Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

NDP MPs in Northern Ontario urge Liberals to help local seniors

Seniors across the country were shocked to learn that benefits they rely on such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) have been cut because they received pandemic supports like the CERB. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to fix this devastating situation that has left many seniors worried they won’t be able to afford their rent, food and ...

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Horwath slams Ford’s refusal to mandate vaccines for health workers

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to the Ford government’s refusal to mandate vaccines for health workers: “Unvaccinated staff should not be allowed in the ICU, in pediatric wards with sick babies, in the homes of vulnerable home care patients, or anywhere at all in health care, or in our children’s schools. Doug Ford ...

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Northern Ontario MPs call on Liberals to reverse cuts to help for people

The NDP MPs in Northern Ontario, Carol Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing) and Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) are calling on Justin Trudeau to get back to work before November 22 and to reverse his decision to take away help for Canadians to get through the pandemic in the middle of the fourth wave. “Now more than ever, people need a federal ...

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Surveiller le pouls de mes électeurs

L’autre jour, nous avons eu l’une de nos réunions hebdomadaires du personnel de bureau pour discuter des dossiers, des problèmes et sujets des appels et des lettres à mon bureau. Un membre de l’équipe a souligné que la surveillance du compte de messagerie est comme un professionnel de la santé surveillant la tension artérielle d’une personne sur une période de ...

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Monitoring the pulse of my constituents

The other day we had one of our weekly office staff team meetings to discuss casework, issues and trends in calls and letters to my offices.  One team member pointed out that monitoring the email account is like a medical professional monitoring someone’s blood pressure over an extended period of time.  Looking over the patient’s readings and taking note of ...

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Letter – End of the EDC, or new beginning?

I am writing because of the recent Council News that the EDC will be cancelled. I understand the function of Town Council is to economically make decisions that benefit the community. The EDC has a separate function. It benefits the community through direct interaction with the citizens of the community always with a social justice mandate in mind. This is ...

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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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