Author Archives: Mike Mantha

The Need for Water

NFTP 190809 I would hazard a guess that, next to access to clean air, the need for water is the most important need people around the world have. It is of the most basic of all human needs – even above food. The average person, depending on their geographic, economic and other circumstances, requires between 20 to 50 litres of ...

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Consider organ and Tissue Donation – Trillium Gift of Life Network

Ask any member of my office team what is the best part of their job and I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts that they’ll say they love the feeling they get from helping people. The same can be said of other jobs, especially first responders and healthcare workers. There is nothing quite like that feeling you get when you are ...

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No such thing as a guarantee

A short while ago I allowed myself to be influenced by marketing and persuasion and purchased a kitchen appliance that guaranteed the best home cooked meals, requiring only a fraction of the time and effort to prepare, cook and clean up. I knew better than to believe everything they said, but I admit my taste buds and stomach juices got ...

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Ontario’s “First-ever government of the people”?

As I write this column there are just over 100 days until Canada’s next federal election. In terms of experiencing such a countdown – been there – done that. All signs show this one, as with our own last provincial election, in the words of the late Danny Gallivan (former Hockey Night in Canada play by play commentator), this is ...

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Out of the mouth of babes….

Recently I found myself in a local diner for lunch. I try hard to make sure that I avoid fast-food venues. Experience has shown me that while being a patron of such places from time to time is perfectly fine, when you travel as extensively as I do, such behaviour catches up to you quickly. Your overall health deteriorates and ...

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Doug Ford’s Gravy Train Express

It goes without saying that within every society and every culture exist elements that seem to tend to embrace what most understand is unfortunate, in some cases very dark, ideologies and behaviours. It is easy to come up with numerous examples of these. Words such as segregation, bigotry and sectarianism are obvious examples of this. Some of these have lead ...

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Mantha Calls our SSM MP Ross Romano after 24 teachers declared redundant on Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board

NDP MPP Michael Mantha is calling out Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano for doing nothing to stop Doug Ford’s cuts to education, which are now poised to hurt students in Catholic schools in Sault Ste. Marie, after 24 teachers were declared redundant — essentially receiving a pink slip — in the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. “As Doug Ford’s ...

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First Anniversary of current Government

In contemplating the end of this spring session, it occurs to me that today marks one year since our last provincial election and the Legislature recesses for the summer; assuming Doug Ford doesn’t repeat his sudden call for MPPs to sit well into the middle of summer. A year ago in this column readers were advised to, “Fasten your seatbelts. ...

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Le premier anniversaire de notre dernière élection provinciale

En contemplant la fin de cette session de printemps, il me semble qu’aujourd’hui marque le premier anniversaire de notre dernière élection provinciale et des vacances parlementaires de l’été; en supposant que Doug Ford ne répète pas son appel soudain aux députés de revenir siéger au milieu de l’été. Il y a un an, dans cette chronique, il était conseillé aux ...

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Le député néo-démocrate Michael Mantha demande au gouvernement Ford d’agir contre la propagation de la maladie de Lyme en Ontario

Ce jeudi, M. Michael Mantha, député provincial néo-démocrate, a déposé une motion demandant au gouvernement Ford de ne plus temporiser et de prendre des mesures immédiates contre la maladie de Lyme, dont les cas sont de plus en plus nombreux en Ontario.   « C’est en Ontario que l’on trouve le nombre le plus élevé de cas de maladie de Lyme de ...

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NDP’s Mantha calls on Ford to take action against spread of Lyme disease in Ontario

NDP MPP Michael Mantha introduced a motion on Thursday calling on the Ford government to stop delaying and take immediate action against the growing cases of Lyme disease in Ontario. “Ontario has the highest number of cases of Lyme disease in the country, and the number is growing,” said Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin. “People are worried about contracting Lyme disease.  And ...

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Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease

Northerners tend to be very fond of the early days of spring. You know, the days just before the leaves come out. I say this because Northerners also know what comes along immediately after the opening of the leaves – Blackflies! So I decided to make the most of these fleeting blackfly-free–daysand get some work done around my camp. While doing ...

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We are still here and going strong

It seems to be an unfortunate sign of the times that almost all of the news people are exposed to is, to be quite frank, of an extremely negative nature. Some like to put the blame on media, but in my opinion, that’s simply too broad of a paintbrush stroke. Yes, media reports a steady stream of disconcerting news, but ...

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Walkerton – Déjà Vu

Recently some of my Northern region colleagues and I were discussing concerns regarding Doug Ford’s deep cuts to public health. Later as I was driving down the road after the meeting, a particular former politician’s image came to my mind followed by the name – Walkerton. Even those too young to remember the horrific circumstances involving the contamination with the ...

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