Burlington

As politics becomes more polarized, the gap between ‘disagreement’ and ‘enmity’ is blurred to the point of invisibility.

But when you use words like ‘corruption’, you had better know what you’re talking about. Words matter. And it also matters that, even if we disapprove of a particular action, even if we wouldn’t do it outselves, we notice the difference between acting legally and without hypocrisy and acting ‘corruptly’.

We look at two examples today …Continue Reading

Rents have jumped in the last year. Why, and what are we doing about it? Gary Carr has announced he is running for Regional Chair again, torpedoing Jane McKenna’s hope of an easy election to be regional chair of Halton. Does McKenna have what it takes to be a serious challenge to Carr? We look for evidence. And Peel District School Board has a racism problem, as trustees resist doing what the province has ordered them to do, and abolish streaming.Continue Reading

Alan Kan writes the #munipoli matters newsletter, focusing on the news and politics of municipalities not just here in the 905 but across the country as well.  Today we talk with him and ask him to share his take on what he predicts will be the more interesting municipal elections in the region.Continue Reading

As one Ontario election ends, it appears that immediately we look at the upcoming municipal election in the fall. Rumours abound about Andrea Horwath’s intentions in Hamilton. Larry Di Ianni is being Larry Di Ianni again. In Burlington, what Shawna Stolte asked for – a revised closed session protocol – has been delivered. It wouldn’t have happened without her insistence, so why are her council colleagues pretending it had nothing to do with her?Continue Reading

One of the largest music festivals in Canada happens right here in the 905.  This year bands like Finger Eleven, The Trews and The Tea Party are playing to crowds of hundreds of thousands on Father’s Day weekend in downtown Burlington.  And most important, it’s free.  Yes, that’s right free! Executive Director Myles Rusak joined us to discuss,Continue Reading

Joel and Roland take a look away from the Ontario election beginning and focus on the municipal candidates declaring their candidacy for this falls election.  Why is there such ridiculousness around the public property not being used for campaigning?  It is publicly owned and are we not smart enough to know a campaign when we see it? Continue Reading

905 Round-up April 28th 2022

Coming off our coverage of the fall of Burlington City Council’s decision to reprimand Councillor Shawna Stolte we look at the very public and lengthy response to the situation from Mayor Marianne Meed-Ward. Then we examine the rising cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton as well as the province at large.  It seems that people are eager to ignore that a pandemic is still happening.  While lockdowns have grown to be unnecessary in the current wave, there have emerged other problems that are not being addressed.Continue Reading