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McMaster University

905 Round-up: Vax, Tracts and Macs

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.

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

Following our Tuesday episode with Halton Catholic School Board Chair Patrick Murphy, we speak with Lauren Wallis of Halton Parents for Change (, @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 make the board function effectively.

Patrick Murphy/HCDSB

100: HCDSB Chair Patrick Murphy Discusses Dysfunction at the Board

In June, Halton Catholic District School Board took the unusual step of ordering an investigation into its own dysfunctional behaviour, including the board‘s discussion of the Pride flag, which brought international attention to the board‘s division. Board Chair Patrick Murphy discusses the report and what can be done to improve trustee behaviour in an in-depth interview.

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Time to Change the Script on Vaccines

Our co-host Joel MacLeod, had an opinion piece published in The Spec this morning. A link to it is here.

Andrew Drummond to be Burlington’s NDP Candidate for 2022

The Burlington NDP riding association has announced it will be selecting Andrew Drummond as its candidate to face-off against PC incumbent Jane McKenna and Liberal Mariam Manaa at the 2022 election.

Emily Brown CPC

Conservative Candidate’s Silence Leaves Vaccine Question Unanswered

At a pandemic election, vaccination status is a crucial question that tells us a lot about a candidate’s beliefs. Yet Emily Brown in Burlington and other CPC candidates appear not to want to admit whether they are vaccinated or not.

Ryerson Public School

So you want to defend Ryerson?

If you care more about the name of a school than the bodies of thousands … and yes it is thousands … of children who died alone, separated from their loved ones, their way of life, their language, malnourished, abused, alone and confused, then I truly despair.

Election volunteer

Fed up with politics? Volunteer.

There is no party like a victory party that actually happens after a victory. Especially if the previous one was in the 1940s.

But hardly any Canadians take an active role in local party politics beyond voting. Doing so leaves parties exposed to special interest groups, wealthy donors and the small number of unrepresentative people who come forward to pick leaders and choose party direction. Is it any wonder we don’t feel they reflect our priorities?

Image of Paul Sharman, Burlington Ward 5 councillor

“Petty Opportunism” – Sharman Slams Rainbow Crosswalk Location

Burlington’s Ward 5 Councillor, Paul Sharman, has slammed Council’s decision to place a rainbow crosswalk at the junction of Fairview Street and Drury Lane, immediately outside Halton Catholic District School Board’s head office.

In a series of tweets between Thursday evening and Saturday, Sharman labelled the decision ‘petty opportunism’ and ‘completely disrespectful of a highly regarded institution.

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