Ontario Liberals

Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Philip Demers

Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?

Ontario NDP: Liberals Want To Paint Doctors As 'Money Hungry'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics

The opposition parties accuse the Ontario government of needlessly picking a fight with doctors.

The Ontario Health Minister's Math Doesn't Add Up

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is correct to some extent: Ontario physicians are paid more today than they were a decade ago -- but to what extent is unclear. What evidence is there that proves we got a 61 per cent raise? I find it suspect that nobody can reproduce this number.

Physicians, Patients Will Pay the Price For Liberal Healthcare Plan

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The Wynne government is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Although provincial economists forecast an annual increase of 2.7 per cent in healthcare expenses, the province has agreed to fund only 1.25 per cent, barely half the projected cost. Ontario physicians are expected to make up the inevitable shortfall -- might as well ask teachers to bankroll the education budget.

The Truth About Physician Pay

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario physicians are well-paid. No one is arguing that. But right now, their paycheques are the only ones in the Liberal crosshairs. Let's look at other well-paid public sector employees. Google the Sunshine List; it's all laid out by name, occupation, and taxable income.

Dear Premier Wynne - Our Patients Need Care, Not Cuts

Dr. Marta Fundamenski | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Marta Fundamenski

We ask that the provincial Liberal government go back to discussions with the OMA so that we can all work together to find savings within health care. Those working on the front lines agree that there are inefficiencies in the system, and savings to be found. Physicians want input.

Are Democracy and Health Care Mutually Exclusive in Ontario?

Dr. Adrienne Kelly | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Adrienne Kelly

This may catch your attention -- if doctors can't afford to pay staff, and patients are too disabled to return to work because they cannot get surgery in a timely fashion, your government will lose significant tax dollar revenue whilst having to support more unemployed or underemployed citizens. Does this hit home to you? Doctors number in the thousands but the implications of these cuts, caps and clawbacks extend to millions. We want as many Ontarians as possible to have timely, safe and appropriate access to care, not just emergency care but preventative care.

Elementary Teachers: We Didn't Get The Same Offer As High School Teachers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Politics

EFTO president Sam Hammond says there's a "significant disparity" in how the two levels of schools are funded.

As a Family Doctor, Ontario's Latest Cuts to Physicians Make Me Want to Quit

Dr. Ming Yu | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Ming Yu

Ask yourself this: Do you have to pay back part of your salary because your employer is poorly run and losing money? Do you have to start saving six months in advance for potentially not being paid two and half months and not being told exactly how much until only months before you're getting the cuts?

Ontario Has No Ombudsman Because The Parties Can't Agree On One

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics

The Liberals insisted it would be bad for Ontario to go without a watchdog, but refused to back down and extend Andre Marin's appointment.

Don't Worry Parents, School Is Definitely Back On Tuesday

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Parents

The start of the school year won't be entirely problem-free.

Ontario Liberals Announce Candidate To Run Against PC Leader

CP | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Politics

The party has selected Fred Larsen to run for the Simcoe North riding.

Ontario Auto Insurance Rises, Despite Liberal Government's Promise

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Business

Auto insurance premiums in Ontario rose slightly in the second quarter of 2015, despite the Liberal government's pledge to lower rates an average of 15 per cent by next month.

Ontario Liberals Clear Way For Hydro One Sale

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government used its majority Wednesday to pass the omnibus budget bill, which clears the way for the sale of Hydro One, th...

'Partisan' Has A Whole New Meaning In Ontario

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's auditor general says Liberal government amendments to its government advertising rules don't really ease her concerns that the pub...

Auditor General Slams Liberals Over Advertising Rules

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the changes would make a "mockery" of an independent office of the legislature. T

Ontario Government Unleashes Flood Of Consultations

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A recent flood of public consultations and expert panels announced in Ontario is raising the question: how much advice is too much advice?In...

David Peterson Nostalgic Looking At Alberta Election

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The shifting tides of Alberta politics have left many pundits surveying a changed landscape, but they've also led one former Ontario premier...

Ontario Needs to Allow Competition for its Alcohol Industry to Prosper

Aaron Binder | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

The Ontario Liberal government's recent announcement to allow beer sales in grocery stores and craft brewer membership to The Beer Store's executive board is a first step to actually repealing prohibitive practices from production to distribution to consumer rights. But from the production to the sales process, Ontario liquor laws are antiquated as the ideals that formed them. This prohibition won't end in earnest until the playing field is leveled and competition, real competition, is allowed in Ontario.

Millions Needed To Fix Ontario's Faulty Welfare Payment System

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's minister of community and social services can't say whether the government will have to shell out more money to fix a support paym...

Ontario Liberals To Limit Third Parties In Elections

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government is looking to limit the influence of third parties during elections, a year after advertising by those groups i...

Ontario Won't 'Slash And Burn' To Balance Budget: Sousa

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's path back into the black won't include slashing and burning as the Liberal government believes it can eliminate its $10.9-billion ...

Kathleen Wynne Is a Champion For Women and LGBT Groups But No One Else

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Ontario Premier Wynne ascended to power by winning over the small clique of Liberal Party members who can afford leadership conference fees and travel expenses. Both Ontario women and LGBT communities rejoiced at this opportunity to have, for the first time, one their own at the seat of power. People of colour and hijab-wearing Muslim-Canadian women face acute harassment that falls outside the sort explicitly described in Wynne's plan. As a candidate, Wynne reached out to visible minorities on her way to the mountain top. Then she forgot about them.

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.

Ontario Spending More Than Half A Billion To Fight Homelessness

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario municipalities will be getting more than half a billion dollars from the province to help people and families at risk of homelessnes...