50 episodes

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.

    Our 50th Episode!

    Our 50th Episode!

    It's taken almost six months to get here, but Roland and Joel reflect on the journey so far.
    Its been a winding path, but a lot the help comes down to our Patreon supporters.  Their support has helped us grow this into what it's become so far.  We are grateful for their support.
    This podcast has provided us a chance to talk about the forces that are shaping the region, and talk with the people who are influencing what that shape becomes.  We hope to continue this for another 50 episodes and beyond.
    Thanks to those who help us put this together:
    Thanks to our founding 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.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
    Don't forget to check out 905er.ca every so often, even if you get the podcast delivered to your automatically. We try to post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.
     
     

    • 32 min
    Queen's Park Round-up - Three Stories About the Provincial Government and the 905

    Queen's Park Round-up - Three Stories About the Provincial Government and the 905

    Three stories, all relating to decisions and actions of the provincial government, and all directly affecting our region.

    • 39 min
    413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World

    413 Reasons Why: A Vision For Vibrant Cities In A Post Commuter World

    Joel and Roland talk share their admiration for the Community Climate Council's webinar on Highway 413, get all misty eyed about the idea of after-work drinks in a pedestrian-friendly downtown, and then discuss a rare win for the City of Burlington at LPAT - why it was a win, and whether it will stay a win. Spoiler alert - probably not.

    • 46 min
    How Green Is My Greenbelt?

    How Green Is My Greenbelt?

    A roundup of news from around the 905 with Joel and Roland, including the province's surprise announcement that it's considering an expansion to the Greenbelt ... coincidentally announced in a week it was taking a lot of heat regarding its plans for a new Highway 413. Hamilton Council decides to spend $20,000+ on a cause it admits is lost. Meanwhile a councillor reminds us that we're all lazy and can't be trusted.

    • 39 min
    Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

    Racism in Our Schools (Part 2) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

    In part two of our episode this week we continue our conversation with Abisola Asha and Malik Scott of Students Speak Up YCDSB, and Greg Dongen of Hamilton Students for Justice.
    Make sure you listen to this episode to hear Abisola, Malik and Greg share their experiences of daily routine racism in our school systems.
    Find out more about Students Speak Up YCSDSB at https://www.instagram.com/studentsspeakupycdsb/
    Find out more about Hamilton Students for Justice at https://hs4j.ca/
     
    Thanks to those who help us put this together:
    Thanks to our founding 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.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!
     

    • 35 min
    Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

    Racism in Our Schools (Part 1) - Students Speak Up YCDSB and Hamilton Students For Justice

    In a two part episode this week we speak to Abisola Asha and Malik Scott of Students Speak Up YCDSB, and Greg Dongen of Hamilton Students for Justice.
    Abisola, Malik and Greg have been at the forefront of recent stories about widespread and institutional racism in Hamilton Wentworth and York Catholic District School Boards. In York, Students Speak Up organized a student strike to protest racism in November. Last week in Hamilton, after the allegations of racism by trustees by a former student trustee Ahona Mehdi were substantiated by an independent investigation, the trustees who the report criticised astonishingly voted not to censure themselves (they have since been forced to backtrack, but no formal censures have yet been announced).
    For people who have never been on the receiving end of racism, the powerfully argued and eloquently expressed words of Abisola, Malik and Greg may well ask uncomfortable questions - about our assumptions, about the society we have created and about our views of Canada. We have a duty to start listening and not telling, on matters of race and so much more. Please listen to these three extraordinary young adults - who have so many important things to say to people willing to listen and learn.
    Find out more about Students Speak Up YCSDSB at https://www.instagram.com/studentsspeakupycdsb/
    Find out more about Hamilton Students for Justice at https://hs4j.ca/
     
    Thanks to those who help us put this together:
    Thanks to our founding 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.
    The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes!

    • 33 min

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