I’m really proud of this. Give it a listen please.

If you have 40 minutes today give a listen to this week’s episode of The 905er. I’m really proud of this episode and is what we hoped to accomplish with this medium and format.

The race for social media is on…

So as it turns out the repercussions of Jan 6th are more widespread than first anticipated. The violent attempted insurrection on the U.S. Capitol has made many question, how did this happen. While the people who were responsible are being identified, there is blame also being pointed towards institutions in society. Namely, the tech and social media giants out there.

And they are aware of the situation as well. Notably, the race by Google and Apple to pull down the right wing platform Parler. Followed by the move by Amazon to pull it’s hosting of the platform. More interesting is the fact that a judge has agreed with Amazon. This isn’t a fight over free speech, but rather a disagreement between private entities. It is telling to find that in recent months, all the social media platforms have discovered they’ve had the ability all along to police activity on their platforms.

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An Interesting Point of View on the Matters of Free Speech and Social Media

Found this on Twitter this morning:

Definitely some interesting points to debate. I do believe that Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg of the world need to step up better. Adhere to their own guidelines that have been posted for all to participate in. Donald Trump’s take down should’ve happened years ago. His behaviour on Twitter and Facebook definitely violated their terms of service.

I hope that a lesson has been learned by both companies that trying to twist their own rules around to permit violators of their platform’s rules to stay on is a futile gesture. Only time will tell.

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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Thanks for the feedback!!

It looks like you like yesterday’s news.

Our initial reception to the launch of The 905er has been tremendous. We’ve heard from people all across the region praising this exciting new venture. For too long we’ve had a void of competitive media to discuss the issues and stories that affect us here in Canada’s most important geographic region.

We’re in the process of adding it to Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify and TuneIn for you to listen to at your convenience. However in the meantime you can listen to us here:

413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World The 905er Podcast

Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council's webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT – why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert – probably not. Finally they discuss Halton Region's unanimous request to the Province and whether, for once, the Region is actually making a fair point. 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.  
  1. 413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World
  2. How Green Is My Greenbelt?
  3. Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) – Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice
  4. Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) – Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice
  5. Cindy Cosentino – Who Wins from School Boards Employing Non-Teachers as Directors of Education?

Very proud to share this

I shared a while back that I was working behind the scenes on developing a new media project to cover issues and local news pertaining to the 905 area code. Our initial launch date was July 1, however as you no doubt have noticed that date came and went.

Long story short our ambition was too big for what we would be able to do. So we stepped back and retooled our approach. And what we came up with was this:

413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World The 905er Podcast

Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council's webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT – why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert – probably not. Finally they discuss Halton Region's unanimous request to the Province and whether, for once, the Region is actually making a fair point. 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.  
  1. 413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World
  2. How Green Is My Greenbelt?
  3. Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) – Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice
  4. Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) – Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice
  5. Cindy Cosentino – Who Wins from School Boards Employing Non-Teachers as Directors of Education?
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This still needs to be said: You Need Social Media!

I’ll repeat it: You need social media!

And you need it to be done right! I have spoken with small business entrepreneurs in all industries. When the topic comes around of expanding their market or increasing their business, I ask them how are they on social media.

The answer is usually akin to: “Oh we have someone who does that, but I don’t see the point of it, never got it. Seems like a waste to me…”

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