Provincial

Hydro One’s plan to have customers pre-pay for electricity will hurt families

Nov 22, 2017 @ 13:39 In question period on Tuesday, Ontario NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns called on the Wynne Liberals to stand up for Ontario families and direct the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to stop the privatized Hydro One’s plan to require pre-payment for power.   Hidden in Hydro One’s distribution rate application for 2018-2022 are plans to replace ...

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College Students to Receive Additional Support to Finish Studies

Nov 20, 2017 @ 14:26 Ontario is ensuring that college students returning to classes following the strike will receive the support they need to complete their studies. The province has required colleges to establish dedicated student support funds with net savings from the strike that will assist students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the strike. Full-time ...

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Strike to End and Classes to Resume

Nov 19, 2017 @ 15:12 Ontario has passed legislation to end the college labour dispute and return Ontario college students to the classroom. The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017 governs the labour dispute between the College Employer Council and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) college academic unit. All outstanding issues are to ...

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Colleges welcome passage of return to work legislation

Nov 19, 2017 @ 14:56 Ontario colleges welcomed today’s passage of Bill 178 that has ended the college faculty strike and will let faculty and students return to class. “The strike has been incredibly disruptive to students and we needed to end it,” said Sonia Del Missier, Chair, Colleges’ Bargaining Team. “The colleges will be working with all faculty to ...

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Ontario Pays Tribute to Veterans and Soldiers

Premier Kathleen Wynne is encouraging people of all ages to attend one of the more than 175 Remembrance Day ceremonies being held in communities across Ontario today to honour the men and women who have served our country in times of conflict and peace. Ontario’s official Ceremony of Remembrance will be held this morning at Queen’s Park, marking the end ...

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Minister’s Statement Regarding the College Strike and Support for Students

Nov 10, 2017 @ 16:34 Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development issued the following statement: “Since the strike began, I have been clear that my focus is on students and their learning. I have had the opportunity to meet with a number of student leaders and their provincial associations. I have heard from them about hardships ...

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Treaties Recognition Week 2017 – November 5 – 11

David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day issued the following statement today to mark Treaties Recognition Week: “Last year Ontario designated the first week of November of each year as Treaties Recognition Week to recognize the importance of treaties, and to bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in ...

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NDP fights Wynne Liberals’ loophole to allow un-equal pay

UPDATED Nov 1, 2017 @ 15:37 NDP Labour critic Cindy Forster will debate her Bill, Fairness in Minimum Wage Act, in the Ontario legislature on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. Forster’s legislation would eliminate sub-minimum wages paid to liquor servers and students and ensure that they qualify for the same $15/hour minimum wage as other workers in Ontario.   Nov 1, ...

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“Fair Wage” Bill Would Complicate Public Safety, Emergency Response

Oct 31, 2017 @ 15:11 Association of Municipalities of Ontario President Lynn Dollin was at Queen’s Park today advocating for changes that would ensure effective and affordable public safety/emergency response.   “We depend on on-call and stand-by workers to step in during major storms, disasters, and other emergencies,” said Lynn Dollin, AMO President. “Collective agreements are negotiated to reflect these ...

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Open letter from NDP MPPs Peggy Sattler & Cindy Forster to Premier Wynne on college labour dispute

October 20, 2017 Premier Kathleen Wynne Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1 Dear Premier: College faculty and over 500,000 Ontario students are disappointed by your inaction as we approach the second week of the labour dispute at colleges throughout the province. Students and their families remain in limbo, wondering if their semester will be condensed ...

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Premier’s Statement on Amazon Bids

Oct 19, 2017 @ 11:49 October 19, 2017 Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement today on the province’s support for Ontario cities bidding for Amazon’s second headquarters (HQ2): “Ontario is widely considered a strong contender for Amazon’s second global headquarters and it is not hard to see why. We have one of the world’s most talented, diverse workforces — ...

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Empty Liberal promises leave millions without dental care: NDP

Oct 19, 2017 @ 06:32 NDP Health critic France Gélinas says the Wynne Liberals are failing up to 3 million Ontarians by failing to provide dental care for low-income adults.   “Community health centres know that in Ontario today up to three million people cannot get the dental care that they need. Why? Because they cannot afford to pay for ...

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