Ontario Politics

Ontario Liberals Must Repay Secret Funds Funneled To Unions

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

If someone gave you $80.5 million dollars, you'd probably feel pretty good about them. You may want to shout it from the rooftops that you think they're great -- and you may even be willing to pay a million dollars or two to shout it, especially if it meant the money would keep rolling in. In essence, that's what auditor general Bonnie Lysyk found was happening in Ontario with the Wynne government's secret payments to teachers' unions. The total amounts paid by the government to teachers union organizations is astounding: since 2000, $80.5 million in taxpayer money has been funneled to teachers' organizations.

The Death Of Political Fundraising In Ontario (And My Social Life)

Peter Landry | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The Ontario Liberal government has introduced legislation that will ban corporate, union and association political contributions and impose lower limits on those made by individuals. I am agnostic about this fundraising issue. In many ways, Ontario's current system works. All donations are made public. There are limits to how much each organization can give. Lobby rules require advocates to disclose their activities on a public registry. It is far less underground than people think.

Someone Tell The Ontario Liberals That Autism Doesn't End At 5

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

When the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP agree on something, the issue must transcend ideology. On Tuesday the PCs, supported by their opposition colleagues, will move that the Ontario government restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children five years of age and over.

Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In case you think I'm asking you for more money for health care, I'm not. The $51 billion currently budgeted is enough, it just needs to be spent more efficiently. There will be significant immediate cost savings from cutting the bureaucratic bloats. But will this be enough to get you the election win you so badly desire in 2018?

Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's Medicine

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

While I agree the situation is complex, the main reason that younger family physicians are taking fewer patients has nothing to do with either a lack of dedication or desire to help their patients, but rather that medicine has become far more complex in the past 30 years.

Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

We need health-care reform. To do that, we need an honest conversation between patients, government and front-line workers about what can be covered, what should be covered and what must be covered. We can't have it all. So we need to talk about what we all can have. To get there, doctors must be part of the conversation.

It's Time To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

Mike Schreiner | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The status quo parties at Queen's Park have laser-sharp focus when it comes to attacks on each other's fundraising practices. The accusations they are throwing around ask who is selling access to whom. The truth: none of the three parties at Queen's Park have a clean record on donations. I support calls for inquiries into past practices and committees to consult the public, but I don't want these efforts to delay passing legislation to transform the system. Fixes should be in place before the 2018 provincial election. We need transformational change now to get the stink out of Queen's Park.

Protect Medical Marijuana Patient Rights In Bill 45 Debate

Quito Maggi | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Once implemented, Bill 45 would put medicinal marijuana under the same regulations as tobacco products under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. I am in full agreement and support of the proposed changes to control the sale of e-cigarettes, but I can't agree with lumping in medicinal cannabis patients.

Desperation Is Setting In For The Ontario Liberals

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Rather than show real leadership and work with physicians, the Liberals, desperate to increase their popularity and to cover up their mismanagement of the health-care system, have chosen to vilify the one group of people that could reasonably have helped not only them, but the people of Ontario, in improving the health-care system.

Banning Public Medical Marijuna Use Solves A Non-Existent Problem

Quito Maggi | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

We've all experienced that annoyance, maybe on the bus, at work, in parks and malls in every corner of the province. Packs of medicinal cannabis users vaping their cannabis, wantonly blowing their cannabis vapour in our faces, laughing at us while they "get high." Call me sheltered, but I have never encountered it.

Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The Answer

Quito Maggi | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

By equating medicinal cannabis with tobacco and applying the same rules to its sale and use, the Ontario government is effectively telling patients to get back in to the closet where they belong. It's a regressive policy that has no place in this country.

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.

Ontario's Hocus Pocus Budget

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

There's nothing magical about the ninth consecutive deficit, or the $296 billion in debt the province will have as of March 31. Nor in the nearly one billion per month in interest payments our government has us paying. But Wynne and Sousa's commitment that the budget will be balanced next year requires faith in the supernatural.

Physician Protests Against Liberal Cuts Have Made Me An Activist

Nadia Alam | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

In the past, I was generally detached from political rhetoric. Despite the scandals, I naively believed my elected leaders were benevolent. Now, I not only question their motives, I completely disbelieve their promises. What does it say about a leader when their followers no longer trust them?

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.

The Ontario PCs Are Shaping Up To Be A One-Man Show

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

As an MP in Ottawa, he supported a private member's bill that attempted to restrict a women's right to choose. A decade ago, as a newly elected MP, he voted against same-sex marriage. In the decade he has been an MP in Ottawa, he has not moved past his backbench status, freeing him to build a coalition for an eventual leadership run.

Ontario's Public Sector Accountability Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Saqib Qureshi

Forcillo and Yatim didn't live in a vacuum. Ontario has hundreds of thousands of public sector employees, and millions of citizens. The point that is conveniently missed is the lack of accountability in Ontario is not something unique to the relationship between police and citizen. It's not as if the police has a unique culture, interfacing with a society that the rest of the public sector doesn't engage. Accountability is a two-way process. We have a cultural accountability problem.

Ontario's Plan To Rebuild Nuclear Plants Is Reckless And Irresponsible

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The Ontario Liberals are betting $13 billion of your dollars on rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station. It is so risky that no private company will fully insure nuclear plants, and it prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade Ontario Power Generation's credit rating in 2012. But whatever the reason, the Liberals are failing to capitalize on economic opportunities for Ontario. This means we risk missing out on the global renewable energy revolution. Investors and countries are acting now to take advantage of dramatically falling prices for renewable energy.

Ontario Carding Regulation Condemned By Activists, Police

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics

"Every black man in a hoodie can be unfairly questioned."

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."

Organized Crime Profits Off Ontario's Illegal Tobacco Problem

Gary Grant | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Gary Grant

Ontario's economy may be sluggish, but the black market for illegal cigarettes is thriving. The rising sale of contraband tobacco has reached a critical level -- in fact, the province has the worst illegal cigarette problem in Canada by far.

Criticism of Religion Should Not Lead To Discrimination

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

Most Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. Yet, after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, we have seen a marked spike in hate crimes against Muslims. Less extreme, but likely more pervasive than overt attacks are new stereotypes that view all religious people as inherently backward, less tolerant, less informed, or closed-minded. This is a different form of prejudice that appears to be socially acceptable in our more secular society, and among many otherwise "progressive" or "liberal" individuals.

Why We Still Need Human Rights Institutions

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

The human rights landscape has changed dramatically since 1962, when the Ontario Human Rights Commission was created. There are now parallel human right institutions federally and in every province and territory, and numerous international human rights treaties to which Canada is a party. In Ontario, most people are ambivalent or simply don't know about the OHRC, its role, and its work. This is ironic because some of the issues that have captivated Ontarians in recent years clearly fall within the OHRC's jurisdiction and are issues on which the Commission has been actively engaged.

Let's Call Ontario Teachers' Action The Strike It Actually Is

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Elementary teachers in Ontario have now escalated what they are calling "work-to-rule" job action by withdrawing from extracurricular activities for students. Parents, students and now even the Premier are getting frustrated with the hold-out union. The Premier has stated that if an agreement is not reached with Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) by November 1st, she may approve docking teachers' pay.

Bill To Legalize Uber, AirBnb In Ontario Passes Second Reading

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Business

The bill now has to go to committee to be studied before it has a chance at becoming law.