Another weekly brace of stories affecting the 905. When is disrupting a democratic meeting appropriate? Uncle Doug is building nuclear power plants. Uncle Justin is thowing money at the provinces to spend on healthcare to make up for the fact the premiers won’t throw enough money at it themselves.
Laura Steiner sits in for Joel as we discuss the late Hazel McCallion’s legacy for Mississauga and the 905 region. And we share some first impressions (recorded before Tuesday’s interview with Kate Graham – go and listen to it if you haven’t heard it yet) on the 40 Liberal insiders who have put their names to an attempt to co-opt Mike Schreiner from the Ontario Greens.
As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places. Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23. Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees. As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt. What is Doug Ford’s response? It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings.
Last month sex worker advocates took action and filed a lawsuit in Ontario Courts to challenge the constitutionality of the Protection of Communities and Exploited persons Act. Should they succeed in their challenge laws surrounding sex work could be struck down once again in Canada, forcing Canada to once again update it’s laws.
One of the groups involved with the court case is a Hamilton advocacy group, Sex Workers Action Program Hamilton. We reached out to their Executive Director Jelena Vermillion to chat with her about the court case and what they hope to accomplish. As well as the issue of sex work and sex workers rights in general in Canada.