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Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.

Summer On A Shoestring: 5 Outdoor Staycations In Ontario

Jeff Novak | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Jeff Novak

If a holiday abroad isn't on the cards for you this summer, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to make your Ontario staycation fun without breaking the bank. From sunbathing on Toronto Islands to camping in Algonquin Park, here are our five best ways to enjoy the province on a budget this summer.

Putting Progress Ahead Of Process In Transit Planning Is Unsustainable

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

A successful public transit project is one that achieves a sustainable and sufficient ridership that could not be served by less expensive modes. The mere provision of trains operating devoid of riders is not a success but a failure resulting from putting 'progress' ahead of the process.

Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

If it's approved it will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don't have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario's already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).

Shoddy Ridership Forecasts Could Waste Billions On Transit

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Politicians across Canada trot out transit ridership forecasts that support their favourite projects. In the pretext of following evidence-based decision-making, many equate projections with evidence. They are sadly mistaken.

Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Look: it's extremely important for government finances and expenditures to be transparent for the general public, who, after all, foot the bill. The problem however, is that the Sunshine List is anything but fully transparent, and needs to be fixed before revealing physicians' billings.

Affordable Child Care Can Help Curb Food Insecurity

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Summertime exacerbates an issue that is already a big problem for families throughout the rest of the year. Ontario has the most expensive daycare rates in the country, with the average monthly fee for infants in Ontario coming in at $1,152 per month, or $13,824 a year. In Toronto, the annual cost is closer to $20,600.

Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The Country

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Jack Jedwab

Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.

This Summer, Protect Yourself From Tick Bites And Lyme Disease

Dr. David Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. David Williams

Lyme disease can be serious. It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected, blacklegged tick. And health officials are seeing an increase in the number of cases in the province. They've been rising since 2011, and we're seeing more black-legged tick populations in new areas of the province, especially in wooded areas.

Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. Yet Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province's largest industrial benzene emitters -- the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries.

Do You Know Your Rights? Ontario Rental Laws Could Be Changing

The RentSeeker.ca Team | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Business
The RentSeeker.ca Team

While some associations feel that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act currently favours tenants (although associations representing tenants will disagree), there are proposed changes being debated that could shift the power back into the hands of the landlord.

When Political Skeletons Should Remain In The Closet

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

London Mayor Matt Brown temporarily suspended his duties following his disclosure of an affair with deputy mayor, Maureen Cassidy.What are the real issues here? Did the indiscretion impair either of them in their council functions?

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.

The Dilemma Facing Canadian Farmers

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Ontario produces more asparagus than the rest of Canada combined, with 90 growers alone in the province; this amounts to 3500 acres worth of asparagus to harvest from. It is a $25 million dollar industry. Due to asparagus farmers investing in this kind of research and breeding, initially, it was a success story. But circumstances quickly changed.

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

There Are Some Kinks In Ontario's New Climate Change Plan

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

After two leaked drafts and a taxpayer funded ad promoting it, the public now finally has details on Kathleen Wynne's new climate change plan...and to be honest, it's pretty kooky.

Realtor Takes Risqué Approach To Selling Ontario Home

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada

This is not your usual home listing video.

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

Finding The Right Truck For A Countryside Road Trip

Reggie Ramone | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Travel
Reggie Ramone

Road trips are a quick and essential way to get a breather from the city. It keeps your cash saved while not skipping a beat once Monday hits (most of the time, at least). When searching for the right vehicle to take into the countryside, you'll want to watch for three features: terrain options, safety precautions, and temperature control.

Why Buying Local Really Means Supporting Your Community

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Next week is Local Food Week in Ontario, a celebration of the rich agricultural bounty we're so lucky to have access to in this province. The local food movement has been all the rage for the past few years, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Grocery stores highlight local produce when it's in season, innumerable "farm to table" restaurants have popped up, and farmers markets continue to grow in popularity.

Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

What were once staples of daily living in our communities -- butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers -- are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But "fast and convenient" has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

A Tale Of Two Cities That Shared Music And Coffee

Stephen Cera | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Music
Stephen Cera

"Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House" revolved around the central role of the coffee house in the worlds of both 18th Century Leipzig and Damascus, uncovering cross-cultural influences between two cities which sit 3000 km. apart.

Premier Wynne Making Life Harder For Ontario Taxpayers

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over dining tables or dockside drinks was the state of the province and revelations from the past week of the conduct of Premier Kathleen Wynne. But where to begin?

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?