Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

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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Hughes marque la Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux surdoses en appelant à traiter la dépendance comme un problème de santé

Alors que dix-sept Canadiens meurent chaque jour de causes liées aux opioïdes, Carol Hughes, candidate du NPD d’Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, souligne la Journée internationale de sensibilisation aux surdoses comme une occasion pour les Canadiens de reconsidérer leur impression de la dépendance. ” La dernière année et demie a été plus difficile que d’habitude. Pour certains, l’isolement a conduit à une augmentation de ...

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Hughes marks International Overdose Awareness Day with call to treat addiction as health issue

With seventeen Canadians dying every day from opioid related causes, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing NDP candidate Carol Hughes is marking International Overdose Awareness Day as an opportunity for Canadians to reconsider their impression of addiction. “The last year-and-a-half was harder than usual. For some, the isolation led to an increase in drug and alcohol consumption,” said Hughes.  “While many may realize they need ...

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Metrolinx – expanding into Northern Ontario Transportation?

It may seem odd to share with Northern Ontarians a recent article I wrote for the Toronto Star about a transportation agency in Southern Ontario.  But the reasons are many and my concern from a northern viewpoint is extreme because this politically-driven juggernaut has been expanding its empire out of sight – with billions of our tax dollars – through ...

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Des nouvelles du parc – un plan de match plein de demi-mesures

J’aime beaucoup regarder les sports. J’aime aller aux matchs des Leafs ou des Blue Jays aussi souvent que possible. En passant tellement de temps à Toronto, les gens pensent souvent que je peux m’y rendre souvent. Eh bien, j’aimerais que ce soit vrai. Tout simplement, c’est difficile de planifier à l’avance parce qu’il se passe toujours quelque chose, alors je ...

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News from the Park – a game plan full of half measures

I really enjoy watching sports.  I love taking in Leaf or Blue Jays games as often as I can.  Spending so much time in Toronto, people often assume that I take in a good number.  Well, I wish that were true.  Quite simply, it is just hard to plan ahead so far because invariably something always comes up so I ...

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Horwath calls on Ford to do better on mandatory vaccines, vaccine certificates

NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement: “COVID-19 cases have been on the rise, and the first day of school is three weeks from today. We urgently and desperately need to put the safety of children first, protect vulnerable people, and stop the spread. No unvaccinated person should be in a classroom or health care setting. ...

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Northern Ontario : More isolated than ever

An open letter to the management and customer relations department of VIA Rail Canada I wanted to provide some feedback regarding the negative impacts I have felt as a result of VIA’s decision to reduce passenger train service in Northern Ontario and the need to restore it immediately.   Over the last year and half, travellers like myself have become ...

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