Tag Archives: News from the Park

From the Park – Back to School

After living part time in Toronto for so many years, it will come as no surprise that I seldom come across anyone who has much good to say about commuting to work.  If someone does point out any advantage, it usually involves giving them time to read about or contemplate matters of import to them. I’m fortunate to have an ...

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From the Park – retour à l’école

Après avoir vécu à temps partiel à Toronto pendant tant d’années, il n’est pas surprenant que je rencontre rarement quelqu’un qui ait beaucoup de bien à dire sur les trajets domicile-travail. Si quelqu’un souligne un avantage, il s’agit généralement de lui donner le temps de lire ou de réfléchir à des questions qui lui importent. J’ai la chance d’avoir un ...

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Ontarians are Resilient

In my view, Ontarians, in general, are pretty resilient people. I take great pride in saying this is particularly true of Northern Ontarians. Ontarians can work with just about any situation that comes our way. Here in the North, sometimes we just don’t have easy access to every product or service we need. Be that as it may, if Northerners ...

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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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News from the Park – December 17

I know I’m not alone in saying how happy I am that the Holiday Season is upon us. Mind you, with all of the events, activities and Christmas parades which I love to attend each year, I feel extremely fortunate that getting into the holiday spirt usually comes pretty early and easy for me. As well, having to spend so ...

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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 – 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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Honoured

First and foremost I want to say how honoured I am to again have the privilege of bringing the voices of the people of Algoma-Manitoulin to Queen’s Park as your MPP. Just like the people who I represent, I am exceedingly proud of this precious land we call home. I am committed to making life better for all Ontarians, both ...

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End of Summer, Back to Work

And so … it begins again… Despite the fact that Labour Day marks the “unofficial” end of summer, I am truly excited about going back to Queen’s Park soon. This coming week I’ll be joining NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and my NDP colleagues for our annual caucus retreat in which we plan and prepare for the fall session of the ...

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News from the Park – August 28

Aug 28, 2017 @ 08:08 Well folks, in the last few days I have found some parents looking longingly at the calendar and I know I hear faint whispers of, “Yes! We’re almost there…” You can see them tasting the anticipated freedom on their lips. We all know what freedom they are dreaming of. The kids head back to school ...

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News from the Park – July 7

Jul 7, 2017 @ 18:42 I’ve always believed that some of the most crucial rules that we must learn in our lives primarily emanate from our Moms and Dads. The thing is, sometimes we hear them so casually and frequently such as when we are walking out the door doing our “thing”, we don’t truly understand the sage nature of ...

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News from the Park – Sault By-election & Pharmacare

To simply say the last few weeks have been jam packed here in Queen’s Park would truly be an understatement if ever there was one. And just to add to this excitement, I’m sure you are well aware Kathleen Wynne finally called for a long awaited by-election in Sault Ste. Marie after their MPP resigned before Christmas. May 8, 2017 ...

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News from the Park – Rent Increases

Apr 17, 2017 @ 08:23 You may recall that my last column focussed a great deal on the current and future circumstances facing the younger segment of our province. In the Legislature, New Democrats called on the Wynne Liberals to keep a 14-year-old election promise they made to protect vulnerable tenants from outrageous rent increases. Landlords with buildings constructed since ...

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