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Nick Morrison Shares Safe Streets Halton’s Vision for The 905

Nick Morrison Shares Safe Streets Halton’s Vision for The 905

November 29, 2022

A question we constantly come back to on this podcast is what do we want our communities to be like. One of the ways to accomplish this is to ensure that our streets are pedestrian focused and safe for all who are on them.  This year a grassroots organization mobilized to bring this issue to the forefront of Halton politicians.

Safe Streets Halton is a community organization focused on the elimination of traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Halton region while promoting sustainable and healthy forms of transportation. It is a resource for the community and local government in reaching these goals and making Halton a safer and healthier region for all.

We invited on Nick Morrison their founder to discuss with us Safe Streets Halton's vision for the 905.

https://safestreetshalton.ca

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905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy?

905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy?

November 24, 2022

There is a disturbing trend emerging in Ontario politics from the Doug Ford government.

As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places.  Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23.  Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees.  As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt.  What is Doug Ford's response?  It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings.

This isn't a unique trend.  The Ford government is moving ahead with plans to curtail the democratic authority of municipalities by allowing votes to pass with only 30% of councillors support.  With the recent use of the Notwithstanding Clause as a negotiation tactic, its clear to us that this government hates the idea of democracy.  The idea that consultation and compromise is important to ensure the democratic process is vibrant and we all have a say in how our government is run.  Instead this government continues to show that it is their way or the highway, consequences be damned.

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Franz Hartmann Talks to The 905er About Saving the Greenbelt

Franz Hartmann Talks to The 905er About Saving the Greenbelt

November 22, 2022

Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act is the latest controversy from the Doug Ford Ontario PC Government.  It is an abrupt violation of a promise Premier Ford made to voters last election to NOT touch the Greenbelt under any circumstances.  Well apparently his word doesn't count for very much.

The More Homes Built Faster Act would open up 7,300 acres of Greenbelt land to development.  Letting sprawl spread once again over Ontario's fragile farmland.  Despite the government's own Housing Task Force report last year citing numerous opportunities to build homes within in municipal boundaries already.

The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a network of environmental groups in Ontario working to preserve the vital part of land called the Greenbelt.  They are working hard to try and stop sprawl from taking over this delicate stretch of farm and green land.  Franz Hartmann of the Alliance joins us today to talk about the group the issue of Doug Ford's breaking his word to let developers destroy the Greenbelt.

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The 905 Round-Up: Health Care Collapse and Land Grabs for the Rich

The 905 Round-Up: Health Care Collapse and Land Grabs for the Rich

November 17, 2022

There is a lot to get to on this episode of the 905 Round-Up!

We start off with a brief summary of the Halton District School Board's inability to come up with a dress code for it's teachers in light of the enormous controversy it found itself in last month.

Then we dive into the ongoing issue of the collapse of our health care system in Ontario.  As hospital after hospital reports their emergency rooms and ICU's closing due to staffing shortages where is the priority in fixing this crisis?

After our break, we examine the continuing shifting of rules around development in the province.  Under the guise of building homes, the rules are being stacked more and more in favour of developers in spite of democracy or the environment.

Lastly, the St. Catharines Standard's front page story was how a living wage in the Niagara region was roughly $20 an hour.  Yet the last big increase in minimum wage was only to $15.  In this age of inflation how are people supposed to make ends meet if they can't be paid properly?

As Ontario collapses we stay on top of it all...

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Sex Workers Rights in The 905

Sex Workers Rights in The 905

November 15, 2022

In 2012, the supreme court handed down a landmark ruling which struck down many of the laws surrounding prostitution and sex work in Canada, citing that the laws violated sex workers charter rights as they imposed a greater risk of harm on sex workers.  The court gave at that time the Stephen Harper government time to re write the laws.

The result was the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.  A law which at the time was viewed as just rearranging the deck chairs of the issue and did not actively address the issues of safety surrounding sex work in Canada.  In 2015 Justin Trudeau promised in his campaign to rescind the law.  That never happened.  To this date the law is still on the books and in effect.  Although that may not be for much longer.

In a repeat of 2012, last month sex worker advocates took action and filed a lawsuit in Ontario Courts to challenge the constitutionality of the Protection of Communities and Exploited persons Act.  Should they succeed in their challenge laws surrounding sex work could be struck down once again in Canada, forcing Canada to once again update it’s laws.

One of the groups involved with the court case is a Hamilton advocacy group, Sex Workers Action Program Hamilton.  We reached out to their Executive Director Jelena Vermillion to chat with her about the court case and what they hope to accomplish.  As well as the issue of sex work and sex workers rights in general in Canada.

We would like to give our listeners a word of caution before beginning the episode as we do talk about sensitive and mature topics and our language can get rather frank in this one.  Discretion is advised.

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905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Rolls Over for CUPE

905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Rolls Over for CUPE

November 9, 2022

WOW!!! What a week!

Doug Ford blinked before the entire province this week by capitulating to CUPE and revoking Bill 28.  Meaning the imposed contract on CUPE workers is nullified as well as the use of the Notwithstanding Clause to trample worker's rights.  All of this happened as a result of the mobilization and solidarity of the labour movement in Ontario.  The likes of which haven't really been seen in a few generations.

While that might sound like a reason to celebrate (it is), Doug Ford and his team haven't wasted any time to back track on previous promises that they've made to voters.  Namely to keep the Greenbelt in tact.  The Ford government has made announcements that they are intending to reallocate 7,400 acres of land to development.  This is direct violation of the promise he made to voters when he was first elected in 2018.

Will the people be able to stop this broken promise the way CUPE did?

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Heidi Bernhardt: ADHD Mythbusting

Heidi Bernhardt: ADHD Mythbusting

November 8, 2022

I’m writing this introduction at 1am, about 6 hours before this episode goes live. I’m doing so despite the fact I could have written and recorded this introduction more conveniently at almost any time in the last five days. Instead, I left it to the very last minute, and literally the most inconvenient and unpleasant time to write and record.

The reason why I’d do such a counterintuitive and counterproductive thing is, I learned about three years ago, because I have ADHD, like some three to five percent of adults, and have done my whole life. It’s a neurodevelopmental disorder - which, among many other things, means it’s something physically built into my brain that makes me bad at doing the things I’d ideally like to do at the times I’d ideally like to do them. But I'm an expert at delving into unexpected by-ways, rabbit-holes and tangents. For me, it’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s both what has caused me to do the things I’m most proud of in my life, and the thing which has lain behind the greatest unhappiness. For others, it can be anything from a daily irritation to a debilitating lifelong condition.

ADHD is the subject of today’s episode.

Heidi Bernhardt, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three grown sons with ADHD and the founder of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a Canadian charity dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD. Heidi was the Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD in Canada, from 2006 to 2012. During these years she built CADDAC in her volunteer life, nationally incorporating CADDAC as a not-for-profit in 2006 and becoming the Executive Director and President from 2012 to 2019. Heidi currently focuses on the development of ADHD education and advocacy material and systemic advocacy while holding the role of Director of Education and Advocacy for CADDAC. She also continues to teach and present on ADHD for CADDAC.

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905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Uses the Nuclear Option to Get his Way

905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Uses the Nuclear Option to Get his Way

November 3, 2022

In Ontario there is only one thing anyone is talking about right now.

As negotiations with CUPE hit an impasse, Doug Ford and Stephen Lecce are forcing a contract on CUPE members and invoking the Notwithstanding Clause in the process.  The Clause essentially ignores the fact unions have a Charter right to negotiate in good faith with their employers.  The precedent that this move would set is a dangerous one for all Ontarians going forward.  When the clause was introduced into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it wasn't intended to be used as a negotiation tactic in union contracts.

This egregious overreach on the part of Doug Ford and his government is the entire topic of today's episode.  What are the repercussions for CUPE and other unions in the province, what would a protest actually look like, and what are the options going forward to ensure that Charter rights are exactly that...rights for all of us.

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Lorraine Sommerfeld: Auto Destruction.

Lorraine Sommerfeld: Auto Destruction.

November 1, 2022

We welcome back multi-award-winning journalist Lorraine Sommerfeld to the podcast. For readers in the Hamilton and Halton area, Lorraine may be most loved for her long-running Motherlode column in the Hamilton Spectator, but she is best known across Canada as an auto journalist who has worked for all of Canada’s three big national newspapers over he past two decades, and now writes for the National Post. But Lorraine is no stooge for the auto industry, nor is she someone who thinks all our problems will be solved by electric vehicles. She recently won an award for an article the new dangers being brought to our roads by electric vehicles. Another article took on one of the universally believed truisms of modern life - that the gas companies are gouging us more at the pump every day.

Which leads us to the most profound question of all. How does an auto journalist who says Canadian gas is still cheap and what Canada needs most of all is fewer cars, not better ones, survive at the National Post?

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The 905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Ignores the Municipal Election

The 905 Round-Up: Doug Ford Ignores the Municipal Election

October 27, 2022

We recap a three and a half hour live stream of coverage of the municipal election results in the 905 region.  

What did we learn from Monday night's results? Also what should we expect from council tables in the region.  All eyes are on Hamilton as the only city to actually embrace change in the region and elect new faces to their council.  What are the challenges to be faced going forward?  The Doug Ford government already is taking action to establish it's relationship with the municipalities in the province.  With the NDP and the Liberals leaderless it will fall onto the muncipalities to provide opposition and hold his government to account for the issues facing Ontarians.  Do the Mayors and Councils of the 905 have what it takes?

Speaking of Doug Ford, before any council had a chance to be officially sworn in and meet in person, his government was already gutting conservation authorities and declaring their enthusiasm for Ministerial Zoning Orders.  Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs Steve Clark laid out a clear plan to over ride the environmental stewardship of conservation authorities and to use MZO's to push ahead housing in prime land surrounding the 905.  What will this mean for development and council autonomy over the next four years?  More erosion of powers, that's what.

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