Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

NDP: Liberals need to stand up for public transit and the Northern Ontario working people who can build it

On Wednesday, NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) is calling on the Liberal government to ensure the proposal for Alstom workers to build subway cars for the Toronto Transit Commission goes ahead by providing the necessary funding. The NDP is demanding that the Liberals prioritize improving Toronto’s subway system, and focus on creating good, unionized jobs in Northern Ontario. “The ...

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MPP Michael Mantha calls on government to accept Auditor General Recommendations and recall Legislature

Following the release of the Auditor General’s “Special Report on the Changes to the Greenbelt“, Michael Mantha (MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin) is calling on the Premier to immediately recall the legislature and reverse the removal of land from the Greenbelt that happened last fall. MPP Mantha issued the following statement: “Today the Auditor General made it clear that the ‘exercise’ undertaken ...

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Le premier ministre Ford dit qu’il n’y a pas assez d’intérêt ou de besoin pour justifier une université française à Sudbury

Les lecteurs de cette chronique savent à quel point je suis fier d’être un habitant du Nord né et élevé. J’ai grandi à Gogama, où le français était la langue maternelle dans presque tous les foyers. Les gens parlaient français dans les églises, les écoles et les entreprises. Dans l’esprit de mes frères et sœurs et de mes amis, notre ...

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NDP MPPs demand urgent action following tragic death of patient in Hearst

In the wake of a heartbreaking death at the Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst, Ontario, NDP Health Critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and MPP Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk—James Bay) are calling on the Ford government to take immediate action. They urge Ford to prioritize the growing healthcare needs in Northern Ontario, including adequate emergency air transportation. The incident at Notre-Dame Hospital involved ...

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Stiles, Ontario NDP demand immediate support to battle forest fires in Northern Ontario

Marit Stiles, Leader of the Official Opposition NDP and NDP MPPs Lise Vaugeois (Thunder Bay – Superior North) and Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) demanded support and resources for forest fire workers during a press conference today addressing the severe and urgent crisis as wildfire season rages on amidst a retention and recruitment crisis. “Forest fire crews have been doing incredibly difficult ...

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Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing Riding to Disappear

On Wednesday, the final report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Ontario was tabled in the House of Commons. Despite clear objections regarding representation in the North from the NDP and Liberals, electoral districts in Northern Ontario will be reduced, from ten to nine, with those districts set to become significantly larger. The Conservative party provided a ...

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La circonscription d’Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing va disparaître

Mercredi, le rapport final de la Commission de délimitation des circonscriptions électorales fédérales pour la province de l’Ontario a été déposé à la Chambre des communes. Malgré les objections claires du NPD et des libéraux concernant la représentation du Nord, les circonscriptions électorales du Nord de l’Ontario seront réduites, passant de dix à neuf, et ces circonscriptions deviendront beaucoup plus ...

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NDP calls for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and reliability across Northern Ontario and Canada

As Canadians start to take their summer vacation, Canada’s NDP is calling on Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau to ensure electric vehicle (EV) chargers are available and reliable across Northern Ontario and Canada, as promised in the federal government’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. The call comes in response to reports of chargers across Northern Ontario, specifically Marathon, White ...

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‘Bring Till Death Do Us Part Act forward,’ says MPP Fife as Conservatives stall seniors’ bill for nearly 250 days

NDP MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo) met with seniors who have experienced spousal separation in Ontario’s Long-Term Care system today, pushing to bring the Till Death Do Us Part Act back to Queen’s Park committee for discussion and debate. “It’s heartbreaking to hear the stories of older adult couples who are forced to live apart,” said Fife. “I invited all PC ...

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NDP urges extension on CEBA loan repayment for Small Businesses

On Monday, Canada’s NDP renewed their call to the Minister of Finance to extend the deadline for Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loans, as small businesses who relied on these loans during the pandemic have faced a slow recovery with the cost-of-living crisis. Small businesses have been struggling with supply chain issues, and the high costs of groceries, heating, rent ...

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NDP continues to urge Liberals to reinstate funding for Indigenous community policing in Northern communities

On Monday, NDP critic for Indigenous Services, Northern Affairs, MP Lori Idlout (Nunavut), once again urged the Public Safety minister to reinstate the funding for policing for 45 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. The pressure comes in response to the Minister dragging his feet on negotiations with the Indigenous Police Chiefs of Ontario for a fair contract.  The government ...

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NDP introduces Pharmacare Act to save families $500 a year on their prescription medication

On Tuesday, Canada’s NDP introduced Pharamacare legislation, outlining the New Democrats’ expectations of the government on the universal prescription medication program.  As part of the Confidence and Supply agreement, New Democrats are using their power to force the government to pass pharmacare legislation by the end of the year. Northern Ontario NDP MP’s Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) and Carol Hughes ...

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