Author Archives: Ontario NDP

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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Ford government making things worse for parents who need child care: NDP

Doly Begum­­­­, NDP Early Learning and Child Care critic, said the Ford government’s release of its operational handbook for child care re-opening during COVID-19 on Thursday night has parents and child care advocates worried about skyrocketing costs, on top of the safety of children. “Instead of helping parents who have to go back to work, the Ford government is making ...

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Staggered start still underfunded: Horwath

With the window for rescuing the start of the school year about to slam shut, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is urging the Ford government to do much more than just give its permission for school boards to stagger the back-to-school week.   “Staggering arrival days means the Ford government needs to step up with child care and paid-leave options ...

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NDP’s Fife calls for remaining commercial rent relief funds to be flowed directly to small businesses

MPP Catherine Fife, Official Opposition NDP Critic for Economic Growth, is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and provide struggling small businesses with desperately needed pandemic relief, by administering remaining Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) funds directly to small businesses. “For months, small businesses across the province have been struggling to keep their doors open ...

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Education non-announcement won’t save kids from crowded classrooms

Ontario NDP Health critic France Gélinas issued the following statement in response to the announcement made by the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce on Thursday:   “The announcement from Minister Stephen Lecce offers absolutely no comfort at all to parents, school staff and students who are anxious and afraid about sending their children back to crowded classrooms in September. Lecce’s ...

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Mamakwa calls on Ford to help evacuated families in Red Lake and Eabametoong

Kiiwetinoong NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa is calling on the Ford government to support families who have evacuated Red Lake and Eabametoong, after their communities declared a state of emergency due to the threat of fires.   “Families who have evacuated need to know if the provincial government plans to help them.   Right now families from Red Lake are scattered in ...

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