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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 members of Burlington’s Ontario Liberal riding association selected Mariam Manaa to be their candidate for the 2022 election last night.

The contest was between Manaa and Andrea Grebenc, Chair of the Halton District School Board, and the result may be considered an upset with the little-known Manaa emerging the winner against an opponent with an established local profile who had won two previous elections.Continue Reading

Three of Burlington’s seven member council have issued a strongly worded rebuttal that appears to be a response to a message sent at 6:40am this morning by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward via her Twitter account. The tweet tacitly stated that three unnamed councillors, who could be deduced to be Councillors Lisa Kearns (Ward 2), Shawn Stolte (Ward 4) and Paul Sharman (Ward 5), had voted against additional Rainbow Crosswalks in Burlington.Continue Reading

Two Types of History

Statues are not history, and few things are more boring to historians than statutes of Victorian worthies … right until the moment they are pulled down.

Among the hysteria about “cancelling Canada’s history”, millions are learning important facts about Canada’s past. So is it history the statue-defenders want to protect? Or a mythological past that hides the brutal truths?Continue 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

Rumours about who will run in the 2022 provincial election in Burlington have begun to heat up as at least three people have announced their intention to seek the nomination to run against Progressive Conservative incumbent Jane McKenna. Who is eventually chosen to be candidate will be decided by local riding association members, and the Liberals appear headed for a contested nomination where multiple candidates face off in a contest for member support.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