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Kristin Archer Tells Us What‘s Cool About Hamilton

Kristin Archer Tells Us What‘s Cool About Hamilton

October 19, 2021

Cities are made up of more than just buildings and roads.  It's the people and the entrepreneurs that live and work in them that come together to create something unique.  Each city has it's own quality that makes it what it is.  Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver...all of them have a distinct image in your mind.  Part of what makes each city it's own is the arts and culture that the city creates.

We wanted to take a look at Hamilton's music and culture scene this week.  And how it is working to define a changing city into a 21st century arts hub.  And how that in turn is changing the way Hamiltonians view itself.  To help us out, we invited on Kristin Archer.

Kristin is the creator of the blog I Heart Hamilton where she has documented experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a local social media presence along the way. Kristin is also the host of the weekly show “I Heart Hamilton” on community radio 93.3 CFMU where she further showcases Hamilton with an emphasis on the local arts & culture scenes. She is a major supporter of the local music scene through promoting local music, booking shows, and DJing.

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Rebroadcast - Jason Cassis Opens Up About Opening Ontario Up

Rebroadcast - Jason Cassis Opens Up About Opening Ontario Up

October 14, 2021

Originally aired - July 15

 

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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Rebroadcast - 905 Round-up: Homage to Caledonia?

Rebroadcast - 905 Round-up: Homage to Caledonia?

October 12, 2021

Originally aired - 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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What is Happening on Ontario University Campuses?

What is Happening on Ontario University Campuses?

October 7, 2021

In recent news, the misbehaviour of Ontario university students has been in the headlines.  Recently at McMaster University, vandalism and violence were the hallmarks of an unsanctioned homecoming party.  And at the beginning of the year, the University of Western Ontario was dealing with allegations of widespread sexual assault in one of its residences.  

This trend made us wonder what made this year so unique for bad behaviour at our post-secondary institutions?  To investigate, we invited Nick Paul to chat.  Nick is our fantastic sound editor, who helps us make the final episodes you listen to each week.  He is also a fourth-year engineering student at Western and is from the 905.  We talked with him to get his perspective as to how well students and administration are handling the return to classes after a year of lockdown due to COVID-19.  And the realities of half a universities population not prepared for life away from home.

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905 Round-up: Vax, Tracts and Macs

905 Round-up: Vax, Tracts and Macs

October 5, 2021

We cover the stories from around the 905 this week, including Joel's suggestion for reaching the final 20% of unvaccinated Ontarians, the latest development in the Haldimand Tract land dispute, and the physical and reputational damage done at the unofficial and unauthorized homecoming at McMaster University in Hamilton last weekend.

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905-Round-up: Lauren Wallis of Halton Parents for Change

905-Round-up: Lauren Wallis of Halton Parents for Change

September 30, 2021

Following our Tuesday episode with Halton Catholic School Board Chair Patrick Murphy, we speak with Lauren Wallis of Halton Parents for Change (https://haltonparentsforchange.ca/, @HaltonPFC).

Lauren gives her perspective on Chair Murphy's account of recent dysfunction at HCDSB and the Pride flag debate, and what needs to be done to make the board function effectively.

Lauren is a mom of two, a data analyst for a healthcare company, and a graduate of HCDSB schools. She is a founding member of Halton Parents for Change, a grassroots group of parents fighting for change and equity at HCDSB as well as accountability for our trustees, and "looking to vote out the dinosaurs next October".

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100: HCDSB Chair Patrick Murphy Discusses Dysfunction at the Board

100: HCDSB Chair Patrick Murphy Discusses Dysfunction at the Board

September 28, 2021

For our one-hundredth episode, we welcome back Halton Catholic School Board Chair Patrick Murphy for an in-depth interview.

In June, the board took the unusual step of ordering an investigation into itself - to see whether the frequently argumentative behaviour of trustees at board meetings went as far as breaking their policies of civil behaviour, and whether there was behaviour contrary to the interests if the board and students. Included in under that remit were discussions of allegations made by a trustee about Chair Murphy's own impartiality as chair.

The subsequent report vindicated Murphy, but found plenty of evidence for dysfunction and a deep divide between two factions of trustees. We discuss the background to this divide, whether it is impacting the Board's work, and what can be done to restore civility.

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The 905 Round Up - Vaccine Passports are finally here, and what the Election results tell us about Hamilton

The 905 Round Up - Vaccine Passports are finally here, and what the Election results tell us about Hamilton

September 23, 2021

Vaccine Passports are finally being unveiled in Ontario.  However, after being requested by public health for the summer, the rollout has been typical of the Ontario PC government.  It's messy and uncoordinated.  However, they are here now and what does that mean for avoiding a possible fourth lockdown in the 905?  And is it about time for the vaccinated to stand their ground and say enough is enough with anti-vax and anti-mask protestors?

As well, Roland and Joel look at some of the numbers from election night in Hamilton, and wonder what does it say about Hamilton's problems with racism?  

 

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905er Election Night Special!

905er Election Night Special!

September 21, 2021

We livestreamed election night, focusing on the 905 of course.

We had a great time, with some terrific questions answered live on the podcast. Thanks to everybody who joined us.

Not an election that will go down in the history books as being particularly memorable, when all is said and done, but we talked a lot about the way this election was run, and just why the opposition parties, above all the CPC, couldn't seem to make any significant headway against Trudeau and the Liberals.

As Trudeau reaches the point in his career where people start talking about legacy (albeit he remains young by any standard), will he be seen as one of the Canadian leaders who is synonymous with the era they live in---as his father was---or will there be a nagging sense of potential never realised?

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Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905

Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905

September 16, 2021

In our second interview with candidates from the 905 Region ahead of the Federal Election, we talk today to Adam van Koeverden, who is seeking re-election as the MP for Milton for the Liberals, a seat he won just two years ago when he defeated former Conservative minister Lisa Rait.

Van Koeverden was a Canadian household name as an Olympic Gold, and multi-Silver and Bronze medal winner in Sprint Kayak before entering politics. In his first term as an MP he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

We discuss the climate change, electoral reform, First Nations reconciliation, the COVID recovery plan and much more in a wide-ranging conversation.

Programming note: we have continued to approach numerous Conservative candidates with the opportunity to discuss their platform as NDP and Liberal candidates have done. This includes offering to add an extra episode in order that we can make sure a CPC voice is heard before election day. As of September 16th only one CPC campaign office has taken the time to return any of our messages.

While we make no apology for the fact the 905er Podcast sees the news through a progressive lens, the reason we exist is to let listeners hear direct from people with influence in our region. We accord anybody who is willing to be a guest equal courtesy and respect, and we are delighted that MPs, mayors and councillors from across the political spectrum have been guests during the 905er's first year. It is disappointing that not one Conservative candidate has yet been willing to speak on the record to voters interested in hearing their party's platform.

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