Provincial

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 ...

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Statement from Horwath and Mamakwa on tragic fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa  released the following statement to express their deepest condolences after a tragic fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation claimed multiple lives:   “Today we join with the people of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation who are grieving the tragic deaths of community members and loved ones in an early morning house fire.   Our thoughts and our hearts are ...

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Forests Ontario Intends to Continue to Plant Trees and Speak for the Forest

Despite the recent Ontario government announcement to cut the 50 Million Tree program, Forests Ontario expects to find a way, with existing and new partners, to plant trees, educate Ontarians and speak for the forest and all forest users, the tree planting and forest advocacy group said today. Forests Ontario, Canada’s largest tree planting charity, remains optimistic that now that ...

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Office of the Ontario Ombudsman Assumes Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Role

Today, the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has assumed all the investigative functions of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. The Ontario government explains that this “is a crucial step towards building a better child protection system. These changes, set out in the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 introduced last fall, will bring greater oversight and provide ...

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Conservatives vote down Lower Automobile Insurance Rates Act on Second Reading

Tom Rakocevic, MPP for Humber River-Black Creek, slammed the Ford Conservatives for voting yesterday to let auto insurance companies keep gouging Ontario drivers. The Conservatives voted down Rakocevic’s private member’s bill, Lower Automobile Insurance Rates Act, on second reading. The bill proposed to bring Ontario drivers relief from sky-high auto insurance rates by capping excessive profit margins of auto insurance ...

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Open for Business to be on new license plates?

NDP Official Opposition MPP Catherine Fife released the following statement on news that Doug Ford is planning to redesign Ontario licence plates to force on his “open for business” campaign slogan onto Ontario vehicles:   “Doug Ford’s ridiculous scheme to turn vehicles into political billboards is a new low in self-serving electioneering. Redesigning our licence plates to be Ford ads ...

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Top 4 Scams

Each year, officers in the North East Region investigate more than 700 calls relating to Fraud. Unfortunately, in many of these cases, people have fallen victim to the scam, losing money in the process. The CAFC estimates that they only receive information about 5% of fraud that occurs in Canada. They identify four of the top scams in 2018 in Canada as: ...

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Ontario to protect The Water

To mark World Water Day, Ontario’s government is working for the people to protect the water quality and ecosystems of the Great Lakes as part of its commitment in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. On April 23, Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, will convene the Great Lakes Guardians’ Council, in memory of Josephine Mandamin, to discuss emerging issues ...

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NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa’s statement on World Water Day

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa, the NDP’s Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic said that today, on World Water Day, the Ford government must act so that Indigenous people can have the same access to safe drinking water as all Ontarians.     “Today is World Water Day.   The United Nations theme this year, is ‘Leaving no one behind.’   When ...

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Ontario’s maple syrup season to peak with Maple Weekend, April 6 and 7

The launch of Ontario’s maple syrup season is right on schedule for 2019, and producers across the province are looking forward to showcasing a new crop of sweet liquid gold during the 5th annual MapleWeekend, April 6 and 7, 2019. Hosted by the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (OMSPA), Maple Weekend is a fun, free, two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates ...

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Doug Ford’s cuts mean bigger classes, fewer teachers and less help for kids

Doug Ford’s deep cuts to students and classrooms, announced Friday, will mean thousands fewer teachers, bigger class sizes, and less help for every student. NDP Education critic Marit Stiles said the Official Opposition will oppose the callous cuts to children and learning.   The Ford Conservatives’ new scheme for children includes raising caps on class sizes starting in Grade 4, ...

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New Chair of Legal Aid Ontario Nominated

Charles Harnick, Q.C., L.S.M. has been nominated as the new Chair of Legal Aid Ontario. “Charles Harnick has a long-standing commitment to improving access to justice and a track record of achieving results,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “I have no doubt that Charles will be focused on improving outcomes for Legal Aid Ontario’s clients.” “The Law Society believes that legal ...

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Mantha concerned about path ahead for Ontario health care

The Ford Government continues to forge ahead with their roguish changes to Ontario’s health care system despite the outcry from the public and many public health care authorities. For decades, Ontarians have had access to one of the premier public health care systems in the world. Now, after years of underfunding and cuts by successive Liberal and Conservative governments, Ontarians ...

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Time to reduce Plastic Litter and Waste

NDP MPP Ian Arthur, the Official Opposition critic for the Environment and Sustainability, will lay out the details of his comprehensive private member’s bill, which calls on Ontario to ban single-use, throw-away plastics this morning. “Our landfills are piled high with plastic garbage that will take generations to degrade, and our lakes and rivers — and waters around the world ...

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