The debate over statues of John A. MacDonald and keeping the name of Egerton Ryerson on public schools has rekindled in the last month. The discovery of 215 children in unmarked graves in Kamloops and the continued discovery of more unmarked graves in various Residential Schools across the country have given cause to examine these men’s legacy. We talk about the true complicated legacy of these men and what a better way for Canadians to memorialize and learn about accomplishments in the past might be.
The combined tragedies of the discovery of 215 unmarked children’s graves in Kamloops, followed by the horrific act of Islamophobia resulting in the murder of a family in London, has shaken this country.
We invited Sarbit Kaur on to discuss the need for our political leaders and the media to do better on this topic.
Our guest this week is Graham Crawford, one of the leads of iElectHamilton.ca. iElectHamilton.ca has provoked a wave of positive support from many Hamiltonians, and a storm of angry reaction from some of the city’s political grandees. It has already been described as a leftist takeover by university elites, and criticized for being unfairly hostile to delicate incumbent councillors who just want everybody to be positive.
Listen to Graham and decide for yourself.
Hamilton councillors face the challenge of voting on a $3.1 billion gift from the federal and provincial governments and vote for sleepy nap-time instead. Will the horn on the Hamilton’s political clown car wake them? Parp! Plus we look at LPAT being LPAT and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s intervention in the HCDSB Pride flag debate.
In our episode coinciding with the first day of Pride Month, we talk to Hannah, Annie and their high school teacher Caitlin Grieve, about their successful efforts to have three Rainbow Crosswalks installed in Oakville. We are also joined by Whitney Ross, one of the co-leads of Pflag Halton, to discuss the implications of HCDSB’s Pride Flag controversy, and the changes still needed to build a tolerant society.
Former Hamilton mayor Larry Di Ianni this week claimed Hamilton was facing a ‘left wing takeover’ by ‘university and other elites’. Roland and Joel tell him to get off their lawn. Then they look at the person the Toronto Star claims is an up and coming Conservative Party star of the 905, Melissa Lantsman, their candidate in Thornhill and do a search for substance.
Three Hamilton apartment buildings have seen major outbreaks of Covid-19 in recent weeks, all of the more transmissible UK-origin variant. The worst instance was in Rebecca Towers, where well over 100 cases have been identified. To discuss this topic in detail we invited on Justin Chandler. Justin is TVO.org’s Hamilton-Niagara Bureau reporter, covering current affairs in the region.