Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

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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News from the Park – January 30

Jan 30, 2018 @ 18:14 I’m sure that most readers will recognize world-famous scientist Albert Einstein’s often quoted definition, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. As I pondered this definition this week it occurred to me that Einstein’s wisdom is clearly applicable to far more than just the scientific world. In this ...

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No place for racially charged politics in mainstream Canada

Jan 24, 2018 @ 08:44 Senator Lynn Beyak was jettisoned from the Conservative Caucus recently after spending the better part of a year defending intolerant statements aimed at First Nations – many of whom she ostensibly represents. The move was made after leadership in the Senate and the Commons provided numerous opportunities for her to back down from offensive claims ...

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Change Privatization

Jan 22, 2018 @ 10:02 Those of you who are sports fans have often read or heard comments from athletes who are heading into a situation where they just know something is about to happen. They often say they can smell or taste big changes coming in the air. Lately, I have been having such feelings myself, but for me, ...

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Letter – Student Relief Assistance Fund

Dec 12, 2017 @ 08:16 Dear Brenda,   Today I received the email stating that I was denied the Student Relief Assistance Fund due to not providing the documentation that demonstrates my expenses during the strike.   As a student, we have many things to worry about; we all have our daily routines during our school year. This year, 2017, ...

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