Provincial

Northeast Fire Region Update – May 23

As of the early evening of May 23, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low across the region, except for parts of the Far North which are showing a moderate hazard. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 17 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team currently deployed ...

Read More »

Doug Ford’s cuts take away $1,100 in services from every Ontarian

NDP Official Opposition Finance critic Sandy Shaw issued a statement following the Financial Accountability Officer’s latest Economic and Budget Outlook:   “Doug Ford is taking $1,100-worth of programs and services away from every person in Ontario. More than $6 billion in cuts in Ford’s first budget are still unspecified, which leaves Ontario families worried that the pain they’re feeling from cuts so ...

Read More »

OPP are warning Ontario businesses to confirm their emails and phone messages

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) are warning Ontario businesses to confirm their emails and phone messages. These are tools criminals use to extort money and personal information from you and your company. Ontario businesses and municipalities are being targeted by two types of scams: the Business Executive scam and the Card ...

Read More »

Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin awarded Best Exhibition or Show

On May 10, in Halifax, the Canadian Association of Science Centres announced that Science North was awarded Best Exhibition or Show – Large Institution for Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin. The planetarium show was developed in partnership with Indigenous people from across Northern Ontario and uses Indigenous worldviews to understand the common constellations visible in the night sky and the ...

Read More »

Ford makes deep cuts to programs that promote healthy living for seniors

NDP critic for Seniors’ Affairs, Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), released the following statement: “Doug Ford and the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho are making deep cuts on the backs of Ontario’s senior citizens. By the Ford government’s own estimates, it has cut $4.7 million from the ministry’s Seniors Affairs Programs, which promote age-friendly communities and foster seniors’ safety ...

Read More »

OPP Concentrating on “Big Four” for holiday weekend

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been concentrating on the Canada Road Safety Week since May 14, 2019. This initiative continues until May 20, 2019, with a focus on increasing public awareness and compliance with traffic laws relating to the “Big Four” causal factors in motor vehicle collision fatalities, with the aim of saving lives. The “Big Four” consists of alcohol/drug ...

Read More »

Ontario invests $850,000 in Invasive Species Centre

The Ontario government is protecting what matters most by investing $850,000 in the Invasive Species Centre to support ongoing research and management of invasive species across the province. The Invasive Species Centre, based out of Sault Ste. Marie, brings together government, academic, industry and Indigenous communities and organizations to conduct invasive species research, response planning, management and habitat restoration. “We ...

Read More »

Northeast Fire Region Update – May 17

Northeast Region As of the early evening of May 17, there are no active wildland fires in the region. The fire hazard is low across the region. Crews deployed to assist with flood response There are 46 members of the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services team currently deployed to assist with sandbagging efforts and the movement of water from ...

Read More »

Ontario NDP Culture critic tables motion to reverse Ford’s library cuts

Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St. Paul’s and Ontario NDP Culture critic, tabled a motion yesterday calling on Doug Ford to reverse his library cuts, which are already hurting communities.   The Ford Conservatives have cut the Ontario Library Services North’s budget by 50 per cent, and slashed the Southern Ontario Library Services’ funding by even more.   “Not only are ...

Read More »

Northeast Fire Region Report – May 15

Northeast Region As of the early evening of May 15, there are no active wildland fires in the region. Four new fires were discovered this week in the Northeast, all of which are currently out. Cochrane 1, 2 and 3 (0.5 of a hectare, 0.5 of a hectare and 1 hectare respectively) occurred near the far North community of Fort ...

Read More »

Ontario Introduces Speed Limit Pilots and Consultations

The Ontario Government is exploring new ways to improve traffic flow and safety on provincial highways by introducing three speed limit pilots on select highways. At the same time, Ontario’s Government for the people will launch province-wide consultations on how to safely increase highway speeds to align with other provinces, and how people currently drive. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, ...

Read More »

Ontario Government Statement on Flooding Situation in Ontario

Premier Doug Ford and John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, issued the following statement on the flooding situation in Ontario: “Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen first-hand the devastating effect of flooding on our communities. The people of Ontario can’t go through this every year. Something needs to change. Our government is committed to protecting ...

Read More »

Gélinas’ 911 Everywhere in Ontario bill will save lives

NDP MPP France Gélinas held a press conference at Queen’s Park on Thursday to help enact a law that will save lives by ensuring that all Ontarians have access to 911 emergency services.    Gélinas’ bill, 9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario, is up for debate in the Ontario legislature on Thursday afternoon. Bill 75 has three parts. The first will do away with 1-800 numbers in case ...

Read More »

NDP MPP proposes to ban fracking in Ontario

Peter Tabuns, Ontario NDP Energy and Climate Change critic, held a press conference today to re-introduce a private member’s bill proposing to ban fracking in Ontario.   The bill, which Tabuns first tabled in 2015, has only taken on increasing urgency as new evidence has emerged showing that fracking is even more problematic than anyone realized four years ago. Recent ...

Read More »

Ford’s cancellation of 50 million trees program hurts northern businesses

Doug Ford’s decision to cancel the 50 million trees program is hurting northern businesses and tree growers, and wasting millions of tree seedlings that could have grown Ontario’s forests, said NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay – Atikokan) during question period Thursday.   “The Ford government is hurting businesses in northern Ontario that depended on the 50 million trees program ...

Read More »