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905 Round-Up: Rent’s Up, Gary’s Back, and Peel School Board is Dysfunctional

905 Round-Up: Rent’s Up, Gary’s Back, and Peel School Board is Dysfunctional

June 28, 2022

In our last episode before our summer break, we look at some different stories from around the 905. Rents have jumped in the last year. Why, and what are we doing about it? Gary Carr has announced he is running for Regional Chair again, torpedoing Jane McKenna's hope of an easy election to be regional chair of Halton. Does McKenna have what it takes to be a serious challenge to Carr? We look for evidence. And Peel District School Board has a racism problem, as trustees resist doing what the province has ordered them to do, and abolish streaming.

We'll be back in good time for the municipal elections. Until then, have a great summer!

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905 Round-Up: Alan Kan talks about what to expect this falls Municipal Elections

905 Round-Up: Alan Kan talks about what to expect this falls Municipal Elections

June 23, 2022

We invited back to the podcast, fellow amateur municipal political pundit Alan Kan.  

For those who might not remember Alan writes the #munipoli matters newsletter, focusing on the news and politics of municipalities not just here in the 905 but across the country as well.  Today we talk with him and ask him to share his take on what he predicts will be the more interesting municipal elections in the region.

Coming off the provincial election outcome, the fall's municipal election is already starting to heat up.

Check out Alan's newsletter here:

https://munipolimatters.substack.com

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Grandmother’s Voice - Indigenous Women Leading a New Type of Healing and Reconciliation

Grandmother’s Voice - Indigenous Women Leading a New Type of Healing and Reconciliation

June 21, 2022

At the same time as the history of the Residential Schools was exploding on the front pages of newspapers, two women in Halton were creating something new and unprecedented with the potential to do much to bring about a genuine knowledge of the truth, and a real road towards reconciliation. They are seeking to bring healing to all based on indigenous treatments for, in their words, “healing of the body, mind, soul and spirit while connecting to the land.”

Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil are the two co-founders of Grandmothers Voice, the first urban Indigenous Center in Halton, but also a new kind of education and wellness centre where a collective of Indigenous Women are providing programs that emphasize healing based on traditional methods, open to all. This includes a Healing/Medicine garden, a Wellness Centre and a Community garden. But as you’ll hear in our conversation with Jody and Sherry, it seems like Grandmother’s Voice has the potential to grow from its Halton origins into something of national importance.

https://www.grandmothersvoice.com/

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905 Round-up: Withering House Prices / Whither the Ontario Liberals after a Second Electoral Calamity

905 Round-up: Withering House Prices / Whither the Ontario Liberals after a Second Electoral Calamity

June 16, 2022

For the first time in a long time home-owners and home-buyers in the 905 are facing the prospect of house prices that go down instead of up. Is this entirely bad? A needed but hopefully limited adjustment triggered by interest rates? An unexpected fix to affordability? Or none of the above?

The Ontario Liberals are beginning a new phase of reflection and self-analysis after finishing the provincial election exactly where they finished in 2018 - with a handful of seats and without official party status. Some voices claim that it's because the party is still perceived as too left wing? Does that really have anything to do with why the party completely failed to grasp the imagination of Ontarians? (Hint: no.)

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Glyn Bowerman of Spacing Radio

Glyn Bowerman of Spacing Radio

June 14, 2022

This week we are joined by Glyn Bowerman of the Spacing Radio podcast. Spacing is something special and increasingly rare - a quarterly magazine printed on paper. But Spacing is also an important website and a highly recommended monthly podcast, hosted by Glyn. It all its formats, Spacing exists specifically to promote ideas and discussion relating to urbanism in Canada’s cities. Although it looks especially at urban issues in Canada’s big cities - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton - it also explores the subjects which are very familiar to everybody in the 905 region.

Check out Spacing at https://spacing.ca/ and make sure you subscribe to the Spacing Radio podcast wherever you get your podcast episodes.

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The 905 Round-Up: Mayoral Rumours and Hamilton Social Media Hijinx

The 905 Round-Up: Mayoral Rumours and Hamilton Social Media Hijinx

June 9, 2022

As one Ontario election ends, it appears that immediately we look at the upcoming municipal election in the fall.

More specifically the rumours surrounding former Ontario NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath.  For a little while now, the rumour mill has been circulating that Ms. Horwath is possibly looking to throw her hat in the ring for Hamilton Mayor this fall.  What are her chances of winning?  Should she run?  More importantly, should the people of Hamilton reward another politician shopping around for elected offices?

After the break, we look at social media shenanigans on the part of Larry DiIanni, who has no problem identifying male councillors by name and yet can't seem to remember the names of Maureen Wilson and Narinder Nann.  Should we take such disrespect at face value as a slip of the fingers on Twitter?  Or should we call out sexist behaviour as we see it?

Lastly, yet another update on the ongoing saga at Burlington City Hall.  Councillor Shawna Stolte seems to be getting what she asked for.  The city is reviewing their procedures for in-camera sessions.  So why the need to drag her name through the mud in the first place?

Joel and Roland dive into all of this on this episode of the Round-Up!

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Myles Rusak Jams withThe 905er about the Sound of Music Festival

Myles Rusak Jams withThe 905er about the Sound of Music Festival

June 7, 2022

It's time to look forward to summer again.

One of the largest music festivals in Canada happens right here in the 905.  This year bands like Finger Eleven, The Trews and The Tea Party are playing to crowds of hundreds of thousands on Father's Day weekend in downtown Burlington.  And most important, it's free.  Yes, that's right free!

The previous two years have been challenging for artists and live music fans due to the pandemic restrictions.  However, as we start to put that behind us, it's time to get back to enjoying the things we love.  To give us some insight into the challenges of coming back from a global pandemic stronger than ever, and to show us what to expect at this year's festival, we asked Myles Rusak the Executive Director of the Burlington Sound of Music Festival to join us.

Myles is clearly a music fan, and if you're one too, you're going to want to listen to this episode.  

Festival webpage: https://www.soundofmusic.ca

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Join Us On YouTube For Our Live Election Webcast

Join Us On YouTube For Our Live Election Webcast

June 2, 2022

Join us on YouTube at 9pm this evening (2nd June) when the polls close as Roland, Joel and special guests discuss the Ontario election results and what they mean for the 905 region. Here's the link you'll need: https://youtu.be/AMBnJb-JqT0

 

905 Round-Up: Ontario’s Election is Missing, Presumed Dead

905 Round-Up: Ontario’s Election is Missing, Presumed Dead

May 31, 2022

Don't miss our election night live stream on Thursday. We'll spice up this election or die trying. Either way, it should be a fun evening for our listeners, and we're hoping to have some special guests. Join us and drown your sorrows or unexpectedly celebrate the (what colour do you get if you merge Green, Orange and Red?), er, 'Brown Wave'© of 2020.

But, so far, this is not looking to be an election for the ages, unless something very unexpected happens on Thursday. Doug Ford's government has spent four years providing clear evidence that it would struggle to organize a fun evening at a brewery, while the sticker-magnate premier failed to make a sticker stick or a licence plate show up in the dark. But there was much worse. Seniors dying of COVID, abandoned by staff and and completely unprotected as the disease spread unhindered. Vacillation and ineptitude over multiple failed attempts to control spread by colour-codes and levels we've all now long forgotten. Federal COVID relief funds misappropriated and misused. And right back at the start in 2018, a budding green economy pointlessly destroyed.

And yet it looks very much like Ontarians are about to convey a renewed mandate, while both Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca appear to be failing to land a single truly significant blow on Doug Ford during this election.

W, as the the saying goes, TF?

And talking of unbelievable, Councillor Terry Whitehead, Hamilton's regular entrant in the crowded field of challengers for 'worst councillor in Ontario', really went off on one last week, launching an extraordinary attack on the leftist cabal he claims is trying to take over the city. All we can say is that Comrade Danko's disguise as a middle-of-the-road moderate is pretty darn convincing, and he's keeping his copy of Das Kapital well hidden underneath a well-crafted disguise of stockbroker chic. And Councillors Wilson and Nann seem more like entirely reasonable and at least lucid voices on council than the shock troops of Hamilton's leftist fifth column.*

Whitehead's ranting and raving gives serious concern for his wellbeing, and yet with the way local democracy works in this province, does his bizarre behaviour even actually harm his re-election chances?

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*Yes Roland is trying to show off all the fancy jargon he learned in Russian History 101 back in 1989, what of it?

 

The 905 Round-Up: Bateman Highs and Lows

The 905 Round-Up: Bateman Highs and Lows

May 26, 2022

The saga surrounding Robert Bateman High in Burlington continues!

First off we look at the Aird & Berlis report clearing the City Council of wrong doing in the Shawna Stolte disciplinary matter.  While technically they are in the right, there is a big caveat of whether or not they should keep going with how they have been acting so far.  Roland lays out a big criticism of the city council that still lingers over the whole affair.

Then after the break, Joel looks at the city finally getting around to asking for public input on the purchase of Robert Bateman High.  Only there isn't a lot more information than what is out there already.  How are people supposed to make an informed decision when they don't have all the facts.  Namely an estimate of cost to the public treasury.  While technically this is a public consultation, it is the bare minimum of one in our opinion.  We discuss it.

***NOTE*** On this episode we had some technical issues on the recording and so the quality is not up to our usual standard.  We did not have time to re-record the episode and so we had to make do.

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