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The 905er is a news, politics and discussion podcast for the GTHA region focusing on the region outside central Toronto where 4 million people live, but where news coverage and discussion hardly exists. Presented by Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod, long-time activists, volunteers and sometimes even wannabe-politicians, we aim to provide a lively weekly podcast featuring interviews with people in the news, round-table discussions, analysis and more. It aims to be intelligent, though-provoking, lively and entertaining.

The 905er Podcast The 905er

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The 905er is a news, politics and discussion podcast for the GTHA region focusing on the region outside central Toronto where 4 million people live, but where news coverage and discussion hardly exists. Presented by Roland Tanner and Joel MacLeod, long-time activists, volunteers and sometimes even wannabe-politicians, we aim to provide a lively weekly podcast featuring interviews with people in the news, round-table discussions, analysis and more. It aims to be intelligent, though-provoking, lively and entertaining.

    Sabrina Nanji Talks About the Milton By-Election

    Sabrina Nanji Talks About the Milton By-Election

    Sabrina Nanji of the QPObserver joins us on this episode as we get into the weeds with the Milton By-Election.
    When Parm Gill announced that he was stepping down from the Ontario PC's to run for Pierre Poilievre's Conservatives, it of course opened up a By-Election to replace him as Milton's MPP. Normally, By-Elections are sleepy affairs with little fanfare, however, this one has an undercurrent of importance to it. To start, the Ontario PC's need to show that they are still relevant in the 905, and to do so they have scooped former Ontario Liberal supporter as well as Milton Councillor Zee Hamid to run for them. Fans of the podcast will remember our interview with him when he ran for Mayor last municipal election.
    For the Ontario Liberals, there were talks about whether or not new leader Bonnie Crombie would seek a seat in the Legislature via Milton. However it appears after a lot of back and forth over candidates, Galen Naidoo-Harris will carry the banner for the Ontario Liberals in this race. What does this say about Bonnie's leadership and the Ontario Liberal brand? Especially as they only lost this seat by a narrow margin in the last general election?
    To discuss this all and to share her insight, we are joined by Sabrina Nanji. Sabrina is a former reporter with the Toronto Star and has since gone off to start her venture in journalism with the QPObserver. You can find her work here:
    https://qpobserver.ca/
    Our previous episode with Zee Hamid is here:
    https://905er.ca/2022/09/the-race-for-milton-zeeshan-hamid/
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
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    Nicholas Paul: sound editing.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
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    • 50 min
    Cameron Kroetsch Vs the Hamilton Police Board

    Cameron Kroetsch Vs the Hamilton Police Board

    Hamilton Police have been having a pretty bad start to 2024.
    Last month, the Hamilton Police Board made headlines when it took disciplinary action against one of its members, Ward 2 Councillor Cameron Kroetsch for asking questions surrounding its budgetary process. As of this airing date, Councillor Kroetsch is suspended from serving on the Police Board in Hamilton.
    This bold action on the part of the police board raises serious questions about how much oversight and accountability do our elected officials have over the municipalities biggest expenditure. Do police in this province operate without the same conditions that other municipal agencies have?
    We thought we'd get into this topic where it started, by asking Councillor Kroetsch to join us. We've had him on before to The 905er when we first launched this podcast a few years ago. Since that time, he was elected to represent Ward 2 on Hamilton City Council in the last election. Today he joins us to discuss what happened around the table at the Hamilton Police Board.
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
    Or, why not buy us a coffee?
    Nicholas Paul: sound editing.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
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    • 52 min
    What Happened to the Hamilton Jewish Film Festival?

    What Happened to the Hamilton Jewish Film Festival?

    Last month, we released an episode on the rise of anti-semitism in the 905. We released it and thought it would be some time before we might have to revisit the topic. We were shocked to find out that only a few weeks later the topic would rear its ugly head once again in Hamilton.
    On March 19th, without warning The Playhouse Cinema in Hamilton announced unilaterally it would be postponing the Hamilton Jewish Film Festival, slated to happen in April, citing concerns from emails and social media surrounding the event as justification for the decision. Later, the Cinema would clarify that no specific threats had been issued to the venue, just a general atmosphere towards the event itself because it was a Jewish Film Festival. Nevertheless, pressure on the Cinema to cancel the event because it was a Jewish cultural event can only be described as anti-semitic. We reached out to the Playhouse to invite them for comment, however they did not respond to our requests.
    We did want to discuss this though with the organizers of the festival to hear their side. To that end, we invite back to the podcast Jazmyn Rymberg of the Hamilton Jewish Federation, to present their side and how this setback will not deter Hamilton's Jewish community from celebrating their heritage.
    Tickets for the Film Festival can be found here:
    https://www.jewishhamilton.org/film-festival
    Our Previous episode with Jazmyn Rymberg can be found here:
    https://905er.ca/2024/01/confronting-anti-semitism-in-the-905/
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
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    Nicholas Paul: sound editing.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
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    • 37 min
    Mayor Liz Roy Asks Where's Whitby's Hospital?

    Mayor Liz Roy Asks Where's Whitby's Hospital?

    For years, the Doug Ford government has promised Whitby a new hospital. As the region continues to grow it is becoming apparent that the status quo in terms of its health care will not do. In a notoriously safe PC riding like Whitby and Durham, it seems like they would be a shoo-in for a brand spanking new hospital, just like Doug promised. So where is it? Why hasn't the Doug Ford PC's started the process of fulfilling their promise to the people of Durham Region?
    In a notoriously safe conservative part of the province like Durham and Whitby, it shocked us to hear about Whitby Mayor Elizabeth Roy's campaign to put public pressure on the Ontario PC party to own up to their promise. Why did she have to start a PR push last month to ask the province to spend only $3 million to start the process of development for a badly needed hospital? To answer those questions and learn more about how dire the situation is in Whitby's healthcare system, we invited her to the podcast.
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
    Or, why not buy us a coffee?
    Nicholas Paul: sound editing.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
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    • 43 min
    Scott Radley on Hamilton's Looming Gridlock

    Scott Radley on Hamilton's Looming Gridlock

    A few weeks ago, Hamilton City Council voted to redesign its major street running into its downtown core.
    The new plan is to essentially divide Main St, a one-way six-lane wide boulevard running through the middle of its downtown into a two-way street, despite concerns from city staff that this would create a problem with traffic, leading to congestion. Their concern is that this move will limit the ability to travel down and through the downtown. Is this a pointless and ultimately futile move on the part of Hamilton City Council? Or is this a brave decision to take steps to transform a decaying downtown into a vibrant pedestrian and people-friendly place to live, work and play?
    One person who is highly critical of Hamilton City Council's decision is Hamilton Spectator columnist Scott Radley. His opinion piece criticizing the council's decision caught our eye and so we invited him to share his opinion in-depth and see if we were wrong in our approval of the city council's decision. What happened was a great conversation with two sides of the topic on how best to revitalize and improve one of Canada's most important cities. Did either side win? Not sure, but some great ideas hopefully popped out for you to listen to. This is how these debates are supposed to go, isn't it?
    Scott's Column in The Spec
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
    Or, why not buy us a coffee?
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    • 50 min
    Paolo De Buono on Catholic Education in Ontario

    Paolo De Buono on Catholic Education in Ontario

    Coming off our previous episode, we wanted to examine the state of Catholic education in Ontario. Sparked by the recent York Catholic school board controversy, along with the stories of Catholic school boards fighting against raising the Pride flag, we were wondering about its future in Ontario. What is the support for Catholic education, and does it have a purpose in today's multicultural and diverse mosaic in Ontario?
    To dive into this topic we reached out to Paolo De Buono. Paolo is a former Catholic school teacher in Ontario as well as a lawyer, who has been highly critical of the institution in recent years. Citing its curriculum encourages homo and transphobia, and that in a modern diverse society such as Ontario and Canada, it is outdated and harmful. He is also behind the website Stop the Catholic Harm.
    He joins us today.
    https://stopthecatholicharm.ca/
    It takes money and time to do this podcast. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and keep paying the bills.
    You can become a monthly or yearly patron on our website at 905er.ca. We didn’t like sharing your generosity with that other ‘patron’ website, so we created our patron system. Become a patron, get member benefits and our eternal gratitude, and know that you’re not mainly funding some crummy web company in the US. Win-win!
    Or, why not buy us a coffee?
    Nicholas Paul: sound editing.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Inspired in the 905 ,

BEST NEW PODCAST IN 2020!!

I have been a loyal listener since the launch earlier this year. Every episode is current, interesting and insightful. You deliver a much needed focus on the 905 even as traditional media backs away.

I really enjoyed your interview with Dylan Buskermolen in Episode 26. I must admit that my eyebrow raised when you said in the introduction that you were going to focus on positive stories for the holiday season, starting with Dylan talking about his ongoing battle against cancer. But the interview was so well done, poignant and uplifting at the same time. Dylan is a remarkable person. His positivity is encouragement for us all in these dismal days of COVID. I wish Dylan the very best in his battle.

And I wish Joel and Roland and their associates at the 905er “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. I can’t wait to see what you do in 2021!

Call Me Mick ,

Finally bringing attention to the 905 and Halton Region

Only a few episodes in and this has been an absolutely fantastic podcast. The two hosts are clearly well informed on the topics they discuss and are very easy to listen to - keeping their talking points easy to understand. The guests they have brought on are great too and the hosts do a great job of letting them speak on the topic of the episode, rather than talking over them or making their own points and steering the guest to simply agree or disagree. But mostly, it’s great that the hosts present each topic in an apolitical format, letting guests or facts speak for themselves rather than present a biased or disingenuous perspective.

As someone who spent much of their life in Halton, it’s great to see someone bringing attention to the issues and concerns that affect this region, and even going as far as to say keeping the region informed of what’s going on in our own community. Definitely worth subscribing to if you’re a resident of the 905 or even if you’re interested in how various social and political issues are affecting communities outside of the Greater a Toronto Area.

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