Burlington

Today’s episode goes to the heart of the planning and development debate in the 905.

The new council elected in Burlington in 2018 has undoubtedly achieved significant change to Burlington’s downtown planning framework, and extracted major concessions from the province–at least, it has on paper.

Not so fast …

Today we speak to Burlington’s Councillor for downtown Lisa Kearns, about the catch in the deal with the province, and the wider need for reform of how municipalities control planning.Continue Reading

Roundup 18 November

Burlington’s UGC change has finally been implemented. Has the city got what it was promised? Or has the barn door been slammed only after the province has let the horse run away?

Hamilton has a new councillor for Ward 5, but Ward 5 didn’t get to choose him. Why?

905 MP Erin O’Toole is facing a rebellion. What’s going on with the CPC?Continue Reading

Douglas Cockell

Doug Cockell is a local author who has written a trilogy of supernatural mysteries, all taking place in the Niagara Escarpment. His novels: Requiem for Thursday, Requiem for Noah and most recently Requiem for Mary Mac are all currently on the Amazon Bestsellers list. Requiem for Thursday was a semi-finalist for the 2020 Booklife Prize Fiction contest.
He joins us today to discuss how the 905 has driven his inspiration for his writing, and what makes it such a potent backdrop for his stories.Continue Reading

Stop the 413

Irene Ford joins us from the grassroots Stop the 413 group to discuss the latest developments and the many reasons why she believes Highway 413 should be stopped. Can you guess what might be motivating the government?Continue Reading

Following our Tuesday episode with Halton Catholic School Board Chair Patrick Murphy, we speak with Lauren Wallis of Halton Parents for Change (https://haltonparentsforchange.ca/, @HaltonPFC).

Lauren gives her perspective on Chair Murphy‘s account of recent dysfunction at HCDSB and the Pride flag debate, and what needs to be done make the board function effectively.Continue Reading

Patrick Murphy/HCDSB

In June, Halton Catholic District School Board took the unusual step of ordering an investigation into its own dysfunctional behaviour, including the board‘s discussion of the Pride flag, which brought international attention to the board‘s division. Board Chair Patrick Murphy discusses the report and what can be done to improve trustee behaviour in an in-depth interview.Continue Reading

Emily Brown CPC

At a pandemic election, vaccination status is a crucial question that tells us a lot about a candidate’s beliefs. Yet Emily Brown in Burlington and other CPC candidates appear not to want to admit whether they are vaccinated or not.Continue Reading