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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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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

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.

    Amber Crawford from AMO talks with the 905er about Bill 23

    Amber Crawford from AMO talks with the 905er about Bill 23

    The latest law to upset Ontarians by the Doug Ford government is the More Homes Built Faster Act.  Or Bill 23 as it's more affectionately referred to.  
    This act is going to carve up 7,400 acres of the Greenbelt for developers to use free from oversight from conservation authorities and in violation of Premier Ford's word to Ontarians to leave the greenbelt alone.  A major critic of the act is the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, or AMO.  AMO is the go between organization for municipalities and Queen's Park to address the various issues and needs that would naturally arise.
    AMO is critical of the act, as it frees developers from the fees that they incur as part of the development process.  Fees which go to pay for the upkeep of municipal services to the new developments and the cities at large.  AMO predicts that the total loss revenue would total approximately $5 billion per year.  As well as the unknown risk for municipalities in costs associated with flooding and other disasters, due to the stripping of oversight of Conservation Authorities.
    To better understand AMO's position and concerns, we reached out to them to invite them to the podcast for today's episode.  Today we are joined by Amber Crawford, a senior policy advisor with AMO to present their case and to understand what the long term ramifications of this act could have down the road on the 905 and Ontario 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!

    • 34 min
    905 Round-Up: Sewage Leaks, HATS in Hamilton and Greenbelt Spin

    905 Round-Up: Sewage Leaks, HATS in Hamilton and Greenbelt Spin

    It turns out that the city of Hamilton continues to have problems with sewage.  This time it appears that for 26 years raw sewage has been emptying out into Hamilton Harbour.  The good news in this situation is that it also appears that Hamilton City Council is not covering it up and working to act proactively on the issue.  A sign of things to come? We shall see.
    A few weeks ago we talked with now Councillor Ted McMeekin about the Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters or HATS.  For sometime they were looking for permanent site for the shelters, and it appears they are one step closer to it.  A site on Barton St is where they are currently housed. Will it last?
    Lastly, Bill 23 has passed at Queen's Park.  Critics have been pointing out the costs that will be downloaded onto the municipalities of the 905 on top of the loss of greenbelt land.  However, the government is immediately going into spin mode to convince Ontarians that this will save them money.  Spoiler: It won't.
    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!

    • 36 min
    Nick Morrison Shares Safe Streets Halton’s Vision for The 905

    Nick Morrison Shares Safe Streets Halton’s Vision for The 905

    Safe Streets Halton is a community organization focused on the elimination of traffic-related deaths and serious injuries in Halton region while promoting sustainable and healthy forms of transportation. It is a resource for the community and local government in reaching these goals and making Halton a safer and healthier region for all.

    We invited on Nick Morrison their founder to discuss with us Safe Streets Halton’s vision for the 905.

    • 36 min
    905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy?

    905 Round-Up: Is Doug Ford Good for Democracy?

    There is a disturbing trend emerging in Ontario politics from the Doug Ford government.
    As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places.  Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23.  Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees.  As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt.  What is Doug Ford's response?  It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings.
    This isn't a unique trend.  The Ford government is moving ahead with plans to curtail the democratic authority of municipalities by allowing votes to pass with only 30% of councillors support.  With the recent use of the Notwithstanding Clause as a negotiation tactic, its clear to us that this government hates the idea of democracy.  The idea that consultation and compromise is important to ensure the democratic process is vibrant and we all have a say in how our government is run.  Instead this government continues to show that it is their way or the highway, consequences be damned.
    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!

    • 40 min
    Franz Hartmann Talks to The 905er About Saving the Greenbelt

    Franz Hartmann Talks to The 905er About Saving the Greenbelt

    Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act is the latest controversy from the Doug Ford Ontario PC Government.  It is an abrupt violation of a promise Premier Ford made to voters last election to NOT touch the Greenbelt under any circumstances.  Well apparently his word doesn't count for very much.
    The More Homes Built Faster Act would open up 7,300 acres of Greenbelt land to development.  Letting sprawl spread once again over Ontario's fragile farmland.  Despite the government's own Housing Task Force report last year citing numerous opportunities to build homes within in municipal boundaries already.
    The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a network of environmental groups in Ontario working to preserve the vital part of land called the Greenbelt.  They are working hard to try and stop sprawl from taking over this delicate stretch of farm and green land.  Franz Hartmann of the Alliance joins us today to talk about the group the issue of Doug Ford's breaking his word to let developers destroy the Greenbelt.
    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!

    • 37 min
    The 905 Round-Up: Health Care Collapse and Land Grabs for the Rich

    The 905 Round-Up: Health Care Collapse and Land Grabs for the Rich

    There is a lot to get to on this episode of the 905 Round-Up!
    We start off with a brief summary of the Halton District School Board's inability to come up with a dress code for it's teachers in light of the enormous controversy it found itself in last month.
    Then we dive into the ongoing issue of the collapse of our health care system in Ontario.  As hospital after hospital reports their emergency rooms and ICU's closing due to staffing shortages where is the priority in fixing this crisis?
    After our break, we examine the continuing shifting of rules around development in the province.  Under the guise of building homes, the rules are being stacked more and more in favour of developers in spite of democracy or the environment.
    Lastly, the St. Catharines Standard's front page story was how a living wage in the Niagara region was roughly $20 an hour.  Yet the last big increase in minimum wage was only to $15.  In this age of inflation how are people supposed to make ends meet if they can't be paid properly?
    As Ontario collapses we stay on top of it all...
    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!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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