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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: The Proof is in the Polling

    The 905 Round-Up: The Proof is in the Polling

    Here is The 905 Round-Up!

    Coming off our episodes on the Green Party, NDP and Ontario Liberal Party platforms, we get a chance to dive into some polling data!  Abacus Data issued a poll on Monday, May 16th, which seemed to back up a lot of what Roland and Joel have been saying about the performance of the so-called progressive parties in this election.  

    Then after the break, we look at a story from The Spec showing that a ban on drinking in public parks by law, hasn't existed since 2005.  So why were fines issued in 2021?  And more than that, why do we ban drinking in public parks at all?  Isn't it time to update our Victorian-era Puritanical laws on alcohol?

    Lastly, as it turns out Brampton is a very diverse and multicultural city in the 905.  So why doesn't its city hall bureaucracy match the facts?  No doubt it's due to the fact that city halls are slow to adapt and change.  And in case you were wondering, yes this is what structural racism looks like.

    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:

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    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!

     

    • 39 min
    2022 Provincial Election - The Ontario Liberal Platform

    2022 Provincial Election - The Ontario Liberal Platform

    In keeping with our coverage to date of the Ontario Provincial Election, here is Joel and Roland's take on what works and what doesn't in the Ontario Liberal Party Platform.

    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!

     

    • 41 min
    The 905 Round-Up:Tory Riding Bonuses and Scandal in the Red Hill Valley

    The 905 Round-Up:Tory Riding Bonuses and Scandal in the Red Hill Valley

    This week saw the media and political parties foam at the mouth at the revelation by the NDP that Lisa MacLeod, Ontario PC MPP in Nepean was given an allowance of $44,000 over the last four years from her riding association.  Further investigation saw that up to 8 other PC MPPs took thousands of dollars from their riding associations in similar manners.  Including here in the 905, Mississauga East-Cooksville MPP, Kaleed Rasheed.  While many at first looked at this as a clear scandal of financial abuse, Roland wrote for our website a detailed article on why it is not.  Joel and Roland debate the ethics of this and whether or not this is actually a scandal or just a case of too much money to spend.

    Then, after the break, Roland and Joel focus their attention on Hamilton.  Specifically, the latest revelations of the Red Hill Valley Parkway scandal.  How did Hamilton get to this point?  While the truth is slowly coming out, we have to wonder whether or not a culture of obtuseness, secrecy and arrogance was a factor in this report and truth being so difficult to come to the surface.  These traits in 905 municipal governments are a troubling trend.  Both Roland and Joel explore what this means for the region.

    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
    2022 Provincial Election: The Green Party Platform

    2022 Provincial Election: The Green Party Platform

    The Green Party of Ontario’s platform gets the 905er treatment today. But first, are we even smart enough to manage to download the darn thing? Listen to find out.

    • 37 min
    The 905 Round-Up: Elections Season is Here, so Off My Lawn!

    The 905 Round-Up: Elections Season is Here, so Off My Lawn!

    Joel and Roland take a look away from the Ontario election beginning and focus on the municipal candidates declaring their candidacy for this falls election.  Why is there such ridiculousness around the public property not being used for campaigning?  It is publicly owned and are we not smart enough to know a campaign when we see it?  They are already used enough by sitting councillors and mayors in between elections.  Level the playing field.

    Then we look at the potential legal minefield the City of Hamilton is going into with their declaration that unvaccinated transit workers will be terminated on May 31.  The problem is a combination of poor rules from the province and delayed action by the city in our opinion.  We dive into it!

    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!

    • 30 min
    2022 Provincial Election - The NDP Platform

    2022 Provincial Election - The NDP Platform

    Following our interviews with the leaders of the Greens and Ontario Liberals in the last two weeks, we take a look today at the NDP’s platform for the election which gets properly underway on Thursday. The NDP are first out of the gate with their full platform, and we choose the things we think are good and not so good from the NDP’s program for government.

    • 43 min

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