Author Archives: Ontario NDP

Mamakwa urges Ford government to step up and fix dire water crisis in Neskantaga

Sol Mamakwa, MPP for Kiiwetinoong  and NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic, has written an open letter to Doug Ford urging him to step up and respond to the dire water crisis facing Neskantaga. “For 25 years – an entire generation – Neskantaga has been without clean water, living under a boil water advisory. Then two weeks ago, dangerous hydrocarbons ...

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Sol Mamakwa demande au gouvernement Ford d’intervenir et de résoudre la crise de l’eau qui sévit à Neskantaga

Sol Mamakwa, député provincial de Kiiwetinoong et porte-parole du NPD en matière de relations et de réconciliation avec les Autochtones, a écrit une lettre ouverte à Doug Ford l’exhortant à réagir à la crise de l’eau qui sévit à Neskantaga. « Depuis 25 ans, soit  une génération entière, Neskantaga a été privé d’eau salubre, vivant sous le coup d’un avis d’ébullition ...

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Mamakwa demands support for Neskantaga evacuation during public health emergency

Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong, is calling on Doug Ford to make every effort to support the residents of Neskantaga who are being evacuated due to the complete shutdown of all running water. “Doug Ford must ensure that the provincial government supports the evacuation of elders, children and the most vulnerable in the community who need assistance immediately.  Losing running water to the entire ...

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Second-wave strategy must include plan to keep surgeries going

During question period Tuesday, NDP Health critic France Gélinas demanded that the Ford government develop a strategy to clear the backlog of delayed surgeries and diagnostic procedures, and avoid shutting down completely during the second wave of COVID-19 infections. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has long been calling for a robust and thorough second wave strategy, proposing solutions like capping class ...

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Ford failing to fund First Nations back-to-school plans

NDP critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Sol Mamakwa, released the following statement calling on Doug Ford to provide needed funding for First Nations schools.   On Wednesday, the federal government announced funding amounting to just a fraction of what’s needed to get kids back in school safely, and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 in First Nations schools:   “There is ...

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Ford tramples on treaty rights with rushed changes to legislation

All eight Northern NDP MPPs released a letter to Doug Ford calling on him to respond to the concerns of First Nations who have contacted him after he failed to respect treaty rights and rushed changes in Bill 197 that impacts treaty territories without consulting them. “The government has a legal duty to consult First Nations on any decisions or ...

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NDP Statement on Ford government’s OPP announcement

Kevin Yarde, NDP Critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services, released the following statement in response to the Ford government’s announcement regarding the hiring of 200 additional provincial police officers:   “We are disappointed that the Ford government’s announcement did not consider or address the vital reforms that are being called for by community leaders, experts in health and justice, ...

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News from the Park – Investing in Our Schools invests in the Future

They say the olfactory senses can bring about some of the strongest emotions and memories in people.  Like when you walk into a room and a particular scent such as baking cookies or a certain potpourri brings back powerful memories of your grandma.  For me this week, a simple calendar evoked strong memories.  I just couldn’t believe my eyes when ...

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News from the Park – Investir dans nos écoles investit dans l’avenir

TOn dit que les sens olfactifs peuvent provoquer certaines des émotions et des souvenirs les plus forts chez les gens. Comme lorsque vous entrez dans une pièce et qu’un parfum particulier tel que la cuisson des biscuits ou un certain pot-pourri vous rappelle de puissants souvenirs de votre grand-mère. Pour moi cette semaine, un simple calendrier évoquait des souvenirs forts. ...

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Crowded buses, crowded hallways, crowded classrooms

Doug Ford’s refusal to scrap his risky back-to-school scheme has put the start of the school year in jeopardy, and Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that’s putting parents, school boards, teachers and education workers in a terrible position, scrambling to sort out a safe September without the resources they need.   Horwath brought a school bus to Queen’s ...

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