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. 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.
Today we are talking with Cindy Cosentino 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.
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?
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
Our interview today is with Sarah Buchanan, Ontario Climate Program Manager with Environmental Defence (https://environmentaldefence.ca/), one of Canada’s leading environmental advocacy groups, about the revived proposal for a new 400 series highway between the 400 north of Vaughan and Halton. Sarah explains why the highway plan was cancelled back in 2018, the threat it poses to the Greenbelt, and who stands to benefit most if the highway is built. We’ll give you three guesses … Thanks to those who help us put this together: Special thanks for background research on this episode go to Gayle Lawes. Thanks to our founding
Our previous episode gave us a lot to talk about, in terms of the housing and eviction crisis that is looming here in the 905 and the province as a whole. Joel and Roland sit down to examine a possible solution to the supply and demand problem of housing in the province. As well, they take a look at development as it currently stands and whether or not it truly meets the needs of our communities. Thanks to those who help us put this together: Our founding patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables