Hamilton (Region)

The gloves are off for the PC Government as they attack anything and everything that stands in the way of their most generous donors. Meanwhile healthcare approaches collapse, and the minimum wage falls further and further behind the actual minimum cost of living.Read More …

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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.Read More …

Ford and Clarke

WOW!!! What a week!

Doug Ford blinked before the entire province this week by capitulating to CUPE and revoking Bill 28.  This happened as a result of the mobilization and solidarity of the labour movement in Ontario, the likes of which haven’t really been seen in a few generations.

While that might sound like a reason to celebrate (it is), Doug Ford and his team haven’t wasted any time to back track on previous promises that they’ve made to voters.  Namely to keep the Greenbelt intact. Read More …

Keanin Loomis

In the run up to the municipal election on October 24th we want to give our listeners the opportunity to hear directly from candidates in some of the most hotly contested and important races. We’re kicking off today with an interview with Keanin Loomis. Keanin certainly got out of the gate early, and has been up front with policy ideas since day one. Will that be enough to tip the balance towards him and away from names that may be more familiar?Read More …

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.Read More …

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?Read More …

The NDP made news this week when sitting MPP Kevin Yarde in Brampton was ousted by his own riding association in a nomination meeting for Sandeep Singh. In Brampton North, approximately 150 people were able to over rule the voice of 100,000 people before the provincial election this June. What does it say about our democracy when so few people in a riding association are able to decide the candidates to represent so many people in our places of power? Read More …

This week had huge news in Hamilton.  Local area MPP Donna Skelly earned some local headlines, by saying that #Hamilton city council made the wrong call in not expanding its urban boundary earlier this year. And the PC government tabled legislation based on the Housing Task Force report, and this gives a lot of power to developers, restricting municipalities in how they respond to proposals, and puts it all basically on the Ontario Land Tribunal to sort it out.Read More …