Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

News from the Park – Sault By-election & Pharmacare

To simply say the last few weeks have been jam packed here in Queen’s Park would truly be an understatement if ever there was one. And just to add to this excitement, I’m sure you are well aware Kathleen Wynne finally called for a long awaited by-election in Sault Ste. Marie after their MPP resigned before Christmas. May 8, 2017 ...

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath Statement on Nursing Week 2017

May 8, 2017 @ 12:44 To mark the beginning of Nursing Week 2017, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement calling for a moratorium on nursing cuts and any further layoffs of health care workers: “Ontario’s nurses are healthcare champions. New Democrats and all Ontarians owe a debt of gratitude to nurses for their concern and care, advocacy, and professionalism. ...

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NOP – The North, Still the Neglected Child

May 1, 2017 @ 10:46 Wynne’s government announces a new budget and yet again she ignores the North. There are going to be new hospitals in Windsor and Niagara, new renovations to the current hospitals in Mississauga and Hamilton. Unfortunately, the cupboard must be bare after spending tax payers’ money on the Golden Horse Shoe facilities, because the Northerners continue ...

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Being prepared for Winter Travelling – Are you prepared?

Apr 27, 2017 @ 07:54 With yesterday’s road closure of Highway 17 (Wawa to White River) for 13 hours, many people were very upset. It is hard at times for non-locals to understand how it can look fine here, but the weather has made safe travel near impossible only a few kilometres away. As the OPP are questioned by irate ...

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Letter – Oh leaders, why have you forsaken our Parliament?

Dear Editor,   A couple of months ago the Federal Governing Party withdrew from changing our voting system. That despite that it being one of their major policies platforms of the last election.   The current leader’s father was of a different breed. Whether you agree with Pierre Trudeau, he led. When he repatriated the Constitution, which had been talked ...

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Omnibus Budget Bill Misses the Mark

A measure that was briefly mentioned in last month’s budget bill is going to take a big bite out of Canadian’s wallets when the government hikes fees for federal services like campgrounds, passports, and fishing licenses. Those are just a part of the government’s new omnibus budget bill that will change almost 30 pieces of legislation at a rapid pace. ...

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Le projet de loi budgétaire omnibus : raté

Apr 19, 2017 @ 22:51 Une mesure mentionnée brièvement dans le projet de loi budgétaire du mois dernier viendra piger dans le portefeuille des Canadiens lorsque le gouvernement augmentera les frais des services fédéraux comme les terrains de camping, les passeports et les permis de pêche. Il ne s’agit là que d’une partie du nouveau projet de loi budgétaire omnibus ...

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Brenda Grundt/Wawa-news is threatened with legal action by Gerry Liddle

Apr 17, 2017 @ 15:00     I, Brenda Grundt, editor and publisher of Wawa-news.com refuse to remove any articles that have been written concerning the actions and behaviors of Gerald ‘Gerry’ Liddle and/or Councillor Tamara Liddle. I stand by my research and writing and refuse to be bullied by these individuals. The tax-paying public in Wawa has the right ...

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News from the Park – Rent Increases

Apr 17, 2017 @ 08:23 You may recall that my last column focussed a great deal on the current and future circumstances facing the younger segment of our province. In the Legislature, New Democrats called on the Wynne Liberals to keep a 14-year-old election promise they made to protect vulnerable tenants from outrageous rent increases. Landlords with buildings constructed since ...

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Wynne Liberals announce budget date, higher taxes and deeper cuts expected

 Apr 15, 2017 @ 15:15 The Wynne Liberals announced the date for their upcoming so-called “balanced” budget, which is set to be released on April 27, 2017.   “After 14 years in power, the Liberals have made life unaffordable for Ontario families and businesses. They’ve created a hydro crisis, made housing unaffordable, and slashed health care services,” said Ontario PC ...

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Letter – Hardeman states that ‘Liberals Blocked Rent Control Bill’

Apr 12, 2017 @ 12:00 Dear Brenda, As PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, I hear from people all over Ontario who are concerned about the unaffordability of living in Ontario. Over the past few weeks I have been hearing from more and more people who, like the 31 seniors in Sault Ste. Marie, are facing huge rent increases. ...

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Mantha acclaimed as NDP Candidate for the next Provincial Election

Michael Mantha has been acclaimed the NDP candidate in Algoma-Manitoulin for the next provincial election. Elected since 2011, Mantha received the nod from the local association on Saturday afternoon. “I have loved representing Algoma-Manitoulin for the last 7 years and very much look forward to continuing,” said Mantha. “My work has just begun and I am excited to continue being ...

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Ontarians deserve a $15 minimum wage

Mar 25, 2017 @ 08:41 Cindy Forster, Ontario NDP Labour Critic and MPP for Welland,  issued the following statement in response to the announcement made today by the Minister of Labour:   “Ontarians deserve nothing less than a $15 minimum wage, because someone who goes to work 40 hours each week shouldn’t be struggling below the poverty line. Too many people are working two ...

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