A Lack of Integrity in Hamilton

Our 50th Episode! The 905er Podcast

It's taken almost six months to get here, but Roland and Joel reflect on the journey so far. Its been a winding path, but a lot the help comes down to our Patreon supporters.  Their support has helped us grow this into what it's become so far.  We are grateful for their support. This podcast has provided us a chance to talk about the forces that are shaping the region, and talk with the people who are influencing what that shape becomes.  We hope to continue this for another 50 episodes and beyond. Thanks to those who help us put this together: Thanks to our founding 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. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes! Don't forget to check out 905er.ca every so often, even if you get the podcast delivered to your automatically. We try to post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.    
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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.

He was volunteering as chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to the City Council. Recently, the City Council used it’s Integrity Commissioner to investigate claims that Mr. Kroetsch violated policy when he shared a tweet highlighting a decision the advisory committee made.

Many have criticised the city council for using a mechanism, which was meant to govern behaviour of elected councillors, in such a way against a volunteer. My colleague Roland Tanner and I spoke with Mr. Kroetsch to get his side of the story. As well, we spoke with Joey Coleman of The Public Record to get his analysis of the situation.

This was a pretty big episode for us so we needed to break it up into two parts. Part one is above with Mr. Kroetsch’s interview. Our chat with Joey will be coming on Tuesday.

Enjoy.

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