Ontario Politics

Is Jagmeet Singh Ready For His Great Political 'Close Up'?

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 05.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Surjit Singh Flora

Singh, a 38-year-old criminal defense lawyer and fellow turbaned Sikh, seems poised to rock and roll his way to the leadership of the federal NDP party in the hopes he can rock federal politics itself and roll Justin Trudeau in the ultimate charm offensive showdown -- the next federal election.

Ontario Needs To Raise Welfare And Disability Benefits To A Living Wage

Marvin Ross | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Marvin Ross

Ontario is embarking on a guaranteed basic income pilot program and while I agree with the concept, I have reservations. Before they do anything, they should bring welfare and disability rates back to where they were when the right-wing Harris government slashed them in 1995.

Ontario Needs To Be Honest About Its Budget Problem

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Did you know that the fastest growing line item in the Ontario Liberal budget is interest payments on debt? At $11.5 billion, interest on debt is the fourth biggest spending category in the Liberal budget. This might be good for bankers and bondholders. . But it's not good for you. It's not good for most people in Ontario.

Ontario Must Take An All-In Approach On Unethical Realtor Practices

Lauren Haw | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Business
Lauren Haw

In a seller's market that is experiencing rampant demand and annual 33-per-cent appreciation, such arrangements are a great disservice to sellers, and can also present grave disclosure and negotiating risk to buyers. As a seller -- why limit the amount of potential buyer interest, and ultimately the profit, on your home sale?

We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural Hospitals

Michelle Cohen | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.

For Sikh Canadians, Ontario's Genocide Motion Was Courageous And Unifying

Amneet Singh Bali | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Amneet Singh Bali

In a historic move demonstrating commitment to democracy and human rights, the Ontario Legislature passed a motion to recognize the 1984 anti-Sikh violence as genocide. The term genocide is politically charged and because of this it is rarely used. But, in this instance, acknowledging what happened in 1984 was genocide was truthful, sincere and healing.

Ontario Needs A Strategy To Prevent Consumer Racial Profiling

Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Tomee Elizabeth Sojourner

I am looking for a light at the end of the aisle. This light is where consumer racial profiling is no longer part of the daily shopping experiences of many racialized and Indigenous consumers in Ontario. Each CRP story ends with the targeted person describing feeling left stripped of their dignity, humiliated, embarrassed, fearful and vulnerable.

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.