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Queen’s Park Round-up - Three Stories About the Provincial Government and the 905

Queen’s Park Round-up - Three Stories About the Provincial Government and the 905

March 2, 2021

Three stories, all relating to decisions and actions of the provincial government, and all directly affecting our region.

  1. Who said what, when with COVID-19? Did the politicians overrule the scientists? I the province trying to blame Dr Williams for their own failings, or do they have a point that he was slow to acknowledge what other scientists accepted much earlier in the year?
  2. Is the province running scared on Highway 413? Recent statements by the House Leader suggest maybe.
  3. Is there anything that can't be solved by letting wealthy developers and business owners donate twice as much to political parties? Asking for a friend. But did the province do a good thing on 3rd-party advertising?

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413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World

413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World

February 25, 2021

Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council's webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT - why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert - probably not.

Finally they discuss Halton Region's unanimous request to the Province and whether, for once, the Region is actually making a fair point.

Thanks to those who help us put this together:

Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

Don't forget to check out 905er.ca every so often, even if you get the podcast delivered to your automatically. We try to post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.

 

How Green Is My Greenbelt?

How Green Is My Greenbelt?

February 23, 2021

A roundup of news from around the 905 with Joel and Roland, including the province's surprise announcement that it's considering an expansion to the Greenbelt ... coincidentally announced in a week it was taking a lot of heat regarding its plans for a new Highway 413. Hamilton Council decides to spend $20,000+ on a cause it admits is lost. Meanwhile a councillor reminds us that we're all lazy and can't be trusted.

 

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Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

 

Opposed to Highway 413?

We're taking part in a webinar today February 23rd with Community Climate Council on Highway 413. If you are interested in learning more, there is also an event on Thursday 25th February. Registration for both events is at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/highway-413-webinar-registration-141200391171

 

Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

February 18, 2021

In part two of our episode this week we continue our conversation with Abisola Asha and Malik Scott of Students Speak Up YCDSB, and Greg Dongen of Hamilton Students for Justice.

Make sure you listen to this episode to hear Abisola, Malik and Greg share their experiences of daily routine racism in our school systems.

Find out more about Students Speak Up YCSDSB at https://www.instagram.com/studentsspeakupycdsb/

Find out more about Hamilton Students for Justice at https://hs4j.ca/

 

Thanks to those who help us put this together:

Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

 

Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

February 16, 2021

In a two part episode this week we speak to Abisola Asha and Malik Scott of Students Speak Up YCDSB, and Greg Dongen of Hamilton Students for Justice.

Abisola, Malik and Greg have been at the forefront of recent stories about widespread and institutional racism in Hamilton Wentworth and York Catholic District School Boards. In York, Students Speak Up organized a student strike to protest racism in November. Last week in Hamilton, after the allegations of racism by trustees by a former student trustee Ahona Mehdi were substantiated by an independent investigation, the trustees who the report criticised astonishingly voted not to censure themselves (they have since been forced to backtrack, but no formal censures have yet been announced).

For people who have never been on the receiving end of racism, the powerfully argued and eloquently expressed words of Abisola, Malik and Greg may well ask uncomfortable questions - about our assumptions, about the society we have created and about our views of Canada. We have a duty to start listening and not telling, on matters of race and so much more. Please listen to these three extraordinary young adults - who have so many important things to say to people willing to listen and learn.

Find out more about Students Speak Up YCSDSB at https://www.instagram.com/studentsspeakupycdsb/

Find out more about Hamilton Students for Justice at https://hs4j.ca/

 

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Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

Cindy Cosentino - Who Wins from School Boards Employing Non-Teachers as Directors of Education?

Cindy Cosentino - Who Wins from School Boards Employing Non-Teachers as Directors of Education?

February 11, 2021

Today we are talking about schools again, and it seems that education in the 905 Region is seldom out of the news. This week’s story revolves around the appointment in York Catholic District School Board of someone with only three years of experience as a teacher - at a private school, after a long career in the private sector - under rules introduced this summer by the provincial government. The appointment has provoked outrage among many parents and students.

To dig into why there has been such a negative reaction, we invited back Cindy Cosentino, who was our first ever podcast guest in August last year. Cindy retired last year after 32 years as an elementary and high school teacher in the Hamilton and Halton School boards, including periods working at the ministry of education, and has been kind enough now to provide the benefit of her extensive experience and understanding of Ontario schools for a second time.

Thanks to those who help us put this together:

Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

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Joey Coleman Returns to talk about the Charter of Rights and Hamilton City Hall

Joey Coleman Returns to talk about the Charter of Rights and Hamilton City Hall

February 9, 2021

Friend of the podcast Joey Coleman, editor of Hamilton's crowdfunded The Public Record, returns to discuss the latest goings on at Hamilton City Hall, including a potential Charter of Rights and Freedoms violation via a move to prevent letters critical of the councillor conduct. Then we look at the disturbing pattern of seemingly excessive and counterproductive hostility towards any avenues by which citizens might be more involved or provide comment on what is happening at Hamilton City Hall.

Wherever you live, we highly recommend listeners check out The Public Record at thepublicrecord.ca for its insight into a City Hall in crisis.

Thanks to those who help us put this together:

Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

Rage Against the Machine - Are Ontarians directing their anger where it is most deserved?

Rage Against the Machine - Are Ontarians directing their anger where it is most deserved?

February 4, 2021

Zooming out from Tuesday's interview with Chair Jeff Knoll of the Halton Police Services Board, Joel and Roland reflect on the growing importance of podcasts in providing a place for long-form interviews with public figures.

They also discuss the wider implications of the spate of resignations following on from Rod Phillips' resignation. Public frustration, anger and a desire for punishment for those found contravening the expectations placed on us all is understandable, but does it risk acting as a distraction from far more crucial issues to the life and death of Ontarians during COVID?

Correction and Clarifications:

Careful listeners will notice that Roland mispronounces Chair Jeff Knoll's surname several times. This is the kind of brain cramp Roland specializes in, and he apologizes to Chair Knoll. For those running a sweepstake on how many weeks it would be before Roland had to apologize to somebody for saying something dumb, the answer is 26. Congratulations to all the winners.

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Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

 

Jeff Knoll, Chair of Halton Police Services Board, addresses the Chief Tanner controversy

Jeff Knoll, Chair of Halton Police Services Board, addresses the Chief Tanner controversy

February 2, 2021

It's understandable at a time when so many are being asked to give up so much - including financial security and the ability to care for loved ones in their time of greatest need - that most Canadians have little patience for people in positions of leadership who feel they are exempt from the rules and standards of behaviour being demanded of us.

Amid the scandal and resignation of Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips and the subsequent resignation or firing of multiple other politicians and prominent public servants, the discovery amid tragic circumstances that Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner was in Florida appeared to be another straightforward case ... why should the chief be treated any differently to anybody? And a resignation did follow - but of Rob Burton, chair of the Halton Police Services Board, who had given Tanner his blessing to travel, not the chief.

In today's episode Joel sits down with Jeff Knoll, new Chair of Halton Police Services Board and longstanding councillor for Oakville's Ward 5, for a lengthy interview. Councillor Knoll answers the questions the public have been asking about why Chief Tanner still heads Halton Police today.

Roland did not take part in today's interview as he currently provides database consultancy services to a non-profit organization of which a member of Councillor Knoll's family is Executive Director. Finally, Roland Tanner and Chief Steve Tanner are not related and have never met.

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Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

Joel and Roland Ride the Road to Nowhere

Joel and Roland Ride the Road to Nowhere

January 28, 2021

Expanding on our conversation with Sarah Buchanan of Environmental Defence earlier in the week, Joel and Roland ask why the Ontario government is so determined to build roads. What is the logic, who does it help, and does the revolution in working from home arising from COVID-19 promise a permanent change in commuting habits that a smart government might seize upon? Along the way we ask 'when did Conservatives stop being a party the believed in efficiency?' and 'what would happen if political parties treated the public like adults who can understand complex concepts?'.

Thanks to those who help us put this together:

Special thanks for background research on this week's episodes go to Gayle Lawes.

Thanks to our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team.

The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

 

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