Ontario Politics

Ontario Announces New Greenhouse Gas Target

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario has announced its latest target in the province's drive to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

New Ontario PC Leader To Be Named Saturday

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Progressive Conservatives find out Saturday who they elected to lead Ontario's official Opposition party after a relatively uneventful seven...

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.

Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs in 2013 alone. Yet, the climate crisis is rarely talked about at Queen's Park. The lone exception is Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, who has stirred up controversy with reports pointing out that Ontario has no plan to meet its 2020 or 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

John Laforet | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.

Why I'm Not Afraid Of My Kid Learning About Penises And Vaginas

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Rebecca Zamon

Whenever the topic of sex education and children comes up, there's an inevitable outcry from parents, politicians, and religious figures, who either think that (a) this should be taught at home, (b) the topics being taught are "inappropriate," or (c) teachers will do it wrong. All of which, frankly, don't speak to the realities of what's happening with kids right now. There's a reason people joke about kids playing "doctor" -- it's because kids are curious about their bodies, and the feelings they get from them, as much as adults are. They just don't have the knowledge to help them along the way. So hey, wouldn't it be great if they could get that someplace safe and educational, like say, school?

Why I Stand By Premier Wynne Despite the Sudbury By-Election Allegations

Jonathan Scott | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Do I wish this scenario hadn't happened? Yes. Do I feel the Opposition is making hypocritical hay out of a situation they've done many times themselves? Yes. Does it bother me that the Premier is under fire? Yes. But I also respect her defiance, her honesty and her insistence that she tackle the issue head on, herself, clearly and in public. She's taking responsibility and sticking to her guns. I'd expect no less.

Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

John Laforet | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
John Laforet

It is laughable that the Ontario Liberals are scolding residents of the province for not putting enough away for their own retirements when the Government has so chronically underfunded it's own defined benefit pension plans that they look more like Ponzi schemes than retirement benefits.

For True Reform, Ask Women What They Need To Feel Safe

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

If a woman decides to leave the organization because of what she perceives to be a lingering toxic atmosphere, she will often have problems finding another job. Why? Nobody gets a good reference from an employer that was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint. Yet, human rights tribunals and the courts have made reprisals for asserting the right to be free from sexual harassment one of the most difficult types of discrimination to prove.

Ontario, Don't Dump Our Money Into Rebuilding an Outdated Power Station

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

No nuclear project in Ontario's history has delivered on time or on budget. No private company will insure nuclear plants because the risks are too high. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark says Darlington "carries enormous risks."

The Great Toronto Dream Is at Stake on October 27

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

The city we love is at stake, and one wonders if our city ever dreamed we would arrive at such a critically defining moment. We are often referred to...

It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

Daniel Dickin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.

I Want My Carbon Cheque

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

I want the government to send me my carbon cheque. And I think most people want theirs too. You don't need to be a climate scientist to know that extreme weather events are threatening your quality of life and costing you money. Dragging our feet on putting a price on carbon pollution is no longer an option.

Ontario's Liberals Should Care More About Child Poverty Than Hydro Handouts

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Playing the blame game won't help the 371,000 children currently living in poverty in Ontario. It's time for the Liberals to look in the mirror. The money is there. But the Wynne and McGuinty governments have chosen political self-interest over reducing childhood poverty.

Millennials: The Ontario Election Is About You - Vote!

Beth Elder | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Beth Elder

There is no doubt that youth engagement is a catch 22. Political parties with limited resources tailor their message to rally their base rather than reach new supporters. Youth don't vote, so they continue to be overlooked. If politics seems irrelevant to your life and campaigns don't address your concerns then why pay attention? On June 12 we need you to answer back.

No Matter Who Won the Ontario Debate, Wynne Lost

Daniel Dickin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Progressive Conservatives' Tim Hudak and the New Democrats' Andrea Horwath emerged as the clear winners in Tuesday's leaders' debate, as Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne spent 90 minutes attempting to correct her party's record of debt, deficits, and corruption.

The Liberal Government Has Left a Terrible, Inexcusable Legacy For Ontario

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Kathleen Wynne's plan promises "only" two more years of deficit spending, with "only" $9 billion in deficit spending for 2015-2016. Then, somehow, two years later, the budget would be balanced, program spending would be the same, and interest payments would be $3 billion higher. Where that money will come from has yet to be explained. A Liberal government under Wynne would introduce yet another tax: this one a payroll tax that would cost each person up to $3420 per year.

The Ontario Election Ad Ban's Been Lifted and the Claws Are Out

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Last week, the release of Tim Hudak's Million Jobs Plan filled the news space about what Hudak's plan would and would not do. Predictably, a portion of that news cycle was committed to fear mongering and the spin the Liberals and NDP attempted to put on Hudak's plan. Indeed, even with Hudak's Million Jobs Plan laid out in detail, the NDP and Liberals have stuck to the narrative that Hudak's plan would result in the "firing" of 100,000 public servants.

Only Hudak Has a Plan For Ontario So Far

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Hudak's platform is bold and necessary. There is no question that Ontario will have to face the issues that have been repeatedly raised by experts, economists, teachers, and politicians from across the province, country, and world.

What Were the Liberals Thinking With This Budget?

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

It's hard to imagine how the Ontario Liberals thought they could create a budget to the left of the NDP and think the NDP would support it. Then again, the 21st century Ontario Liberals have never been good at working with other parties. Dalton McGuinty was used to getting his way -- in his days, he only had to answer to his Liberal Party and union buddies. Within a year of being elected with a minority government -- where he, appallingly, had to work with the PCs and NDP -- he resigned and fled to Harvard University. Kathleen Wynne has not been any better.

Everyone's Already Campaigning

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The campaigning for Ontario's June 12 election got started this weekend with the party leaders holding a few events.Liberal Premier Kathleen...

Hunger Awareness Week: Who Do You Think Uses the Food Bank?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

At the provincial level, the Ontario Association of Food Banks strongly believes that the provincial government can and should take a more active role in tackling the root causes of hunger. This Hunger Awareness Week, ask yourself: who do you think uses food banks, and more importantly, why? Together, we can take a stand against hunger and poverty.

Ontarians Stand Behind Their Auto Sector - So Should Their Elected Officials

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Eric Hoskins

Ninety-five thousand Ontarians work in the province's auto sector--that includes our five major auto assemblers and their twelve assembly plants, 350 ...

Hudak: Libs Used 'Fake' Deficit Figure

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Progressive Conservatives released cabinet documents Monday that they said show the Liberals misled the public for years with "fak...

Why We Need To Speak Up For Safer Care in Hospitals

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Finlay

Nobody takes on a hospital or embarks on a campaign for safer care without good reason. There are a whole range of institutions and resources that are stacked against you, from big law firms to hospital patient relations departments which are there mainly to do management's bidding. Don't even think about trying to get anywhere with a hospital's board of directors. There seems to be some unwritten rule in Canada that no matter how urgent or justified the matter, a hospital board will never respond to the pleas of a family seeking answers.