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?
It’s understandable at a time when so many are being asked to give up so much – including financial security and the ability to care for loved ones in their time of greatest need – that most Canadians have little patience for people in positions of leadership who feel they are exempt from the rules and standards of behaviour being demanded of us. Amid the scandal and resignation of Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips and the subsequent resignation or firing of multiple other politicians and prominent public servants, the discovery amid tragic circumstances that Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner was
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
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, at what is being asked of teachers as children head back to school, and we explore the many unanswered questions about how the province’s plan can be implemented safely. Is the provincial plan ultimately more about protecting the economy than the interests and safety of children, parents and teachers?
Estimates suggest nearly 10,000 people marched in Burlington on June 4th. When I reached New Street, the start of the march had already passed out of sight to my left on its way towards City Hall. To my right I could see a solid mass of people coming towards me for as far as the eye could see, far beyond Guelph Line towards Walkers. I felt like checking the GPS on my phone. Was I really still in Burlington? When I walked back along New Street an hour later, the stream of people was still coming, finally starting to dwindle,