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

The 905 Round-Up: Park Protests and Political Plans The 905er Podcast

          Over the weekend saw violence erupt in J.C. Beemer park in Hamilton over the tent encampments there.  Protesters from Hamilton Encampment Support Network clashed with police.  The details are being investigated by the province's SIU.  However, the episode has brought to the forefront the issue of affordable housing in the city.  Joel and Roland discuss the interconnection of the various issues that keep popping up in Hamilton, and the seeming unwillingness of city leadership to properly address them. Then Joel and Roland segue into the looming provincial election as NDP and Ontario Liberal Leaders both made big campaign promises.  As talk and rhetoric continue to rise as the election draws closer, it seems that more and more the political leadership in Ontario tends to miss the mark in terms of what's actually needed for the people on the ground.  What does this disconnect from Ontarians mean for our political options come election season, and is there time for a party or leader to seize the narrative and propose real substantive change? 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! Don’t forget to check out 905er.ca, even if you get the podcast delivered to you automatically. We post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.  
  1. The 905 Round-Up: Park Protests and Political Plans
  2. Lisa Kearns Discusses Why 905 Cities Need a Better Deal
  3. The 905 Round-Up: A Grassroots Victory & First Nations Solidarity
  4. How Do We Get Daycare Funding in Ontario?
  5. The 905 Round-Up – Bad Democracy and Civil Wars

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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