Tag Archives: Mike Mantha

News from the Park – Certaines leçons prennent toute une vie à apprendre

Il y a tellement de façons d’apprendre et d’enseigner certaines des leçons les plus importantes de la vie. Il ne fait aucun doute dans mon esprit que le moyen le plus efficace est l’expérience personnelle. Cela ne veut pas dire, cependant, qu’un tel apprentissage est toujours agréable ou rapide. Certaines leçons prennent toute une vie à apprendre. Outre l’expérience personnelle, ...

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News from the Park – Supporting local business

This week MPPs found themselves back in their home ridings for a constituency week.  I’d rather be home in the North, away from the humidity and stickiness of Toronto.  I love hearing the call of the loon on CBC Morning North in the summer, although there is nothing like hearing the real thing wafting over our lakes at home in ...

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Nouvelles du parc – Soutenir les entreprises locales

Cette semaine, les députés sont rentrés dans leur circonscription pour la semaine. Je préfère être chez moi dans le Nord, loin de l’humidité et de la chaleur de Toronto. J’adore entendre l’appel du huard sur CBC Morning North en été, bien qu’il n’y ait rien de tel que d’entendre la vraie chose qui flotte sur nos lacs à la maison ...

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News from the Park – Stay home – stay strong – and stay safe

I’m certain that regular readers of News from the Park have not been surprised that I have not posted the column since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless-to-say, my team and I have been beyond swamped with calls and letters from individuals, groups and businesses posing questions, asking for clarification and direction, and offering thoughts and observations on the ...

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Day of Mourning, April 28, 2020

In over 80 countries the world over, on this date each year people pause to think of the thousands of workers across this country who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of workplace conditions or incidents. People do this out of respect for the fallen and their loved ones who they left behind, of course. However, ...

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News from the Park – L’éducation est le passeport pour l’avenir…

« L’éducation est le passeport pour l’avenir, car demain appartient à ceux qui s’y préparent aujourd’hui. » De nombreux lecteurs identifieront facilement cette citation de Malcom X, éminent défenseur des droits de la personne des années 1960. Je crois sincèrement que l’un des plus grands cadeaux qu’une société puisse offrir à ses jeunes est une bonne éducation qui les préparera à tout ...

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News from the Park – Education is the passport to the future…

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  Many readers will readily identify this quotation as originating with Malcom X, the prominent human rights activist from the 1960s. I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts that a society can provide to its youth is a good education that will ...

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The last thing we need are self-serving elected officials

A while ago I was bemoaning to my former teacher friend how exhausting my schedule has been this summer. But I also realized that travelling and attending meetings and events six days a week is really just a part of the job. My friend said immediately that he understood what I was saying because back when he was a teacher ...

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Out of the mouth of babes….

Recently I found myself in a local diner for lunch. I try hard to make sure that I avoid fast-food venues. Experience has shown me that while being a patron of such places from time to time is perfectly fine, when you travel as extensively as I do, such behaviour catches up to you quickly. Your overall health deteriorates and ...

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Workplace Safety & Insurance Board(WSIB) cases take the longest to resolve

A short while ago my office team was telling me about some improvements to a computer program we use to manage the huge volume of case work that comes through our office. The improvements were predominantly geared to efficiency, streamlining file management and advanced means of file saving and recall. I was very pleased to hear my team finds the ...

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We are still here and going strong

It seems to be an unfortunate sign of the times that almost all of the news people are exposed to is, to be quite frank, of an extremely negative nature. Some like to put the blame on media, but in my opinion, that’s simply too broad of a paintbrush stroke. Yes, media reports a steady stream of disconcerting news, but ...

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Ford’s $3.2 billion in cuts will hurt Algoma-Manitoulin families

In the Fall Economic Statement, Doug Ford and his Conservatives have cut more than $3.2 billion, including the Transportation operating budget by $305 million.   “Northerners are already affected by poor road maintenance, winter and summer.  We can’t afford more cuts when our highways are closed for days after floods or snowstorms,” said NDP MPP Micheal Mantha.  “People in Northern ...

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Going Backwards

Sep 10, 2018 @ 09:51   While I have never claimed to be an artist or have any particular artistic skills, any lack of my own artistic talents has never prevented me from appreciating the creativity of others. A society’s arts – be they visual, musical, theatrical, literary or whatever – provide an insightful reflection of our cultural values, beliefs ...

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The Election is Over

Would someone please inform Doug Ford that the election is over? Since the Conservatives have now formed government it seems that Ford is having problems transitioning to actually governing with real plans and policies. When you sit back and look at what he has said and done since taking office it seems he has committed the Conservatives to governing using ...

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Who Said This?

Today let’s begin with a little game of, “Who Said This?” Oh, and the only clue is that the person lives in Canada, so it’s not Donald Trump. “You know me. I’m for the little guy.” (While you think, play the “Final Jeopardy” theme song in your head.) If you guessed Doug Ford – BING! BING! BING! – You got ...

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