After 20 years, its time to say goodbye

There are some who are going to read this and be honestly shocked by what I’m about to write. This week I cancelled my memberships and monthly donations to the federal and provincial Libéral parties.

I should explain myself. This isn’t due to some falling out. Or a protest of government policy. I did use to work for the party in a previous lifetime. However that has come and gone. I have found a new passion and something that I enjoy doing very much. The 905er.

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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.

A vaccine is here, just in time for Christmas!

In case you’ve been living under a rock or really really in self isolation, you have probably heard the great news! A vaccine for COVID-19 is here. It’s viable and effective and the plans are being formed to roll it out to the public.

We spoke about it on The 905er this week:

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Some nonsense has gone on long enough…

This week’s theme of posting and news seems to be those on the edges of our community, that COVID-19 seems to make easy to discard. On my podcast The 905er, this week we centred our attention on the Ministry of Long Term Care home policies effects on separating families in it’s care.

Yesterday, I wrote about the Hugs over Masks people being allowed to get away with violating mask by-laws. As well, a friend of mine Brenda Agnew, shared a shameful story of trying to take her son into Indigo here in Burlington. Her son has a disability, and is the reason why mask exemptions were included in masking by-laws. I’m not going to speak for her. She can do that herself, you can find her Facebook post here:

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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: A Grassroots Victory & First Nations Solidarity The 905er Podcast

      This week saw a major victory for the grassroots organizers to protect the remaining rural area of Hamilton from development.  Hamilton City Council voted not to expand it's Urban Boundary.  This came after a sustained grassroots pressure from groups such as Stop Sprawl Ham ONT organized and campaigned to stop the expansion.  Joel and Roland look at what this victory will mean for the city as it's undergoing a grassroots empowerment movement, and they ponder if this is a sign of a shift in culture from council. Then after the break, Joel and Roland look at how the Six Nations Land Defenders of 1492 Landback Lane are showing solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en peoples in downtown Hamilton.  More than a year from the last #shutdowncanada protests over the gas pipelines on the Wet'suwet'en land, it appears that we are starting the cycle up again.  Reconciliation is at the doorstep of the 905 region.  We talk about what this means for the region, the province and Canada at large. 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: A Grassroots Victory & First Nations Solidarity
  2. How Do We Get Daycare Funding in Ontario?
  3. The 905 Round-Up – Bad Democracy and Civil Wars
  4. The Need for a Living Wage in the 905
  5. The 905 Round-Up – Bad Councillors and Redrawn Maps

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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