Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Doug Ford must reverse his harmful cuts to education

Marit Stiles, Official Opposition Education Critic, issued the following statement: “Doug Ford’s deep cuts to education have hurt students and their families and brought conflict to our classrooms. He never should have brought us to this point. Instead of picking a fight with educators and forcing them to fight to protect public education in Ontario, Doug Ford should listen to ...

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NDP to move motion to have scrapped renewable energy costs audited

The Official Opposition New Democrats want to know the total price tag for Doug Ford’s move to bulldoze 750 green energy contracts, and they’ll try to make that happen with a vote at the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday.   Ontario’s Auditor General has told the NDP it’s going to take a vote in the legislature, an order from the ...

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Ford’s corporate giveaway is an incentive to hide workplace injuries

Wayne Gates, Ontario NDP critic for Workplace Health and Safety, warned that Doug Ford is creating a dangerous financial incentive for employers to discourage injured workers from making claims.   The Ford Conservatives announced Friday that they’re pouring $140 million into rewarding employers that tout a good health and safety record —  a model that has proven to motivate employers ...

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NDP applauds court ruling barring Ford’s attack on student unions

The Official Opposition New Democrats’ critic for Colleges and Universities, Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York) said the NDP is very happy that yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court ruling strikes down Doug Ford’s attack on student unions, giving students who rely on student media and on-campus support centres hope that those services will be restored. “The court is very clear that Doug Ford’s ...

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Ford government must fully reverse harmful cuts to education

Official Opposition Education critic Marit Stiles issued the following statement:   “Making four online learning courses mandatory for graduating high school was only ever about cutting costs on the backs of students. It was never about Students, parents and educators have expressed concern about Doug Ford’s deep cuts to education that will take 10,000 teachers out of our classrooms and ...

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NDP MPPs support call for Ontario Vision Zero Plan to reduce road deaths

Ontario NDP Transit critic Jessica Bell (University—Rosedale) and Transportation and Highways critic Jennifer French (Oshawa) are supporting the Ontario Good Roads Association’s call on the province to develop a Vision Zero strategy. While the City of Toronto and a number of other municipalities have adopted local Vision Zero plans, Ontario does not have a provincial road safety strategy. B.C., Alberta, ...

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Andrew Scheer Statement on CN Rail Strike

The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued a statement on the CN Rail Strike: “The CN strike is hurting all aspects of our economy, from agriculture, to manufacturing, to mining. That is why Justin Trudeau must recall Parliament as soon as possible to enact emergency legislation to get the rail cars moving again. “In ...

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NDP blasts Conservatives for suggesting northern winter road safety good enough

The NDP MPP for Sudbury, Jamie West, blasted the Ford government during question period Tuesday for suggesting that the current state of treacherous and poorly maintained winter roads in northern Ontario is good enough for Northerners.   Last week, the Ford government unanimously voted against a bill from NDP MPP Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk—James Bay), the Making Northern Ontario Highways Safer Act — ...

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NDP reveals Ford spent $231 million cancelling green energy contracts

New information revealed by the NDP shows that Doug Ford blew almost a quarter of a billion dollars ripping up green energy contracts. Peter Tabuns, Ontario NDP Energy critic, blasted Ford today in question period for burning through $231 million in taxpayer dollars while Ontario families struggle to afford high hydro prices that keep going up on Ford’s watch. The ...

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NDP – Ford spending $1 million to further cut disabilities support is inexcusable

During Monday’s question period, Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky, the NDP Official Opposition critic for Community and Social Services, asked the Ford government why it is spending $1 million to hire a consultant to help it cut even more funding from supports for people with developmental disabilities. Gretzky also asked why the winner of that million-dollar contract was instructed not ...

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Letter to Justin Trudeau

To the Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada: It has become exhausting facing the mounting challenges on our family owned remote tourist business after the ACR passenger train service was cancelled. When the Federal Government and CN did this it compromised our Northern identity. Railmark’s attempted take-over of the service was a total disaster – they didn’t have their ...

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Editorial – Don “Hot Dog” Cherry

Yup, it looks like the end of the road for the opinionated one. In case you haven’t been on social media for the last few days, I’ll brief you; Don Cherrys’ habit of saying things without any thought or regard of the repercussions has finally plated him a “hot dog” that was just too big for Sportsnet and Rogers Media ...

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Cargo Airships: A Bold Idea for the Feds?

As the Federal political parties count down to the October election, they must have policy positions that speak to all national issues. Access to transportation is important to Canadians everywhere.  It would be valuable to learn the leaders’ positions on transportation access to the remote northern communities, and whether or not, they have formed an opinion on the use of ...

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