In today’s episode Joel and Roland talk to Melanie McGregor of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Branch, about how Covid-19 has affected our mental health services, and the fact that access to mental health professionals can be far more difficult than it should be, because it is not fully funded under OHIP.
Joel and Roland welcome back Shannon Gillies to discuss some of the problems with how debates on urban planning and intensification are discussed, how inevitable public resistance to change is handled, and how it can prevent us approaching the more complex discussions that need to happen if we are to design the best possible cities for our future. Then we look at the recent revelations with regard to Brampton’s CAO, whose problematic career in Niagara has followed him to Brampton in what many would suggest is an entirely predictable manner.
Today we are welcoming back Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis to speak again about the latest developments that touch on the dispute at 1492 Land Back Lane on the edge of Caledonia and the Six Nations Reserve about 20 km south of Hamilton. Sean and Karl co-host the fantastic 1 Dish 1 Mic radio show on Sunday Mornings at 10am on AM 610 CKTB. You can also listen to current and past episodes.
Joel gives a full account of the HCDSB meeting on Monday where the motion to fly the Pride Flag was ‘compromised’ out of existence among a campaign of obstructionism and delay and time-wasting by the anti-flag trustees.
Later in the show, Joel shares what it’s like to get the vaccine, and we talk some more about paid sick days.
Ashley Comrie spent two months in hospital with Covid-19 a year ago. She is still recovering and dealing with serious ongoing physical and psychological health challenges caused by the nightmare of Covid. A few weeks ago she wrote a Twitter thread about the government’s handling of the third wave that went viral. It perfectly summed up the frustration many of us have had with the failure to do the things needed to stop spread, combined with the insight that only a person who has experienced the worst of Covid can have.
A motion brought by HCDSB Trustee Brenda Agnew will, if passed, direct the Pride flag to be flown over Halton’s Catholic schools and mandate a safe space poster in every class “to ensure that students in the 2SLGBT community are supported throughout the school year”. We invited former student Niamh Shallow and 2SLGBTQ+ activist Deirdre Pike to give their perspective ahead of a likely close vote on Tuesday night on why Catholic Schools should be proud to support Pride and their 2SLGBTQ+ students.
Andrea Grebenc, chair of Halton District School Board, and Patrick Murphy, Chair of Halton Catholic District School Board, set out the frustration felt by school boards as they face a provincial government that doesn’t listen to education experts, or understand Ontario’s education systemin a detailed and frank discussion.