Editorials & Letters

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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NDP to Ford: Breaking the law isn’t a joke

On Tuesday, Doug Ford tried to smear Deputy Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Brad Blair with a claim that Blair broke the law by voicing concerns he had with the conduct of Ford’s office, including the attempt to install Ford’s close friend and ally, Ron Taverner, as the province’s top cop. On Thursday, NDP Community Safety and Correctional Services critic ...

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Taverner’s defense of Ford’s secret custom van raises questions

There are already questions about Doug Ford trying to inappropriately influence Ron Taverner, after a news report revealed Wednesday that Taverner knew of — and defended — Ford’s demand that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) secretly buy him a custom camper van. The Toronto Sun reported the story Wednesday. “I am told it’s not a camper van but an extended-size ...

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Don’t pass up opportunity to bring jobs to northern Ontario

Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin and NDP critic for Northern Development and Mines, urged the Ford Conservatives Thursday in question period not to pass up an opportunity to bring jobs to northern Ontario.   The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation recently released its interest in a long-stagnant mill in Chapleau. But despite Indigenous and forestry industry interest in the mill, ...

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US regulators blame Doug Ford’s meddling for deal breakdown

NDP Environment and Sustainability critic Ian Arthur released the following statement in response to news that Hydro One’s deal with Avista Corp has been scrapped by Washington state’s regulator due to Doug Ford’s political meddling: “Today’s decision (December 5th, 2018) makes it clear that Doug Ford’s political meddling has sent shockwaves through the business community and increased the risk of ...

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NDP MPP says fight for disability rights in Ontario not over

Joel Harden, NDP critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, released the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: “On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I want to commend the work of the disability rights movement for making Ontario a more inclusive place. It is thanks to the movement’s tireless campaigning that we have an ...

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Indigenous, racialized youth disproportionately impacted by Ford axing Child Advocate

The NDP’s Anti-Racism critic Laura Mae Lindo is pointing out that, with Indigenous children far more likely be in care than non-Indigenous children, Doug Ford needs to reverse his elimination of the Child Advocate’s office to avoid putting up another discriminatory barrier for Indigenous youth. “In my riding of Kitchener Centre, Indigenous children are five times more likely to come ...

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NDP says Taverner appointment raises concerns

Kevin Yarde, NDP critic for Community Safety and Correctional Services, released the following statement regarding the appointment of Ron Taverner as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP):   “Police forces need to be free from political influence, real or perceived. The Official Opposition shares the concerns of Ontario people about the Ford government’s appointment of Ron Taverner to the ...

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Horwath calls on MPPs to support motion to reverse cuts to Francophone community

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP critic for Francophone Affairs Guy Bourgouin are calling on all MPPs from all parties to support Horwath’s motion to restore Ontario’s independent French Language Services Commissioner and the province’s Francophone University.   “Franco-Ontarians deserve the long-awaited Université de l’Ontario français, as well as a French Language Services Commissioner that is fully independent, and nothing less,” said Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James ...

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NDP’s Mamakwa calls for investment in “lifeline” airports for fly-in communities

During question period on Thursday, November 22, 2018, Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong, told the Ford government to begin working with First Nations communities and invest in northern airports that fly-in communities depend on.   “These airports are essential lifelines for the communities they serve,” said Mamakwa, the NDPs critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.   “But Ontario’s northern ...

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