Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

L’heure est au regroupement

Sondages, sondages, partout. Si vous vivez et travaillez dans le Nord ontarien, vous avez sans doute été approché pour un sondage. Probablement pour plus d’un. Vous avez peut-être même reçu quelques questionnaires le même jour. La raison est simple. Statistique Canada, croyez-le ou non, a des ressources limitées. Cela signifie que ce service concentre sa collecte de données et ses ...

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Let’s Get it Together

Surveys, surveys, everywhere. If you live and work in Northern Ontario, you no doubt have been targeted by a survey. Likely more than one. You may even receive a few on the same day. The reason for that is simple. Statistics Canada, believe it or not, has finite resources. Meaning they target their data collection and reporting to larger population ...

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Abordabilité du logement, itinérance et cycle de la pauvreté

J’ai récemment eu la chance de revoir un ami que je n’avais pas vue depuis longtemps. Le gars, qui est  à la retraite, a commencé comme un jeune homme faisant des rénovations domiciliaires et a finalement évolué dans la construction de maisons. Ses compétences et son dévouement au métier semblaient l’amener presque involontairement à devenir développeur. Son succès commercial ne ...

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Home Affordability, Homelessness & The Cycle of Poverty

I recently had the good fortune of bumping into an acquaintance of mine I had not seen in a long while. The fellow, who has long been retired, started out as a young man doing home renovations and eventually moved up into house building. His skills and devotion to the trade seemed just to lead him almost unintentionally to become ...

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Horwath calls on the government to re-start surgeries

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to re-start scheduled surgeries, and urgently give hospitals the staff and money they need to do them. “There are thousands of people who have had surgeries cancelled or delayed. Some are living in pain, and many are living with the anxiety and fear of knowing their cancer or illness ...

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Horwath vows to address family doctor shortage in ROMA speech

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is vowing to address the family doctor shortage plaguing rural communities in Ontario. Horwath made the commitment Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association’s annual conference, where she also spoke about the need for increased investments in rural communities including emergency operational funding, 100 per cent provincial funding of public ...

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Reopening must come with paid sick days, expanded certificate program

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants the Jan. 31 reopening to be safer. She’s calling for paid sick days for all, restored access to COVID testing, and an expansion of the vaccine certificate program to include places like LCBOs and cannabis shops. “We all want the cycle of shutdowns and re-openings to stop. We also desperately need non-emergency surgeries ...

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Letter – Save our EDC

Dear Brenda, The more I dig, the more I realize that this Municipality has to come out from behind the curtain they hide behind. All Town Councils should be run with transparency, truth, inclusivity diversity, and most of all “ACCOUNTABILITY.” I had a phone call recently with the Mayor of our town. It was interesting and certainly eye-opening. He explained ...

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Letter – How do you Remember Sandra Scott?

Regarding the Passing of Sandra Elizabeth Scott, When my grandson, Dante was a year old, Sandra made a brave decision to give sole custody of him to his father to raise as she wanted him to have a safe and stable upbringing.  She protected him the best way she could from her addiction by walking away, which must have been ...

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Ford must act now to make Thunder Bay highways safer

The Ford government must stop ignoring tragedies and deaths on Thunder Bay’s highways and take action this winter to protect Northern drivers using highways 17 and 11, said Judith Monteith-Farrell, NDP MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan. “Northern drivers, families and truck drivers are calling on Doug Ford to make our highways safer. Too many people have lost their loved ...

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Fallait continuer

Eh bien, le soleil se couchera bientôt sur l’année 2021. De nombreux lecteurs conviendront que cette année s’apparentait à un tour en montagnes russes pour les Ontariens avec de nombreuses ascensions palpitantes, des chutes vertigineuses et des rebondissements à gogo! Certains jours, les manèges pénétraient dans des tunnels sombres de désespoir ; d’autres jours, de brillants rayons de lumière nous ...

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Keep on Going

Well, the sun will soon be setting on 2021.  Many readers would agree that this year was akin to a rollercoaster ride for Ontarians with plenty of thrilling climbs, breakneck falls and twists and turns galore. Some days the roller coaster penetrated dark tunnels of hopelessness; other days, bright rays of light shone down upon us.  And sometimes, time just ...

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Let’s All take a Step Backwards

I believe Council has taken a step backwards by cancelling the Economic Development Council and laying off/firing it’s five employees. Oh yes, a “Seamless transition” was promised. How does that come about? Have any council members, or the CAO, Maury O’Neill,  gone into that office to start a conversation about the grants and direction that the EDC has taken so that ...

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