Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Ford must help families as food bank use skyrockets: NDP’s Pasma

NDP Poverty and Homelessness Reduction critic Chandra Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) says skyrocketing food bank use underscores the need for government action to address poverty and the affordability crisis in Ontario. “Ontarians are finding it harder and harder to put food on the table for their families. Each month, thousands of people are turning to food banks for the first time ...

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Letter – Water Main Breaks in Hornepayne

Dear Brenda, We are but one of many stories of current water main breaks in the town of Hornepayne. The main at the road in front of our home broke on or about June 22nd (likely before, we noticed, about then, the front lawn was saturated). We noticed at the same time a slow water seepage coming from under the ...

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NDP calls for more federal health funding and more provincial health spending

As the Council of the Federation meets, Interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns says Doug Ford must not only fight for increased federal health transfers — but also commit to spending more in health care, immediately: “Our hospitals are in crisis. We don’t have enough staff to keep all ERs open around the clock. Patients are waiting in pain for far ...

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Ontario NDP calls on Ford to address health care crisis by prioritizing hiring

Interim Ontario NDP Leader Peter Tabuns is calling on Doug Ford to prioritize health care hiring as reports emerge of hospitals forced to temporarily close emergency departments and urgent care centres, and cut hours to cope with nurse and doctor shortages. According to a Canadian Press report, temporary closures have happened at an emergency department in Clinton and an emergency ...

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Angus challenges Liberal government over rising gas prices

NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins – James Bay) called out the Liberal government in Question Period over their lack of action on dealing with record high gas prices. Prices have reached such a level that, in order to get to and from work, working-class families have been forced to make tough choices about their food budget and shelter costs. The record ...

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Liberals and Conservatives refuse to help Canadians with the toxic drug crisis

After approving a request from B.C. to decriminalize the personal possession of drugs last week, the Liberal government refused to take a national approach to the public health crisis that has claimed the lives of 27,000 Canadians in the last six years. Northern Ontario has been disproportionally affected by the toxic drug supply. Yet, instead of helping to finally end ...

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Les libéraux et les conservateurs refusent d’aider les personnes aux prises avec la crise des drogues toxiques

Après avoir approuvé la semaine passée une demande du gouvernement de la Colombie-Britannique de décriminaliser la possession personnelle de drogues, les libéraux ont refusé d’adopter une approche pancanadienne face à la crise de santé publique qui a coûté la vie à 27 000 personnes au cours des six dernières années. Le Nord de l’Ontario a été touché de façon disproportionnée par l’approvisionnement ...

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Open Letter – A Call to Support Children With Autism

Hon. Doug Ford Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Hon. Doug Ford, Congratulations on winning your second majority government. I am writing on behalf of the over 53,000 children with autism waiting for access to life-changing therapy. I am also writing on behalf of their families and professionals in the field waiting to deliver ...

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Northern Ontario Alliance Alerts Residents in 30,000 Households to the Routes and Hazards of Proposed Radioactive Waste Shipments

Plans by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to truck nuclear waste across Northern Ontario are outlined in postcards from We the Nuclear Free North that are landing in the mailboxes of residents from Wabigoon to Temagami this week. The postcards alert residents to the potential routes and the hazards of transporting an estimated 100,000 tonnes of highly radioactive nuclear ...

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Robinson Huron Treaty Leadership calls on Ontario Party Leaders to Commit to Upholding Treaty Responsibilities

The Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund (RHTLF) leadership are calling on electoral candidates to commit to supporting the honourable resolution of the Robinson Huron Treaty annuities case. In Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the litigation, Justice Patricia Hennessy ruled in favour of the First Nations. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal have encouraged ...

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Ontario Liberals launch Northern Platform

The Ontario Liberal Northern Platform will deliver on long-standing demands from Northern Mayors for an immigration plan that attracts New Canadians to cities and regions across Northern Ontario and ensure skilled labour matches the jobs needed to build and grow the Northern economy.  “This week’s announcement of the Northern platform was a proud moment for me. Our Northern caucus of ...

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Horwath launches platform for Northern Ontario

Andrea Horwath and the NDP are releasing a Northern platform — a plan to make life easier, healthier and more affordable for Northerners. “I want people to get the health care they need without long waits or long drives. And folks need lower costs and more good-paying jobs, so the next generation can stay and raise their own family in ...

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Letter – Who will take on the task?

Every year about this time I feel like a racehorse, pulling on the reins, ready to gallop over the meadow…. ln my case, pick up my gloves, bags and get dirty to clean up the environment. Unfortunately, old age put a limit to it, I can’t do it in grand style anymore, but a little around my immediate area and ...

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Letter – Removal of Crown Lands for NWMO potential host studies

Dear Brenda, Recently, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) celebrated Earth Day by announcing that 1450 square kilometres of Boreal forest in Northern Ontario, near Hearst, is to be protected. Certainly, it’s a step in the right direction. The cost of purchasing this land from Domtar is 46 million dollars. Comparatively, 3182 square kilometres were withdrawn from the Crown Land ...

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A Northlander Fix or Fixation? Part 1

Ya gotta wonder how the politicians, their appointees and a circle of supporters prevent their noses from stretching each time another empty promise about the return of the Ontario Northland Railway’s Northlander is trotted out.   Led by their Nipissing sales rep, we hear the blather on about the wonderful work this soon-to-expire government has done… on the public tab. ...

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