Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Easter Sunday

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all Ontarians observing Good Friday and celebrating Easter this weekend.   Easter, and the holy week that leads to it, is a time to remember the sacrifices that have been made for each of us, and it is a reminder to be mindful of ...

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There is a choice

Mar 26, 2018 @ 08:11 The other night I was watching one of the Mike (Make it Right) Holmes television shows in which Holmes was helping a couple who had purchased a home that they believed was in good repair, assured by the seller it would be free from major problems. As you can imagine, the couple were hornswoggled. Too ...

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Hughes – Taxes shouldn’t be any harder to file

Mar 21, 2018 @ 18:50 Tax season is upon us and for people who aren’t connected to the internet or comfortable using it as a method of filing their forms the process has become increasingly difficult.  Even getting paper forms has become more of a chore.  This year, Revenue Canada only sent a small number of forms to outlets that ...

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What are governments supposed to do for us?

One of the real perks for me in this job is visiting with students in our school system. Many would be surprised to learn that my visits don’t just focus on secondary school civics classes. I make it a point to visit classrooms from primary grades through to college. If we want our youth to be engaged and have an ...

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To my Wawa Patients:

To my Wawa Patients:   I wish to inform you that I will be closing my practice effective May 1, 2018.  My husband and I will be moving to Southern Ontario to be closer to our families.   At this time, the Wawa Family Health Team is actively recruiting for a physician to replace me.  Please be reassured that you ...

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Health Care & Overcrowding

Mar 5, 2018 @ 16:25 The recent school shooting down in Florida sent collective shivers down the spine of parents and grandparents around the world. Few leaders would disagree that among the very highest trusts bestowed upon elected leaders is the protection of our children. Long ago I recall a grandmother saying to me, “The most precious jewels that a ...

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Carillion & MPAC

Feb 26, 2018 @ 08:27 Well, we all know that Toronto has been described by some as ‘Hollywood North’ because of the popularity it has gained as a preferred site for movie and television productions. As well it has always been a hotbed for theatre and shows. But this week it seems Toronto is now known as the location of ...

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Back to Work

Feb 19, 2018 @ 08:12 This week MPPs will return to Queen’s Park for the last leg of this session before the anticipated election that will be called for early June. I for one am ready to get back into the Legislature and Queen’s Park office; eager to tackle the multitude of issues that have been brought to my attention ...

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Northern Ontario Part – Seeking Medical Care Should Not Be Hazardous

Feb 14, 2018 @ 09:07 The Northern Ontario Party would like to extend their condolences to the young family who lost their lives traveling back from Sick Kids Hospital last week. This heartbreaking event is just another example of the tragedies Northerners face when seeking medical care for their children. A number of families across Northern Ontario face similar treks; ...

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Winter Road Maintenance & Carillion

Feb 12, 2018 @ 08:18 Like many Northerners, I’m definitely a 4-season person. That is to say, I love something about each of our seasons. In fact, this is one of the best things about Algoma-Manitoulin. Winter, spring, summer, and fall, with our hills, forests, lakes and rivers there is a plethora of things to do for outdoor enthusiasts. And for ...

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Letter – Release Arrangement between Ontario and Carillion Canada

Feb 8, 2018 @ 11:35 On Thursday, Ontario NDP Transportation critic Wayne Gates wrote to Premier Kathleen Wynne calling for the release of the latest arrangement between Ontario and Carillion Canada, negotiated after the collapse of Carillion’s U.K.-based parent company. Feb. 8, 2018 Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne, MPP Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1   ...

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Life is getting Harder, but New Democrats have a plan

Feb 5, 2018 @ 09:37 I am sure that I don’t have to remind you that Monday February 19th Ontarians celebrate Family Day. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday each year. Ontarians work very hard to support their families and help our economy grow. But sometimes our lives are so full that it’s hard for people to make ...

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Lettre à l’éditeur – Je suis responsable envers vous

Feb 2, 2018 @ 11:28 Chers résidents du Nord, J’aimerais vous parler au sujet de ma première journée au poste de directeur général du Réseau local d’intégration des services de santé (RLISS) du Nord-Est. Le matin du 22 janvier, j’ai passé la première heure à m’entretenir avec les membres de ma nouvelle équipe. Certains étaient dans la salle avec moi, ...

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Letter to the Editor – I’m Accountable to You

Feb 2, 2018 @ 11:21 Dear Northerners, Let me tell you about my first day on the job as CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN). On the morning of January 22, I spent the first hour of my new job sitting down with my new team of staff. Some were in the room with me, ...

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Automation of GIS should extend to all seniors

Jan 31, 2018 @ 20:08 The government has some work to do if it wants to convince Canadians they share the same concerns most people have about pensions. In the last year, they allowed the Sears pension plan to remain underfunded as that company liquidated assets and closed for good, and also introduced legislation that will lead to more Canadians ...

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