The Hamilton LRT Means It Can Have Nice Things

What is wrong with Hamilton? That seems to be the question everyone is asking recently. The city’s light rail transit system has been sitting on a shelf for just over a decade now. Waiting for someone to say, go. It looked like all the signs were green. Political efforts were being made to push forward, until Premier Ford abruptly reversed course. Effectively cancelling the project. Mayor Fred Eisenberger was furious at not being properly consulted, and that this decision essentially ended the project before it began. The cry in Hamilton was “Why can’t we catch a break?”

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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.

Long Term Care is Doug Ford’s Walkerton

Remember back to the previous Tory government here in Ontario? They were a scrappy bunch intent on reforming government through privatisation. Why should government do it, when we can just pay someone to do it for us instead? This line of thinking ended up in one of the most tragic cases of government failure in Ontario history. Namely the Walkerton crisis.

In the end, Premier Mike Harris ended up resigning his position rather than face re-election by the public over the apparent failures of his privatisation priorities.

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No matter what, Hallmark is NOT essential…

I wrote previously about how the essentials of this pandemic are highly subjective. Check it out here.

To underscore the point, see this:

While I can appreciate the importance the arts industry is to the economic well being of the province, I question the necessity for yet another Hallmark christmas movie being filmed in Hamilton.

I can’t say I’m surprised. Clarity on essential work isn’t there. And in that void, people will continue on their business as usual. It’s hard to take the Premier seriously when he says for us all to stay at home, and yet a Hallmark movie needs to be filmed for the 2021 christmas season.

If we want to beat COVID-19, we need to get serious about rule breakers

This situation crossed my social media feeds yesterday:

On Facebook a friend posted this:

Facebook post about Hugs over Mask individuals at Costco
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Part 2 is up

A Lack of Integrity in Hamilton

905 Round-Up: Sewage Leaks, HATS in Hamilton and Greenbelt Spin The 905er Podcast

It turns out that the city of Hamilton continues to have problems with sewage.  This time it appears that for 26 years raw sewage has been emptying out into Hamilton Harbour.  The good news in this situation is that it also appears that Hamilton City Council is not covering it up and working to act proactively on the issue.  A sign of things to come? We shall see. A few weeks ago we talked with now Councillor Ted McMeekin about the Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters or HATS.  For sometime they were looking for permanent site for the shelters, and it appears they are one step closer to it.  A site on Barton St is where they are currently housed. Will it last? Lastly, Bill 23 has passed at Queen's Park.  Critics have been pointing out the costs that will be downloaded onto the municipalities of the 905 on top of the loss of greenbelt land.  However, the government is immediately going into spin mode to convince Ontarians that this will save them money.  Spoiler: It won't. 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. 905 Round-Up: Sewage Leaks, HATS in Hamilton and Greenbelt Spin
  2. Nick Morrison Shares Safe Streets Halton’s Vision for The 905
  3. 905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy?
  4. Franz Hartmann Talks to The 905er About Saving the Greenbelt
  5. The 905 Round-Up: Health Care Collapse and Land Grabs for the Rich

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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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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