Tag Archives: Michael Mantha

News from the Park – Clinics & Back to School

Most of us have by now taken down our Christmas trees, packed away the decorations and polished off any remaining Christmas baking left in the cookie tins. Hopefully, too, you have stored away a host of wonderful memories of time spent with family and friends. And now, it is up to all of us to fan the embers of warmth ...

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News from the Park – December 24

Lately, to say that there is never a dull moment in Queen’s Park would by no means an understatement. To be sure, Kathleen Wynne definitely kept the all of the parties on their toes but truly Doug Ford’s wave of legislative changes and budget cuts make Wynne’s years in office look like ripples on the pond in comparison to Ford’s ...

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Don’t pass up opportunity to bring jobs to northern Ontario

Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin and NDP critic for Northern Development and Mines, urged the Ford Conservatives Thursday in question period not to pass up an opportunity to bring jobs to northern Ontario.   The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation recently released its interest in a long-stagnant mill in Chapleau. But despite Indigenous and forestry industry interest in the mill, ...

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News from the Park – Constituency Clinics

Frequent readers of this column well know how much I value holding regular constituency clinics in communities across the riding. Having the opportunity to talk face-to-face with individuals to listen to their concerns is one of the most effective ways for an MPP to stay in touch with what is going on in the lives of their constituents. Not only ...

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News from the Park – November 19

I recently enjoyed an opportunity to catch up with a long-time friend of mine when I happened to be in his community during constituency week. As we sat in his living room a three-way conversation developed with his adolescent son who was sharing some recent experiences involving his friends that he was concerned about. At one point my friend replied ...

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News from the Park – Honour

This week it’s all about honour. Without doubt, hosting constituency clinics in various communities about one week per month effectively helps me to stay abreast with what’s on the minds of the People of Algoma-Manitoulin. Those clinics allow me to meet one-on-one with constituents who wish to discuss matters of concern to them. In addition, Canadians celebrated Remembrance Dayand since ...

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Remembrance Day Statement from MPP Michael Mantha

Each year on November 11th, our solemn day of remembrance, Canadians exercise our duty and privilege in paying tribute to our servicemen and women. The only reason that we are able to enjoy this privilege is thanks to the inestimable price paid by so many of our fellow Canadians. November 11th, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WWI. ...

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News From the Park – October 16

    Anyone who knows me would likely agree that I truly am a Northerner through and through. I will admit that at times, though not often, I do take advantage of some opportunities that are more urban in nature, such as professional sports, musical concerts and theatre. Toronto’s reputation as a cultural centre is growing. There are some truly ...

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News from the Park – Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference

This week I attended the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference in Ottawa where I joined municipal leaders and delegations from across Ontario including several from communities in Algoma-Manitoulin. The purpose of the AMO, which is comprised of almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments, is to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of municipal government in Ontario. At the ...

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Northern Ontario MPPs named to key roles in Horwath’s Official Opposition

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath has named a northern NDP MPP as one of her new deputy leaders, and assigned key critic roles to the NDP’s northern team of MPPs to help make life better for northern families.   Horwath announced critic roles for the NDP, Ontario’s Official Opposition, on Thursday.   “Our strong team of Northern New Democrats will ...

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News from the Park – Wild Ride

You may recall that after Doug Ford called the MPPs to open a new session under the new Conservative government that I said in this column we are all in for a ‘wild ride.’ Well, it didn’t take long for this prognostication to become reality, did it? Now after sitting for 2 weeks, Ford has decided to extend the summer ...

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Algoma-Manitoulin MPP’s Statement on Forest Fires in Northeastern Ontario

Michael Mantha, NDP MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin released the following statement regarding the forest fires in Northeastern Ontario: “All my thoughts are with the people in our region who are being evacuated and with the emergency crews that are working hard to keep everyone safe.  I know our communities are strong and can overcome this stressful time. People should remain calm ...

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Déclaration du député d’Algoma-Manitoulin sur les feux de forêts dans le nord-est de l’Ontario

Michael Mantha, député néo-démocrate d’Algoma-Manitoulin, a fait la déclaration suivante quant aux feux de forêts dans le nord-est de l’Ontario : « Toutes mes pensées vont aux gens de notre régions qui sont en train d’être évacués et aux équipes d’urgence qui travaillent sans relâche pour assurer la sécurité de tous.  Je sais que nos communautés sont fortes et qu’elles peuvent passer ...

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News from the Park – Happy Days

If I were a betting man, I would bet dollars to donuts that when Doug Ford was growing up, one of his favourite TV shows was Happy Days. Remember Richie Cunningham, his family, teenage friends and, of course, The Fonz?  For those too young to remember, Happy Days was a weekly sitcom throwback to the good old days of the ...

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