Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

A Northlander Fix or Fixation? Part 2

My friends!  The Northlander will return!   I know that for a fact, my friends, because politicians on the re-election campaign trail are right now promising to give us a new, bigger, better and much improved Northlander … if… re-elected.   On the other hand, whenever I hear politicians doling out that “my friends” syrup, I check to see if ...

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NDP proposes immediate price rebates for Northerners

The NDP is proposing an immediate $200 rebate to offset skyrocketing gas prices and the rising cost of living for northern households. Northern NDP MPPs and candidates say the rebate will help northern families after Doug Ford failed to keep his election promises to lower hydro and gas prices, and he refused to support a long-standing NDP plan to stop ...

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Auditor General will investigate Ford’s $1-billion write-off to Hwy 407 company

The NDP’s Transit critic MPP Tom Rakocevic (Humber River— Black Creek) said the Ford government should be helping Ontarians — not the corporation that owns the 407 ETR at every one else’s expense. The Ford Government has forgiven a $1-billion penalty for the private corporation that owns the 407 — and now the Auditor General has confirmed she will investigate ...

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Canadians across the country need affordable Internet services

NDP Critic for Innovation, Science and Industry, Brian Masse, issued the following statement: “The pandemic has shown how much people depend on Internet and cellphone services to stay connected, work, study and receive services. The reality is that Canadians are tired and frustrated of paying high fees for Internet services that make big, rich telecommunications companies even richer. They feel ...

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Burning the midnight oil

Recently after burning the midnight oil at the Legislature, I had to rise and shine long before the sun had risen or shone on a Friday morning. This was not really a choice to make because I had a long drive to get back to the constituency office to meet with my team in the early afternoon. It was a ...

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Brûlé l’huile de minuit

Récemment, après avoir brûlé l’huile de minuit à l’Assemblée législative, j’ai dû me lever bien avant que le soleil et brille un vendredi matin. Ce n’était pas vraiment un choix à faire car j’avais un long trajet pour retourner au bureau de circonscription pour rencontrer mon équipe en début d’après-midi. Ce fut une semaine difficile, c’est sûr. Il semblait qu’il ...

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Le gouvernement doit aider la population à faire face à la hausse des coûts

Le chef du NPD, Jagmeet Singh, a demandé au gouvernement libéral d’aider les Canadiennes et Canadiens à joindre les deux bouts alors que le prix des produits de première nécessité comme la nourriture et l’essence continue de grimper. Bien que les prix de l’essence et de la nourriture étaient en hausse avant la guerre en Ukraine, l’invasion russe a fait ...

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Government must help Canadians struggling with soaring costs: NDP

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has called on the Liberal government to help Canadians make ends meet as the price of necessities like food and gas continues to climb. Although gas and food prices were rising before the war in Ukraine, the Russian invasion has driven costs even higher. New Democrats believe that the federal government has a responsibility to help ...

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Horwath’s NDP plans to staff up Northern health care to shorten wait times

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is in Sault Ste. Marie Monday committing to fix the chronic shortage of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the North. “Northerners are waiting too long and travelling too far to get the health care they need. Without enough doctors, nurses and specialists, people wait hours and hours in the ER, they wait ...

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« la permanence de l’objet »

Récemment, j’ai eu le plaisir de laisser derrière moi tout le brouhaha de la vie quotidienne et le bruit incessant de la politique pendant quelques minutes lorsque j’étais chez un ami pendant que leur petit-fils était en visite. Ce week-end, ils fêtaient le premier anniversaire du bébé. La petite fille travaillait clairement déjà sur ses compétences utilisées pour charmer les ...

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“object permanence”

Recently I had the pleasure of leaving all of the hubbub of daily life and incessant noise of politics behind me for a few minutes when I was in a friend’s home while their grandchild was visiting. That weekend they were celebrating the baby’s first birthday. The little girl was clearly already working on her skills used to charm people. ...

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Letter – Access to the Snow Dump Trails

Letter to the Editor, lnternational Women’s Day was last week. For years people have with or without dogs walked the trails around the old garbage dump. lt is close to town, sheltered and a piece of pure nature. ln the winter, it is the snow dump with trucks and plows using the main road to dump loads of snow over ...

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