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Brenda Agnew and the Pride Flag Debate

Brenda Agnew and the Pride Flag Debate

January 18, 2022

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One of the biggest stories we have covered since this podcast began was last year's decision by Halton Catholic School Board over a motion brought that, if passed, would have seen the Pride flag fly over Halton's Catholic Schools during Pride month, along with a variety of other measures to demonstrate and support acceptance of LGBTQIA+ students in HCDSB schools.

The motion, brought by Trustee Brenda Agnew following an initial question raised by a student, was not so much defeated as disassembled by a thousand amendments. But the message was clear - a majority of HCDSB trustees were opposed---some virulently so---to raising the Pride flag over Halton's Catholic Schools, and, at least for some, any suggestion of support for or endorsement of LGBTQIA+ students. It was a decision that received national and even international attention, and went against a trend seen at other Catholic School Boards in Ontario, where numerous votes saw support for raising the Pride flag.

But Trustee Agnew is bringing a new motion to HCDSB this evening (January 18th 2022), and with it an opportunity for trustees to take a different approach.

Trustee Agnew joined us late last week to discuss why she's bringing another motion, and what she expects from her fellow trustees this time, and why she believes HCDSB's decision over the Pride flag is so important.

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The 905 Round-Up: Covid Deja Vu, Lawn Sign Loopholes and More Pride for HCDSB

The 905 Round-Up: Covid Deja Vu, Lawn Sign Loopholes and More Pride for HCDSB

January 13, 2022
 
 

Roland and Joel are back at it!

Our first episode of 2022, has our intrepid hosts looking down the barrel of another lockdown and shutting of schools to mark the start of the year.  At this point it's clear our provincial government in Ontario is winging this pandemic from wave to wave, with parents, students and the economy considered collateral damage.  What are we all to do going forward with Premier Ford at the helm?

Then Roland looks at the city of Hamilton adjusting their rules surrounding lawn signs during elections.  It ends up they took what probably should've been a pretty simple and clear clarification of the rules, and ended up making them thicker than mud.  Why the confusion? Is it political in motivation, or something far more mundane?

Lastly, Joel brings up the fact that the Halton Catholic District School Board is going to give raising the Pride flag in June another kick at the can.  The last time this was brought up, the entire process degenerated into a mess of bigotry and division.  Is that the sign of things to come? Or has the school board finally learned its lesson and will stand on the right side of history finally?  Time will tell...

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The Year 2021 in Review

The Year 2021 in Review

December 23, 2021
 

Here it is!  Our last episode of #2021!

Joel and Roland look back on the year that was and select our top three stories that we'll be keeping an eye on in #2022.

We look at the HCDSB Pride Flag debate, the impact the Federal election will have on this year's provincial election in Ontario and of course the story of Burlington Taxi's closure in Burlington!

You can listen to those episodes by clicking on the links here:

The HCDSB Pride Debate:  https://905er.ca/2021/04/a-question-of-pride-for-halton-catholic-school-board/

Our Election Night Live Stream Special: https://905er.ca/2021/09/905er-election-night-special/

Scott Wallace on Burlington Taxi's Closure: https://905er.ca/2021/12/scott-wallace-of-burlington-taxi-sets-the-record-straight/

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Urz Heer Shares How a Peel Community Turned the Tide on COVID-19

Urz Heer Shares How a Peel Community Turned the Tide on COVID-19

December 21, 2021
 
 

This is our Penultimate episode before the holidays.  So we wanted this to be a good news story.

Back in January, we did an episode on Peel Region's struggles with COVID-19.  At that time Peel was an epicentre of the pandemic struggling to get a handle on the situation.

Today, the region is the top spot in Canada for Vaccination rates.  A big factor in that turnaround was the mobilization of various communities to get their people vaccinated.  Groups like the Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force worked to turn the tide on COVID-19.  We invited Urz Heer to the podcast to discuss the hard work that went into achieving this accomplishment.

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The 905 Round-Up: Cabs, Council and Politics

The 905 Round-Up: Cabs, Council and Politics

December 16, 2021
 
 

We look at what we learned from our explosive interview with Scott Wallace of Burlington Taxi.  Where is the outrage from Burlington City Council towards the failure of staff to follow through on its directive?

Then Joel and Roland look at a recent poll of Ontario political leadership that shows a big uphill battle for Ontario Liberal Party Leader, Steven Del Duca as well for Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horvath.  What do they need to turn things around in the #newyear?  Stop operating like it's 1995 for starters.

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Scott Wallace of Burlington Taxi Sets the Record Straight

Scott Wallace of Burlington Taxi Sets the Record Straight

December 14, 2021
 

On November 26th Burlington Taxi, which began operation 53 years ago, shut down for good, leaving many local services and the residents who depended on them without any immediate replacement means of transportation.

In the days that followed, it became apparent that there were more factors at work than just the inability of the company to remain profitable. A key element appeared to be the failure of City of Burlington staff to follow through on a council direction back in 2018. Somehow, an instruction from council to staff simply went missing. What happened?

Today our interview is with Scott Wallace, President of Burlington Taxi. Scott sat down to give us a detailed account of his side of the debate. It was an interview that certainly added greatly to our understanding of the timeline of what went on. Yet, as you will hear, there remain significant questions for the city to answer about how and why the council’s direct instructions could simply be ignored.

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The 905 Round-Up: Hospital Short Changes and Bad Calls

The 905 Round-Up: Hospital Short Changes and Bad Calls

December 9, 2021

In this episode of The 905 Round-Up, Joel and Roland take a look at Peel region.  Specifically, the fact that while Mississauga is getting massive funding for a badly needed hospital.  To the tune of $3 billion.  While its neighbour to the north is getting nothing.  This isn't the first time Brampton has called for more attention to its health care system.  And it isn't the first time they've been ignored.  Since the start of the pandemic calls from Brampton has fallen on deaf ears at Queen's Park.  What is behind this?  Is it a feud between Premier Doug Ford and Mayor Patrick Brown with Brampton citizens caught in the crossfire?

Then we look at the Burlington Taxi controversy in you guessed it,...Burlington!  More specifically the call by the Burlington Gazette to fire city clerk Kevin Ardoon.  We examine why this is just looking for a scapegoat and the irresponsibility of calling for the sacking of a public official and tarnishing of his reputation, without a lot to back it.

Lastly, some good news in Halton with the proposed plan to construct badly needed social housing in Georgetown, Milton and Oakville.

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Graham Crawford Shares what Hamilton Thinks of its Politics

Graham Crawford Shares what Hamilton Thinks of its Politics

December 7, 2021

It is a tumultuous time in Hamilton, with major stories concerning the city's present and future cropping up every week. Events such as the recent violence associated with the clearing of the homeless living in J. C. Beemer Park, the successful Stop Sprawl HamONT campaign to persuade council to vote against urban expansion, and the ongoing saga of the behaviour of some of the most longstanding councillors.

iElectHamilton, who we spoke to in the spring when their campaign for change at City Hall was launched, recently launched a survey of Hamilton residents and their views of the leadership at City Hall. The results of the survey appear to illustrate a city ready for change.

To discuss this trend and what is going on on the ground in Hamilton, we invited back Graham Crawford, one of the organizers of iElectHamilton, to the 905er, to discuss the survey, recent events, and the preparations for a 2022 municipal election that promises to be one with a clear choice for voters to make at the ballot box.

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The 905 Round-Up: Park Protests and Political Plans

The 905 Round-Up: Park Protests and Political Plans

December 2, 2021
 
 
 
 
 

Over the weekend saw violence erupt in J.C. Beemer park in Hamilton over the tent encampments there.  Protesters from Hamilton Encampment Support Network clashed with police.  The details are being investigated by the province's SIU.  However, the episode has brought to the forefront the issue of affordable housing in the city.  Joel and Roland discuss the interconnection of the various issues that keep popping up in Hamilton, and the seeming unwillingness of city leadership to properly address them.

Then Joel and Roland segue into the looming provincial election as NDP and Ontario Liberal Leaders both made big campaign promises.  As talk and rhetoric continue to rise as the election draws closer, it seems that more and more the political leadership in Ontario tends to miss the mark in terms of what's actually needed for the people on the ground.  What does this disconnect from Ontarians mean for our political options come election season, and is there time for a party or leader to seize the narrative and propose real substantive change?

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Lisa Kearns Discusses Why 905 Cities Need a Better Deal

Lisa Kearns Discusses Why 905 Cities Need a Better Deal

November 30, 2021
 
 

Today's episode goes to the heart of the planning and development debate in the 905.

The new council elected in Burlington in 2018 has undoubtedly achieved significant change to Burlington’s downtown planning framework, and extracted major concessions from the province--at least, it has on paper.

Previously, the presence of Burlington’s provincially designated Urban Growth Centre and a Metrolinx Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) in the downtown acted like large neon signs pointing downtown which said ‘build highrises here’, regardless of what the city or residents wanted.

All that appeared to change this year. 

On November 10th Minister of Municipal Affairs Steve Clarke confirmed in writing to the City the details of changes that had been announced at a press conference in June--the province had agreed to move Burlington’s Urban Growth Centre away from downtown, and closer to Burlington Go Station. Burlington will still have to take just as many new residents as it ever would have done, but they'll be located where the city council has argued is most appropriate.

Meanwhile, the MTSA designation which claimed Burlington’s tiny bus station was a major transit hub, was also removed. Clarke said in June, “By re-designating the Urban Growth Centre away from the downtown and closer to the Burlington GO station we will ensure that the downtown area is preserved.”

So, it seems like Burlington’s new council has gotten everything it wanted. Right?

Not so fast...

Today we speak to Burlington's Councillor for downtown Lisa Kearns, about the catch in the deal with the province, and the wider need for reform of how municipalities control planning.

 

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