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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.

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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 905 Round-Up: A Grassroots Victory & First Nations Solidarity

    The 905 Round-Up: A Grassroots Victory & First Nations Solidarity

     


     


     

    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.



     

    • 34 min
    How Do We Get Daycare Funding in Ontario?

    How Do We Get Daycare Funding in Ontario?

     


     

    Something all parents are all too aware of is the price of daycare.  Not just in #the905 but across the province.  In some cases, the cost is comparable to a second mortgage on a family's expenses.


    Finally, the federal government is getting a plan in place across the country to help bring the cost of daycare down to $10 per day.  However, to date, only New Brunswick and Ontario have yet to sign.  We asked the Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould to come on the podcast to explain exactly what is the proposed offer, and what the hold-up is to get a deal in place for Ontario.


     


    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.


     

    • 26 min
    The 905 Round-Up - Bad Democracy and Civil Wars

    The 905 Round-Up - Bad Democracy and Civil Wars

     

    Today Joel and Roland look over the Minister of Municipal Affairs finally moving the Urban Growth Centre.  Spoiler it's a gift that's actually not a gift.  The devil is in the details and it appears that Burlington is probably not getting what it actually wants.  The fact is the development in this province under this government progresses no matter what.


    We then look at Hamilton City Council's decision to job interview for a new Ward 5 Councillor rather than ask the people of Ward 5 themselves whom they'd like to represent them on the council.  It's anti-democracy in action at Hamilton City Council. 


    Lastly, we sneak in a chat about Erin O'Toole demonstrating leadership by kicking Senator Denise Batters from the Conservative Caucus and in the process seems to have kick-started a civil war in the party.


     


    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.


     
     

    • 42 min
    The Need for a Living Wage in the 905

    The Need for a Living Wage in the 905

     

    This month the Ontario government announced it would be raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.  A reversal of the decision to cancel the minimum wage increase when they came into power four years ago.⁠

    As the Ontario economy recovers from COVID-19 the question of why now, and whether or not this is too little too late permeates the discussion.  Some who are saying this doesn't go far enough are the people at Ontario Living Wage Network.  They released their numbers for what the living wage in the province and the 905 should be, and the proposed minimum wage increase falls far short.⁠

    We invited Craig Pickthorne from the network to discuss the need for a living wage and why it's important to consider it now.⁠


    https://www.ontariolivingwage.ca/





    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.

    • 41 min
    The 905 Round-Up - Bad Councillors and Redrawn Maps

    The 905 Round-Up - Bad Councillors and Redrawn Maps

     


     

    Today Roland and Joel discuss the recent report by the Hamilton Integrity Commissioner on Councillor Terry Whitehead's conduct.  Spoiler alert...it's not a favourable one.  Both our hosts discuss the antics that go on at City Hall and what ought to be done to hold bad municipal politicians to account.


    And in keeping with the Hamilton theme, the folks at Stop Sprawl Ham ONT have shaken up the debate surrounding the Urban Boundary Expansion.  By using their know-how and hard work, they have identified all the vacant and used properties in downtown Hamilton which could be rezoned or developed into housing, workspaces or other uses.  Our hosts talk about how this has changed the argument drastically in this contentious debate.


    Here is the article from The Spectator in question:


    https://www.thespec.com/opinion/contributors/2021/11/04/mapping-hamiltons-vacant-spaces-helps-paint-a-picture-for-the-future.html?rf&utm_source=twitter&source=thespec&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=&utm_campaign_id=&utm_content=


    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.

    • 34 min
    The 905 as Inspiration for Thrills

    The 905 as Inspiration for Thrills

    Something we take for granted in the 905, is how unique a setting our own backyard can be.  It can be a terrific backdrop to our imagination and whisk us away on adventures.  One local Burlington author has done exactly that.


    Doug Cockell is a local author who has written a trilogy of supernatural mysteries, all taking place in the Niagara Escarpment. His novels: Requiem for Thursday, Requiem for Noah and most recently Requiem for Mary Mac are all currently on the Amazon Bestsellers list.  Requiem for Thursday was a semi-finalist for the 2020 Booklife Prize Fiction contest.  


    He joins us today to discuss how the 905 has driven his inspiration for his writing, and what makes it such a potent backdrop for his stories.


    As well you can find his works here.


    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.


     


     


     

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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