Editorials & Letters

The Ford giveth and the Ford taketh away

Doug Ford campaigned on a promise to put money back into the pockets of hard working Ontarians. To prove it, he recently announced cutting the carbon tax on natural gas which should reduce home heating bills by $80 per year. For the millions of Ontarians in urban areas, that’s a bonus because they’re on the natural gas grid. For hundreds ...

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Ford and Fedeli lay the groundwork for deeper cuts

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s speech to the Economic Club set the stage for Doug Ford to make deep and painful cuts across Ontario, says NDP Finance critic Sandy Shaw.   “What Fedeli made clear on Friday is that nothing is safe in Ontario,” said Shaw. “Our hospitals, our children’s schools, our transit systems – everything our families need and count ...

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Cancelling minimum wage increase hurts workers

Sep 17, 2018 @ 16:34 During question period Monday, the NDP’s labour critic, Jamie West, said that by cancelling the minimum wage increase, Doug Ford is taking more than $2,000 a year out of the pocket of minimum wage earners.   West said that with that kind of financial strain being inflicted on workers, it’s a shame that Doug Ford ...

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Draw a line on notwithstanding clause

Sep 17, 2018 @ 16:11   NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh says the legal community is deeply concerned about the precedent being set by Doug Ford’s hasty use of the notwithstanding clause and called on Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to consider that concern after more than 400 legal professionals wrote Mulroney urging her to vote against Ford’s bill.   “By ...

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FOI shows no records on Bill 5 Consultations

Sep 17, 2018 @ 16:09 Despite continued assertions to the contrary, including his bogus claim Monday that he “had the longest consultation ever when we crisscrossed the province,” Doug Ford and his Conservatives never campaigned on cutting city council in Toronto, or anywhere else in the province – and new records show that he didn’t consult anyone. Today, NDP MPP ...

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News from the Park – Government for the People?

As a northern MPP I freely admit to readers that my northern NDP colleagues and I have a natural tendency when in Queen’s Park to primarily focus upon how matters affect the people living in northern regions of this province. Of course we care deeply about what is going on all across the province as we are all dedicated to ...

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Weekend sitting should be about Ontarians’ priorities

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement on Doug Ford’s use of the legislature this weekend to push through a bill that will violate the Charter rights of all Ontarians in order to interfere in Toronto’s election. “NDP MPPs would be very happy to sit all weekend to deal with the issues facing Ontarians, issues such as painfully ...

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Horwath – Superior court decision shows Ford is abusing his power

Sep 10, 2018 @ 15:55 Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is calling Doug Ford’s vow to invoke the notwithstanding clause and suspend part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Ontarians an unprecedented abuse of power.   “Invoking the notwithstanding clause in a case like this is an unprecedented move, literally suspending the Charter rights of Ontario people ...

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News from the Park – Going Backwards

Sep 10, 2018 @ 09:51   While I have never claimed to be an artist or have any particular artistic skills, any lack of my own artistic talents has never prevented me from appreciating the creativity of others. A society’s arts – be they visual, musical, theatrical, literary or whatever – provide an insightful reflection of our cultural values, beliefs ...

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Official Opposition responds to Ford’s patronage appointment of his family lawyer

Taras Natyshak, NDP MPP for Essex, released the following statement regarding the appointment of Gavin Tighe, long-time Ford’s family lawyer and campaign donor, to chair the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario.   “Doug Ford has given his family’s lawyer, Gavin Tighe, a $667,000 government contract with the Public Accountants Council. This looks like yet another pricey patronage ...

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Ford bent on keeping priority issues on the backburner

Following news of several government advisors being cut by Doug Ford, NDP critics Ian Arthur (Environment), Jessica Bell (Transit), Michael Mantha (Northern Development and Mines), Lisa Gretzky (Community and Social Services), Rima Berns-McGown (Poverty and Homelessness) and Laura Mae Lindo (Anti-Racism) released the following joint statement: “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals delayed the Ring of Fire, spent 15 years failing ...

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Hughes – La fête du Travail marque des développements importants et souligne les défis actuels

La fête du Travail est à nos portes, marquant la fin des vacances scolaires et le virage inévitable vers l’automne. Bien qu’il soit facile de se concentrer sur le jour férié, il est également important de se rappeler qu’il célèbre de nombreuses campagnes qui ont contribué à façonner nos milieux de travail modernes de maintes façons remarquables. Des défilés de ...

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News from the Park – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference

This week I attended the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Ottawa where I joined municipal leaders and delegations from across Ontario including several from communities in Algoma-Manitoulin. The purpose of the AMO, which is comprised of almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments, is to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of municipal government in Ontario. At the ...

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