottish and English lowlanders as savages, hardly human, with a culture that needed to be extinguished so that aristocrats could profit from a 'civilized' landscape free of the nuisance of the longstanding inhabitants.

One of the most brutal atrocities on British soil was at a place called Glen Coe in 1692. The military of the anti-Catholic and anti-Jacobite Scottish government massacred around 30 residents of the Glen in large part because of their surname. They were members of Clan MacDonald, the most troublesome and 'barbaric' of the highland clans. 150 years later, an expatriate Scot with the surname Macdonald would use similar tactics, with almost identical justifications, to force the indigenous people of Canada from their lands, and to plan their cultural and actual extinction.

An alternative name for Glen Coe is Strathcona, the name adopted by Donald Smith, first Baron Strathcona, famously pictured driving the last spike in the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie in 1885. Smith was another Scot who made a fortune in Canada in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company, the Empire, and the Canadian government. He used some of the money he earned in Canada to build a vast mansion in Glen Coe, about 600 metres from the site of the massacre.

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Jay Kana of Modern Mississauga Shares His Take on the Flavour of the 905

Jay Kana of Modern Mississauga Shares His Take on the Flavour of the 905

June 29, 2021

This week we’re turning our attention to Mississauga and asking whether Canada’s sixth largest city is maybe one of the most misunderstood and underestimated cities, not just in the 905, but across Canada. To discuss this with us, we invited on Jay Kana, the owner and editor in chief of modernmississauga.com. Modern Mississauga explores Mississauga through the lens of the 21st century, covering culture, living, technology, arts, entertainment, community, history, and much more. As is so often the case, our conversation with Jay went in a whole bunch of directions we didn’t expect, and subjects that certainly have relevance for the 905 region wherever you live.

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The 905 Round Up - Whats in a Name? Talking about John A Macdonald Statues and Ryerson Public Schools Renaming

The 905 Round Up - Whats in a Name? Talking about John A Macdonald Statues and Ryerson Public Schools Renaming

June 24, 2021
 

The debate over statues of John A. Macdonald and keeping the name of Egerton Ryerson on public schools has rekindled in the last month.  The discovery of 215 children in unmarked graves in Kamloops and the continued discovery of more unmarked graves in various Residential Schools across the country have given cause to examine these men's legacy.

Roland wrote a piece for the 905er website which made explicit the case that statues and names on building does not make a historical legacy.  Joel and Roland talk about the idea and how these icons make for pretty lazy history classes.  History is much more nuanced and complex.  We talk about the true complicated legacy of these men and what a better way for Canadians to memorialize and learn about accomplishments in the past might be.

https://905er.ca/2021/06/were-not-erasing-history-were-learning-it/

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Lisa Kohler of Halton Environmental Network asks “how do we have a sustainable economy?”

Lisa Kohler of Halton Environmental Network asks “how do we have a sustainable economy?”

June 22, 2021

It seemed until the first week of June that Halton Region's opposition to the proposed Highway 413 was set in stone. And then a routine vote suddenly saw Milton Council reverse its position out of the blue.

This sparked a wider discussion about what needs to happen in the 905 region generally to manage climate change and build for a sustainable post COVID-19 economy.

Lisa Kohler Executive Director of Halton Environmental Network (haltonenvironet.ca/) and Halton Climate Collective (climatecollective.ca) joined us to speak about the Highway 413 story and much more, including the discussions around the proposed CN Rail Hub, also in Milton, the Halton Region Official Plan Amendments ("ROPA") discussions taking place right now that will have an important effect on the future of the Halton's growing communities, where growth will be focused, and whether the region accepts continued levels of sprawl, or insists on keeping new housing within existing urban boundaries.

You can find out more about ROPA and contribute to the discussions taking place right now on the Halton Region website.

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905 Round-up: Two steps forward, one step back?

905 Round-up: Two steps forward, one step back?

June 17, 2021

In our Thursday 905 Round-up this week we have three stories that have dominated news cycles in different parts of the 905, in some cases for almost a decade. Two will be viewed as positive steps, and one seems entirely negative. Judge for yourselves.

  1. Trustees at Halton Catholic and Hamilton Wentworth Public School Boards are in a hole and determined to keep digging.
  2. Hamilton councillors vote at committee to proceed with LRT. But can the anti-LRT/Stoney Creek alliance delay and disrupt the process so much that they can still refuse to accept a free transit system?
  3. Burlington has received provincial permission to adjust the location of its Urban Growth Centre, which Mayor Meed Ward portrays as taking control of development in the city after a controversial decade and more since the UGC was put in place.  Roland and Joel take different views on whether this is a big deal, a 'positive, but time will tell' deal, or a whole lot of nothing very much. Listen to the end to see who you agree with!

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