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.
While Joel and Roland were recording this podcast, twice, due to technical problems, news was emerging of what appears to be a third lockdown starting this Easter Weekend. Our intrepid hosts give their reactions to the latest reports. A little bit of frustration leads to some colourful language. But at least it’s not grey, eh?
Our interview today is with Sarah Buchanan, Ontario Climate Program Manager with Environmental Defence (https://environmentaldefence.ca/), one of Canada’s leading environmental advocacy groups, about the revived proposal for a new 400 series highway between the 400 north of Vaughan and Halton. Sarah explains why the highway plan was cancelled back in 2018, the threat it poses to the Greenbelt, and who stands to benefit most if the highway is built. We’ll give you three guesses … Thanks to those who help us put this together: Special thanks for background research on this episode go to Gayle Lawes. Thanks to our founding
Joel and Roland discuss the connection between political donations and the policy priorities of the Ford government. If any single subject can be said to encapsulate the priorities of the provincial government since 2018, it must be the efforts to weaken the legislative checks and balances on what can be built where, and who gets to have a voice in shaping development proposals.