Over the last few weeks, observers of Burlington city politics have noticed a growing rift in council. So much that when Joan Little of the Spectator commented on it in one of her columns, the Mayor decided a rebuttal was in order. What is going on in Burlington City Hall? Joel and Roland discuss what we know and what it means.
We have another milestone to celebrate, and two stories that remind us why the news in the 905 Region needs more coverage, because they are issues that you are unlikely too see receiving much coverage in legacy media.
In the dock this week … Hamilton and Brampton duke it out for the ‘most dubious council behaviour’ award.
Roland and Joel welcome Laura Steiner, editor of the Milton Reporter to discuss the awakening to history that is happening right now, and the challenges it poses for our national self-image as ‘Canada the Good’. Along the way we dive into how one of Ontario’s oldest highways came to be named for a Scottish aristocrat who never visited Canada – Henry Dundas – and the problematic and contradictory aspects of his life.*
The debate over statues of John A. MacDonald and keeping the name of Egerton Ryerson on public schools has rekindled in the last month. The discovery of 215 children in unmarked graves in Kamloops and the continued discovery of more unmarked graves in various Residential Schools across the country have given cause to examine these men’s legacy. We talk about the true complicated legacy of these men and what a better way for Canadians to memorialize and learn about accomplishments in the past might be.
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?
Our guest this week is Graham Crawford, one of the leads of iElectHamilton.ca. iElectHamilton.ca has provoked a wave of positive support from many Hamiltonians, and a storm of angry reaction from some of the city’s political grandees. It has already been described as a leftist takeover by university elites, and criticized for being unfairly hostile to delicate incumbent councillors who just want everybody to be positive.
Listen to Graham and decide for yourself.
Hamilton councillors face the challenge of voting on a $3.1 billion gift from the federal and provincial governments and vote for sleepy nap-time instead. Will the horn on the Hamilton’s political clown car wake them? Parp! Plus we look at LPAT being LPAT and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s intervention in the HCDSB Pride flag debate.