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News from the Park – New Session of Legislature

Mar 6, 2017 @ 08:11 You may recall that in the first edition of News from the Park since new session of the Legislature opened, I wrote that my colleagues and I were truly eager to get back to business in Queen’s Park to address the concerns of all Ontarians. If you read or watched any news at all, you ...

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US Coast Guard helicopter rescues injured snowmobiler near Chapleau

Mar 5, 2017 @ 21:34 A helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City rescued an injured snowmobiler suffering life-threatening injuries from a remote area in southern Canada Saturday. The name and hometown of the 40-year old man who was rescued are not being released and there is no Coast Guard imagery at this time. Personnel at Canada’s ...

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NDP pushes for action on Grassy Narrows

Mar 3, 2017 @ 06:47 NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic Michael Mantha called on the government to release a detailed plan for addressing the long-standing mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River.   This morning during question period, Mantha questioned the sincerity of the government’s promise to “[identify] all contaminated sites and [clean] up the English-Wabigoon River of the mercury ...

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À la FMNO, on félicite le gouvernement provincial pour ses mesures relatives aux tarifs d’électricité

Mar 2, 2017 @ 20:45 À la Fédération des municipalités du Nord de l’Ontario, on désire féliciter le ministre de l’Énergie, M. Glenn Thibeault, ainsi que le gouvernement provincial pour l’annonce faite aujourd’hui à l’effet que tous les consommateurs résidentiels verront cet été leur facture d’électricité réduite en moyenne de 25 pour cent.   Le plan Électricité Prix Équitable de l’Ontario, qui ...

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FONOM Commends the Provincial Government for Addressing Electricity Costs

Mar 2, 2017 @ 20:42 The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) would like to commend the Minister of Energy, Glenn Thibeault and the provincial government for announcing today that they will lower electricity bills by 25 percent on average this summer for all residential customers.   Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan consisting of the 25 percent reduction includes the 8 ...

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Premier’s Statement on Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan

Mar 2, 2017 @ 20:39 Premier Kathleen Wynne made the following statement today to announce Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan:* “We’re here today to talk about the high cost of electricity in Ontario: how it got to this point, how it must be fixed and how exactly we’re going to put that fix in place. For too long, governments — my ...

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Bankers win, families pay with Wynne’s $40B borrowing scheme

Mar 2, 2017 @ 20:19 NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says bankers will definitely win with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new $40 billion borrowing scheme — but Ontario families will pay the price. Wynne announced Thursday she’ll pay about $40 billion in interest costs over the next 30 years in order to finance a hydro bill subsidy. The slapdash plan fails to ...

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System Restructuring Delivers Lasting Relief to Households Across Province – Cutting Electricity Bills by 25 Percent

Mar 2, 2017 @ 19:10 Ontario is lowering electricity bills by 25 percent on average for all residential customers as part of a significant system restructuring that will address long-standing policy challenges and ensure greater fairness. Starting this summer, Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan would provide households with this 25 percent break. Many small businesses and farms would also benefit from ...

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Essar Steel Algoma Announces Mediation Scheduled

Mar 2, 2017 @ 07:18 Essar Steel Algoma Inc. advised today March 1, 2017 that at the request of the Honourable Mr. Warren Winkler, the mediator appointed by Justice Newbould of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the company has not requested a No Board Report.  Mr. Winkler has scheduled dates later this month for mediation amongst the parties, specifically the company, the ...

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USW Local Union 2251 Members Vote 98% in favour of Strike Mandate

On February 23rd, 2017, the membership of USW Local Union 2251were presented with a synopsis of what has transpired between the Negotiating Committee, a bidder and the employer. The Membership of United Steelworkers Local Union 2251 voted to give a Strike Mandate to the Negotiating Committee from 5:00 am until 8:30 pm today at the Marconi Hall. The members’ have ...

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Countdown Starts Now(w)!

Mar 1, 2017 @ 08:44 Call it a mini National Writing Month (TBayWriMo?), call it a 30-day warning, call it whatever you like – just don’t call in too late! Today officially marks the last month of the NOWW 19th Annual Writing Contest. Online submissions are due by 11:59 pm Thunder Bay time (Eastern) on March 31, 2017. “We’ve had ...

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OPP – No Explosive Device Located in the Elliot Lake Secondary School

Feb 28, 2017 @ 18:37 On February 27, 2017, shortly before 8:00 a.m. members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a threatening phone call complaint at the Elliot Lake Secondary School (ELSS) located at 303 Mississauga Avenue. The caller indicated that there was an explosive device in the school. The OPP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU), the ...

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NDP statement on Grassy Narrows mercury contamination

Feb 28, 2017 @ 16:17 NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic Michael Mantha and NDP Environment and Climate Change Critic Peter Tabuns issued the following statement in response to new information suggesting that mercury is continuing to find its way into the English-Wabigoon River:   “It’s quite troubling to hear that mercury continues to leech into the English-Wabigoon River system. ...

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