Ontario Politics

Ontario Workers Deserve A Wage-Theft Protection Program With Teeth

Vince Wong | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Vince Wong

The public needs to stand up and declare with one voice that they will no longer permit these affronts to justice to go on. Ontarians need to demand that their government reinstate the Provincial Employee Wage Protection Program immediately.

Don't Blame Foreign Buyers For Soaring GTA Home Prices

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Instead of blaming foreign demand for prices that are rising because of government-imposed supply restrictions, the government should address how their own ideologically driven policies are contributing to the affordability crisis. But blaming others means the government doesn't need to change.

Liberals' Hydro Shell Game Is An Expensive Band-Aid

Mike Schreiner | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

$1.4 billion per year would pay for 20,000 nurses in Ontario. It could save some of the 11 schools slated to close in Ottawa and dozens more around the province. It would go a long way to improving regional transit links. It could build hospitals, protect our water; the list goes on. This is what happens when politicians mess up the hydro file and become desperate to buy votes. You end up paying big time.

Nobody Wins If Ontario Doctors Abandon Patients Through Job Action

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

doctors pushing for job action continually draw a link between a new physician contract and improved patient care, a link that is tenuous at best and a sly marketing tool at worst. A physician contract is about physician income. If doctors take job action, it will be to increase the amount they are paid by tax payers.

How To Make Fighting Climate Change Good for Your Pocketbook

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Imagine this. You open your mailbox this month. Voila! Here is your first carbon dividend cheque from the province. Suddenly, combating climate change with a price on carbon pollution doesn't hurt your pocketbook like conservatives said it would. Ontario could have a climate plan like this. It's called carbon fee and dividend.

O'Leary To Wynne: Think You're Doing A Good Job? Call An Election

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics

The war of words continues.

Kathleen Wynne Slams Kevin O'Leary In Open Letter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics

She said he only wants to help "society's most well-off."

Ontario Desperately Needs A Realistic Plan To Curb Spending

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Every winter, the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance invites groups to make submissions about what they would like to see in the spring budget. Every year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation does what no other group in Ontario does: they ask the government to spend less money, not more.

A Turning Point For Human Rights

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

Our society has come to a fork in the road: we must decide the core values that will drive social policy in the future. Ontarians have big ideas and want bold approaches to address persistent human rights problems, and we agree. Our work has the most impact when we amplify the voices of the most marginalized people, and when the public echoes our human rights message and demands action.

Wynne: Breaking The Glass Ceiling 'Just Got A Little Bit Harder'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics

It would've be great for young women to see a female president, she said.

Poll Paints 'Grim' Picture For Kathleen Wynne And Ontario Liberals

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Politics

Uh oh.

Keep Net Zero Bargaining

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Premier Wynne has removed the "net zero" requirement from government employee contract bargaining, effectively re-opening the floodgates of wage increases for bureaucrats and other unionized government employees. Here's what that means for Ontarians.

Lack Of Female PC Candidates In Ontario Byelections Is Unacceptable

Quito Maggi | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

It's 2016 after all and we haven't seen the PCs offer up a single female candidate during their current streak of byelection victories. You have to scroll way down the list of endorsements for Mr. Brown to find a few female endorsements.

This Is The Price Of Waiting For The Ontario Liberals

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The reason I care what my provincial government does is simple: health care in Ontario is in a downward spiral -- I see it everywhere, even in my small town family medicine practice. At this point, the government must step up and stabilize the situation. I've been in independent practice for seven years. In that short time, I have watched resources dwindle.

Wynne Launches Petition Against... Herself?

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Without an ounce of self-awareness, the party that for over a decade has bungled Ontario's electricity policy, resulting in the fastest growing rates in North America, is petitioning itself against the high rates for which they are responsible.

Pressure Ontario To Stop Giving Our Water Away To Big Business

Mike Schreiner | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Ontario's Liberal government is giving away our water. The ridiculously low water-taking fee in Ontario only covers 1.2 per cent of the province's total water quality management costs. This means the Liberals are using my -- and your -- tax dollars to subsidize companies to take our water.

Patrick Brown Fails Credibility Test With Recent Flip-Flopping

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

I have never seen -- in my humble observation -- a politician flip-flopping the way the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader has done, where at one point he sends a letter about a major proposal if elected and then reversing his position 180 degrees a few days later.

Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. The grand Hoskins scheme now seems to be to sow discord amongst physicians so they fight amongst themselves. He knows that if physicians unite against Bill 210, as they did against the tPSA, he will never be able to succeed in implementing his plans.

Ontario Needs To Be Honest To Improve Its Transit Infrastructure

Mike Schreiner | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Did you know interest payments on debt are already the third highest expenditure in Ontario's budget? Interest payments cost more than the entire budgets for transportation, college and universities, children and youth services, even slightly more than social services. Only health care and education have higher budgets than interest payments on debt.

Prisoners' Justice Day: Significant Barriers To Progress Remain 42 Years Later

Renu Mandhane | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

On August 10, 1974, Edward Nolan died by suicide in a segregation cell at Millhaven Institution in Bath, Ontario. Each year on August 10, we commemorate Prisoners' Justice Day to remember Nolan and all of the prisoners who have died in custody, and to renew calls to respect the basic human rights of prisoners housed in jails, correctional centres, and penitentiaries across the country.

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.

An OMA-Ministry Deal Won't Fix Ontario Health Care, But This Might

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Brenna Velker

Part of this strategy includes something that makes us all uncomfortable and would make any politician unpopular very quickly if they ever suggested it: patient, government and physician accountability. We all take responsibility for making our health care system sustainable. Seems simple in principle, but what would that really look like?

Liberals Should Shutter Nuclear Plant Well Past Its Prime

Mike Schreiner | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Pickering is already 15 years past its best before date. It's the fourth oldest nuclear station in North America and the seventh oldest nuclear station in the world. Given its age, it is not surprising that Pickering is one of the most unreliable and poorest performing nuclear plants in North America.

When It Comes To China, We All Suffer From Myopia

Karen Lin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

We have to recognize that, as a rising super power, China does not always have to do what Canada wants it to do. Our press has to stop getting into the habit of being self-indulgent or exhibiting a moral superiority complex.

Ontario Needs To Take Action And Clean Mercury Poison In Grassy Narrows

Mike Schreiner | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Imagine the public outcry if the Ontario government ignored mercury poisoning in the Grand River watershed in southwestern Ontario. The public pressure to clean it up immediately would be overwhelming. The government would rigorously explore every option to clean it up. Yet, the sad truth is that for over 30 years the Ontario government has ignored scientific reports on the need for and ways to clean up the mercury poisoning in the English-Wabigoon River System in northwestern Ontario. The Grassy Narrows First Nation has paid the price with losses to their health, economy and culture.