Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

il ne pleut jamais, mais il pleut…

Nous savons tous que dans la vie, parfois les choses tournent mal. Malheureusement, à l’heure actuelle, il semble que tel soit le cas pour le système de santé de l’Ontario. Bien avant le début de la pandémie et tous les problèmes qui l’ont accompagnée, les responsables des soins de santé de l’Ontario ont tiré la sonnette d’alarme. Ils essayaient désespérément ...

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Never rains, but it pours…

We’ve all heard the saying that it never rains, but it pours. We all know that in life, sometimes things go wrong. Unfortunately, at the moment, it appears that such is the case for Ontario’s health care system. Long before the onset of the pandemic and all of the issues that came in tow with it, Ontario health care officials ...

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Horwath calls for health care hiring and retention strategy to shorten health care wait times

In Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, October 14th, 2021, Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called for an urgent health care recruitment and retention action plan to relieve and respect exhausted health care workers, and turn around growing wait times for patients. Ontario’s Science Table reports that 43 per cent of members of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario are considering leaving ...

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Lunch-bag Letdown

Now that the summer recess and subsequent prorogation until October is finally finished, a few days ago, I was making my way back to Toronto to get set up in my apartment and office for the upcoming new session.  I know that my colleagues and I are excited to get back into the House. It was clear from our recent ...

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Ford fails to stop gas price gouging in Northern Ontario: NDP

As gasoline prices soar across Northern Ontario, northern NDP MPPs are calling out Doug Ford for failing to act after three years in government despite having an NDP bill that would put an end to gas price gouging in Northern Ontario. The following statement was released by MPPs Gilles Bisson (Timmins), John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane), France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), Jamie West ...

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Double standards in the deployment and delivery of train service

Northerners are once again finding themselves taking a back seat to the transportation interests and concerns of politicians in Southern Ontario.   The Ministry of Transportation very recently unveiled a pilot project for GO Train service between Toronto and London — by way of Kitchener, Stratford and St Mary’s. The trial runs are expected to cost Ontario taxpayers $2.5 million ...

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Mamakwa responds to Indigenous curriculum announcement

NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, Sol Mamakwa, released the following statement in response to a Ford government announcement Wednesday on the inclusion of Indigenous material in Grade 1 to 3 curriculum: “The NDP still supports the addition of mandatory and Elder and knowledge-keeper written Indigenous curricula. Our thanks goes to Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have given their ...

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NDP statement on marking National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa, NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, will mark Thursday’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day with solemn reflection of Canada’s shameful mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples, and commemoration of the thousands of Indigenous children who never came home from Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. “Tomorrow, Canadians ...

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Quand la vie te donne des citrons, tu fais de la limonade

Il y a quelque temps, j’ai eu la chance de discuter avec des élèves du secondaire qui ont initié une conversation pendant que nous dégustions tous des cornets de crème glacée sous l’ombrage d’un érable. Je dois admettre que ça me surprend généralement lorsqu’un adolescent sait qui je suis et quel est mon travail. Assis là sur des tables de ...

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

A while ago, I enjoyed speaking with some high school-aged teens who sparked up a conversation while we all enjoyed ice cream cones under some shady trees.  I have to admit that it usually surprises me when a teen knows who I am and what my job is.  Sitting there on picnic tables, one of them asked me to list ...

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Beware of Canadian railway wolves in sheep’s clothing

Beware of Canadian railway wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Two have been circling the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) since early 2021 and one is now getting ready to dine – it thinks.   The two northern wolves are our transcontinental railways, Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN).  In their prime, both were powerhouses that spanned Canada, served U.S. border ...

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News From the Park – la quatrième vague

N’importe qui peut être un leader pendant que les mers sont calmes. Mais être le capitaine lorsque des vents forts soufflent et que la mer devient agitée… eh bien, il faut de vraies compétences, connaissances et de la confiance pour diriger le navire en toute sécurité jusqu’à sa destination. L’auteur et coach en leadership John Maxwell déclare : « Un ...

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News From the Park – The Fourth Wave

Pretty much anyone can be a leader in calm waters.  But being at the helm when strong winds blow and seas become rough….well, it takes real skill, knowledge, and confidence to navigate a ship safely to its destination port.  Author and leadership coach John Maxwell says, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the ...

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New Democrats launch Northern Ontario platform

Committing to create and support good jobs, protect communities from the effects of climate change, and put reconciliation into action, New Democrats shared their commitments today, to make life better and more affordable for families across Northern Ontario.  NDP candidates Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), Nadia Verrelli (Sudbury) and Andréane Chénier (Nickel Belt) launched the NDP’s Northern platform in Sudbury ...

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Les néo-démocrates lancent leur plateforme pour le Nord

Les néo-démocrates ont présenté aujourd’hui leur plan afin d’améliorer la qualité de vie des familles du Nord de l’Ontario. Le NPD s’est engagé à créer et soutenir de bons emplois, protéger les collectivités des effets des changements climatiques, et à poser des gestes concrets en faveur de la réconciliation. Les candidates et candidats du NPD Charlie Angus (Timmins–Baie James), Carol ...

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