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

Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905 The 905er Podcast

In our second interview with candidates from the 905 Region ahead of the Federal Election, we talk today to Adam van Koeverden, who is seeking re-election as the MP for Milton for the Liberals, a seat he won just two years ago when he defeated former Conservative minister Lisa Rait. Van Koeverden was a Canadian household name as an Olympic Gold, and multi-Silver and Bronze medal winner in Sprint Kayak before entering politics. In his first term as an MP he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. We discuss the climate change, electoral reform, First Nations reconciliation, the COVID recovery plan and much more in a wide-ranging conversation. Programming note: we have continued to approach numerous Conservative candidates with the opportunity to discuss their platform as NDP and Liberal candidates have done. This includes offering to add an extra episode in order that we can make sure a CPC voice is heard before election day. As of September 16th only one CPC campaign office has taken the time to return any of our messages. While we make no apology for the fact the 905er Podcast sees the news through a progressive lens, the reason we exist is to let listeners hear direct from people with influence in our region. We accord anybody who is willing to be a guest equal courtesy and respect, and we are delighted that MPs, mayors and councillors from across the political spectrum have been guests during the 905er's first year. It is disappointing that not one Conservative candidate has yet been willing to speak on the record to voters interested in hearing their party's platform. 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 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. 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 your automatically. We post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.
  1. Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905
  2. Keith Brooks of Environmental Defence Reminds Us Why Climate Change is Important This Election
  3. Thursday Roundup – Who‘s afraid of the 905er? Why won‘t CPC candidates speak about their platform?
  4. Election 2021: Roberto Henriquez Discusses the NDP Platform
  5. Election 2021: How not to suck at politics

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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