Oakville

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

As we recharge the batteries with a summer break, we hope you enjoy some highlights from the 905er’s first year. In our second episode, first broadcast August 4th 2020, Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod were joined by Cindy Cosentino, who recently retired after 32 years as a teacher in Hamilton and Halton school boards teaching science and math. 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, atContinue Reading

In our episode coinciding with the first day of Pride Month, we talk to Hannah, Annie and their high school teacher Caitlin Grieve, about their successful efforts to have three Rainbow Crosswalks installed in Oakville. We are also joined by Whitney Ross, one of the co-leads of Pflag Halton, to discuss the implications of HCDSB’s Pride Flag controversy, and the changes still needed to build a tolerant society.Continue Reading

Joel gives a full account of the HCDSB meeting on Monday where the motion to fly the Pride Flag was ‘compromised’ out of existence among a campaign of obstructionism and delay and time-wasting by the anti-flag trustees.
Later in the show, Joel shares what it’s like to get the vaccine, and we talk some more about paid sick days.Continue Reading

Patrick Murphy, Andrea Grebenc

Andrea Grebenc, chair of Halton District School Board, and Patrick Murphy, Chair of Halton Catholic District School Board, set out the frustration felt by school boards as they face a provincial government that doesn’t listen to education experts, or understand Ontario’s education systemin a detailed and frank discussion.Continue Reading

They also discuss the wider implications of the spate of resignations following on from Rod Phillips’ resignation. Public frustration, anger and a desire for punishment for those found contravening the expectations placed on us all is understandable, but does it risk acting as a distraction from far more crucial issues to the life and death of Ontarians during COVID?Continue Reading