My In Depth Analysis of Last Night’s Presidential Debate…

The 905er talks wine in Niagara

Rebroadcast – A Stony Silence? Sarah Harmer, Graham Flint and Greg Sweetman debate the call for a moratorium on gravel mining. The 905er Podcast

Originally aired on March 22, 2022   If you live in the 905 Region, there is a good chance you live relatively close to a gravel quarry, and there’s a good chance that the existence of the quarry is or has been controversial. Aggregates, to give them their proper name, are one of the constituent ingredients in a huge amount of infrastructure. Multiple environmental groups have recently formed the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition aimed at province-wide change to the aggregates industry. They are calling for an immediate moratorium on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario, to allow a pause and consultation on a new approach to balancing the need for aggregates for infrastructure with the needs of the environment. We are joined by Greg Sweetman, EVP of James Dick Construction to put the aggregate industry's case, and singer, songwriter and activist Sarah Harmer and activist Graham Flint, co-chairs of the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition, to explain why they think now is the right time for a moratorium. This episode of The 905er is brought to you by our sponsor: South River Brewing.  Listen to this episode to see how you can save money on your next order by visiting the link below: South River Brewing It takes money and time to create two podcasts a week. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills. Why not buy us a coffee? Or you can support us by becoming a patron for a month, for six months, or forever. See https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Patreon listeners also get to hear our episodes without commercial interruptions. Thanks to our existing patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team. Nicholas Paul: sound editing. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
  1. Rebroadcast – A Stony Silence? Sarah Harmer, Graham Flint and Greg Sweetman debate the call for a moratorium on gravel mining.
  2. Rebroadcast – 2022 Provincial Election: The Ontario PC Platform (Somewhat)
  3. Rebroadcast – Flavio Volpe Discusses the Aftermath of the Truck Blockades
  4. Rebroadcast – The 905 Round-Up: Peel Trouble and Green Steel in Hamilton
  5. Rebroadcast – Denise Davy Discusses the Root Causes of Homelessness in the 905

Covid-19 has upended a lot of norms in our lives. Most impacted has been the tourism and hospitality sectors. Where business was most often conducted face to face and in more intimate and comfortable surroundings, the entire industry has been forced to throw out old business models and invent new ones.

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The second wave is here, the time to act is now

Second wave, stupid people

It appears our leaders aren’t on the same page

Yesterday, I shared the Prime Minister’s address to the nation this week. A big point that has been making the rounds with people is the frank admission that Trudeau doesn’t think Thanksgiving will look like a normal gathering this year.

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Tonight, Trudeau tries to change the future

Tonight, Prime Minister Trudeau is going to try and change the end goals for his government. Rightly so too. This isn’t the same country that existed when this current government first introduced their throne speech. The pandemic has exacerbated in equalities, and decimated entire segments of the economy. It is certainly reasonable to say that Canada is not returning to it’s past self. In that light, it is prudent for leadership to embrace the change that has been thrust upon us all. Rather than let Canada succumb to the storm of change, it is right for him to try and seize the wheel of the ship and steer us towards a new port of prosperity.

I have no insight of forewarned knowledge of what is in the Throne speech. I do have some wishful thinking though. So here is what I am hoping to see this afternoon and tonight in his address:

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Hamilton, WTF?

The good people of Hamilton are known to have an opinion or two. God forbid however, should you want to exercise your right and share it with your elected city council.

Over the last few weeks, Hamilton City Council has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Councillor Terry Whitehead has made headlines for his abrasive and confrontational tone in committee. Against anyone who might disagree with him apparently. Staff and even citizens are not immune from his wrath it seems.

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A follow up on my RBG post

Now is a good time to plan for the future

This huge news for the Ford Assembly plant in Oakville. If this deal goes through it would mean a lot for the auto industry here in Canada. The trend over the last five years or so, has been for the major automakers to dive into the electric vehicle market. Currently, every major vehicle manufacturer has an electric vehicle planned for the market in the next few years. Car company Tesla has taken the market by storm. Sparking would be competitors such as Rivian or Bollinger Motors. It’s becoming clear that electric vehicles is not a fad or trend, but the future of the auto industry.

Which is one of the reasons why the Ford announcement is so curious. Any casual observer of the industry can see the future is electric. Yet the provincial government has been reluctant to encourage the development of the market in Ontario. The belief that green initiatives are not worth the energy so to speak is prevalent in the current government.

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