Joel Macleod

Text describing why we didn't post an episode on Canada Day

Please see above for our reasons why we decided not to the post an episode this Canada Day. We invite you to read up on the Truth and Reconciliation report here to learn about the recommendations put forward by the commission here: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf For more information on Reconciliation please visit: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/ If you seek counselling in relation to your experiences with the residential school system, we suggest you reach out to the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line. They can be reached at: 1-866-925-4419Continue Reading

The Halton Catholic District School Board is facing some serious repercussions from it’s decision not to fly the pride flag this June. On June 1st the Ontario Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the board, addressed to Chair Patrick Murphy as well as Education Director Pat Daly. In the letter the Commission took specific issue with the debate and ultimate refusal of the Board to fly the flag at its schools. While praising the Halton Catholic Board for taking action to promote safe spaces within schools, and to implement LGBTQ2S+ awareness for it’s staff, it stated “Nonetheless, the OHRCContinue Reading

A small PRIDE flag taped to the HCDSB sign

In the aftermath of the Halton Catholic School Board’s decision to not raise the PRIDE flag at it’s schools in June, there appears to be a growing rebellion against the decision. In the 24 hours after the decision to not fly the flag came down, a number of Halton Catholic teachers, schools and agencies have taken to Twitter to post messages of reaffirmation that the LGBTQ+ community is welcomed. More and more schools and teachers appear to be adding posts as the days go on.Continue Reading

The Halton Catholic School Board Office

In anticipation of tonight’s special board meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, parents in favour of the motion to raise the PRIDE flag at it’s schools have mobilized support on social media. The Halton Catholic Board postponed the decision from last week’s agenda, when Trustees failed to vote to extend the meeting to permit a vote on the motion. The board has scheduled a special meeting to be held tonight to discuss the motion and vote on it. The motion as put forward by Trustee Brenda Agnew, after initially being proposed by HCDSB student Nicole Hotchkiss, would seeContinue Reading

Every International Women’s Day in the 905, Paddy Torsney organizes and host an IWD Breakfast Event.  The event focuses on the highlights and accomplishments of women of note in the region.  This year marks a significant milestone of 25 years.  We wanted to talk about this accomplishment, and the importance of International Women’s Day for our society.  As well as the impact adding more women to leadership roles can have for our society. Paddy is a long time friend of both Roland and Joel, she is a former Member of Parliament for Burlington, and is currently the Ambassador of theContinue Reading

Roland and Joel

It’s taken almost six months to get here, but Roland and Joel reflect on the journey so far. Its been a winding path, but a lot the help comes down to our Patreon supporters.  Their support has helped us grow this into what it’s become so far.  We are grateful for their support. This podcast has provided us a chance to talk about the forces that are shaping the region, and talk with the people who are influencing what that shape becomes.  We hope to continue this for another 50 episodes and beyond. Thanks to those who help us putContinue Reading