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More Compensation Restraint Would Help Ease Ontario's Budget Troubles

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Indeed, further restraint on compensation spending would help ease the pressure on Ontario's finances. Ensuring that the wages and benefits of provincial government workers are in line with private sector norms for similar positions would be a good first step towards getting things right.

Ontario Should Ban the Baited Trap That Killed My Dog From Public Trails

Valerie Strain | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Valerie Strain

Last December, a friend and I were walking along a public snowmobile trail on Crown Land just north of Peterborough, Ont., with my two yellow labs. My dog George was killed that day by a baited conibear trap set beside the trail. I have to ask: How can it be completely legal to put a lethal, baited trap right on a public trail?

Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

Talking about consent from a very early age is about giving children and youth choices and reminding them every day that their body belongs to them; that they are in charge of what happens with/to their own bodies. Sexual health doesn't happen in a vacuum and it's about more than the birds and the bees. The well-researched and evidence-based curriculum that is being introduced broadens a narrow definition of health and to us it's a positive step forward.

Toronto's Pan Am Transit Plans Divide the City

Murtaza Haider | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The GO Transit network has sufficient capacity in the non-peak direction of travel during peak periods, and in both directions during off-peak periods. The government should offer free GO service in off-peak periods and in the non-peak direction during the peak period. The Pan Am Games should bring the City together in a mass celebration of the human spirit. The current plans require people to stay away or at home, which is against the very spirit of the Games. Let's plan better to have fun at the Games.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

Queen's Park To Have Armed Security

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Some guards at Ontario's legislature will be armed, the Speaker said Monday as he discussed a number of security changes that will be phased...

Ontario Plans To Roll Out Debit Cards For Social Assistance Payments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - People who receive welfare and disability support cheques in Ontario will be getting reloadable payment cards, similar to debit cards.The On...

2015 Juno Awards Set To Rock Hamilton

Vacay.ca | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada
Vacay.ca

Blue-collar Hamilton is often derided for its lack of beauty and sophistication, but things are changing fast in southern Ontario's Steel City. One reason to host the Junos is to bring awareness of that shift.

Ontario's Striking Universities Prove the System Is Flawed

Andrew Robinson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Robinson

We have strikes and unrest at the two largest Universities in Ontario, Toronto and York, plus enforced layoffs at Wilfred Laurier, because of a "revenue shortfall." What is going on?

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

Why Ontario Should Stop Demanding Money From the Federal Government

Mark Milke | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Instead of demanding more money from the federal government, Ontario could a) cut provincial spending or b) reform everything from labour laws to regulation to tax policy and electricity policy, to unleash the economy and thus produce more at-home tax revenue or c) both. Ontario should not expect continued billions in annual equalization payments. While the exact decline in equalization is unknown -- it depends on how badly the resource economies and their provincial treasuries are hit -- Ontario should face reality and act accordingly.

For Too Many in Ontario, Unpolluted Air Is a Luxury

Ecojustice | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

People living in industry-heavy areas of cities such as Hamilton, Sarnia, and Windsor bear an unfair burden when it comes to exposure to air contaminants. Many of these substances -- including benzene, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and particulate matter -- are known to pose serious threats to human health,

Racism Still Persistent In Ontario, Says Human Rights Chief

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario has made progress in combating the scourge of racism and other forms of discrimination but the fight is far from over, the outgoing ...

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

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.26.2015 | 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?

5 Myths And Facts About Ontario's Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Karyn Pickles | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about this curriculum are continuing to make their way around the Internet, mostly because people seem bound and determined to willfully ignore the actual facts before forming an opinion. So today I'm going to address the most common myths about the new curriculum.

A Baited Conibear Trap Near a Trail Killed My Dog George

Valerie Strain | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Valerie Strain

The dogs were a bit ahead of us but within sight. Suddenly, George yelped and I knew he was in trouble. The dogs had been lured to a baited kill-trap and George's head was caught. He died a slow death while I struggled unsuccessfully to free him.

What Are Neonics? And Why Does Ontario Need To Restrict Them?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Apart from the immediate and lethal effects on bees, neonics represent a more subtle threat to a wide range of species. The 2014 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides, the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on neonics, pointed to effects on smell and memory, reproduction, feeding behaviour, flight and ability to fight disease.

My Tips for the Non-Intrusive Enjoyment of Snowy Owls

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

My moment with a snowy owl has been a long time coming. In late 2013 I wrote about my attempts to find one during the Guelph Christmas Bird Count and ...

The Hospital Loophole Drunk Drivers Use as a "Get Out of Jail Free Card"

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Impaired drivers continue to routinely use the ER as a "get out of jail free card," escaping police assessment at accident scenes by claiming injury, and denying injury once they arrive at hospital. Being uninjured, they can then leave the Emergency Room quickly, often before police arrive.

Without Affordable Housing, the Need for Food Banks Will Remain

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This past holiday season, food banks all across Ontario benefited from the generosity of their communities. Ontarians came together to donate food and financial support, both of which will make an enormous difference in the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet. Yet as the holiday lights and warmth fade and we head back into everyday life, we must not forget that this is not enough. In Ontario alone, it is estimated that 770,000 people visit food banks annually, and 20 per cent of food banks run out of supplies at least once every year. In a province that has more than enough food for everyone, why is this happening?

Charles Rosen: Legacy of a Master PIanist

Stephen Cera | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Music
Stephen Cera

Rosen came to be known as much as an author and scholar as a pianist, but he always thought of himself as a pianist first.

Ontario Has Given Up on Endangered Species

Anna Baggio | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Anna Baggio

This is the only reasonable conclusion I can come up with after listening to Ontario's lawyers in court late last week defend a regulation that exempts almost all industrial activities from the core protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Winter Is Finally Here In Southern Ontario

CBC | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Living

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for southern Ontario, warning residents to be ready for a "significant winter storm&qu...

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.