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The 905er Podcast

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. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Recent Episodes of The 905er Podcast


905 Round-Up: Doug Shuffles Cabinet then Takes a Break

905 Round-Up: Doug Shuffles Cabinet then Takes a Break

It's a good old-fashioned 905 Round Up!


The Ontario government is on break now until October. However, Doug Ford shuffled his cabinet before he let out the Ontario Legislature. It's not anything incredibly noteworthy in our opinion. However, one raised our attention, and we thought threw fuel on the rumours from last week of an early election in Ontario.


Stephen Lecce is out of the Ministry of Education and into the Ministry of Energy. With such little time left until the actual scheduled election, that doesn't leave a lot of time to execute an...

Episode 290 11 June 2024 1h, 3m and 10s


Sabrina Nanji Talks Early Ontario Election Rumours

Sabrina Nanji Talks Early Ontario Election Rumours

Rumours are circulating in Queen's Park of Doug Ford's interest in an early election for Ontario. Polls show he is riding high, possibly earning another majority for the Ontario PC party. He just won two by-elections in Milton and Lambton Kent Middlesex. He is moving ahead on the construction of the new Highway 413 in the 905 and is currently announcing beer in corner stores by year's end. All in all it's been a good year so far for Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party.


So is it no wonder that the Premier has been reluctant to...

Episode 289 4 June 2024 44m and 10s


Is the 905 Pushing Back Against More Housing?

Is the 905 Pushing Back Against More Housing?

A couple of stories caught our eye the previous week.


In Newmarket, the town council heard pushback from the community over a proposed 9-story condo project, over concerns that a Tim Horton's drive-thru down the road could face increased times at the window. In Oakville, the Town Council received a harsh letter from Federal Liberal Housing Minister Sean Fraser threatening to withdraw their Housing Accelerator money due to its refusal to grant higher density in the city around Sheridan College.


Are we facing a pushback against the needs of density and development in...

Episode 288 28 May 2024 53m and


Are Loblaws Days Numbered?

Are Loblaws Days Numbered?

Times are tough these days. It's getting harder and harder to make ends meet. Rent, mortgage, and gas are increasing, outpacing real wages and salaries for the average Canadian. Most noticeable to Canadians coast to coast is the price of food. It's harder and harder to stretch your dollar when feeding your family these days after stepping foot in a supermarket.


Politicians like Pierre Poilievre like to espouse that it is taxation that has caused the increase in prices. Justin Trudeau on the other hand is saying he's keeping an eye on grocery stores about the...

Episode 287 21 May 2024 43m and 58s


Pam Damoff Talks Civility in Politics

Pam Damoff Talks Civility in Politics

At the beginning of May, Pam Damoff, the Liberal MP for Oakville - North Burlington announced that she would be retiring from federal politics at the end of this term. She would not be seeking re-election.


Her reasoning was a common refrain from female politicians across all party lines. The misogynistic and violent threats to her personhood and family had become too great to make the job worth it. While it takes tough skin to make it in politics it's another thing entirely when it becomes impossible to go out in public to grocery shop or...

Episode 286 14 May 2024 36m and 36s


Milton Votes Tory, So We all Get the Highway 413

Milton Votes Tory, So We all Get the Highway 413

Well, the Milton By-Election has come and gone.


The people of Milton handily supported Zee Hamid and the Ontario PC’s to represent them in the Ontario Legislature until the next general election.


During the by-election, Doug Ford gave special attention to the riding.  


In the last week of the campaign, Doug Ford made a point to reiterate that the controversial Highway 413 construction would begin in 2025.


The proposed highway would connect Milton to King City bridging the 401 and 400 highways. Doug Ford says it will alleviate traffic congestion in th...

Episode 285 7 May 2024 41m and 19s


Taking Ontario to Court over Basic Income

Taking Ontario to Court over Basic Income

When we started this podcast, one of the first episodes we ever did was covering the aftermath of the basic income pilot project here in Ontario. One of the first acts the then-newly elected Doug Ford government did was to break their word and cancel the project without warning. In that episode, we interview Jessie Golem, a resident of Hamilton who was one of the recipients of basic income. We spoke with her then about the impact the project had on her life and what the repercussions were of the cancellation.

Recently, Jessie has appeared in the...

Episode 284 3 May 2024 39m and 27s


Are Ontario Municipalities Safe Against Cyber Attacks?

Are Ontario Municipalities Safe Against Cyber Attacks?

The City of Hamilton saw itself come under attack by cybercriminals in early 2024. City Council, apps, phone communication and the city's library system were all inaccessible or unavailable. Criminals used malware to hold the city hostage until it paid a ransom. The city did not pay and eventually, and order was restored.

This is not an isolated event though. Toronto Public Library saw its system become unusable for a year due to a cyber attack, and numerous small municipalities in Ontario have reported similar events over the years. This isn't going away. Cyber attacks and ransomware are...

Episode 283 3 May 2024 51m and 22s


Taking Ontario to Court Over Basic Income

Taking Ontario to Court Over Basic Income

When we started this podcast, one of the first episodes we ever did was covering the aftermath of the basic income pilot project here in Ontario. One of the first acts the then-newly elected Doug Ford government did was to break their word and cancel the project without warning. In that episode, we interview Jessie Golem, a resident of Hamilton who was one of the recipients of basic income. We spoke with her then about the impact the project had on her life and what the repercussions were of the cancellation.

Recently, Jessie has appeared in the...

Episode 284 30 April 2024 42m and 12s


Are Ontario Municpalities Safe Against Cyber Attacks?

Are Ontario Municpalities Safe Against Cyber Attacks?

The City of Hamilton saw itself come under attack by cybercriminals in early 2024. City Council, apps, phone communication and the city's library system were all inaccessible or unavailable. Criminals used malware to hold the city hostage until it paid a ransom. The city did not pay and eventually, order was restored.

This is not an isolated event though. Toronto Public Library saw its system become unusable for a year due to a cyber attack, and numerous small municipalities in Ontario have reported similar events over the years. This isn't going away. Cyber attacks and ransomware are the...

Episode 283 23 April 2024 54m and 7s

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