Ontario’s Dirty Lil Secret

The federal government is coming back from its recent climate conference. Where once again the Canadian government made bold promises to reduce CO2 emissions and to meet bold targets. Once again a lot of promises were made but no clear plan of attack was set out. A point many critics have made against the federal government.

Naturally, the focus is centred on the Oil Sands in Alberta as the biggest emitter of CO2, and the biggest obstruction for Canada to meet its targets. However, there is another problem that gets little to no coverage. And it’s a lot harder to fix than imposing a carbon price or limiting emissions targets. It’s Ontario. Specifically the 905 region of Ontario. It is one of the most densely populated parts of the country and is designed to essentially be a CO2 powerhouse.

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The Tale of the Two-Dose Summer

Remember back in March how we were in the thick of this pandemic? Vaccines were just beginning to be introduced as the way out of this mess. The thread in the media was that this roll out was destined to be a disaster. All at the hands of the federal government and Prime Minister Trudeau.

It was a theme driven by politicians:

The official Hansard from Nov 25, 2020, where Michelle Rempel CPC Health Critic states the claim that Canada will not be vaccinated until 2030.
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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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Happy Birthday To Me!

Turning the big milestone in a pandemic. Second birthday in lockdown too! I just re-read what I wrote for my last birthday in lockdown.

Wow how young and idealistic I was. So naive and optimistic. Here’s the thing I still am. Don’t get me wrong I am frustrated with where we are. I was hoping that at 40 I wouldn’t be looking at the exact same situation as I did when I turned 39. I am even more frustrated with the anti-masker, conspiracy theorists and anti vaxxers that still parade around. Causing more harm than good.

However, that doesn’t detract from my optimism for us all. As many readers know, I co-host a news and issues podcast called The 905er. Our most compelling episodes in my opinion are with our younger guests. Teens and young adults working to make our world a better and more fairer place. I must admit that I am in awe of their passion and commitment to justice. It reminds me that there are somethings worth fighting for.

Vaccines are being rolled out. Clumsily and chaotically sometimes, but they are getting in people arms. And the majority of people want them. We are going to get through this. I am hopeful that we will become something better on the other side. Perseverance is key, and it will be rewarded.

And then this time next year, when we are all vaccinated and able to socialise like normal again, you can all be invited to celebrate my 39th birthday…again.

There is no PRIDE in the cowardice of the Halton Catholic School Board

Last night was supposed to be the vote on whether or not the Halton Catholic School Board would raise the PRIDE flag at their schools. The motion put forward by Trustee Brenda Agnew based on a delegation by HCDSB student Nicole Hotchkiss, was front and centre on the agenda. Five delegations were scheduled to speak. Included in the agenda package for the night were over 200 letters from ratepayers addressing the policy. To say this least a lot of attention was going to be paid to the board meeting tonight.

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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.

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