We’re going to need a new plan

Doug Ford came to the podium yesterday to ask for a plan to ease restrictions on businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CTV covered here. It’s a good sentiment. However, this was expected months ago.

Back in the summer, Doug Ford announced that his government would bring forward a plan to deal the economy and the pandemic for the fall. It’s now Halloween and we’re still waiting on that plan. Apparently so is he.

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Does our government really get this?

No doubt by now, you’ve all seen the photo of Niagara area MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s large indoor family gathering. The clear violation of social distancing protocols and willful disobedience for mask wearing. If you were like me you shook your head in disbelief and incredulity.

Then came Premier Doug Ford’s response. That should’ve made you furious with righteous anger. A simple apology was good enough for young Mr. Oosterhoff. No reprecussions. No disciplinary actions. No demotions to the back benchs from his perch as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. Nothing. A shrug of the shoulders and a mumbled apology behind closed doors was good enough for old Doug Ford.

This is unacceptable. I am furious at this. Here’s why.

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Hey Toronto Star, thanks for the homage!

At least thats what I assumed you were doing!

Today’s editorial looks and sounds an awful lot like my blog post Thursday…

Well I’ll let you be the judge:

The old Doug Ford is rearing his head again.

And Thursday’s blog post:

The Old Doug Ford is Back!

Wow, what a week!

Remember back at the start of this pandemic, how impressed we all were with how Premier Doug Ford handled the crisis? This was the team that couldn’t print licenses plates, and hated to spend money on public services. Could we have the worse possible choice to lead us through a global pandemic? It turns out, Doug had a compassionate side. A side that he liked to show to all of us each day at the podium. Expressing sympathy and condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones to COVID-19. As well as, understanding for the small business owner and entrepreneur scared for their livelihood. Maybe this was the real Doug Ford.

Well it turns out the old Doug Ford was there all along. Underneath the compassionate veneer, remained the vindictive and cronyism enthusiast we were all familiar with. This week alone has seen him come back in a big way.

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When you’re ahead of the curve…

The last 24 hours have shown quite the development in a few episodes we’ve covered on The 905er. I highly recommend you click on the link to go through our episodes if you haven’t already to get caught up. But we’ve had follow up developments and supplements on three episodes we’ve produced in the last day or so. Click on the link below to subscribe and listen on your favourite podcast app:

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Podcasting needs to change in Canada

For the last three months, I have been busy building my new podcast The 905er into a viable enterprise. I have been working with a colleague, Roland Tanner on this. Neither of us had experience creating podcasts, nor marketing them. However, like any good entrepreneur, that hasn’t stopped us from diving in head first.

We have learned quickly a lot of this new media industry in Canada. Mostly as to how there doesn’t seem to really be one. According to one estimate, there are approximately 850,000 podcasts out there right now. With that number you must be saying, Joel you’ve just contradicted yourself. Normally I’d agree, however there is another statistic that we’ve observed since beginning this venture.

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Part 2 is up

A Lack of Integrity in Hamilton

905 Round-up: Two steps forward, one step back? The 905er Podcast

In our Thursday 905 Round-up this week we have three stories that have dominated news cycles in different parts of the 905, in some cases for almost a decade. Two will be viewed as positive steps, and one seems entirely negative. Judge for yourselves. Trustees at Halton Catholic and Hamilton Wentworth Public School Boards are in a hole and determined to keep digging. Hamilton councillors vote at committee to proceed with LRT. But can the anti-LRT/Stoney Creek alliance delay and disrupt the process so much that they can still refuse to accept a free transit system? Burlington has received provincial permission to adjust the location of its Urban Growth Centre, which Mayor Meed Ward portrays as taking control of development in the city after a controversial decade and more since the UGC was put in place.  Roland and Joel take different views on whether this is a big deal, a 'positive, but time will tell' deal, or a whole lot of nothing very much. Listen to the end to see who you agree with! If you like the what the 905er does, please consider supporting us at Patreon. For a week, for a month, for a year — it all helps cover our costs and helps us cover more of the stories you want to see. Thanks to: Nicholas Paul: sound editing Our fantastic Team 905er Patrons.
  1. 905 Round-up: Two steps forward, one step back?
  2. Sarbjit Kaur Joins The 905er to Explain How our Institutions Need to do Better on Racism
  3. Graham Crawford and iElect Hamilton Part 2 – Positively Main Street (and King Street)
  4. Graham Crawford Explains How iElectHamilton.ca Can Change Hamilton- Part 1
  5. 905 Roundup: Clown Cars and Crosswalks

The 905er this week is taking a special interest in the Hamilton City Council’s Integrity Commissioner’s investigation of Cameron Kroetsch. For those of you who are not fully aware of the story, Mr. Kroetsch is an activist and advocate busy in the Hamilton LGBTQ community.

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Happy weirdest Thanksgiving ever!…

Well, lets start off by saying a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family wherever you are. This one is definitely one for the history books!

Normally, we’d be packing up the kids and pets to travel to family get togethers all over the province. Not this year. I hope that you’re following public safety precautions and staying home with your immediately family. Right now it looks like it’s the safest thing to do, to keep us from going into full lockdown.

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