Editorials & Letters

Letter – Agency Stores

Agency Stores. Most people in Rural and Northern Ontario know what they are. Most people in Rural and Northern Ontario know their owners. They are the local shops in our communities, where people can buy a range of products from groceries to diapers and a bottle of wine or a case of beer. For 57 years, local stores in Rural ...

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Thank You – Donation for Wawa’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library project

Thank You Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.! The Rotary Club of Wawa recently received a very generous donation to the local Dolly Parton Imagination Library project. All participating children in Wawa are most grateful for your support. The international Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program offers free books to children between the ages of newborn to five years old. If anyone hasn’t ...

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Doug Ford’s budget makes life harder for Northern families

During question period Monday, NDP Northern Development critic, Michael Mantha,  continued to advocate for the North in the face of Doug Ford’s first budget, which attacks northern Ontario, hitting families with deep cuts to services, infrastructure, and economic development.   “Ministries that are dedicated to the development of the Northern economy, like the Ministries of Natural Resources and Forestry and Northern ...

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Doug Ford’s budget makes life harder for Northern families

During question period Monday, NDP Northern Development critic, Michael Mantha,  continued to advocate for the North in the face of Doug Ford’s first budget, which attacks northern Ontario, hitting families with deep cuts to services, infrastructure, and economic development.   “Ministries that are dedicated to the development of the Northern economy, like the Ministries of Natural Resources and Forestry and Northern ...

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Mamakwa calls for meaningful consultations with First Nations on Far North Act

During question period Wednesday, NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) said the Ford Conservatives must stop undermining the government’s duty to consult with First Nations on the Far North Act, and called for government engagement by holding hearings in Far North communities in order to improve and replace that act.   “Proper engagement on the Far North Act should not be ...

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Letter – Going for your colonoscopy just might save your life

Dear Readers My story starts here roughly 3 years ago I had my colonoscopy done and they found a polyp. It was removed and sent for a biopsy and it came back non-cancerous. Since the doctor found the polyp, I was scheduled for a re-exam 3 years later. This time another polyp was found. As it turns out when this ...

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Cancer patients fight back against Ford health overhaul scheme

All but 30 of the 1,594 people who applied to be heard by the government on its health care overhaul scheme were turned away by the Doug Ford government, prompting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to call attention to their stories, and their objections, in the legislative assembly Tuesday.   “Kenneth Yurchuk is almost 70 years old and battling cancer, having ...

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Ford Conservatives stall on overdose prevention sites as death toll climbs

In light of a shocking new opioid-related death-toll number, Bhutila Karpoche, Ontario NDP critic for Mental Health and Addictions, said it’s simply wrong for the Ford Conservatives to delay the approval of licence applications for overdose prevention sites, and limit their number.   According to new data reported by the Canadian Press, the first half of last year, the opioid ...

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Letter – Take it out of the Bag

Thank you to the ‘knucklehead(s)” who threw out fish guts or whatever over the hill where we walk our dogs (snow dump). Fine; ashes to ashes and give the coyotes and ravens a chance to survive — but please, not so close to home and worse — take it out of the plastic bag! My curious dog, searching in overdrive ...

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The Yellow Vests – Pros, Cons, and perhaps the reason

Sometime in November 2018 Canadians started to notice that more and more of their fellow Canadians started to wear Yellow Vests. I have also taken notice and have been watching this unfold over the past few months. This wearing of the “Yellow Vest” has become synonymous with the events taking place world wide – albeit, in Canada we are relatively ...

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Pervasive generic drug kickbacks prove Ontario’s need for pharmacare plan: NDP Health Critic

The Official Opposition Health Care critic, France Gélinas, says the pervasiveness of kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to pharmacies — designed to push their generics over those of competitors’ — affirms Ontario’s need for universal pharmacare, a prescription drug plan that covers everyone.   This weekend, CBC’s investigative news program The Fifth Estate reported that the practice of drug companies paying ...

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NDP condemns Ford’s claim that the top cop should be a political pawn

On Monday afternoon, Doug Ford delivered a shocking and disturbing admission that he believes the head of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to be a “political appointment.”   “The police are not political,” said NDP Community Safety and Correctional Services critic Kevin Yarde. “We require these brave officers to preserve the integrity of Ontario’s police force, and they need to ...

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Letter – Re: Ontario’s Government is Taking Strong Action to Ensure Drinking Water Safety

Dear Brenda, It’s a bit rich for Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Rob Phillips to be touting the government’s progress on the long-term sustainability of our vital drinking water resources at the same time as the Government of Ontario has introduced Bill 66. The proposed bill would allow municipalities to circumvent planning requirements and land use restrictions under ...

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