Roland Tanner

Roland Tanner, PhD, is publisher and editor-in-chief of The 905er.

Since 1993 Roland has had multiple careers as a bookseller, academic historian, author, co-founder of TannerRitchie Publishing, and programmer and web application developer for businesses and non-profits across Ontario.

After emigrating to Canada from the UK in 2003, he spent over a decade as an activist and volunteer for provincial and municipal causes. In these roles he twice playing contributed to citizen advisory committees tasked with recommendations for reform of citizen engagement processes in Burlington. In 2018-2020 he acted as a co-chair of Engaged Citizens of Burlington. Roland admits the grand total of measurable change achieved by this decade of municipal volunteering is probably nil.

Prior to establishing The 905er in 2020, Roland was a member of and volunteer for the Ontario Liberal Party, acting at various points as a riding president and regional VP on the executive of the OLP. Roland sought municipal office at the October 2018 election, running for the vacant Burlington Ward 2 council seat. He did not win.

Roland has given up all party affiliation and political ambition in order to establish The 905er, and is a passionate believer in the need for non-partisan, cross-partisan and post-partisan cooperation between progressives of all stripes.

Reserve Properties 409 Brant St

Reserve Properties Ltd has withdrawn its appeal of the City of Burlington’s decision on 409 Brant St.

The planned development of a twenty-four storey highrise at the corner of Brant and James St, opposite City Hall acted as a lightening-rod during the 2018 municipal election.Continue Reading

In 2019-20 I was invited to volunteer for a committee to look at improving the operation of advisory committees.

Here’s my undoubtedly frustrated delegation from last Thursday (Sept 17th) when the staff report ‘informed by’ our recommendations reached the committee stage.Continue Reading

Burlington downtown

The story of Burlington’s Official Plan review goes to the heart of how we build a better future in the 905. What does this divisive experience say about local democracy and development in Ontario? What works? What is broken? What needs to change? Over the next several weeks, I hope to shed some light on these questions.Continue Reading

Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod are joined by Cindy Cosentino, who recently retired after 32 years as a teacher in Hamilton and Halton school boards teaching science and math. Cindy shares her concerns, and the concerns of many of her colleagues, at what is being asked of teachers as children head back to school, and we explore the many unanswered questions about how the province’s plan can be implemented safely. Is the provincial plan ultimately more about protecting the economy than the interests and safety of children, parents and teachers?Continue Reading

The 905er logo

Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod introduce the 905er podcast – a podcast for the Ontario GTHA’s 905 region outside Toronto. “The 905” is the economic powerhouse of Canada and home to 4 million people and growing, but receives little media coverage. We’ll be uploading a weekly podcast discussing the important issues for our region, with interviews, round-tables and analysis of what’s happening in our city halls and on our streets.Continue Reading