Politics

Omnibus Budget Bill Misses the Mark

A measure that was briefly mentioned in last month’s budget bill is going to take a big bite out of Canadian’s wallets when the government hikes fees for federal services like campgrounds, passports, and fishing licenses. Those are just a part of the government’s new omnibus budget bill that will change almost 30 pieces of legislation at a rapid pace. ...

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Le projet de loi budgétaire omnibus : raté

Apr 19, 2017 @ 22:51 Une mesure mentionnée brièvement dans le projet de loi budgétaire du mois dernier viendra piger dans le portefeuille des Canadiens lorsque le gouvernement augmentera les frais des services fédéraux comme les terrains de camping, les passeports et les permis de pêche. Il ne s’agit là que d’une partie du nouveau projet de loi budgétaire omnibus ...

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News from the Park – Rent Increases

Apr 17, 2017 @ 08:23 You may recall that my last column focussed a great deal on the current and future circumstances facing the younger segment of our province. In the Legislature, New Democrats called on the Wynne Liberals to keep a 14-year-old election promise they made to protect vulnerable tenants from outrageous rent increases. Landlords with buildings constructed since ...

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Wynne Liberals announce budget date, higher taxes and deeper cuts expected

 Apr 15, 2017 @ 15:15 The Wynne Liberals announced the date for their upcoming so-called “balanced” budget, which is set to be released on April 27, 2017.   “After 14 years in power, the Liberals have made life unaffordable for Ontario families and businesses. They’ve created a hydro crisis, made housing unaffordable, and slashed health care services,” said Ontario PC ...

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Mantha acclaimed as NDP Candidate for the next Provincial Election

Michael Mantha has been acclaimed the NDP candidate in Algoma-Manitoulin for the next provincial election. Elected since 2011, Mantha received the nod from the local association on Saturday afternoon. “I have loved representing Algoma-Manitoulin for the last 7 years and very much look forward to continuing,” said Mantha. “My work has just begun and I am excited to continue being ...

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Ontarians deserve a $15 minimum wage

Mar 25, 2017 @ 08:41 Cindy Forster, Ontario NDP Labour Critic and MPP for Welland,  issued the following statement in response to the announcement made today by the Minister of Labour:   “Ontarians deserve nothing less than a $15 minimum wage, because someone who goes to work 40 hours each week shouldn’t be struggling below the poverty line. Too many people are working two ...

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Are Wynne’s Hydro Ads in Contempt of Parliament – House Leader says ‘Yes’

Today, Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson charged that Kathleen Wynne’s taxpayer-funded hydro ads are in contempt of parliament. The self-congratulatory ads, which the auditor general has said are out of line, are running before legislation has been introduced, an alleged breach of parliamentary rules. MPP Wilson informed the Speaker today that he will rise on a point of privilege ...

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Mike Mantha ask Premier Wynne to Ignite Ring of Fire

Mar 17, 2017 @ 06:53   After listening to serious concerns raised at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference, which brings together the mining and finance industry, Ontario NDP critic for Northern Development and Mines Michael Mantha again demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne take action to develop the Ring of Fire. “I had the chance to talk ...

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NDP’s Horwath demands Wynne’s hydro legislation be tabled Monday

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to table her promised hydro bill on Monday.   “Premier Wynne, has issued a news release and delivered talking points – now it’s time to deliver a plan,” said Horwath. “Ontario families, businesses and municipalities have a right to know what will happen to their bills and who will pay the ...

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Corporate Planning & Policy Manual Committee Meeting Tonight

Mar 14, 2017 @ 06:59 Municipal Council is holding aCorporate Planning & Policy Manual Committee Meeting tonight in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. Of interest tonight are reports: Community Services & Tourism (AP 2017-07: Monthly Report for February 2017) Infrastructure Services (Public Works) (CS 2017-04: Monthly Report for February 2017) Information Technology & Innovation (JM 2017-03: Monthly Report for February  2017) ...

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Election Results for Michpicoten First Nation – Pat Tangie is elected Chief

Candidates for Chief BOBBIWASH, John 11 BUCKELL, Joseph 108 LEWIS, Ernie 3 STONE, Evelyn 34 TANGIE, Patricia ‘Pat’ 144 Candidates for Councillors ANDRE, Ivan 40 LEWIS, Marcel 47 ANDRE-STONE, Verna S. 46 PERRAULT, Dan 39 BLACK, Daniel 33 PETERSON, Linda withdrawn BOBBIWASH, John 46 ROBINSON, David 18 CHAPMAN, Wanita 55 ROBINSON, Verlyn ‘Rosalie’ 59 CHALYKOFF, John-Paul 106 SIMON, Christopher ‘Chris’ ...

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Municipal Council Meeting Tonight – March 7

Mar 7, 2017 @ 07:46 There is a regular meeting of Municipal Council tonight at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend. Of interest tonight will be a motion tabled by Councillor Sandra “Comprehensive Expense Report Regarding Complaints, Investigations and Legal Proceedings Occurring Since October 1, 2015”. For members of the community who may not be ...

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Mantha – Hydro bills put community centres at risk

Mar 6, 2017 @ 09:43 On Saturday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath joined the leadership of Echo Bay, Desbarats, Bruce Mines, Hilton Beach and the Township of St. Joseph to speak out about skyrocketing hydro bills – which are putting their community hubs at risk. “The Johnson Township Community Centre Arena in Desbarats is a community hub for people from all ...

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Hughes Présente Une Pétition Électronique Sue le Service Voyageurs de L’Algoma Central Railway

Feb 28, 2017 @ 18:51 La députée fédérale d’Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, Carol Hughes, a déposé à la Chambre des communes une pétition électronique portant plus de 550 signatures d’appui au service voyageurs de l’Algoma Central Railway. « Depuis plus de 100 ans le service voyageurs de la société Algoma offrait un accès sûr et abordable en toute saison aux espaces sauvages d’Algoma ...

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News from the Park – February 28

Feb 28, 2017 @ 08:09 This week, the Ontario Legislature once again resumed sitting after the winter break.  During the recess I spent a great deal of time travelling from end to end, throughout the riding, meeting with many individuals and organizations on matters of importance to the people of Algoma-Manitoulin. As much as I enjoyed my time back home, ...

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