Politics

Indigenous communities shut out from providing meaningful input into new curriculum

Sol Mamakwa, Ontario NDP critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, said it’s shameful for the Ford Conservatives to rewrite the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum without adequately consulting Indigenous communities; and wrong for Doug Ford to make Indigenous education an optional elective.   On Tuesday, the Ford Conservatives announced the new curriculum for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ...

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Ford’s cut to OHIP will ground dialysis patients

Doug Ford’s elimination of out-of-country OHIP coverage will make travel for Ontarians with kidney failure unaffordable, said NDP Health critic France Gélinas who called for the reversal of the cut.   Gélinas held a press conference at Queen’s Park on Thursday with Allison Knudsen and John Landreville, who live with kidney failure and need dialysis.   “Doug Ford will ground ...

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News from the Park – December 17

I know I’m not alone in saying how happy I am that the Holiday Season is upon us. Mind you, with all of the events, activities and Christmas parades which I love to attend each year, I feel extremely fortunate that getting into the holiday spirt usually comes pretty early and easy for me. As well, having to spend so ...

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Constituency Clinics

Frequent readers of this column well know how much I value holding regular constituency clinics in communities across the riding. Having the opportunity to talk face-to-face with individuals to listen to their concerns is one of the most effective ways for an MPP to stay in touch with what is going on in the lives of their constituents. Not only ...

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AG report shows where Liberals let Ontario down, Ford is making things worse

Ontario’s Auditor General has released a report that paints a grim picture of just how badly the Liberal government let Ontario down — but is also a foreshadowing of what’s to come, because where the auditor flags major problems, the Ford Conservatives have been making things even worse.   “The auditor really lays out a picture of a Liberal government ...

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News From the Park – October 16

    Anyone who knows me would likely agree that I truly am a Northerner through and through. I will admit that at times, though not often, I do take advantage of some opportunities that are more urban in nature, such as professional sports, musical concerts and theatre. Toronto’s reputation as a cultural centre is growing. There are some truly ...

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Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha elected new Ontario NDP caucus chair

The NDP caucus has elected Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin) as the new caucus chair. “Having Michael Mantha as caucus chair is a great addition to our NDP team,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “Michael brings outstanding leadership abilities, and has the full confidence of our caucus – and our thanks for serving in this demanding role.” The caucus chair is a ...

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Community celebrates Mantha’s Elliot Lake campaign office opening

Apr 30, 2018 @ 08:37 Gathered around an office full of lively supporters, volunteers and community members, Ontario NDP MPP Michael Mantha launched his re-election campaign in Algoma-Manitoulin with the opening of his Elliot Lake campaign office. “I’m thrilled to be launching our campaign and continue fighting for Algoma-Manitoulin communities,” Mantha said. “We continue to see wait times at hospitals ...

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News from the Park – April 23

Apr 23, 2018 @ 08:31 One of the things I love about Canadians in general is our ability to look in the collective mirror when we need to have a good laugh. That’s why shows such as Air Farce, This Hour has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report are so incredibly popular and have been on the air for ...

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Northern Ontario Party Announces Candidate for Algoma-Manitoulin Riding

Apr 18, 2018 @ 11:07 On June 7th, 2018 the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin will not only have a person they can vote for on the ballot but a local family man. The option is finally here for the constituents of this Northern Ontario riding who want a stronger voice for their riding and Northern Ontario.   The Northern Ontario Party ...

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Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Easter Sunday

On behalf of Ontario’s New Democrats, I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all Ontarians observing Good Friday and celebrating Easter this weekend.   Easter, and the holy week that leads to it, is a time to remember the sacrifices that have been made for each of us, and it is a reminder to be mindful of ...

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What are governments supposed to do for us?

One of the real perks for me in this job is visiting with students in our school system. Many would be surprised to learn that my visits don’t just focus on secondary school civics classes. I make it a point to visit classrooms from primary grades through to college. If we want our youth to be engaged and have an ...

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Health Care & Overcrowding

Mar 5, 2018 @ 16:25 The recent school shooting down in Florida sent collective shivers down the spine of parents and grandparents around the world. Few leaders would disagree that among the very highest trusts bestowed upon elected leaders is the protection of our children. Long ago I recall a grandmother saying to me, “The most precious jewels that a ...

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