An archive of news and opinion pieces about the 905 region.

  • Time to Change the Script on Vaccines
    Our co-host Joel MacLeod, had an opinion piece published in The Spec this morning. A link to it is here.Continue Reading
  • Fed up with politics? Volunteer.
    There is no party like a victory party that actually happens after a victory. Especially if the previous one was in the 1940s.But hardly any Canadians take an active role in local party politics beyond voting. Doing so leaves parties exposed to special interest groups, wealthy donors and the small number of unrepresentative people who come forward to pick leaders and choose party direction. Is it any wonder we don’t feel they reflect our priorities?Continue Reading
  • “Worse Than Their Worst Nightmares”: Adrian Gordon Helping Sherpas Left High and Dry By COVID-19
    COVID-19 reached the Nepali Himalayas late, but the effects reached it early, and will likely continue for years after the rest of us have returned to something we can call ‘normal’.Halton resident Adrian Gordon is working to help the people who have helped him over five decades as they face the nightmare of COVID-19 variants and incomes that have disappeared.Continue Reading
  • The 905er Podcast—now on YouTube!
    Not a fan of podcast apps? Prefer accessing your favourite content through YouTube? Then we have good news for you. From now on we’ll be uploading every episode to our new YouTube channel. Check out the new channel and consider giving the first upload a like (thumbs up) and subscribing to our channel using the ‘bell’ icon. Even if you don’t use YouTube that often, it’s a great and zero-cost way to help our podcast out by making our episodes appear to other users. Although most uploads are sound only, in the future we plan to do some video episodesContinue Reading
  • Why There Is No Episode This Canada Day
    Please see above for our reasons why we decided not to the post an episode this Canada Day. We invite you to read up on the Truth and Reconciliation report here to learn about the recommendations put forward by the commission here: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf For more information on Reconciliation please visit: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/ If you seek counselling in relation to your experiences with the residential school system, we suggest you reach out to the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line. They can be reached at: 1-866-925-4419Continue Reading
  • Mariam Manaa Chosen as Burlington’s Ontario Liberal Candidate
    The members of Burlington’s Ontario Liberal riding association selected Mariam Manaa to be their candidate for the 2022 election last night.The contest was between Manaa and Andrea Grebenc, Chair of the Halton District School Board, and the result may be considered an upset with the little-known Manaa emerging the winner against an opponent with an established local profile who had won two previous elections.Continue Reading
  • Mayor’s Spending, ‘Performative’ Actions Criticized by Kearns, Stolte, Sharman
    Three of Burlington’s seven member council have issued a strongly worded rebuttal that appears to be a response to a message sent at 6:40am this morning by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward via her Twitter account. The tweet tacitly stated that three unnamed councillors, who could be deduced to be Councillors Lisa Kearns (Ward 2), Shawn Stolte (Ward 4) and Paul Sharman (Ward 5), had voted against additional Rainbow Crosswalks in Burlington.Continue Reading
  • We’re not Erasing History; We’re Learning It
    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?Continue Reading
  • Bargain-priced corruption? How donation limits & public apathy have inflated corporate influence.
    What might cost thousands or even millions in the US costs at most a couple of hundred bucks here in Canada.Donor limits don’t take the impression of ‘cash for influence’ out of politics, they just make it much cheaper.So how can we fund parties in a way that makes political finances above suspicion? Continue Reading
  • Paradise Lost?
    Thursday’s episode covers three 905 stories: the latest changes of direction on our schools and an education minister with egg on his face; $5 million for Burlington City Hall’s front yard; a new stinky mess in Cootes Paradise. Continue Reading