As we’ve mentioned before, we can’t cover every race, but we can highlight some of the races we think are most interesting. This week we’re focusing on the Halton Regional Chair race. For the first time since the position became elected in 2000, there are three candidates in the race with clearly established credentials and contrasting platforms. Andrea Grebenc, former chair of the Halton District School Board did reply, and joined us to set out why she thinks she’s the right choice for the job.
Should politicians who are landlords make decisions that affect the housing market? Roland and Joel have a gentleman’s disagreement about what is realistic and desirable, and settle it under Queensbury rules. Roland regrets finding himself defending people in positions of power too often lately and wonders if he has gone soft.
Rents have jumped in the last year. Why, and what are we doing about it? Gary Carr has announced he is running for Regional Chair again, torpedoing Jane McKenna’s hope of an easy election to be regional chair of Halton. Does McKenna have what it takes to be a serious challenge to Carr? We look for evidence. And Peel District School Board has a racism problem, as trustees resist doing what the province has ordered them to do, and abolish streaming.
In the second of our interviews with Ontario party leaders, this week we are joined by Steven Del Duca, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The extent to which Del Duca can make an impact with Ontario voters over the next few weeks will be crucial in deciding whether the OLP and NDP split the progressive vote, or one of them is able to unite the public behind them enough to prevent a second term for Doug Ford.
In the last few weeks for this podcast, you might have noticed that a theme has appeared. Homelessness has crept into the forefront of discussions here in the 905. Denise Davy is an award-winning journalist and former reporter for The Hamilton Spectator. Her book, “Her Name Was Margaret”, outlines experience of a woman Denise met who had been living for decades on the streets with severe mental illness. Denise has written numerous times on the issue of homelessness and its causes. We speak with her to understand better the issue how we need to reframe our conversations on homelessness if we are to solve it and work to help those on the streets.
TVO has today published a leaked details of the Ontario Government’s Housing Affordability Task Force Report, due to be published next week.
If the draft were implemented, it would fundamentally change development in Ontario cities. Roland Tanner argues there seem to be some very good, some potentially good, and some terrible recommendations.