Ontario Liberals

Liberal Candidate Boasts 'Real Shot' At Winning Ontario Byelection

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Thursday's byelection was triggered when Christine Elliott resigned in the summer.

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.

Ontario Tory, Liberal Offices Ready For Byelection Battle

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Progressive Conservative candidate Lorne Coe and Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy both launched their offices Saturday

Ex-Staffer Charged In Gas-Plant Scandal To Crowdsource Legal Costs

The Globe and Mail | Adrian Morrow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada

A former Ontario Liberal political staffer facing criminal charges related to the gas-plant scandal is turning to crowdsourcing to fund her legal defence.

OLG Lockout Is The Result Of A Decade Of Dysfunction

Larry Rousseau | Posted 01.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

OLG has locked workers out of four sites in the last four months of 2015 -- in Brantford, Sudbury, Woodbine/Toronto (all since ended) and most recently Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa. Management locked out 124 of its workers after they rejected what any reasonable observer would conclude was a very lousy offer.

OPP Charges Former McGuinty Aides Over Cancelled Gas Plants

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — TORONTO - Ontario Provincial Police laid criminal charges Thursday against two top aides to former premier Dalton McGuinty in a gas plants...

Ontario Has Become 'A Major Hub' For Trafficking Young Girls

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't think any of us were prepared for what we heard."

Corruption In The Green Energy Sector Costs Ontarians

John Laforet | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.

Ontario Mulls Using Decommissioned Hospitals To House Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario has committed to taking in 10,000 refugees by the end of next year.

Health Care Gets Harder When Politicians Make Medical Decisions

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

As the public watches "entitled" physicians struggle under the barrage of Liberal hostility, they miss the very real danger of a government stuffing an already glutted health care system with more administration. As David Gatzer pointed out, this is "a system designed for political popularity, not smart policy."

A Winning Smile For Wynne in Ontario

Peter Landry | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There is no doubt that one of the biggest winners in the federal election was Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Having spent much political capital in...

Ontario's Family Doctors-in-Training Are Leaving the Province

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

The government is reducing the number of training spots for family physicians in the coming years. And now they are implementing cuts and clawbacks that are not only resulting in established physicians packing up and leaving the province, but our new grads are planning to leave in droves. The future isn't as bright as we once thought, and if something isn't done to prevent the loss of our physicians in training, it will only get much worse.

Wynne 'Thrilled' Federal Liberals Willing To Work With Provinces

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Wynne says the first real test of Trudeau's willingness to work with the provinces will be as Canada develops a climate-change strategy.

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.