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Small Towns Beat Big Cities

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

Here, I can still buy a house at an affordable price and my groceries don't require a second mortgage. I'm not sure if there is more to do here or if you just get to hear everything that's going on but there's nothing sleepy about small towns. And sure it takes you 45 minutes to buy a loaf of bread because you have to chat to everyone, and you get embroiled in the minutiae of the lives of others no matter how much you resist the dark side of alluring gossip, but at least you're getting in the game.

Who Benefits and Who Loses Out at Ontario Universities Today?

Andrew Robinson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Business
Andrew Robinson

Individual universities are pursuing policies of climbing in international ranking of universities. This means emphasis on research, publication of research findings, and not on the outcome of teaching. They are not serving the province, the people of Ontario, their students, or many of their employees well at this point.

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.

Auditor General Slams Liberals Over Advertising Rules

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the changes would make a "mockery" of an independent office of the legislature. T

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...

Most Parents Support the New Sex Ed Curriculum - With Good Reason

Marika Morris | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Marika Morris

The misinformation about the new curriculum rivals the inaccuracies kids get about sex from their friends and our culture. Some parents are convinced that their kids will be asked to touch themselves at school. The actual curriculum stresses respecting yourself and respecting others. If you oppose it, fine. At least know what you are opposing. Parents are entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to their kids, but they are not entitled to pass on their religious or moral beliefs to my child. By trying to force the Ontario government to yank the evidence-based, updated portions of the health curriculum for all Ontario kids, they are trying to prevent the majority who support this initiative from benefiting from it. And that's wrong.

The Spirit of Stratford's Stone Maiden Inn

Bernie Farber | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Travel
Bernie Farber

Who would have guessed that a short weekend trip to Stratford Ontario to see Sound of Music would culminate in a story of spirits and ghost busting? ...

Exposing a Doctor's Every Mistake Won't Help the Public

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Contrary to the insinuation that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is out to protect doctors and keep the public in the dark, they are, in actual fact, out to protect the interests of the public first and foremost. Is the general public, with their lack of medical training and limited knowledge of how the health profession works, really in a position to sift through and understand medical information better than the trained doctors and highly-skilled and trained health professionals who have been appointed to investigate these matters?

NDP MPP Stands By Criticism Of Private School Using Queen's Park Space

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - An Ontario New Democrat is not apologizing for critical comments about a tradition that allowed an elite private school to hold an annual mo...

Photo Essay: 25 Abandoned Houses From Across Ontario

Freaktography | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Freaktography

As we experience growth an alarming number of homes are being left, literally in the dust. Some will be saved and given heritage status, but most will be demolished. But it's not just the physical home that will be lost, inside these homes are memories, photographs and furniture. Many of the images in this photo essay are from homes that are now demolished and these scenes will never be seen again.

When it Comes to Government Budgets, a Lot of the Action Is "Underground"

Mark Milke | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

During this tax and budget time, let's consider two "tectonic realities" about governments and numbers -- helpful to think about, given that there is plenty of "underground" action. It explains why governments often get themselves (and taxpayers) into trouble later.

Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.

The Union-Pearson Express Train Gets a Big Thumbs Down

Murtaza Haider | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The rail-link will connect Canada's two busiest transport hubs: Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Despite the high-speed connector between the two busiest hubs, transport authorities expect only 5,000 daily riders on the UP Express. The King Streetcar, in comparison, carries in excess of 65,000 daily riders.

Ontario Needs to Prioritize Its Transit Spending

Murtaza Haider | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Ontario announced $1.6 billion funding for the Hurontario LRT. Given the unmet transit demand in the City of Toronto, it is odd that the transit billions are being targeted at the suburban 905-ers. If ridership should be the primary consideration for prioritizing transit investments in Ontario, how does Hurontario LRT fare?

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.

Ontario and B.C. Treat Liquor Like We're in Prohibition-Era Canada

Mark Milke | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

On the surface, both the Ontario's premier's speculative thoughts and B.C.'s policy change look positive for consumers. But both are a mirage.

Kathleen Wynne Should Pull the Plug on Hydro Privatization

Andrea Horwath | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrea Horwath

For over 100 years, Ontario's public hydro system generated reliable electricity and got it to homes and businesses at a rate that people could afford. Today, our public hydro system continues to be a strategic asset that supports healthcare, education, and conservation (to name a few). If Kathleen Wynne goes ahead with her plan to privatize Hydro One, all of that could be in jeopardy, leaving Ontarians with higher hydro bills, but not much else. It is too valuable an asset to put on the auction block. I believe that hydro in Ontario should be affordable, reliable and should function as the backbone of our economy.

Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated Sites

Dianne Saxe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is throwing the net wider and wider in its ever-growing attempts to assure that someone pays for contaminated sites, whether innocent or not. And it is having considerable success.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

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.