The 905er Podcast
Crisis? What Crisis? Why Do Local and Provincial Responses to Climate Emergency And Pandemic Suck?

Crisis? What Crisis? Why Do Local and Provincial Responses to Climate Emergency And Pandemic Suck?

May 13, 2021

Joel and Roland roll up their pant legs and wade into a political mire of floods, climate emergencies, enfeebled and unambitious politicians and government staff and the absurd decision to halt delivery of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and risk prolonging pandemic by Canada's two most science and evidence-resistant provincial governments.

Along the way we give a demonstration of some important Anglo-Saxon verbs and nouns, because the CRTC can't stop us. Yet.

 

The 905er Checks on the State of Our Mental Health

The 905er Checks on the State of Our Mental Health

May 11, 2021

A year into Covid-19 and our already-stretched mental health services in the 905 region are seeing unprecedented levels of demand. Adults and children alike are finding the uncertainty and isolation of life during pandemic to be a challenge, and as months have become over a year, those challenges only become more difficult.

In today's episode Joel and Roland talk to Melanie McGregor of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Branch, about how Covid-19 has affected our mental health services, and the fact that access to mental health professionals can be far more difficult than it should be, because it is not fully funded under OHIP.

If you are facing mental health challenges because of Covid-19 or for any other reason, there are multiple services available to you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Please make sure you speak to a professional as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing a crisis, call Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): 1-877-825-9011.

If you are not in crisis, but need counselling, support or advice, CMHA Halton provides free walk-in counselling. At present this is being provided by phone. Call 289-291-5396 to speak to a counsellor within 24 hours.

Outside Halton, CMHA has branches across the GTHA and all of Ontario. Visit cmha.ca to find your local branch. You can make a donation to support CMHA's work at cmha.donordrive.com.

Mental health services specifically for children are provided in Halton by ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids). Their crisis line is 905-878-9785, and they provide multiple other methods for children and parents to contact them for assistance and support, detailed on their website.

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Can’t We Do Better Than NIMBY or YIMBY? With Shannon Gillies

Can’t We Do Better Than NIMBY or YIMBY? With Shannon Gillies

May 6, 2021

Joel and Roland welcome back 905er regular, first ever '3rd time guest' and awesome Patreon supporter Shannon Gillies to discuss some of the problems with how debates on urban planning and intensification are discussed, how inevitable public resistance to change is handled, and how it can prevent us approaching the more complex discussions that need to happen if we are to design the best possible cities for our future. And do we need stronger city governments and stronger democracy to overcome the dysfunctional patterns we see in many 905 city halls? Then we look at the recent revelations with regard to Brampton's CAO, whose problematic career in Niagara has followed him to Brampton in what many would suggest is an entirely predictable manner.

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The 905er Returns to 1492 Landback Lane with Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis

The 905er Returns to 1492 Landback Lane with Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis

May 4, 2021

Today we are welcoming back Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis to speak again about the latest developments that touch on the dispute at 1492 Land Back Lane on the edge of Caledonia and the Six Nations Reserve about 20 km south of Hamilton. Sean and Karl co-host the fantastic 1 Dish 1 Mic radio show on Sunday Mornings at 10am on AM 610 CKTB. You can also listen to current and past episodes.

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Pride and Prejudice: The Aftermath of the HCDSB Pride Flag Debate, plus Vaccinations and Sick Days

Pride and Prejudice: The Aftermath of the HCDSB Pride Flag Debate, plus Vaccinations and Sick Days

April 29, 2021

Joel gives a full account of the HCDSB meeting on Monday where the motion to fly the Pride Flag was 'compromised' out of existence among a campaign of obstructionism and delay and time-wasting by the anti-flag trustees.

Later in the show, Joel shares what it's like to get the vaccine, and we talk some more about paid sick days.

 

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The 905er asks: “What is the true cost of COVID-19″

The 905er asks: “What is the true cost of COVID-19″

April 27, 2021

A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to take stock and remind ourselves why we locked down. Amidst the sound and fury of the political debates, the voices of those who have experienced Covid-19 have largely been drowned out.

Ashley Comrie spent two months in hospital with Covid-19 a year ago. She is still recovering and dealing with serious ongoing physical and psychological health challenges caused by the nightmare of Covid. A few weeks ago she wrote a Twitter thread about the government’s handling of the third wave that went viral. It perfectly summed up the frustration many of us have had with the failure to do the things needed to stop spread, combined with the insight that only a person who has experienced the worst of Covid can have.

Every day of this pandemic, we need to keep the experience of people like Ashley Comrie front and centre. She has experienced everything … not just the worst of Covid, but the worst behaviour that the pandemic has brought out in a vocal minority. The fact that, after all that, she is still cheerful and delightful guest is testament to an extraordinary person.

Follow Ashley at @ashleycomrie

The 905er Tries To Figure Out What Happened at the HCDSB

The 905er Tries To Figure Out What Happened at the HCDSB

April 22, 2021

We are joined today by Dr Alexandra Power, a GP who works extensively with young adults through her practice at York University. Dr Power was one of the people who delegated on Tuesday night to Halton Catholic District School Board in support of a motion to fly the Pride flag over schools in June to show support for LGBTQ+ students in a motion brought by trustee Brenda Agnew.

But on Tuesday night there was no decision. The numerous delegates who attended the meeting spoke and were questioned at length by trustees; over 200 members of the public provided their opinions on the subject by letter or delegation, clearly signalling the importance with which the public views this topic.

And yet, when it came to their moment to make a decision, a majority of trustees voted to adjourn the meeting because it had reached 10pm. They could have extended the meeting. They could have made a decision. No explanation was given. No apology was made to the many people who had given up their time to contribute. The meeting ended, and with it the entire subject was adjourned until the next board meeting - when the process starts again. From scratch.

In this episode we discuss the subtext to why the meeting was adjourned, the messages that are sent - whether intentionally or not - when democratic processes seem designed to belittle those foolish enough to want to contribute to their community, and the inherent problem with a publicly funded education board even considering LGTBQ+ issues - and the experience of LGBTQ+ students - in the third decade of the 21st century.

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A Question of Pride for the Halton Catholic School Board

A Question of Pride for the Halton Catholic School Board

April 20, 2021

Tonight will be a momentous night for the Halton Catholic District School Board.

For weeks, the board has been wrestling with itself over whether or not the Pride flag ought to be raised over its schools. A motion brought by Trustee Brenda Agnew under the title "Supporting Our Diverse School Community" would direct the Pride flag to be flown over HCDSB schools and mandate a safe space poster in every class "to ensure that students in the 2SLGBT community are supported throughout the school year". This motion has attracted the support of numerous parents and students, who have written letters or registered to delegate in support for the motion.  However, others have expressed opposition to the flag, claiming it is not in line with the tenets of Catholicism. The motion has divided the Catholic community in Halton, Ontario, and the debate has raised questions once again about the place of publicly funded Catholic education in the province.

We invited a former Halton Catholic School Board graduate, Niamh Shallow, onto the podcast to give her perspective.  Niamh is a third year Sociology major at Trent University, and has written in support of trustee Agnew's motion, and will be part of a delegation in favour of the motion at the HCDSB board meeting on Tuesday evening.

Joining her is Deirdre Pike. 905er listeners will remember Deirdre from our episode on Hamilton Universal Basic Income pilot project.  She is also a recent nominee for an Ontario Newspaper Award for her column in The Spectator. Today she joins us as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights who is also a practising Catholic.

https://www.thespec.com/authors.pike_deirdre.html

You can watch the HCDSB Board Meeting Live on YouTube here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs1eFo6E0Cm7B2TwyDNIzMw

The meeting agenda, including letters and delegation notes in support and opposition to the motions can be downloaded here: https://www.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/BOARD_2021_04_20_REPORT.pdf

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Paradise Lost?

Paradise Lost?

April 15, 2021

They didn't pave Paradise. Instead the City of Hamilton released 24 billion litres of untreated sewage into it.

Thursday's episode covers three 905 stories: the latest changes of direction on our schools and an education minister with egg on his face; $5 million for Burlington City Hall's front yard; a new stinky mess in Cootes Paradise. But don't worry, the rotting mass of odiferous gunk is 'just algae', although that algae may be a product of damage caused by the sewage spill.

Joel and Roland roll up their sleeves and dive in, so you don't have to.

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“They Don’t Know How The System Works” - Andrea Grebenc and Patrick Murphy Speak Frankly About Provincial Education Mistakes

“They Don’t Know How The System Works” - Andrea Grebenc and Patrick Murphy Speak Frankly About Provincial Education Mistakes

April 13, 2021

"We should have approached [COVID-19] aggressively."
"Now the scale has moved."
"A target on our back."
"Commodification and privatization."
"A freight train that has already left the station."
"They don't know how the system works."

These quotes, taken from a wide-ranging discussion with Andrea Grebenc, chair of Halton District School Board, and Patrick Murphy, Chair of Halton Catholic District School Board, in an episode recorded on April 8th, illustrate the frustration felt by schools boards as they face a provincial government that doesn't listen, and doesn't understand Ontario's education system.

In a frank discussion, neither chair shied away from stating the failures in the provincial government's COVID-19 response, its problematic view of teachers and the education system, and the apparent plans to use COVID-19 as a tool to make online learning a permanent feature of Ontario's education.

When we recorded this episode, Stephen Lecce, minister of Education, was still insisting schools were safe and would remain open, despite the renewed lockdown. On April 11th, in an open letter sent to all parents in Ontario, he repeated the assertion that 'more than 99 per cent of students and staff do not have an active case of COVID-19', a statistic that hardly inspired confidence at any school with more than 100 students.

A day later, the province announced all schools were to close until further notice.

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