Provincial

EQAO Results prove Wynne is failing students: NDP Education critic

Aug 24, 2017 @ 08:50 Ontario NDP Education critic Peggy Sattler has issued the following statement in response to the release of the 2016-2017 EQAO literacy results:   “Today’s report on the OSSLT reveals that the success rate for students enrolled in applied courses has been getting worse since Kathleen Wynne took office, and that the format of EQAO testing ...

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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Results Published

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has published provincial-level results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), written by Grade 10 students during the 2016–2017 school year. For the second year in a row, 81% of first-time eligible Grade 10 students who wrote the OSSLT were successful. Over the past five years, the overall success rate on the ...

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Ontario Reminding Parents to Ensure Vaccinations are Up to Date

As a new school year approaches, Ontario is reminding parents to ensure their children’s vaccines are up to date. Vaccine schedules are carefully planned to protect children when they are most at risk and when their bodies are ready to receive certain vaccines. Following Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule protects children from serious diseases that can spread easily in schools and daycare centres. ...

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Conservatives, Wynne’s Liberals block vacation days and sick leave for workers

Wynne’s Liberals and the Conservatives joined together this week, refusing to support the NDP’s labour proposals that would give Ontarians more stability, more vacation time and access to paid sick days when they need them.   “We know the Conservatives aren’t on the side of working Ontarians,” said Horwath. “And Wynne’s Liberals joined those Conservatives in refusing to support better ...

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AMO Wants 1% sales tax increase – Solely Fund Local Infrastructure

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Annual Conference kicked off in Ottawa today with President Lynn Dollin calling for a 1% sales tax devoted solely to local infrastructure services such as roads, bridges and transit. Municipal governments are working around the clock to provide critical services, like good roads, clean drinking water and safe communities, but growing needs and costs are putting ...

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FAO to probe Ontario-Quebec power deal

Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:12 Following a request by PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli and PC Energy Critic Todd Smith, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer has agreed to review the Electricity Trading Agreement entered into last fall by the Wynne government and Quebec. The review follows written requests submitted to the FAO in July by the two MPPs. “I am concerned that the financial details of this transaction ...

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OLG privatization will hurt Ontario services

As the Wynne Liberals hand over the OLG’s GTA locations to B.C-based Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Toronto-based Brookfield Business Partners, the NDP is raising concerns over the effects of privatization — and the billions of dollars that will be going into B.C. bank accounts instead of Ontario hospitals and classrooms.   Last week, on behalf of the NDP, Finance ...

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Statement from Patrick Brown on secret Quebec-Ontario energy deal

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the La Presse story of a secret Quebec-Ontario energy deal:   “Once again the Wynne Liberals have been caught negotiating in secret when thousands of Ontario jobs are on the line. This secret deal for 8 terawatts (TWh) per year of power – 6% of the power Ontario used last year – is bad ...

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Statement from the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, issued the following statement today to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:   “There are an estimated 370 million Indigenous people living around the world, across 90 countries. Today, on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the traditions, contributions and cultural diversity of those communities, including ...

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Statement from Attorney General on Final Report of the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission

Aug 8, 2017 @ 14:18 Attorney General Yasir Naqvi released the following statement in response to the final report of the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission: “I would like to thank the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission for its work to ensure the voices of people living in Ontario’s north continue to be heard in the provincial legislature. Our government tasked the ...

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Wages dropping while costs and unemployment rise in Ontario

Aug 8, 2017 @ 09:24 New data shows that wages for Ontarians are dropping while the cost of living goes up, with full-time working women and young workers taking the hardest hit on their paycheques.   According to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for July, the median weekly wage in Ontario was down $15.20 compared to the month before, a ...

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NDP Statement on Public Inquiry into Long-Term Care Facilities

Aug 4, 2017 @ 08:07 Ontario NDP Critic for Home and Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Affairs Teresa Armstrong has issued the following statement on the public inquiry into the safety of Ontario’s long-term care facilities:   “Today I attended the news conference in London announcing the details of the public inquiry into the safety of long-term care homes. It’s clear ...

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Slow Down, Move Over!

Aug 3, 2017 @ 21:41 The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) this Civic Day Long Weekend (August 4, 2017-August 7, 2017) will be conducting a Slow Down, Move Over enforcement and education campaign. With heavy traffic volumes expected throughout the province, highways and roads will see a greater presence of roadside emergency vehicles, making it a particularly important time for drivers to ...

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OPP use Clay Facial Reconstruction in Hopes of Identification

  At a news conference today, the OPP in partnership with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Office of the Chief Coroner unveiled a three-dimensional model of what is believed to be a young male. Police hope the reconstruction will prompt the public, friends, or co-workers from that time to provide new information to identify the individual and bring resolution ...

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Ontario to tranform early years and child care system with Dr. Cleveland’s Help

Jul 20, 2017 @ 16:47 The Ontario Provincial government has appointed Dr. Gordon Cleveland to lead a study that will create a child care system that makes child care universally accessible and affordable to all Ontario families. “I’m honoured to be part of Ontario’s plan to transform its early years and child care system – including this study, which will look ...

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