Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Jagmeet Singh et Charlie Angus visitent la Première Nation de Neskantaga : « 26 ans sans eau potable, c’est honteux! »

Lundi, le chef du NPD, Jagmeet Singh, et le député néo-démocrate Charlie Angus (Timmins–Baie James) ont visité la Première Nation de Neskantaga pour discuter de la crise de l’eau qui perdure dans la communauté. En 2015, Justin Trudeau a promis la fin des avis d’ébullition de l’eau dans les réserves et a fait de Neskantaga le symbole de la promesse ...

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Les libéraux réduisent le soutien à des millions de Canadiens en difficulté

En fin de semaine, alors que des millions de Canadiens sont toujours sans emplois, les libéraux ont choisi de réduire de 800 $ le montant de la Prestation canadienne de la relance économique (PCRE) que les gens reçoivent. “Les Canadiens ont besoin d’un gouvernement qui est prêt et disposé à les soutenir lorsqu’ils ont besoin d’aide. Au lieu, les libéraux ...

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Liberals cut support to millions of struggling Canadians

Over the weekend, while millions of Canadians are still without work, the Liberals chose to cut the amount of CRB people receive by $800. “Canadians need a government that is ready and willing to support them when they need help. Instead, the Liberals made a huge cut to the vital CRB supports, leaving Canadians struggling to pay their bills,” said ...

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50+ years of Transportation Vandalism

Age, maturity and experience eventually bring the realization that some things in this life simply aren’t just or fair.  But that doesn’t mean surrendering to injustice without speaking out and pushing back.  Such is the case with the destruction of Northern Ontario’s rail passenger service.   For more than half-a-century, successive federal governments have committed transportation vandalism across Northern Ontario.  ...

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Letter – Viruses Mutate

I am a retired dentist who practiced in Wawa for a number of years.  I am not an expert in microbiology but 50 years ago, in dental school, a large portion of the course work was the study of bacteria and viruses and how to protect our patients from them. A quick check shows what was taught then is still true ...

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Missing the mark on the North’s passenger rail plan

The Ministry of Transportation and Ontario Northland have finally unveiled an Initial Business Case for passenger rail in Northeastern Ontario … and it’s about time the public was provided with an update.   It only took a mere three years into the current government’s term (and a freedom of information request), but Northerners now have a slightly better understanding of ...

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What is the government hiding in its passenger rail plan for the North?

Secretive … Aloof … Lacking Transparency …   These are just some of the terms one might use to describe the provincial government’s handling of restoring passenger rail services in north-eastern Ontario.   Over the span of a thousand days, various politicians, ministries, and agencies of the Crown have provided the public with a series of Coles Notes updates related ...

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Doug Ford always opposed any kind of paid sick time

Premier Doug Ford was always opposed any program that offers any help to workers to stay home when they are sick. One of Doug Ford’s first actions as premier was to take away Ontario’s two measly paid sick days. When a limited federal program was introduced to provide small supports to some workers who do not have paid sick days, ...

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Le budget envoie des signaux contradictoires: Hughes

Alors que les craintes de pandémie s’intensifient au milieu de la plus grande vague jamais enregistrée, le budget de lundi offre une gamme de mesures mitigées et a souligne la réticence du gouvernement à demander aux plus riches du Canada de contribuer un peu plus à leur pays, selon la députée d’Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, Carol Hughes. C’est l’une des principales conclusions du ...

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Budget sends mixed signals: Hughes

With pandemic concerns growing amidst the strongest wave yet, Monday’s budget offered a mixed bag of measures and highlighted the government’s reticence to ask Canada’s wealthiest  to contribute a little more to their country according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. That was one of the biggest take-aways from the budget that Hughes is describing as more of an election document ...

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NDP Environment critic demands Ford government block the sale of Ontario’s water rights to American private equity investors

NDP Environment critic Sandy Shaw is demanding the Ford government block Nestlé from handing Ontario’s water rights to an American private equity firm, One Rock Capital Partners, which is planning to buy Nestlé’s North American water-bottling operations. The province’s moratorium on new or expanded permits for water taking for bottling is due to expire on April 1. On Monday, United ...

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NDP wants Ford government to pause OSAP repayments during the pandemic

Official Opposition NDP critic for Colleges and Universities, Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre) has released a statement in response to a government announcement regarding Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for micro-credential programs: “Students don’t just need permission to borrow more money — they need a break on student loan repayments. COVID has taken away their summer jobs, and delayed their ...

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