Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Reopening must come with paid sick days, expanded certificate program

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants the Jan. 31 reopening to be safer. She’s calling for paid sick days for all, restored access to COVID testing, and an expansion of the vaccine certificate program to include places like LCBOs and cannabis shops. “We all want the cycle of shutdowns and re-openings to stop. We also desperately need non-emergency surgeries ...

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Letter – Save our EDC

Dear Brenda, The more I dig, the more I realize that this Municipality has to come out from behind the curtain they hide behind. All Town Councils should be run with transparency, truth, inclusivity diversity, and most of all “ACCOUNTABILITY.” I had a phone call recently with the Mayor of our town. It was interesting and certainly eye-opening. He explained ...

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Letter – How do you Remember Sandra Scott?

Regarding the Passing of Sandra Elizabeth Scott, When my grandson, Dante was a year old, Sandra made a brave decision to give sole custody of him to his father to raise as she wanted him to have a safe and stable upbringing.  She protected him the best way she could from her addiction by walking away, which must have been ...

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Ford must act now to make Thunder Bay highways safer

The Ford government must stop ignoring tragedies and deaths on Thunder Bay’s highways and take action this winter to protect Northern drivers using highways 17 and 11, said Judith Monteith-Farrell, NDP MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan. “Northern drivers, families and truck drivers are calling on Doug Ford to make our highways safer. Too many people have lost their loved ...

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Fallait continuer

Eh bien, le soleil se couchera bientôt sur l’année 2021. De nombreux lecteurs conviendront que cette année s’apparentait à un tour en montagnes russes pour les Ontariens avec de nombreuses ascensions palpitantes, des chutes vertigineuses et des rebondissements à gogo! Certains jours, les manèges pénétraient dans des tunnels sombres de désespoir ; d’autres jours, de brillants rayons de lumière nous ...

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Keep on Going

Well, the sun will soon be setting on 2021.  Many readers would agree that this year was akin to a rollercoaster ride for Ontarians with plenty of thrilling climbs, breakneck falls and twists and turns galore. Some days the roller coaster penetrated dark tunnels of hopelessness; other days, bright rays of light shone down upon us.  And sometimes, time just ...

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Let’s All take a Step Backwards

I believe Council has taken a step backwards by cancelling the Economic Development Council and laying off/firing it’s five employees. Oh yes, a “Seamless transition” was promised. How does that come about? Have any council members, or the CAO, Maury O’Neill,  gone into that office to start a conversation about the grants and direction that the EDC has taken so that ...

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Aucune aide pour les familles dans la mise à jour financière

Alors que le coût des biens essentiels comme le logement, la nourriture et le carburant devrait continuer d’augmenter au cours des prochains mois, les familles canadiennes qui cherchaient de l’aide dans la mise à jour financière d’aujourd’hui seront déçues, selon la députée d’Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, Carol Hughes. Mme Hughes note qu’il n’y a pas eu grand-chose pour remédier aux pressions exercées sur ...

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No help for families in fiscal update

With the cost of essentials like housing, food, and fuel expected to continue to increase in the coming months, Canadian families looking for help in today’s fiscal update will find themselves disappointed, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes. Hughes notes that there was little to address the stresses to household budgets, and nothing to ask those who have profited the ...

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Ford must make colleges and universities safer for students and staff

NDP critic for Colleges and Universities Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre) is calling on the Ford government to invest in making campuses safer and provide guidance for all post-secondary institutions, as universities implement their own, new COVID-19 safety measures in response to rising cases and outbreaks. “Students, faculty and staff at Ontario’s colleges and universities are anxious, and some have ...

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Hughes urges Liberals to help northerners with cost of living

As inflation drives up the cost of living for people in Northern Ontario, NDP MP, Carol Hughes is calling on the government to offer some relief in this week’s Fiscal Update. Hughes points to affordable housing, cell phone and internet bills, and even assistance with energy efficient retrofits to reduce heating costs as ways that the government could deliver assistance ...

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Hughes exhorte les libéraux à aider les habitants du Nord à faire face au coût de la vie

Alors que l’inflation fait augmenter le coût de la vie pour les gens du Nord de l’Ontario, la députée néo-démocrate Carol Hughes demande au gouvernement d’offrir un certain soulagement dans la Mise à jour économique de cette semaine. Mme Hughes mentionne des logements abordables, des factures de téléphone cellulaire et d’Internet, et même de l’aide pour des rénovations écoénergétiques afin ...

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Algoma–Manitoulin’s greatest resource is its people!

You know, sometimes people say things to themselves or to others over and over again as much to convince themselves as others.  Other times, however, they say it because they really believe what they are saying with all of their heart. They simply want to share this belief.  And naturally, some are inclined to do both.  This is not a ...

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“Smoke & Mirrors” – Checking the choo-choo tracks

There was a lot of hype and publicity surrounding Ontario Northland’s most recent test train to measure transit times between North Bay and Toronto.   For the first time in nine years, a passenger train operated on this route with the purpose of collecting data to support the ONR’s latest business case for reintroducing passenger rail service to the region. ...

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