Politics

News from the Park – October 30

Oct 30, 2017 @ 08:12 In the Legislature and on the news you continually hear politicians referring to their “strategies.” Ask the average person what a strategy is and chances are they’ll tell you it just means a plan to do something.  In fact, however, a strategy is more complex than that. Strategy development is the art and science of ...

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La vente de biens publics n’offre pas d’avantages à long terme

Plus les Canadiens examinent l’engagement des libéraux d’investir dans l’infrastructure publique, plus ils se rendent à l’évidence que le plan libéral consiste principalement à transférer de l’argent des contribuables et des biens publics au secteur privé. Il n’a jamais été question de ce modèle d’investissement à but lucratif pendant la campagne électorale, vraisemblablement parce qu’il n’aurait jamais obtenu beaucoup d’appuis ...

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Selling public assets has no long term benefit

The more time Canadians have to unpack the Liberal commitment to invest in public infrastructure, the more it becomes obvious the plan is largely about turning tax dollars and public assets over to the private sector.  This for-profit investment model was never fleshed out during the election, most likely because it never would have received much in the way of ...

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News from the Park – End of Summer, Back to Work

And so … it begins again… Despite the fact that Labour Day marks the “unofficial” end of summer, I am truly excited about going back to Queen’s Park soon. This coming week I’ll be joining NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and my NDP colleagues for our annual caucus retreat in which we plan and prepare for the fall session of the ...

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La fête du Travail nous rappelle que les grands efforts sont récompensés

Combien de fois avez-vous entendu une personne dire qu’elle en avait assez de la politique ou encore que rien ne changeait jamais? À l’approche de la fête du Travail, nous devons nous rappeler qu’un grand nombre des privilèges dont nous jouissons aujourd’hui ont été durement gagnés et qu’ils n’auraient jamais été obtenus si les gens avaient succombé à cette façon ...

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Labour Day reminds us that hard work is rewarded

How often have you heard someone say they are tired of politics, or that it is all the same and nothing ever changes?  As we approach Labour Day we should remember that so many of the gains we enjoy were hard-fought for and would never have come about if people succumbed to those sentiments.  While people may not consider the ...

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News from the Park – August 28

Aug 28, 2017 @ 08:08 Well folks, in the last few days I have found some parents looking longingly at the calendar and I know I hear faint whispers of, “Yes! We’re almost there…” You can see them tasting the anticipated freedom on their lips. We all know what freedom they are dreaming of. The kids head back to school ...

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Au Canada, nous devons tout faire pour éviter la politique raciale amère

Une voiture qui fonce sur des contre-manifestants antiracistes dans un rassemblement de militants pour la suprématie blanche à Charlottesville, en Caroline du Nord, montre bien à quel point les tensions raciales s’intensifient au sud de la frontière. La réaction du président Trump — qui a blâmé les deux côtés — n’a rien fait pour apaiser la situation. Les propos du ...

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Canada should do all we can to avoid bitter racial politics

The car attack on counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina highlights the rising temperature in race relations that is taking place south of the border.  The response from President Trump – assigning blame to both sides – did little to calm the situation.  Instead, the President only ratchetted up the idea that America is increasingly divided ...

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News from the Park – August 16

Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:15 Even though the Legislature is not currently sitting in Queen’s Park, I am proud to say that my NDP colleagues and I continue to work hard for all Ontarians. Just a quick look at the headlines will show you that summer recess is not all about festivals, fairs and other events. Those are just a ...

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Council Meeting tonight – August 8

Council will hold a regular Council Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Agenda (1) CALL TO ORDER & NOTE MEMBERS PRESENT (2) PRESENTATIONS 2.1 Ms. Marnie-Jo LaFleur-Beach, Wawa Figure Skating Club (3) REVIEW OF ADDENDUM & APPROVAL OF AGENDA 3.1 Approval of the Agenda (resolution) (4) ANNOUNCEMENTS, GIVING OF NOTICE AND SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS 4.1 Wawa Energy Plan ...

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Sears liquidation profit should fund pensions – not executive bonuses

Jul 18, 2017 @ 18:09 Sears Canada has been given the court’s approval to begin liquidation sales Friday at the 59 locations it plans to close – the proceeds of which Ontario’s NDP says should fund Sears’ employees pensions first, not executive bonuses or debts to large firms.   The Ontario NDP has demanded legal changes so that when a ...

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What the North Needs is Hope!

Jul 12, 2017 @ 08:07 Over the past couple of months, Kathleen Wynne has made many promises to the populous of Ontario. Fast Trains, pharma care for the young, and rejuvenating a section of Toronto’s waterfront, are just a few of Wynne’s campaign favors. However, what Kathleen and her fellow party leaders don’t realize is they have failed to deliver ...

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News from the Park – July 7

Jul 7, 2017 @ 18:42 I’ve always believed that some of the most crucial rules that we must learn in our lives primarily emanate from our Moms and Dads. The thing is, sometimes we hear them so casually and frequently such as when we are walking out the door doing our “thing”, we don’t truly understand the sage nature of ...

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News from the Park – June 26

Jun 26, 2017 @ 09:48 I’m pretty sure that I would be safe in saying most of us would agree with author Augusten Burroughs quote, “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.” Our public healthcare system has long been the pride of Canadians. Tommy Douglas, noted to ...

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