Editorials & Letters

Hydro and water system failing Indigenous, remote communities

Northern Ontarians are being failed by a utility system that leaves them without running water or electricity for years at a time – something most Ontarians would never tolerate, says Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa.   “Several weeks ago, I stood in this house to remark about the tragic suicide of 13-year-old Karlena Kamenawatamin from Bearskin Lake,” said Mamakwa in the ...

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Letter – Time to Keep the Promise for Passenger Rail

Brenda, It has been 6 months since our PC Leader (now Premier) Doug Ford promised to bring back full passenger rail service to the North.  At the time, this was welcome news should they be elected. Now they have been elected and Northerners are anxious to see this promise happen. For the past 5 years, NEORN has been busy encouraging Northern ...

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Thanks to our Municipal Staff

  Thanking our Municipal Staff today for working hard to minimize the damage being created during yesterday’s storm, and keeping our roads open.   Thanks to all our businesses for supporting all the stranded travellers.   Robert Reece

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World Mental Health Day statement

World Mental Health Day statement from Ontario NDP Mental Health and Addictions Critic Bhutila Karpoche:   “Today, on World Mental Health Day, communities around the world come together to raise awareness about the challenges faced by those living with mental health issues. Ontario children struggle with the highest rates of mental-health related emergency room visits and hospitalizations in the country. Last ...

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Doug Ford’s first 100 days: by the numbers

The NDP says Doug Ford’s first 100 days in office can only be measured by the people impacted by his choices.   “Ask the students, teachers and educators who were already in drafty schools with lead in the drinking fountains,” said NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh. “Doug Ford cancelled $100 million that was supposed to pay for school repairs, so ...

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Letter – NortheastLynx Update

  Dear Mayor George Lefebvre,   My colleague, Eric Boutilier of All Aboard Northern Ontario, has asked me to provide you and your colleagues with an update on our upcoming NortheastLynx proposal for the revival of the former Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) rail passenger service linking Temiskaming, Cochrane, North Bay and Toronto.   We have made tremendous progress over ...

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Letter to Wawa Candidates for Council and Voters

October 5, 2018 Letter to Wawa Candidates for Council and Voters, First, I would like to thank Mayor Rody for running for Mayor again.  I believe Mayor Rody has provided sound and positive leadership over the past four years.  I would also like to thank all the candidates for running for Council. It was great to see everybody at the ...

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Despite the promises, veterans still fighting for better service

Recently, I attended a rally on the steps of Parliament organized by veterans suffering from the long-lasting effects of the anti-malarial drug Mefloquinne. It struck me that this is becoming the new normal as veterans are forced to take their struggles with Veterans Affairs to the government themselves. That this problem persists through successive governments shows that, despite many promises ...

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Ford puts corporate profits before affordable child care for Northern and rural families

During question period on Wednesday, NDP Childcare critic Doly Begum said Doug Ford is putting profits for corporate child care providers ahead of Northern and rural families that need affordable care today.   “Parents across Ontario need affordable, high quality, public, not-for-profit child care,” said Begum.  “Public dollars should go into care for our kids, not private profits for multinational ...

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Ford PCs gearing up for sell-offs and privatization

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said Wednesday she’s concerned that the Ford government’s recent review of the books is laying the groundwork for the privatization of public assets.   On the heels of Ford’s theatrical pronouncement that the deficit is deep and the province is in need of cash, this week’s release of a review of the books recommended a “divestiture” ...

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Ford sounding deficit alarm to pave the way for cuts

Sep 26, 2018 @ 08:26 New Democrats say the Ford Tories’ theatrics over the state of the province’s books are designed to tee up massive cuts to health care, education, and more. On Tuesday, the government released a hasty review of the books, singling out spending in health care, education, social services, and post-secondary education.   “Doug Ford is setting ...

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Fedeli confirms $100 M cut to natural gas program for northern and rural Ontario

During question period Monday, Vic Fedeli, Doug Ford’s finance minister, confirmed that Ford will cut $100 million – the entire fund for natural gas expansion in northern and rural Ontario – and refused to answer questions from the NDP on the cancellation of more than $8.6 million in funding for a gas expansion project in Nipissing. The NDP’s infrastructure critic, ...

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The Ford giveth and the Ford taketh away

Doug Ford campaigned on a promise to put money back into the pockets of hard working Ontarians. To prove it, he recently announced cutting the carbon tax on natural gas which should reduce home heating bills by $80 per year. For the millions of Ontarians in urban areas, that’s a bonus because they’re on the natural gas grid. For hundreds ...

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Ford and Fedeli lay the groundwork for deeper cuts

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s speech to the Economic Club set the stage for Doug Ford to make deep and painful cuts across Ontario, says NDP Finance critic Sandy Shaw.   “What Fedeli made clear on Friday is that nothing is safe in Ontario,” said Shaw. “Our hospitals, our children’s schools, our transit systems – everything our families need and count ...

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