Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Letter – Cat Owners Beware!

Dear Editor: Cat owners beware! During my early evening dog walks I noticed cats sitting near houses and I feel sorry for them because a few hours later in the dark, I could see dogs (make that coyotes) prowling through the neighbourhood. A few of my friends lost their beloved kitties – put those two facts together and there is ...

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Whatever happened to Northern Ontario’s passenger trains?

I’m often asked that question by folks who’ve heard of my rail industry credentials.  I guess they haven’t listened to MPP Vic Fedeli, who has described me as one of those “consultants with self-serving agendas” because I pointed out the lack of action by his government and Ontario Northland Railway (ONR).   It’s a fair bet Fedeli & Co. won’t ...

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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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News from the Park – “Aging Ontarians Deserve the Best”

Readers of last week’s column about utilizing my “political barometer” skills may recall that I alluded to sort of a general vexation that Ontarians, and most Canadians for that matter, have for the seemingly endless gamesmanship and squabbling emanating from their elected officials.  In truth what Ontarians want is for their political leaders to speak, act and lead with confidence, ...

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Nouvelles du Parc – « Les aînés de l’Ontario méritent ce qu’il y a de meilleur ».

Les lecteurs de la chronique de la semaine dernière portant sur l’utilisation de mes compétences en matière de « baromètre politique » se rappelleront peut-être que j’ai fait allusion à une sorte de vexation générale que les Ontariens, et la plupart des Canadiens, éprouvent pour l’esprit de jeu et les querelles apparemment sans fin émanant de leurs élus. En vérité, ...

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Enough Is Enough Already !

Come on. No body contact ; really ? Well in case you haven’t heard ; a suggestion is being floated around by an elected official on the return of action in Junior hockey in Ontario. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister for Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries has suggested, to keep the spread of C19 as minimal as possible, the league ...

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3,000+ Canadians urge American tissue giant, Procter & Gamble, to be more responsible with their use of Ontario’s forests

A letter signed by more than 3,000 Canadians was submitted to Procter & Gamble in advance of its annual shareholder meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent by Ontario Nature and the David Suzuki Foundation, the letter calls on the company to start acting in alignment with its stated commitments to sustainable operations and forest conservation, by only sourcing pulp from forests where ...

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Letter – Take Back the Night

Friday, October 2, 2020 Dear Editor, Each fall, in communities across Canada, Take Back the Night events are observed.  The first Take Back the Night event was held in San Francisco, when local citizens met to protest the spread of pornography in their community.  Since that first event, the evening has grown to international proportions.  Locally, this event holds significance ...

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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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letter to Hon. Caroline Mulroney about DriveTest Centres

Our MPP Michael Mantha continues to press the Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation about the lack of access that Northern Ontarians have to DriveTest Centres within our region. Wawa has a DriveTest location at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre but the website says, “Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice”. Below is a copy of an open letter sent to Hon. ...

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It’s not too late: Mantha says capping class sizes is crucial for a healthy, successful school year

Michael Mantha, NDP MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin says the ticking of the back-to-school clock is getting louder as the reopening of Ontario schools gets closer.  “Judging by the number of calls, letters and emails that my office is receiving, this is clearly a major stressor for families, teachers, support staff and school bus drivers”, said Mantha.  “More and more people every ...

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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 still chooses crowded classrooms, Horwath urges provincial funding to cap

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to the announcement of federal funding for the return to school, and Doug Ford’s choice not to use those funds to shrink class sizes: “It’s gut-wrenching for families and educators that Doug Ford continues to choose crowded classrooms instead of smaller, safer classes. After today’s federal education funding ...

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